Easy design hacks

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I’m not super crafty, but I do enjoy making personalised items, mainly because they’re unique. I find that my imagination is my only limitation when it comes to designing my own things, but I also like an easy life, which is why I’m always looking for hacks that will make the design process easier. 

So where should beginners attempt? Below you’ll find my suggestions, for those that want to venture into the world of design, but need to know how to make the process as simple as possible, 

Easy items to attempt:

Greeting cards

You can make a personalised greetings card really easily. Buy a design that somebody else has created and print it at home; not only will it look professional, but it will be cheaper to make than to buy. 

You can create cards ahead of time. You can make them for birthdays, Christmas, engagements, weddings and retirements.

Wedding stationary

Wedding stationery can get expensive. So why not try and design some of it yourself? You can find simple save the date and wedding invitation templates online and them tweak them to make them your own. If you do this then make sure the colours to match in all of your stationary. Each colour has a unique index code, so make sure you note them down when you’ve picked the colours to go within your design.

As well as your invitations, you can design a welcome sign, the order of service, table signs, a table plan and table numbers. If you’re feeling adventurous, then you could even design a wedding newsletter, to tell your guests all about the day. You can purchase affordable templates to help you create all of these items. 

Children’s party invitations

Why spend money buying generic invitations for your child’s birthday party when you can create some personalised ones at home and print them off? The beauty of doing this is that you can match the invitations to your child’s personality, or to the theme of the party. You can buy an invitation that somebody else has designed and tweak it so it’s perfect for your event. 

Personalised clothing

I am a big fan of customised clothing. I’ve worn plenty of personalised hen do t-shirts and club hoodies in my time. But why pay somebody else to make personalised clothing when you can do it yourself? Check out this sweatshirt mockup if you’re looking to create something and you need your teammates or fellows your fellow hens to sign off the design first. 

Scrap booking

I love making and looking back on scrap books. I made my first one to document my gap year trip to Canada. I did this by picking up bits and pieces from my travels and sticking them in plain book. But you don’t need to do that. Take the pressure off by printing some photographs and then combining them with different stamps, illustrations and paper cut outs that illustrate your destination.


You could take your scrap booking a step further and create a collage on your wall. It would be lovely to create a collage that depicts a place that’s important to your family.

Cheeky posters

Have you ever spotted a cheeky poster that makes you smile? Well why not design your own? I’d love a ‘deja poo’ poster for my downstairs toilet or a ‘scrub em!’ slogan above the bathroom sink. You can get creative and create posters for every room! You could buy a new font, to make your poster as unique as possible. 

Song lyrics

This might seem like an unusual one. But have you ever typed out the lyrics to a song and gifted it to a loved one? You could choose the one that was number one when they were born, or a song you both love. You can use Canva to create your design. A song (or nursery rhyme words) also work well on the wall of your child’s nursery. You could buy a font and make a couple of different designs for your child’s bedroom. 

Santa sack

I wanted to make my son a personalised Christmas present sack. To do this, I did ask my mother-in-law to help, as she’s a whiz on the sewing machine. She was able to use the sewing machine to put the sack together and we used some wool to make a cord. I then used felt to cut out the letters to spell out my son’s name and I hand sewed them onto the sack. This is an item that will be treasured in our family and I hope that my son grows to love it. But if I was to make it again, I’d probably buy a pattern to help make the design process a bit simpler. 

What about you?

What do you enjoy creating? What craft hacks would you recommend to make life easier? I’d love to hear about your creations in the comments below!

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