Wedding Card Booklet Tutorial

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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:

Bound Booklet of our Wedding Cards

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 »


Wedding Week: Mailbox Gift Area

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The gift area at a wedding is a great area to use some creativity and tie into the overall theme of a wedding.  For our outdoor orchard wedding I just knew that I wanted to make a mailbox card holder, especially being that we only registered for our Honeymoon.  We planned on mainly getting cards and gifts towards our Maui getaway being that we already had all the household goodies we needed.

Wedding Gift Area with Mailbox

Since we had the county idea and hay bales being used in other part of the reception, we were also able to incorporate a hay bale in next to the mail box to hold the larger gifts.  This set up was at the entry of our wedding.  I hate going to a party or wedding and feeling awkward carrying around my gift, not knowing where it should go, so I really wanted this to be a cute, designated focal point when entering the wedding area. Continue reading »


Wedding Week: Bridal Jewelry

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The prospect of making my own bridal jewelry was both exciting and frightening.  I have been making jewelry since I was a young child and got into wire jewelry and had a shop in etsy about 4 years ago, so it made sense that I would give it a go.  But the fear of messing up when it was for my wedding day kept we awake at night!

Wedding Jewelry

So I searched different designs and bought numerous beads in shades of brown, cream and pink trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to make.  Then I found it… Continue reading »


Wedding Week: Tree Stump Cake Stand

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Wedding cake standI absolutely loved my wedding cake stand.  I had seen the idea of making a tree stump stand while searching rustic wedding ideas, so I asked my dad if he thought it was possible.  He looked around at fallen trees and wood to be chopped for firewood and came up with the perfect pieces.  He got to work and quickly my dream became a reality!

I just love how unique and personalized it is.  Being that we had a dessert bar, we were not planning on a large cake.  My mom was kind enough to volunteer (or should I say get suckered into) baking the cake.  It was so delicious and just perfect!  She also frosted it in this great rustic style and then we had fresh flowers cascading down the side of it.

I made the cake toppers by just getting wooden letters and a small dowel from the craft store.  I got a larger G for our last name and a small A and H for our first names.  I painted them brown on the front and back, and then fuchsia along the edges as the bright accent color. Then I used hot glue to attach the letters to one-foot tall segments of the wooden dowel.  This way it was easy to insert them into the cake to stand on the top and all the flowers helped to hide the entry of the dowels. Such a cheap and fun cake topper! Continue reading »


Wedding Week: Champagne Flutes

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Being that we planned on drinking mimosas and champagne while getting ready for the wedding, I wanted  to have special glasses for my bridesmaids.  I looked around but could not find what I wanted and really wanted to make them personalized too.  So, I took yet another trip to Joann’s and found glass enamel paint that could be used to permanently decorate glass.  I bought it in fuschia and brown and ran by Target to buy champagne glasses.

Bridesmaid Glasses

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Wedding Week: Pear Guest Gifts

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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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Wedding Week: Hay Couches/Mr. & Mrs. Pillows

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While searching for rustic ideas to incorporate into our wedding, I came across Elizabeth Anne Designs blog and fell in love with the look and feel of her post about a Knoxville Farm Wedding.  I especially loved the use of hay bales for seating areas, and decided I wanted to use hay for our wedding too.  At first I planned on hay for the ceremony seating, but after finding out it is really not the cheapest thing, I decided to make couches for seating areas around the gazebo dance floor instead.

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Wedding Week: Rustic Wood Signage

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With our rustic orchard themed wedding, I just new we had to include a few hand-painted wood signs.  Luckily for us, there was an old shed on my parent’s property that had partially burned down years prior before they lived there and they had not yet gotten around to tearing it down.  We were able to salvage some of the weathered siding from the shed to make our rustic signs.  The wood was perfect; faded from years in the sun, remnants of old chipping paint, rusted out nail holes and slightly charred in some places.  It really gave our signs the character I wanted!  Here is one of my favorites signs we made that was next to our appetizer/dessert table:

Hand Painted Wedding Signs

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Wedding Week: Pockfold Invitations Tutorial

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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.

DIY 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 »


Wedding Week: Thank You Cards

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Wedding thank you cardsI 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!

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