invitations & stationery
March 09, 2012



We’re always in search of new ideas for chic, crafty weddings. So we were super excited to hear that Taunton Press is compiling the ultimate DIY wedding book set, The Bride’s Guide. It’ll feature a trio of gorgeous bridal-crafting books by expert Khris Cochran, each with 40 easy project ideas. Think: feather boutonnieres, vintage paper parasols and personalized baby-breath centerpieces.







Buds and Blossoms Bridal Bag. Photo by Khris Cochran.

June 14, 2011

This cute DIY thank-you card project comes to us straight from wedding and event planner Angela at Oh So Joyous. We love the personalized details, like the monogram stamp and wedding photos that she used.


This thank you pack includes an embossed card and the couple’s favourite wedding photos all wrapped in a pretty little pocket folder and finished off with a ribbon.

    What you will need:
  • watermark ink or embossing ink
  • ink of your colour choice (I used black)
  • thermal embossing powder of your colour choice (I used gold)
  • rubber thank you stamp
  • rubber stamp of your choice for front of card (I used a custom monogram stamp)
  • heat gun
  • cards and envelopes
  • ribbon
  • luggage tags
  • pocket folders
  • a selection of your favorite wedding photos


    Here's what to do:
  1. Using a thank you stamp, stamp the luggage tags with the regular ink and put aside.
  2. Press the rubber stamp on the watermark ink and stamp the image on the card by pressing down firmly and removing the stamp quickly.
  3. Shake the thermal embossing powder over the image until it is completely covered. To remove the excess powder tap the card over some paper and then empty this back into the thermal embossing powder container. Make sure the card has no flecks of powder by brushing them off.

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  5. Turn on the heat tool and melt the powder this may take a few seconds.

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  7. Once you have filled in the cards with your note and enveloped them you can insert the card and photographs into the pocket folder and seal it.
  8. Put the ribbon through the luggage tag and tie it around the pocket folder, finish it off with a tie of your choice and voila!


All images courtesy of Oh So Joyous.

Like what you see? Check out her blog for more creative ideas.

June 04, 2010

1. Take the flowers with you. These flower containers are made from fast food drink caddies -- how creative is that? Use them as a centerpiece, and encourage your guests to each take home a pot of flowers at the end as a favor. (I Do It Yourself).

2. Dress up your envelopes. Dressing up your envelopes is a great way to add a personal touch and help set the mood for the wedding. You can download these templates for free. (Just Something I Made.

3. Short and sweet favors. If you're on a budget, try out these for favors. Choose a small sweet (chocolate, a hard candy, a mixture of each), and simply wrap and tie. The total cost per favor is about 10 cents. Beat that! (Project Wedding via {frolic!}).

4. Put a name on it. These monogrammed paperweights are just too cool to pass up. A perfect gift for anyone in your bridal party (guys and girls), they're fairly easy to make, and it's something that everyone can use. (Junie Moon).

5. The two-minute project. This Japanese-inspired bag really will only take you two minutes to make -- and it looks so chic. Could be an excellent bridesmaid gift or a nice beach bag for your honeymoon. (Annekata).

-- Amy E.

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May 13, 2010

OK, so it may not be the most colorful Link Love that we've had, but trust us, these projects are pretty amazing. They're all geared towards getting ready for the big day -- from sending out your invitations to keeping your bridal party excited. Here's the best from around the web this week.

1. Plastic Fantastic. We won't even try to hide how cool this project is. These plastic rings would make a great gift for your bridesmaids, or a fun piece to give to your flower girl. (Planet June)

2. Outside the Paperstock. If you don't know about Nonpareil magazine, you should. It's filled with amazing wedding craft ideas, like this one, which lets you to make your invitations out of fabric, or even write your wedding day info on vintage china plates. (Nonpareil magazine)

3. May Flowers. Old-fashioned bridal suites used to be decorated with wreaths on the day of the wedding. Why not toy with that idea by making this cute wreath to let everyone know where the bride's getting ready? (Lollychops)

4. Butterfly pillows. Who doesn't love butterflies? This adorable pillow could easily serve as a ring bearers pillow for a casual spring wedding. Or, simply make as a gift for your bridesmaids. (Ruffles and Stuff)

5. What Happens in Vegas... For this particular project, the writer is actually heading to Vegas for a vacation and trying to get her friends excited about the trip, but we think the concept works perfectly for a wedding too. If you're wedding is just a few weeks away, why not get your bridal psyched up for the big day by sending along a little gift to remind them how much you're looking forward to their being there? Give them a small shot glass, handkerchief, or even just a note. (Ready, Set, Craft!)

-- Amy E.

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April 23, 2010

We're still feeling a little Earth love today off our post yesterday. These projects are just gorgeous -- and a great reminder of how awesome nature can be. Enjoy!

1. Kitschy and Eco! We know this kind of bold statement isn't for everyone, but think of how great it could look for a casual rehearsal dinner, if not the wedding itself. We love how it's an instant table setting and a favor for your guests in one. (Project Wedding).

2. Garden Stripes. For those of you who are Adobe savvy, there's this great free download of an invitation pattern from J. Bartyn. The green stripes and clean design feel perfect for a late spring or early summer wedding. (Plus, even if you aren't Adobe savvy, prices for printing this invitation start at just $55. Now that's a steal). (J. Bartyn).

3. Pegged Together. What could be cuter than this pegboard centerpiece made with real flowers? Invite your guests to take a flower from the peg board and tuck it in their hair, or wear it as a DIY boutiounnere. (100 Layer Cake, from guest blogger, Kelly).

4. Lovely Lilacs. We're loving this idea of carrying a bouquet of fresh lilacs down the aisle. Just think of how fragrant that bouquet will be. ({frolic!}).

5. A Little Bit Wild. We've done a few wildflower centerpieces before, but honestly, we just can't get enough. This lovely design idea comes from DIY newlywed Grace Bonney. (Design*sponge. And if you love that project, check out this one which features centerpieces of wild violets set in wine glasses. How chic!).

Images via design*sponge, {frolic!}, by Chelsea Fuss, Yes, Please, and J. Bartyn.

-- Amy E.

Find more amazing flower and decor ideas in our photo galleries

April 01, 2010

So our Link Love comes a little late today -- but with no less love! Here are some nature inspired designs from around the web that are perfect just as they are, or could be modified slightly to fit just about any style. Feel the love.

1. I love these rock place cards the author used at her own recent wedding. How perfect for an outdoor affair where you don't want anything to blow away! (The Violet Hours).

2. We all know cupcakes have become a major wedding trend to serve in lieu of the traditional 3-tiered wedding cake. But what about mini cupcakes? And for all you brides out there sticking to a pre-wedding diet -- you can still indulge. This recipe is low-fat. Sweet. (Dana Made It). (If you're wondering how these are nature inspired, well, all the ingredients are natural. And besides, cupcakes are wonderful to talk about anytime!)

3. This vintage wallpaper envelope liner project originally comes from 100 Layer Cake, but I love that this blog ads some additional resources and specifics on where you can buy some amazing vintage wall paper to use. How cute! (Say Yes to Hoboken).

4. Still looking for that perfect something for your flower girl? Why not have her wear this cute flowered hair clip, that's got just an added touch of style thanks to the frayed edges. (100 Layer Cake).

5. How cool would these branch inspired brooches look as boutinerres on your groomsmen? If your FH is the type that cringes at the very thought of pinning a rose to his jacket, this could be a great solution. (Maya Made).

-- Amy Eisinger

November 02, 2009

We're still finding inspiration from our favorite seasonal elements. So easy! So cheap!

leaves (you'll need 1 per guest)
hole punch
construction paper
glue stick
fine tip markers (we used black and white)

How-to Here's a hint: We actually made our name cards by tracing clip art that we doanloaded but chances are you can find a cute acorn from the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store.

Step 1 Download acorn-shaped clip art. Cut out,trace and cut out.
Step 2 We traced the tops on our brown paper and the body on moss colored paper. Cut out.
Step 3 Glue the tops of the acorn on the bottom with glue stick. Set aside and let dry.
Step 4 Write the name of your guest and the table assignments.
Step 5 We decided to dress up the acorn with a dot border with a white felt tip marker.
Step 6 Make a hole in the top of the acorn. Attach to leaf with ribbon.
October 12, 2009

This idea won us over. Instantly! Yep, that is an actual menu sitting on that plate. Amazing! As soon as we spotted this on,we couldn't wait to share it with all of you.
The best part? Once you have all of the supplies, you can be as creative and imaginative as you like. Let us know if you try one of your own.

September 30, 2009



Who can really resist an adorable motif that you carry through your entire wedding? We definitely can't! That's why we couldn't stop talking about these DIY stamped menu cards that we spotted on What a cute idea and totally doable since stamps come in all different designs and styles.

September 09, 2009


We couldn't wait to share the amazing ideas that Jessica and Tad whipped up for their wedding day celebration. We really fell in love with their Save the Date! Why? Because we literally took a stroll down all the big moments they spent together. Could those icons get any cuter? So personal. Totally creative. Unbelievably inspiring.

The wedding was photographed by LemonLimePhoto

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