Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Save the Dates - Tutorial!

I recently blogged about my journey to finding the perfect Save the Dates here and I said that I'd be doing a detailed post about just how I put them all together and so ::drumroll please:: here it is!
(Like I said, it's pretty detailed, so it's pretty photo heavy. You've been warned.)

So, if you didn't see, my Save the Date inspiration were these little guys... 
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Now... on to mine. First I'll start with what I used to make them...

1. Gold Glitter Embossing Powder ( I don't know why I put the number so far from the powder, sorry about that. )
2. Cardstock (I have two colors, one for the save the date, and one for the wrap, you'll see what I mean later)
3. Gold Pigment Ink
4. Save the Date Print Outs
5. Heart Stamp (on a clear block so that I can see exactly where I'm stamping)
6. Envelopes
7. Prinstagram Prints (cut out of book)
8. Scissors
9. Glitter Tape or "Bling on a Roll" as the packaging says
10. Wrap Print Outs
11. Tape strips of some kind
12. Heat Tool
13. Slicer (makes all the cutting MUCH easier)

I started by cutting down my save the date print outs down to a good size (which I just created using Microsoft Word believe it or not). 
(Side Note: Please excuse my hands in all of these photos... I need a manicure BAD)

Then I also cut down the wraps that I made (also simply using Microsoft Word). 
I then got all my embossing tools together (stamp, pigment ink, embossing powder and heat tool) and embossed a heart around both the month and date of our wedding.
(If you're unfamiliar with embossing, it's AWESOME and I'll be doing a tutorial video on it soon)

 Here's what the embossing looks like afterward. Pretty great right?

I then cut down both the peach cardstock (that I used for the Save the Date itself) and the mint cardstock (not pictured) that I used for the wraps. 
 I put a line of tape strip on both of the long sides of the print out. 



And then attached it to the peach card stock. 

Almost done! Time for a few finishing touches. I cut pieces of the gold glitter tape into about 2 inch strips. I found it to be much to thick, so I cut them all in half lengthwise (as you can see here and was much happier with them). I also put a line or two of the tape strip onto the Prinstagram photos and attached them. 

 Getting closer!
 Now, finally, the wraps. I decided to add the wraps to give people our website, so that they could find more information about the wedding. I again simply used a line of the tape strip and attached my print out to my pre-cut cardstock. 

Placing the wrap on the Save the Date, I was able to line it up and make sure that the script was centered.  
 I flipped everything over and used the bottom of the save the date as my guide, to make sure that I was doing it straight. And again, added a line of tape strip (I used SEVERAL of these throughout the process) and that was it! I slid the wrap closer to the middle and....
 The were done! I'm SO happy with the way that they turned out! They certainly look a lot of time (and patience) but because of that they are completely unique and completely ME!
I've been getting so much wonderful feedback via text and photos of people loving them which makes it even that much more rewarding!
Let me know if you have any questions about how I did anything!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekend Wedding Wishlist

I have quickly become that annoying person that all I do is talk about wedding stuff and if I'm not talking about it, I'm at LEAST thinking about it. My Pinterest has become consumed with wedding related things so I figured I'd share for anyone interested.  
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One // This adorable cover up would be perfect on a tropical honeymoon.  

Two // This hilarious tote would be essential after a bachelorette party weekend with the girls. 

Three // More wine please! Wedding planning involves a lot of wine. Why not pick up a grown up sippy cup (with your new initials of course)!

Four // These adorable versatile flats would be great for showers and honeymoon alike! (site unfortunately says they're currently unavailable. Insert sad face here. Hopefully they get more soon.)

Five // This adorable Kate Spade passport holder lets everyone at the airport know you're a new Mrs!

Six // So this bike isn't necessarily wedding related but it is for me... it matches my wedding perfectly and I can't help but love it! (Was originally found on kmart.com for much cheaper but can no longer be found on their site. Hopefully they get more.) 

Seven // A bride essential. Can be worn to a shower or perhaps even a rehearsal but I picture it on a honeymoon. 

Eight // I've been coveting these glasses for FAR too long. If I don't get them I will have to buy them for myself because I need them in my life. 

Nine // I can see this as another post-bachelorette-party item. 

Anything I missed? I'd love to see any other bridal must-haves!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Save the Dates!

Today I wanted to discuss "Save the Dates". An idea that my mom finds utterly ridiculous, "Why do you need to tell people to save the date? Isn't that what the INVITATION is for??" Obviously I could take the hint, she wouldn't be helping me pay for them. If you know me, you know that's no problem at all! The more wedding projects that I can conquer myself, the better!

My best friend Danica and I have been scouring the internet (and by "the internet" I mean the perfectly curated wedding resource known as Pinterest) for some easy, yet unique Save the Date ideas. After seeing dozens, if not hundreds, of cute ideas, we stumbled upon these:
What a cute idea! We've all seen the postcard Save the Date, or the magnet, or even the event ticket, but I've never seen little stickers! Danica and I instantly fell in love with the clever idea and the added bonus, it was a free download! Once I got a little more serious about the idea, I even saw that they had an updated version of the calendar sticker Save the Dates!
After looking at the free printables, while I loved the idea of them, I decided that I wasn't in love with them. So I made the daring move to create some of my own. After finding two fonts that I really liked and lots of tweaking I finally ended up happy with my final product. 
I've got a full blog post on the way detailing everything that went into my Save the Dates along with photos of the final product so check back if you'd like to see! :)