Jul 17, 2010

  • Last updated on August 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm
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We celebrated our one month anniversary yesterday, and I just can't wait anymore! So I'm going to start posting my wedding recaps -- but not on here, on my personal blog instead!

So, if you're here because you want to see how things turned out, head over to my blog!

I hope you'll take a look, and be patient, I'm going to be working on them when I have time -- but I have a feeling that there will be a lot of pictures! =)

  • Last updated on August 10, 2010 at 8:08 am
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A little late, but these were a last-minute, spontaneous decision that I made while we were running an errand at Target the week before the wedding. I didn't take many pictures, either, but I thought I'd write out what kinds of things I put in them.

We had 9 kids under age 12 coming, plus 2 babies who are 1. So we bought random stuff to keep them occupied. The babies just got a little wrist rattle thing, but they are super cute. =) The other kids got different things, depending on age. Mostly, we walked through the $1 bins, party favor, and toys sections of Target and got some pretty good deals.

Example of a bag for a 4-6 year old:

  • Wooly Willy favor
  • Care Bear activity book for girls, Pixar Cars activity book for boys
  • Blank notebook to draw on
  • Hello Kitty mirror for girls, Hot Wheel car for boys
  • Crayons
  • Star Wars yo-yo favor


Example of a bag for a 7-12 year old:

  • Wooly Willy favor
  • Blank notebook to draw on
  • Crayons
  • Crayola mini activity book
  • Travel Uno card game (if they had a similar-aged sibling)


It was a really random mix of stuff, all thrown into paper lunch bags with the kids' names on them, but I thought if I were a parent, I would appreciate it. I even bought origami, and thought I'd print out instructions on how to fold paper cranes for the older kids, but I just didn't have the energy or motivation to bother anymore. Would have been cute, though, with the theme!

For the crayons, I just bought a pack of 64 Crayola crayons -- my favorite growing up. I thought about markers or ballpoint pens, too, but didn't want to risk kids messing up the linens and getting charged for it. =) We lucked out because we had 9 kids, so each kid got 7 crayons, and no one had to get the white crayon! We tried to make sure each set of crayons had some "good" colors in them. Then I tied them into bunches with some leftover twine that we had used for the favor jars!

DIY Kids Activity Bags photo 1

  • Last updated on August 3, 2010 at 7:25 am
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Our photographer Chris Richards was a dream! He is so phenomenal!! Here are the teasers that he posted on FB, that I've uploaded here to share with you!

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  • Last updated on July 6, 2010 at 11:30 am
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Not much of a DIY, but I think they turned out cute!

FI and I decided to forget about memorizing our vows, which is just one more thing to worry about. Instead, we are going to give our vows to our officiant, who is a friend of ours who got ordained online just for us. And instead of giving him a boring piece of paper, I thought these vow cards would be cuter, plus they go with the rest of our wedding, and would make a nice keepsake of what we promised each other on our wedding day.

I used leftover cardstock from Paper-Source in bluebell (from our programs and menus), printed out our vows (which we made kind of "match" as far as the structure of our vows), and then added a strip of leftover origami from our escort cards and pocket schedules, so the whole project was quick, easy, and free!

DIY Vows Cards photo 1
They look big, but they aren't, they're just 3 7/8" x 5 5/16". I blurred out the text to keep it a surprise from everyone. =)

What do you think?

  • Last updated on June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am
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This weekend, I made our pocket schedules! The first time I ever saw or heard of one was when I was acting as an unofficial day-of coordinator for my friend's wedding. It was concise and to the point: phone numbers and a rough schedule for the day before and day of the wedding. I, being long-winded, couldn't keep it as concise, but it still came out nice, in my opinion.

Step 1:
The most time consuming thing was writing the text and making it fit in the dimensions I was shooting for (normal business card size, around 2"x3½"). I included contact numbers and a summary of the schedules for the day before and day of our wedding on one side. Then, since I was so worried about all the things that had to be done ON the wedding day, I decided to put the detailed schedule on the back! It took a bit of playing around on our home printer, making sure the text printed upside down on the back, and left room at the top for gluing, etc., but I eventually figured it out! Here is the back (detailed schedule side), trimmed to size and folded, ready to be assembled:
DIY Pocket Schedules photo 1
I made sure that, folded up, the dimensions were 1 7/8" x 3 3/8", so that there was 1/16" on all sides when I attached it to the covers. I also went a little further and made two versions of the text -- in each, I grayed-out things in the summary schedule that didn't apply to the boys or girls. This made for easier reading, I thought.

Step 2:
I cut leftover blue cardstock from the menus that I had made (Paper-Source #10 note cards in Bluebell) into business card dimensions: 2"x3½".
DIY Pocket Schedules photo 2

Step 3:
For the front covers, I decided to use origami trimmings that I had leftover (and luckily kept) from making the escort cards. Before I attached the origami, I wrote "Jennifer & Todd's Wedding" on the front, allowing for room for the origami. (These are for the girls -- for the boys, I attached the origami lengthwise on the left, you'll see later.)
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Step 4:
For the back cover, I left it plain, but glued (then taped for good measure) a bit of thin ribbon (leftover from our programs that I made -- I used 15" each) to the inside, to be used later to keep the pocket schedules closed.
DIY Pocket Schedules photo 5

Step 5:
I carefully double-sided-taped the prepared text pages to the covers -- here is the front side of the text, and on the back is the detailed schedule that I showed in step 1:
DIY Pocket Schedules photo 6
You can also see some of the grayed-out text here, at 10:30am -- this is a schedule for one of the girls, and the boys' stuff is grayed out.

Step 6:
Well, it's not really a step, but you just wind the ribbon around the schedule and instead of even tying it, I just pulled the ribbon through behind the wound-up parts of the ribbon and it stays shut!
DIY Pocket Schedules photo 7
Here, you can see that the girls' versions have the origami along the bottom, while the boys have the origami along the sides.

Cost Breakdown:
I know this won't help you, and I hate when people say this, but this was a free project for me! But I can estimate for you what it would have cost me to make these:

6 #10 note cards = $1.44 (25 for $6)
Orange ribbon = 50¢ (that's for a whole 10 yard spool, and I didn't need 10 yards)
Scraps of origami = $1? (That's just an estimate -- you can use construction paper, leftover envelope liner, etc.)
Printer paper and ink is minimal, and I won't include code of supplies like paper trimmers.
Total: $3.94 (plus tax =)) for 11 / 36
¢ each

I hope this helps someone out there -- I wouldn't put these up if I didn't think someone might benefit from my trial and error! =) What do you think of these? Helpful or waste of time?

  • Last updated on June 14, 2010 at 10:16 am
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After finalizing our program text in OpenOffice and creating a PDF from it, I threw it onto my trusty flash drive and we took it over to our neighborhood FedEx Office (nee Kinko's) to get 130 printed and cut to size. I took a sheet that I had marked up with how we wanted it cut, just in case. Let me tell you: this step was totally worth it. 8 minutes and $20 later, we had 130 each of both program pages cut to our exact dimensions (3 5/8" x 9", to fit our #10 Paper-Source backings, which was 3 7/8" x 9 1/4"). This would have cost us more in paper, ink, and sanity if I did it myself!

Without further ado, here's what I did to create the programs!

Supplies/Cost Breakdown:
DIY Programs photo 1
125 Paper-Source #10 backings in bluebell = $62.50 (before tax/shipping)
130 pages each of both pages of our program = $20.00
Thin ribbon in orange - 7 packs of 10 yds each = $3.50 (before tax)
1/8" hole punch = already had on hand
Double-sided tape = already had on hand
Scissors = already had on hand
Total: $86.00 for 120; 72¢ each

Step 1: Pair up the two (or more, if you have more) pages and line them up exactly. I decided to put a bit of double-sided tape at the time, between where I'd be punching holes to keep them perfectly one-on-top-of-the-other. (If I didn't do the tape in all of these steps, the pages wiggled because tying the ribbon really taut was next to impossible!)

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Step 2: Position the paired pages where you want them to be on the backing -- use another bit of double-sided tape at the top (between the two holes in the backing) to hold them in place. I also put a little more tape to hold the flap of the backing down on the first page.

DIY Programs photo 4

Step 3: With the flap folded down, I took my hole punch (1/8" perfectly matched the holes in the backing!) and punched holes through the two program pages.

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Step 4: Next, I used 17" of ribbon and passed them through the holes from the back. I evened them so they were the same length on both sides, and then used Paper-Source's instructions on tying the perfect bow, keeping the ribbon as taut as possible.

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Step 5: Trim any excess ribbon to make them equal lengths and you're done!

DIY Programs photo 9

The finished product:

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