DIY vintage postcard Save the Date
I made this on word- will post instructions and template if you want them
so obviously this looks kind of crap right now in low resolution, but it's a first draft that I did in about 20 minutes on word so you can imagine with some tidying up and printed on thick pretty cardstock it would be a lot nicer.
I probably won't use this but I just wanted to try make something cute out of the cute custom monogram that I got free off of the weddingchicks.com. You can make it in your colours and with your names and dates. You don't Have to spend a tonne on wedding stationary. If you download templates offline and don't add embellishments it can actually be pretty cheap.
You could print these on A4 paper in colour for about $0.10 cents a side (so two double sided post cards per a4 sheet), then get the whole lot cut in half to create your postcards for about $2. (go to a stationary store that does ream cutting)
Even if you had to make a hundred that brings printing and cutting for these to about $12. A bundle of thick card stock can actually be pretty cheap as well if you buy it in a big pack (like the packs that printer paper comes in- I've got a thick parchment type that I use to print C.V.s on for my home business that would suit these). Then it's just postage on top of that and you don't need envelopes as it's a postcard
The monogram was free from weddingchicks.com, and the rest is simply created on word.
It's probably all pretty obvious how to make this but if anyone wants the word template I made and instructions I can post them up later :). Just let me know.
EDIT: INSTRUCTIONS ADDED
If you want the word template for this LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS and I'll send it your way :). Here are the instructions as well:
1) Visit http://www.weddingchicks.com:8080/freebies/custom-goodies and select the monogram you would like to use on the front. There are a few designs available- I used the key image.
2) Enter your details and colours as you would like them to appear. The website will email your monogram to your email address.
3) When you receive it you need to save the image in a JPG format- right click it and select save as. Make sure you save as type JPEG image.
4) Open the word template. Right click and copy past your monogram into the first screen that will be the front of the postcard. Size the image to fit the screen and make sure it is centered.
5) In the second screen, which will be the back of the postcard, replace the writing with your details as youd like them to appear. The address on the left hand side can be deleted and left blank to hand write the addresses in later, or you can choose to enter each guests address individually in the box on word.
6) To edit the colours of the lines you will need to right click the individual shape and select format autoshape. A box will come up with a colour option- select the colour that is closest to that of your monogram, or another complementary colour of your choice you will need to repeat this step for each coloured line. You can use the format painter to hasten this step.
7) Your postcards should now be ready to print on cardstock of your choosing.
-You can make the names appear either way you like on the custom monogram- just enter the names the other way around under the wrong titles if you want the mans name to appear first.
-The fonts on the post card are Chopin Script point 16 (names and announcement), Chopin Script point 20 (guest name and address), and Georgia point 9 (main text).
-Each line has its own word box- you will need to select and enter the text in the next box for each new line.
-Obviously you will need to print double sided on thick card stock
-The box for the stamp may be the wrong size for your stamps- resize it to suit you.
Vintage Wedding Dress
To Buy or Not to Buy?
I am thinking that I might go for a vintage wedding dress. I'm loving a lot of lace numbers from the 50s with some modern tailoring that I've seen around the web.
I've found the first dress on www.thevintagebride.com and would love to get it. I'd probably use a waist sash as in the front view, and probably get the arms tailored (to maybe a cap sleeve or similar) along with a few other alterations maybe around the neck line (the under part not the lace). This is so perfect for what I had in mind with some heavy tailoring.
It's definitely in my price range but there's only one problem- my wedding is so far away (February 2012) that it seems ridiculous to get it so early. But there is a distinct possibility something like this won't come up again.
I'm also fairly certain it's huge so it would probably need extensive tailoring... what to do? Any thoughts?
The other images are of the Feel I like (not necessarily what they Look like- just the formal, vintage, glamour feel of them).
Vintage Inspired Jewelery
Bridesmaid and Girly gifts
I am officially in love with these handmade filagree vintage jewelery pieces.
They are available at 'Vintage Inspired Jewelery' which has an etsy store here: www.etsy.com/shop/Gingeroni1
They make all sorts of beautiful jewelery in every colour. They also have a few bridesmaid gifts such as sets of 5 of their rings.
They would make such beautiful and creative gifts. A bride or an everyone could wear them too! I'm eyeing up a few items just for my everyday wardrobe and my sister and best friend may be getting some of these for their birthdays/christmas this year. So lovely!
Eco-friendly Gift Wrap
a present for my FH
I saw some t-shirts that I Had to get for my FH while out shopping the other day, and I'm one of those people who can't give someone something without wrapping it and turning it into a big deal.
There was no wrapping paper or cello-tape on hand, however, so I improvised this eco-wrap.
I used a burlap reusable shopping bag from trade aid as wrapping and a plastic bag torn into a ribbon.
I think it looks beautiful and have decided to wrap all my presents this way- that way the bag is part of the present too. I may do it for my gifts to the bridal party and parents too :).
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Sometimes the most beautiful photos are those that show just a little bit.
Sometimes the most beautiful moments are just before.
Sometimes it's better to be left hoping for a little bit more.
Sometimes the best part is in the waiting
The Archipelago of Kisses
We live in a modern society. Husbands and wives don't
grow on trees, like in the old days. So where
does one find love? When you're sixteen it's easy,
like being unleashed with a credit card
in a department store of kisses. There's the first kiss.
The sloppy kiss. The peck.
The sympathy kiss. The backseat smooch. The we
shouldn't be doing this kiss. The but your lips
taste so good kiss. The bury me in an avalanche of tingles kiss.
The I wish you'd quit smoking kiss.
The I accept your apology, but you make me really mad
sometimes kiss. The I know
your tongue like the back of my hand kiss. As you get
older, kisses become scarce. You'll be driving
home and see a damaged kiss on the side of the road,
with its purple thumb out. If you
were younger, you'd pull over, slide open the mouth's
red door just to see how it fits. Oh where
does one find love? If you rub two glances, you get a smile.
Rub two smiles, you get a warm feeling.
Rub two warm feelings and presto-you have a kiss.
Now what? Don't invite the kiss over
and answer the door in your underwear. It'll get suspicious
and stare at your toes. Don't water the kiss with whiskey.
It'll turn bright pink and explode into a thousand luscious splinters,
but in the morning it'll be ashamed and sneak out of
your body without saying good-bye,
and you'll remember that kiss forever by all the little cuts it left
on the inside of your mouth. You must
nurture the kiss. Turn out the lights. Notice how it
illuminates the room. Hold it to your chest
and wonder if the sand inside hourglasses comes from a
special beach. Place it on the tongue's pillow,
then look up the first recorded kiss in an encyclopedia: beneath
a Babylonian olive tree in 1200 B.C.
But one kiss levitates above all the others. The
intersection of function and desire. The I do kiss.
The I'll love you through a brick wall kiss.
Even when I'm dead, I'll swim through the Earth,
like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones
by Jeffrey McDaniel
Ideas and Dreams
We're going to get our engagement pics done some time this year, and I'm loving some of these ideas. I want to do about three different scenarios/outfits:
1. dreamy vintage romantic, low sunlight in a field shoot. I love the wings and red lips especially.
2. formal black tie in a beautiful room shoot
3. quirky city shoot - rockstar clothes :)
Hoping they will be awesome
Tea Party by Dark
Two inspiration boards I've created for my night time, fairy-lit wedding.
The main picture was created on stylecircle with my own collected images.
The second was a color board which I placed on a floral background.
Why buy when you can DIY?
Projects, projects, projects
I love DIY projects, and these are all great manageable feats. ruffledblog.com is great for vintage inspiration and lots of DIY projects. Have a look! Here are some links to some instructions for some cute projects.
Vintage Book Ring Holder
A pageboy would look so cute carrying a little appropriately themed old book rather than a cushion:
Vintage Photobooth Wall
I love these walls (as opposed to the classic booth):
Milk Glass Centrepieces
An easy way to create a put together look for cheap, simply buy thrift store vases and jugs and spray paint to look like milk glass:
These instructions are for save the dates, but I'm just using the first part of the instructions to create gorgeous cards for guests to write on and post in a big vintage letter box in lieu of a traditional guest book: