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DIY Invitations: Tula & Steve

Tula is the fab blogger behind Whorange.net and is a fellow K Autumn bride. I couldn’t be more thrilled when she emailed me to share her utterly adorable wedding suite for her upcoming May wedding.  DIY letterpress?? Well, color me super impressed!!

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From Tula: I had never put together a multi-component invite, and must say, within the course of six weeks, I learned more than I ever thought I could about paper, inks, construction, RGB, CMYK, hemp cord, scoring, adobe illustrator, envelopes, letterpressing, offset printing, glue sticks, and masochism.

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Top honors go to my best friend and maid-of-honor, Gennan Shippen, who gloriously designed the flora and fauna motifs.  From dancing bunnies and bears, to perching peacocks, to doting deer, Gennan’s playful yet elegant illustrations truly put the pretty in pretty.  Also, my Aunt Diane provided fabulous calligraphy for the envelopes, which you can’t see very well in this picture, but trust me, it’s good enough to eat.

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I took on the glamorous job of printing and construction. After receiving quotes from print shops ranging from 1500-2600 dollars, I realized I had to get crafty and DIY it.  I enrolled in a beginning letterpress class at Otis College of Art & Design and learned how to press the invitation’s text insert, two sets of thank you cards, and my program cover.

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For the remainder of the inserts (RSVP, map, hotel accommodations, wedding day details), I picked up basic white card stock from Kelly Paper and ran them off at Copymat.

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One of my and Steve’s favorite invitation elements is the RSVP card.  We included a message on the bottom of the card which read, “please feel free to write or doodle something for us on the back of this card.”  The backside featured a little doe and a simple top border. The blank reply cards were a great idea and the responses are so awesome!

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AWESOME indeed.  Thanks so much Tula for sharing your invites with us.  All my best wishes for the big day!  I’m sure it will be fab.  Can’t wait for the photos!

Pssst, got some great DIYs to share?  Email us here, we’d love to hear from you!

April 30, 2009   6 Comments

DIY Save-the-Date: Haley & Justin

I first saw this DIY awesomeness from our Flickr Pool and knew I had to share.  Haley of Bread of Many had me at hello for sure!

Hand-drawn little acorns on a mustard-y yellow background…

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Inside, more hand-illustration and calligraphy goodness…

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Closeup of Haley’s mad calligraphy skillz
(Haley, it’s official I hate you, haha!)

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Hand-calligraphed guest addresses

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Um Haley, can you do me a favor by turning this script into a font?

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Oh, and the price tag?  Just 86¢ each. Sweet! Read all about it on Haley’s blog.  And while you’re there, download her first ever freebie– a printable mini idea saver!  Haley wanted you iDiY dearies to get first dibs ‘coz she says “iDiY is the blog that got me hooked on printables in the first place!” Aww!

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From Haley: “Stack them by your bed, keep them in your purse… staple together all of  your ideas at the end of each week for an instant great idea diary!” This download will only be available for a limited time, so grab yours now!

April 29, 2009   8 Comments

Blogging: The B-List Meetup

Wanna hear all about my amazing weekend?

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Last Saturday, I had the honor of being invited to the first ever B-List Conference for wedding bloggers, organized by Vané of Brooklyn Bride and Anne of From “I Will” to “I Do”.

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About twenty-ish of us from across the country met up at the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, and had a chance  to chat and share ideas and tips about blogging and weddings.  So wonderful to finally meet and connect with some of my favorite bloggers in person!

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We also had a meet and greet with some of New York’s finest vendors, while enjoying drinks and a catered lunch by Sterling Affair.

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I love the centerpieces by Seaport Flowers

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… so much so that the  li’l sucker on the left below is now sitting prettily on my desk, hehe.   Thank you Amy!

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Wedding cake by Mark Joseph Cakes.  Lovely and super yummy!

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It was fun to meet all the fabulous photographers, floral designers, invitation studios, and event planners.  Names that I would previously only read from all the blogs!

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Ami {Elizabeth Anne Designs}, Anne {Perfect Bound} and Bee from {Weddingbee} putting on their blogger pins from Rosenow

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Rebekah of {EAD} with yours truly

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I Love, Jenna‘s calligraphy (featured here on Anne‘s belly, teehee)

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Maria {ritzy bee blog} and Liene of {Blue Orchid Designs™}

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Afterwards, we headed over to the gorgeous loft home of Michele Preli, editor-in-chief of Brides.com, for a wine tasting by Swirl Events.

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Vané {Brooklyn Bride} with Janie from {The Bride’s Cafe}

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Courtney {The Little White Book}, Me, Nole {Oh So Beautiful Paper}, Christy {What Junebug Loves!} and Kristina from {100 Layer Cake} ’round the cocktails table

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The B-Listers

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Front row: Maria {ritzy bee blog}, Bee {Weddingbee}, Anne {From “I Will” to “I Do”}

Middle row: Liene {Blue Orchid Designs™}, Kelly {Santa Barbara Wedding Chic}, Courtney {The Little White Book}, Janice {The Bridal Wishlist}, Anne {Perfect Bound}, Amanda {Vintage Glam Weddings}, Vané {Brooklyn Bride}, Rebekah {Elizabeth Anne Designs}, Emily from {Once Wed Blog}

Back row: Luzel {iDiY}, Kristina {100 Layer Cake},  Janie {The Bride’s Cafe}, Darci {With This Ring}, Christy {What Junebug Loves!}, Nole {Oh So Beautiful Paper},  Jen {Green Wedding Shoes}, and Ami {Elizabeth Anne Designs}.

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You can check out more info and photos from the event over on The B-List blog.  BIG thanks to Vané and Anne for making all this possible.  Everything was just amazing!

My special thanks too to all the sponsors of the FANTASTIC gift bags! OMG. I seriously diiiieeed and gone to gift bag heaven!!   Thank you all for my Fresh goodies, Jennifer Behr hair accessory, NELLE evening bag, earrings from Viv & Ingrid, custom B-list mug from Jessica Rust Designs, edible treats from Abigail Kirsch, Jones Soda, Gumdrop Cookie Shop, Nunu Chocolates & Papabubble, Destination Wedding Planner from Chronicle Books, Wedding Day Emergency Kit from Hallak Cleaners, yummy soap from SaipuaOne Love Photo‘s li’l toy camera viewmaster, and papergoods GALORE from Blue Ribbon Design, Delphine Press, INK + WIT, Iomoi, Linda & Harriett, Minted, Mohawk Paper, Nantaka Joy, Paper+Cup, Paperwink, PosePrints, Sarah Drake Design, Smock, Stuck Labels, Thoughtful Day, Two Bees Press & Wedding Paper Divas + more!  (And this lazy blogger thanks the {ritzy bee} for putting together this linky-list!)

{ Photos at the Galapagos Art Space and the group photo are by the amazing Jenny Ebert; Wine tasting photos by Vané and ChristyThe B-List logo and graphics designed by the uber talented Erica from Thoughtful Day }


April 28, 2009   8 Comments

WeLoveTypography

A new daily source of typographic inspiration!  If you find yourself stuck in a bit of a creative rut on your DIYs, WeLoveTypography is a great site to check out.  From the creator of my fave ILoveTypography and contributed to by some of the best type people on the net,  it is the FFFFound for all things type, typography, lettering, & signage. Below is just a sampling of what you can find.  I thought these would be cool for a monogram, save-the-date, invite, program cover, table numbers, labels and more.

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April 27, 2009   3 Comments

Aww, shucks. Colin Cowie yer makin’ us blush!

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It felt surreal getting an email from Colin himself a few weeks ago, asking me to be linked to his blog.  And today, chanelling my inner Zoe here, I diiieeee. Diiieee. OMG.  I absolutely love Colin Cowie so I’m extremely honored that we’re in his roll of Noteworthy Blogs. He is such an inspiration!  No matter what your budget, he always has amazing ideas to share (here’s one of my faves).   So ladies, yet another goodie for your feedreader: the Colin Cowie BlogThank you Mr. Cowie for this wonderful shoutout!

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April 24, 2009   5 Comments