Being a scrapbooker, I keep everything. You just never know when that birthday card from 3 years ago or that ticket stub from the movies will be the perfect piece needed for an album or another project. After our wedding I gathered up all the cards and added them to my collection, waiting for the day I had time to decide what to do with them. While browsing Pinterest I came across this great site, Simple Mom, with multiple ideas for re-purposing old cards and letters and then stumbled across Something Turquoise and her post with a great step-by-step post about creating a wedding card mini-album. I immediately knew that I wanted to create a coffee table book with all our wedding cards, that way in the years to come we can look back over all the warm wishes and remember how amazing it was to be surrounded by our friends and family on our big day. Here is how it turned out:
A word of warning. Wedding cards can be quite thick, and trying to punch holes with a 10 year old dull hand hole puncher will probably leave your hand bruised and sore. If you are willing to risk the discomfort, or buy a better hole punch, this is a great way to preserve wedding day well wishes. Continue reading
For my first ever participation in the great Pinterest Challenge from Young House Love and Bower Power with guests Ten June and Centsational Girl, I decided to tackle a project I have been wanting to do for a while…creating a World Map art piece for our living room. What better time than now, while we are in the midst of our living room makeover! And here we are with a glimpse at the finished product:
Alex and I love traveling and have great pictures and memories from our trips; from backpacking Europe to weekend trips in California. A few weeks ago we went to Yosemite National Park for a few days and hiked the Panorama Trail. It was so awesome! We like to utilize our travels in our home decor, like this Ticket Stub Album Cover, so what a better way than a world map surrounded by pictures from our travels. Going through my pinboards on Pinterest, I was able to draw inspiration from others as to how I wanted my map to look.
Here is my “Pinspiration” from my home decor pinboard…. Continue reading
Being that our wedding was in the middle of a pear orchard, it made complete sense to me to incorporate pears into our wedding. What better way than on the tables as the gift for our guests! They act double duty as decor and gift Unfortunately we had a late pear season last year, so the ones on the trees were far from being edible by the end of August. Luckily I was able to find a great deal on pears by the flat at Costco, and we were able to pick them up at the same time we grabbed all the flowers the day before the wedding.
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Handmade wedding invitations are a great way to add that special touch to your wedding and gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want. As a longtime scrapbooker, I knew I had the skills and desire to make my own wedding invitations, and after searching around for styles I decided on DIY pocket fold wedding invitations.
Being that we planned on only 80-100 guests, I figured it would be do-able to make about 60 invitations by hand without going too crazy. If you as insane as I am and decide to undertake the process of making this many invitations, my advice is get started way before you plan on sending them out. I thought they would go a lot faster and was quite stressed working on them each night to get them in the mail in time. Continue reading
I had seen the great idea of taking a photo at our wedding with “Thank You” written on chalk boards, on signs and even in the sand. I just loved it and knew that I wanted to paint a rustic “Thank You” sign to use on our wedding day for our thank you cards. So much more unique and personalized for our guests to receive. Our photographer, Shepard Photography, was great about getting this image edited and over to us within a week of our Honeymoon, so that we could get to work on our cards.
I toyed with idea of having cards printed, but decided just to buy blank cards and glue the image to the front of each. It saved quite a bit of money since the cards were on clearance and I think they turned out great! The cards I bought were 5.5″x4″ cream card stock with matching envelopes. I had my 4″x6″ prints made at Costco and the quality was great! I love Costco photo center Quick and easy tutorial…here we go!
During the final few months leading up to our wedding, I spent countless hours wandering the aisles of Joann’s looking for supplies and inspiration for our wedding projects. I was at a loss on how I wanted to create our wedding guest place cards, but there in the stamp aisle I found these super cute floral stamps and hot pink ink all for 40% off. Light bulb went off in my head and I knew exactly what to do!
I hurried home and grabbed the extra paper from our DIY pocket-fold wedding invitations along with the large bag of corks we had been saving for a cork board project someday and I went to work. The cards themselves were really simple, what took the most time is getting the corks prepped. The wine cork card holders are more time intensive than they look. Here is exactly how they are made: Continue reading
Image by Shepard Photography
Love is in the air! With spring right around the corner, it sure is starting to feel like wedding season! This time last year I was entering the final scramble to get my long list of DIY projects done in time for our August wedding. In honor of this time of year, welcome to Just Two Crafty Sisters Wedding Week (or two weeks since I just realized how many projects we actually did!!) Let’s start with an overview of our rustic / backyard / orchard wedding details. Looking for a tutorial of each project? As I post those tutorials over the next few weeks, I will link them here
Our wedding colors were fuchsia and chocolate brown. Being that the wedding was held outside in my parents’ orchard, I wanted to keep everything simple and a little bit country. Continue reading
Back in the summer of 2007, right after I had graduated from college, Alex and I went on a six-week backpacking trip all over Europe; starting in Portugal and ending in Switzerland. We were on a shoestring budget and traveling light, so most of my mementos were ticket stubs from trains, planes, museums and the like. I kept a small journal and tucked away each little piece of paper to keep it nice with the idea that when we returned home I would figure out a project using them. Once we got back I had the great idea to use some of the tickets to create a cover for my scrapbook! Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Being that this is my first Valentine’s Day as a married woman, I wanted to give my hubby something special and meaningful. So here is what I did:
I bought and 8×12 frame, a white mat board frame with a 5×7 opening and I had a photo printed of our first dance at our wedding. I then used a nice Zig black pen (you can order a full set of EK Success Writer Dual Marker Set, 48/Pkg here, I love these pens!) and wrote our song lyrics around the mat frame. Our song was Bob Marley “Is This Love”. I saw this idea on Pinterest a couple months ago and loved it! Continue reading