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DIY Vintage Postcard RSVPs

I don't know about you, but I could have spent weeks pouring over Jess' gorgeous wedding. It was the DIY day at its best, and today, my loves, we get to revisit it once more. With a final DIY from the day up her sleeve, Jess is going to share all the ins and outs of vintage postcard RSVPs.

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DIY Velvet Notebook

When it comes to bringing a wedding to life, it's all about the details. Those completely personalized nuggets of pretty that could knock the socks off any guest on your list. They're details just like these handmade velvet program books from Jess' very own wedding. It's a project that calls for an...

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Molly Jacques Illustration Spotlight

Just like Lucy + Ricky, milk + cookies, and x's + o's... invitations + calligraphy were meant to be together. It goes without saying that we have a pretty fabulous group of invitation designers and calligraphers representing the LBB, many of who collaborate and make sparks fly. Well, lucky me (!) I got to chat it up with one of those super talented calligraphers and a personal favorite of mine, the lovely Molly Jacques of...

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Save the Date Handkerchiefs!

One of our readers, Rachel, sent me THE cutest pictures of her handkerchief save the dates and I had to share. Especially since it goes with our shabby chic theme for the day. Here's how she did it! I'd previously seen handkerchiefs and other bits of fabric printed on and really liked the idea of texture. I also wanted to create a keepsake. I ended up scouring ebay for about a month, collecting vintage handkerchiefs. In the meantime, I created a vintage-y layout using our silhouetted...

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DIY Project: Custom Place Cards

I am so glad that you guys are loving today's featured wedding as much as I did. Throughout the planning, I knew that Brad and Laura were hard at work designing all of the details, but it wasn't until I laid eyes on the space, perfectly flawless, that I really understood just how much TLC went into the evening. Here is yet another fabulous DIY project for all of you...custom place cards! Materials Color Printer Paper Cutter 8.5 x 11″ 80lb white card stock Pre-folded Place Cards...

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DIY Project: Custom Stir Sticks

Laura, the cute bride from today's featured wedding (who just happens to be my new sister-in-law!) has put together some easy, but super chic DIY projects that will definitely add that special something to your wedding style! The first, are the adorable custom cocktail flags that she crafted and placed on the bar for guests to take. Materials Color Printer Paper Cutter or X-acto Knife with self healing mat 8.5 x 11″ 80lb white card stock (like this from Paper-Source) 8.5 x 11″...

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DIY Napkin Wrap

There are two reasons that I randomly decided to create this DIY project. The first, is that after seeing so many of you comment on the one crafted for the Aaron Delesie rehearsal dinner, I thought that it would be fun to just give you something that you could do on your own! The second reason is that I've been working so hard at writing, at making the site a beautiful, completely clean...

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DIY Thank You Cards

My husband is hands down, without a doubt, the worst secret keeper on the planet. At least when it comes to buying gifts. He can barely manage to get himself in the door before he is asking, "do you want your birthday present early?" It's a fault that I absolutely love about him. Well, today, I am SO following in his footsteps. Our DIY editor, Kathleen, just emailed me her latest project and although I was supposed to wait until Friday...

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DIY Project – Wedding Programs

One more DIY Wedding Program for you to fall in love with... Materials Two types of fabric (both of which we incorporated into a variety of other DIY projects) Satin ribbon Cardstock Paper 24-lb Paper Pinking Shears Hot Glue Gun Paper Cutter Sewing Machine Computer/printer Instructions 1. We only had a limited amount of fabric, so the first decision we made was the size of the programs. They ended up measuring 5.5 x 7". In order to incorporate two design themes we were...

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DIY Project – Stitched Programs

I love this DIY project...hand-stitched programs that reflected the couple's personality and style... Instructions (please note, I have skipped the step about designing the art for the cover as it is totally up to you and your own design ideas) 1. Once you have your cover and inside pages designed (ours were made to fit four on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock) get them cut and printed (saving yourself lots of time and agony). **when designing keep in mind that you will need a...

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DIY Project – Invitations

I love these simple, but rustically chic invitations. I doubt anyone would imagine that they are actually a DIY project! Instructions 1. Choose image and/or text to be printed. 2. Make a carbon based print of image/text (xerox copy or laser printers work) 3. Place image on gocco machine - make master screen using the gocco and gocco bulbs. 4. Once the image is burned into the screen, you can ink it.  Smear ink on the image burned into the screen, insert back into the machine, then...

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DIY Project – Carved Place Cards

This DIY Project is just great. Simple as that. The carved place cards are an unexpected touch to a table setting that not only add a hint of chic, they are also perfect for guests to take home with them so that they always remember your big day! Materials Small 6 x 6 piece of wood, depending on the shape you want to create Wood Carving Tool Spray Paint Sand Paper Oil Based Pen Instructions 1. Design and cut out the desired shape out of wood. Some scrapbooking stores make...

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DIY Project – Hanging Placecards

This DIY Project was done by a bride who really thought through her wedding style. She designed these hanging placecards so that the table remained clean and uncluttered and yet they still had that "pop" of color she was going after! Materials 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock (1 sheet per 3 placecards, or 1 sheet for each sign) 12"x12" brocade-design paper (1 sheet) standard white bond paper gluestick white gel pen ribbon Equipment computer with Word or Excel software printer copier...

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DIY Week – Invitation Packaging

Our next project was sent to us by a reader who clearly has a great hand for crafts! These Invitation Packages are a little more complicated than other projects, but I wanted to share as I think they are so cute...and I think that you can use this idea as inspiration to create your own projects! Materials Heavy Weight Decorative Paper in 2-3 styles (I used the purple card stock and a straw-like stock) Bone Folder Glue or other adhesive Decorative Stamp and White Pigment Ink...

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Printing Your Own Wedding Invitations

There are so many ways to work within a budget when it comes to wedding invitations...if you are working with a flexible budget, finding a great custom designer or ordering out of a pretty letterpress or engraved album is absolutely worth it. There is just something so luxurious and easy in going about it this way. With that said, there are great...really, really great ways, to design a beautiful invitation on a budget! Companies like...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

These drop dead gorgeous wedding invitations were created totally custom to reflected the couple's style and the feel of the wedding (which is actually just a few days after New Year’s!)... To Make These Invitations... Supplies bought at Archiver’s, The Photo Memory Store, Donahue Paper Emporium, Michael's Supplies Used: Curious Metallic Paper in Galvanized Neenah Paper in Red Linen, White Linen, Black Linen Wonder Tape Tombo Mono Adhesive Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Fiskars...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

These invitations were inspired by this oh-so-cute story... "My husband and I met while living in a housing co-op full of hippie grad students. We were assigned to cook dinner together one night - I made bread and he made some truly impressive crispy fried chicken. I always like to say that he first got my attention with that chicken. Our friends and family know this story and know us today as avid home cooks, so the image on our invitation really made them smile." Instructions on...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

I am completely smitten with these coat check tags...adding a bit of whimsy and personality into the most unexpected place... How to make Coat Check Tags... I designed the template myself and printed them out at home on Crane's 179 lb. Pearl White Cover (www.crane.com). I trimmed each one out using an x-acto and ruler. Then, using Fiskars 1/8" hole punch I made a hole to place the eyelet. Before adding the eyelet I...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

I love these fortune inspired menus! Each flap has a course listed on the outside and the details listed under the flap. Each place setting had a menu sitting at it on top of a folded napkin... To Make the Fortune Inspired Menus... My husband and I designed a program in Microsoft Visio for the menu and then I went in and played with the layout, the colors, and the fonts until I got a look I was happy with. Each flap had a course listed on the outside and the details listed under the...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

These coaster table cards, designed by one of our readers, Katherine, are just too cute. Featuring her Dad's famous gin and tonic recipe and inspired by an article she saw in Martha Stewart, they are the perfect personalized favor to leave for your guests... Instructions for the Coaster Favors from Katherine... I designed the coaster in Microsoft Word, converted it to a PDF file and sent it off to For Your Party. They were great...

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