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Hey, Show Me Your Box: Getting to Work

When we last left off, I had some plain cigar boxes sitting in my dining room, untouched, for a few months because I couldn’t seem to find the balance between my dream for our wedding colors and reality.  Well, fast forward to approximately a week before my future sister-in-law was due to visit us in Pittsburgh, and crap.  Time to get to work and get those bridesmaids boxes done so I could present them to my girls before we went shopping for bridesmaid dresses!

Since I procrastinated, I was forced to work with what I had in my craft supplies.  It worked pretty well since it gave me no room to second-guess what I was doing!  Here’s what I used that I already had in my craft box:

  • acrylic paints (bought for a previous project, used pink, orange, and black)
  • paint brushes
  • cardstock
  • blank square gate-fold cards that I found on sale at Marshall’s a year earlier
  • pink ribbon
  • punch tags, also found on sale at Marshall’s a year earlier
  • lace-cutout border punch, bought on sale at JoAnn’s and just waiting for an occasion!

First up, I decided I liked the bracket look of the inspiration, but I wanted to make the box something that my girls could reuse for jewelry or trinkets.  I decided to personalize the box with their name on the top.  Instead of staining the box, I decided to paint it with a blend of our wedding colors, pink and orange.  I found a bracket template, something like this one from Paper Source.  I sketched it onto the box with a pen so I could see it through the paint once I painted the box.

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A Special Birthday DIY Surprise

Taking a little break from wedding planning, I’d like to share a special project that I cranked out.  For my mom’s 60th birthday, she insisted – no parties, no gifts.  So we decided what better way to honor the “no gifts” rule than to have all of my mom’s friends and family from past and present, send her surprise birthday cards spanning her birthday week?  My sister said she saw this really cool idea on Pinterest somewhere, and described it to me, but I don’t have Pinterest (I know, I sound like a broken record this week, sorry), so I had to make my own!

The idea is this… send a note to friends and family, and enclose a birthday card with a pre-addressed pre-stamped envelope, so all people have to do is sign their name and drop it in the mailbox!  I decided to go the easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy route and do pre-addressed pre-stamped postcards instead of dealing with envelopes and separate cards.

I’m crazy, so I started from scratch.  First step, find a birthday graphic off of the old Google, throw it into Microsoft Word or Powerpoint, I don’t remember which (I know, I don’t use any “real” editing software, I suck), and make my own postcard.  I put 4 of the pictures on one side to make the most of the cardstock that I would be printing the postcards on.  I went the easy route with all of the same graphic, but I very easily could have done any number of different graphics for the pretty side of the postcard.

All photos personal.


On the next page, which would be printed on the backside, I created your typical postcard layout and put in the address.  Apologies for the blurring out the address, but you can see the watermark graphic that I used as well.

ImageAfter I had my postcards made, the next step was to print them.  Originally, I had planned on buying the cardstock and printing them on my work printer, but after I procrastinated on buying the cardstock, I decided it may be easier to just take my jump drive to the UPS Store and have the postcards printed there.

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Hey, Show Me Your Box: Asking My Ladies

There are many wedding-related ideas that make the rounds, and probably get pinned by every bride-to-be ever.  But since I’ve already told you how I can’t have Pinterest, I have to find my ideas the old-fashioned way.  Well, kind of, I still love me some Google!

So, if you’re on Pinterest, or any other wedding site, you’ve probably seen these lovelies.  This beauty was my inspiration.  I wanted to ask my bridesladies in a “cute” way, while providing them with plenty of information (to make an informed decision before saying yes, of course).  Enter, the bridesmaid boxes.

My inspiration – via Rinse. Repeat. Blog

Now, apparently there are tons of places you can buy these on Etsy, but I’m stubborn and deem myself crafty, so I say:  I can make those!

Throughout the course of our engagement, I’ve reunited with my old favorite crafting friends, JoAnn, Michael, and Pat.  So, I set off to see JoAnn, debit card, coupons, and lofty goals in hand.

Now, when I say lofty goals, I truly mean lofty.  I think at one point I was toying with the idea of buying the boxes, burning the ladies’ names on the lid with my old woodburner, and finishing the boxes with a nice stain.  At another point, I planning on lining the boxes with fabric in our wedding colors.

Go ahead, you can laugh at me now.  It’s okay, that’s what happens with DIY and lofty crafting goals!

Now let me tell you what happened when reality set in.

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