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  • {{SOURCE: Lost my Kitty}}

    What you will need:


    Craft paper 4” square
    Fabric leaves 2”
    Skeleton Leaves 2”
    Adhesive Glue
    Scissors
    Needle and Thread

     

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4 inch square. I’ve used 90 weight paper purchased at Jarrold’s though regular coloured craft paper would work equally well.

    Step 2: Cut out the spiral along the lines you’ve drawn. If you’re really clever, cut out the spiral freehand. It will keep you from hunting down an eraser as I forced my husband to do for me.

    Step 3: Roll the spiral from the outside.
    Step 4: Use a spot of adhesive to glue the body of the flower onto the round bit left.

    Now you’re finished with the flower!
    Step 5: Use a pencil to faintly write your guests’ names in a pretty cursive. I’ve used pen for emphasis and don’t forget the table number for escort cards.

    Step 6: Follow the lines using small stitches. You could also use paper if you are not so keen on sewing.

    Step 7: Attach the skeleton leaf and your personalised leaf to the flower.

     

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  • These wedding favors are the gift that keeps on growing! They're easy to put together -- here's how to create your very own seedling kits:




    What you'll need:



    Supplies:
    (1) Kraft box, Michaels, $1 each
    (2) Moss, Michaels, ranging from $3 to $5 a bag
    (3) Vellum, Michaels, $9.99 for 50 sheets
    (4) Antique seam binding, flea market
    (5) Soil pellets, seasonally found at Target, search online retailers for          larger quanities
    (6) 1" Diameter Terracotta Pot, approximately $1
    (7) Forget-Me-Not seeds, $1 per packet
    (8) Paper sacks, Michaels, about $3 per package of 25
    (9) Miniature tags
    (10) Embroidery floss, $.39 per skein
    (11) Cover weight card stock, $.89 per sheet


    Instructions:

    Step One:


    Fill a miniature paper bag (8) with a soil pellet (5) and a sprinkling of seeds (7). Embellish as desired - here we used antique seam binding (4), a miniature tag (9) and embroidery floss (10). Simpler alternative: seal bag with a sticker or label.

    Step Two:


    Print a monogram, logo or thank-you message on a sheet of heavy card stock (11). The card stock should be long enough to wrap around the kraft paper box (1). Create a matchbox-style lid by folding the cardstock around the box. Use a bone folder to make creases sharp and professional, and glue ends together using a glue stick. Simpler alternative: use a box with attached lid and apply a decorative label or stamp.

    Step Three:


    Line box with sheet moss (2) and place miniature terracotta pot (6) and seed/soil packet inside. Print care and planting instructions on a sheet of vellum (3) and trim so it fits snugly within the box; replace lid.

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  • Give your wedding a beachy feel with a linen and white color scheme. Our inspiration was Queen Anne's Lace, which grows along the roadsides in late summer and offer a beautiful creamy color to a wedding. We gathered a bunch and plunked it into a cream colored handmade ceramic container, barely arranging it to give it a wild feel. We covered the table in linen and used white linen napkins tied with brown + white striped ribbon and a blossom to decorate the plates. We would recommend dark wood chairs or white, depending on your setting. This table is full of impact but a cinch to pull together! Your guests will enjoy this fresh take, on the traditional white wedding!

     

     

     

     

     

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  • I've had quite a few of my bride friends that have reached out to me asking about my DIY Accordion Program.  

     

     

     

     

    Taking inspiration from Martha Stewart, I started working on a mock-up of our accordion programs. I love the compact aspect of the programs and the fact that it's so different than what you normally see at weddings. :) Here's the Martha Stewart accordion program:

     

     

     

     

    For so long, I've admired the programs but often wondered about the manual labor involved with putting them together. Well, yesterday, I got my answer as I worked on our mock-up. Honestly, I was really surprised at how easy it was to put these together and-even more-I enjoyed the project.

     

     

    Our mock-ups are larger the the MS programs, mainly because I knew we will have older people at our weddings and I didn't want the words to be too small. Still, ours fit in the palm of your hand! :) Here's our mock-up:

     

     

    I have the ribbon glued (with double-sided tape) to the back of the program so the ribbon won't go flying everywhere when people open them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of my favorite parts of the program. The simple back page, with a quote from "The Notebook". This is one project I am extremely proud of! I love how ours turned out and-as elements in the program are glued down-I will start putting batches together at a time.

     

     

     

     

     


    You'll need the following: Card stock paper for your cover (8.5" x 11" will be enough for 6 if you line it up right)

     

     


    Accordion template


    Rubber cement glue (or 2-sided tape, your choice)


    Scissors


    Paper-cutter (optional if you're good with cutting straight lines) Ribbon


    Here are the instructions I followed:


    Visit Jody Prose for her FREE templates (click on "accordion fold" program) Click HERE!

    Fill in template and print (most home printers can’t print tabloid pages, however, nearly all kinkos, mailboxes, etc and staples can) Make sure when packing the files on cd/memory stick, that you include a copy of all the fonts you have selected so that you can ensure that your file will print out exactly as you intended.

    Cut sheet in half so you have 2 programs.

    Fold sheet into quarters. To make your folds crisper, use a ruler and a non-serrated butter knife to crease the folds before you actually fold the pages.

    If you used all 8 cells for your program, you’ll need to attach the two pages together. Use rubber cement, a glue stick, or double sided tape to do so. You should have a long accordion at this point.

    Print the Accordion Program Cover and cut in half. Score and fold so that you have a 4.25”x5.5” cover. Using glue dots, rubber cement or a glue stick. Attach the one end of your accordion to the inside cover. Do the same for the outside cover. Repeat for the rest of your programs.
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    Those are the actual instructions included on the template that you'll download. Here are my extra 2 cents:




    Print a few in black & white and a few in color. You can use the b&w copies for your first few tries & the colors for your final mock-up.
    I cannot stress enough, if you have downloaded fonts, how important it is to have those same fonts on the computer you're printing from. Kinko's didn't have my fonts so I had to think fast & find something suitable.
     
    You'll need a nice card stock paper for your cover. I decided to stay toned down for the cover because the damask was pretty busy inside.

    If you are going to include a ribbon like I did, you'll need to attach it to the back of the program with glue/tape, etc. It's the easiest way to ensure ribbons aren't left everywhere after people open them.

    Play with the size of your cover. I don't know the specific size of my cover, but I played with the size of it until I felt comfortable.

     

    If I don't count the time it took to print, the assembly of the program took {maybe} 5-7 minutes for each program. Not bad when Law & Order is on. This would be a GREAT DIY party project.

    CIAO


    Ebonee Monique

     

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  • By: Danyelle Mathews


    Do you have friends and family traveling great distances to attend your big day? If so, you might consider putting together little favor bags to welcome them when they arrive. You can include an itinerary for the festivities, some favorite treats and even personalized stationery to help them feel welcomed and appreciated.


    You will need: fabric drawstring bags, freezer paper, x-acto knife, pencil, paint, fabric medium, initial template, foam paintbrush, iron, small bowl   



     


    Step One

    Trace a monogram print-out to the freezer paper using a pencil. (Tip- here is great resource for unique fonts) 



     


    Step Two 

    Carefully cut out the monogram with the x-acto knife. 



     


    Step Three

    With your iron, adhere the monogram template to the drawstring bag. Once the template is adhered, mix two parts paint to one part fabric medium in a small bowl.



     


    Step Four 

    Carefully paint over the monogram template.




    Once the paint is dry, remove the template and fill your bag with your chosen treats. You can use this same idea to create favors or gift bags for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

    Source

     

     

    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

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  • Next to the actual ceremony, nothing puts us over the moon like all the little details of a wedding. Making details and "branding" the wedding can actually be done on-the-cheap. If you are having your event catered, most caterers will be happy to package the food how you ask. For this Purple Picnic, our supplies were simple. Label paper, paper bags, gable boxes, a little ribbon, and a plastic canister (if your menu requires it). Here are some basics on how we created this picnic lunch.

     

     

     

     

     Supplies:

    1. Labels shapes and full sheets of label paper, purchased for $5 at Office Supply Store

    2. Colored Tissue Paper, purchased for $2

    3. White Food Bags from Paper Mart, the cost is only $.10 each!

    4. Gable Boxes from Paper Mart at $.45 Each

    5. Ribbon from Paper Mart for $3

    6. Labels for lunch box from Office Depot

    Step 1: Design 

    Most of the work is done in this step. These designs were made on Adobe Illustrator using different royalty-free images. You can go to websites like istockphoto.com or your local library or bookstore for designs to reference. If you have a designer or a friend that is a designer it is great to have someone with expertise help but Adobe also offers 30-day free trials of their software so if you really wanted to do it yourself and learn the software program, that is an option too. Although they aren't as detailed there are other programs like Microsoft Paint that can get the job done.

    Step 2: Print

    The labels were printed on label shapes but for the larger label on the gable box we printed the design on full sheet label paper and then cut them out with exacto knifes. The paper bags can be fed directly through your laser or inkjet printer just like you would print an envelope.

    Step 3: Assemble

     

     

    If you are having you caterer help, make sure they understand your vision. It's always good to have one assembled beforehand so they understand what you want. If you are doing it yourself -- it's time to put those bridesmaids to work! Call your friends and family and have a get together a week or two before the big day so you can apply labels. The day before, the food can all be assembled and refrigerated. 



    Step 4: Sit back and relax!

    Watch the guests as they enjoy all the extra special touches. Also, tell your photographer to get closeups of all your handiwork!

     

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  • Even though we're giving cookies, I didn't want them to look like just regular-bleh-cookies; I wanted them to be dressed up! :) Here's a mock-up:

     

    Of course the recipe is NOT correct and nothing is finalized, but I think the mock-up looks pretty good. Mister Mr. played a HUGE part in giving opinions (whodathunk?) on this mock-up. The bow will def. be neater (I suck at them).

     

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  • By: Jennifer Kirk


    If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator. 



     


    Step One

    If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.

    Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).



     


    Step Two

    Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.



     


    Step Three

    Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.



     


    Step Four

    First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards.  Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.



    Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.


     


    Step Five

    When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.



     


    Step Six

    Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.



    Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.



    Step Seven

    Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.

    When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.


     



     



    Step Eight

    Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.  



     


    Step Nine

    When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.



    Step Ten 

    When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.


    Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.


    Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.






    Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.



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  • Pick the freshest fruit of the season and plan your color scheme around it. For this table, we've chosen fetching cherries in red and gold.

     

     

     

     

    We purchased fruit baskets at The Container Store (for less than $2 each) wrapped ribbon around them, and filled them with Rainier cherries. We made sure to pick fruit without bruises or marks.

     

     

    Next, we chose red napkins to coordinate and placed a darling bowl of cherries at every place setting. Each favor was marked with a little flag and personalized with each guests name.

     

     

    Bottled drinks in the same color as the fruit make the table pop! Fruit is unexpected for a wedding and is eco-friendly, as you can send the centerpieces home with all the guests. Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

    Linens courtesy of West Coast Event Productions

     

     

    Photographed at The Cleaners Event Space at Ace Hotel Portland.

     

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  • {{SOURCE: Lost my Kitty}}

    What you will need:


    Craft paper 4” square
    Fabric leaves 2”
    Skeleton Leaves 2”
    Adhesive Glue
    Scissors
    Needle and Thread

     

    Instructions:

    Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4 inch square. I’ve used 90 weight paper purchased at Jarrold’s though regular coloured craft paper would work equally well.

    Step 2: Cut out the spiral along the lines you’ve drawn. If you’re really clever, cut out the spiral freehand. It will keep you from hunting down an eraser as I forced my husband to do for me.

    Step 3: Roll the spiral from the outside.
    Step 4: Use a spot of adhesive to glue the body of the flower onto the round bit left.

    Now you’re finished with the flower!
    Step 5: Use a pencil to faintly write your guests’ names in a pretty cursive. I’ve used pen for emphasis and don’t forget the table number for escort cards.

    Step 6: Follow the lines using small stitches. You could also use paper if you are not so keen on sewing.

    Step 7: Attach the skeleton leaf and your personalised leaf to the flower.

     

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  • These wedding favors are the gift that keeps on growing! They're easy to put together -- here's how to create your very own seedling kits:




    What you'll need:



    Supplies:
    (1) Kraft box, Michaels, $1 each
    (2) Moss, Michaels, ranging from $3 to $5 a bag
    (3) Vellum, Michaels, $9.99 for 50 sheets
    (4) Antique seam binding, flea market
    (5) Soil pellets, seasonally found at Target, search online retailers for          larger quanities
    (6) 1" Diameter Terracotta Pot, approximately $1
    (7) Forget-Me-Not seeds, $1 per packet
    (8) Paper sacks, Michaels, about $3 per package of 25
    (9) Miniature tags
    (10) Embroidery floss, $.39 per skein
    (11) Cover weight card stock, $.89 per sheet


    Instructions:

    Step One:


    Fill a miniature paper bag (8) with a soil pellet (5) and a sprinkling of seeds (7). Embellish as desired - here we used antique seam binding (4), a miniature tag (9) and embroidery floss (10). Simpler alternative: seal bag with a sticker or label.

    Step Two:


    Print a monogram, logo or thank-you message on a sheet of heavy card stock (11). The card stock should be long enough to wrap around the kraft paper box (1). Create a matchbox-style lid by folding the cardstock around the box. Use a bone folder to make creases sharp and professional, and glue ends together using a glue stick. Simpler alternative: use a box with attached lid and apply a decorative label or stamp.

    Step Three:


    Line box with sheet moss (2) and place miniature terracotta pot (6) and seed/soil packet inside. Print care and planting instructions on a sheet of vellum (3) and trim so it fits snugly within the box; replace lid.

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  • Give your wedding a beachy feel with a linen and white color scheme. Our inspiration was Queen Anne's Lace, which grows along the roadsides in late summer and offer a beautiful creamy color to a wedding. We gathered a bunch and plunked it into a cream colored handmade ceramic container, barely arranging it to give it a wild feel. We covered the table in linen and used white linen napkins tied with brown + white striped ribbon and a blossom to decorate the plates. We would recommend dark wood chairs or white, depending on your setting. This table is full of impact but a cinch to pull together! Your guests will enjoy this fresh take, on the traditional white wedding!

     

     

     

     

     

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  • I've had quite a few of my bride friends that have reached out to me asking about my DIY Accordion Program.  

     

     

     

     

    Taking inspiration from Martha Stewart, I started working on a mock-up of our accordion programs. I love the compact aspect of the programs and the fact that it's so different than what you normally see at weddings. :) Here's the Martha Stewart accordion program:

     

     

     

     

    For so long, I've admired the programs but often wondered about the manual labor involved with putting them together. Well, yesterday, I got my answer as I worked on our mock-up. Honestly, I was really surprised at how easy it was to put these together and-even more-I enjoyed the project.

     

     

    Our mock-ups are larger the the MS programs, mainly because I knew we will have older people at our weddings and I didn't want the words to be too small. Still, ours fit in the palm of your hand! :) Here's our mock-up:

     

     

    I have the ribbon glued (with double-sided tape) to the back of the program so the ribbon won't go flying everywhere when people open them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of my favorite parts of the program. The simple back page, with a quote from "The Notebook". This is one project I am extremely proud of! I love how ours turned out and-as elements in the program are glued down-I will start putting batches together at a time.

     

     

     

     

     


    You'll need the following: Card stock paper for your cover (8.5" x 11" will be enough for 6 if you line it up right)

     

     


    Accordion template


    Rubber cement glue (or 2-sided tape, your choice)


    Scissors


    Paper-cutter (optional if you're good with cutting straight lines) Ribbon


    Here are the instructions I followed:


    Visit Jody Prose for her FREE templates (click on "accordion fold" program) Click HERE!

    Fill in template and print (most home printers can’t print tabloid pages, however, nearly all kinkos, mailboxes, etc and staples can) Make sure when packing the files on cd/memory stick, that you include a copy of all the fonts you have selected so that you can ensure that your file will print out exactly as you intended.

    Cut sheet in half so you have 2 programs.

    Fold sheet into quarters. To make your folds crisper, use a ruler and a non-serrated butter knife to crease the folds before you actually fold the pages.

    If you used all 8 cells for your program, you’ll need to attach the two pages together. Use rubber cement, a glue stick, or double sided tape to do so. You should have a long accordion at this point.

    Print the Accordion Program Cover and cut in half. Score and fold so that you have a 4.25”x5.5” cover. Using glue dots, rubber cement or a glue stick. Attach the one end of your accordion to the inside cover. Do the same for the outside cover. Repeat for the rest of your programs.
    ***********************************************

    Those are the actual instructions included on the template that you'll download. Here are my extra 2 cents:




    Print a few in black & white and a few in color. You can use the b&w copies for your first few tries & the colors for your final mock-up.
    I cannot stress enough, if you have downloaded fonts, how important it is to have those same fonts on the computer you're printing from. Kinko's didn't have my fonts so I had to think fast & find something suitable.
     
    You'll need a nice card stock paper for your cover. I decided to stay toned down for the cover because the damask was pretty busy inside.

    If you are going to include a ribbon like I did, you'll need to attach it to the back of the program with glue/tape, etc. It's the easiest way to ensure ribbons aren't left everywhere after people open them.

    Play with the size of your cover. I don't know the specific size of my cover, but I played with the size of it until I felt comfortable.

     

    If I don't count the time it took to print, the assembly of the program took {maybe} 5-7 minutes for each program. Not bad when Law & Order is on. This would be a GREAT DIY party project.

    CIAO


    Ebonee Monique

     

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  • By: Danyelle Mathews


    Do you have friends and family traveling great distances to attend your big day? If so, you might consider putting together little favor bags to welcome them when they arrive. You can include an itinerary for the festivities, some favorite treats and even personalized stationery to help them feel welcomed and appreciated.


    You will need: fabric drawstring bags, freezer paper, x-acto knife, pencil, paint, fabric medium, initial template, foam paintbrush, iron, small bowl   



     


    Step One

    Trace a monogram print-out to the freezer paper using a pencil. (Tip- here is great resource for unique fonts) 



     


    Step Two 

    Carefully cut out the monogram with the x-acto knife. 



     


    Step Three

    With your iron, adhere the monogram template to the drawstring bag. Once the template is adhered, mix two parts paint to one part fabric medium in a small bowl.



     


    Step Four 

    Carefully paint over the monogram template.




    Once the paint is dry, remove the template and fill your bag with your chosen treats. You can use this same idea to create favors or gift bags for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

    Source

     

     

    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

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  • Next to the actual ceremony, nothing puts us over the moon like all the little details of a wedding. Making details and "branding" the wedding can actually be done on-the-cheap. If you are having your event catered, most caterers will be happy to package the food how you ask. For this Purple Picnic, our supplies were simple. Label paper, paper bags, gable boxes, a little ribbon, and a plastic canister (if your menu requires it). Here are some basics on how we created this picnic lunch.

     

     

     

     

     Supplies:

    1. Labels shapes and full sheets of label paper, purchased for $5 at Office Supply Store

    2. Colored Tissue Paper, purchased for $2

    3. White Food Bags from Paper Mart, the cost is only $.10 each!

    4. Gable Boxes from Paper Mart at $.45 Each

    5. Ribbon from Paper Mart for $3

    6. Labels for lunch box from Office Depot

    Step 1: Design 

    Most of the work is done in this step. These designs were made on Adobe Illustrator using different royalty-free images. You can go to websites like istockphoto.com or your local library or bookstore for designs to reference. If you have a designer or a friend that is a designer it is great to have someone with expertise help but Adobe also offers 30-day free trials of their software so if you really wanted to do it yourself and learn the software program, that is an option too. Although they aren't as detailed there are other programs like Microsoft Paint that can get the job done.

    Step 2: Print

    The labels were printed on label shapes but for the larger label on the gable box we printed the design on full sheet label paper and then cut them out with exacto knifes. The paper bags can be fed directly through your laser or inkjet printer just like you would print an envelope.

    Step 3: Assemble

     

     

    If you are having you caterer help, make sure they understand your vision. It's always good to have one assembled beforehand so they understand what you want. If you are doing it yourself -- it's time to put those bridesmaids to work! Call your friends and family and have a get together a week or two before the big day so you can apply labels. The day before, the food can all be assembled and refrigerated. 



    Step 4: Sit back and relax!

    Watch the guests as they enjoy all the extra special touches. Also, tell your photographer to get closeups of all your handiwork!

     

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  • Even though we're giving cookies, I didn't want them to look like just regular-bleh-cookies; I wanted them to be dressed up! :) Here's a mock-up:

     

    Of course the recipe is NOT correct and nothing is finalized, but I think the mock-up looks pretty good. Mister Mr. played a HUGE part in giving opinions (whodathunk?) on this mock-up. The bow will def. be neater (I suck at them).

     

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  • By: Jennifer Kirk


    If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator. 



     


    Step One

    If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.

    Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).



     


    Step Two

    Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.



     


    Step Three

    Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.



     


    Step Four

    First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards.  Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.



    Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.


     


    Step Five

    When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.



     


    Step Six

    Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.



    Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.



    Step Seven

    Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.

    When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.


     



     



    Step Eight

    Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.  



     


    Step Nine

    When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.



    Step Ten 

    When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.


    Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.


    Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.






    Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.



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  • Pick the freshest fruit of the season and plan your color scheme around it. For this table, we've chosen fetching cherries in red and gold.

     

     

     

     

    We purchased fruit baskets at The Container Store (for less than $2 each) wrapped ribbon around them, and filled them with Rainier cherries. We made sure to pick fruit without bruises or marks.

     

     

    Next, we chose red napkins to coordinate and placed a darling bowl of cherries at every place setting. Each favor was marked with a little flag and personalized with each guests name.

     

     

    Bottled drinks in the same color as the fruit make the table pop! Fruit is unexpected for a wedding and is eco-friendly, as you can send the centerpieces home with all the guests. Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

    Linens courtesy of West Coast Event Productions

     

     

    Photographed at The Cleaners Event Space at Ace Hotel Portland.

     

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