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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Photo Escort Cards on: February 12, 2010 10:26:25 AM
One of my favorite projects was our photo escort cards. They were fun to make and a hit with our guests!

We had 80 guests total, all were close friends or family, so it helped make the photo-finding relatively easy. I scoured old photos albums for most of the photos, facebook helped with a few. The entire project {not including the cork board} cost under $10.

Here's how I did it:
1. find a photo of each guest {I used wedding photos were appropriate, for everyone else I went as far back as I could, but tried to keep it within the time frame of our friendship/memory}.
2. Scan photos as required; print a 4 x 6of each photo. {Find deals on prints! You've got time on your side, I used freebies from shutterfly}.
3. Cut white cardstock into 80 4x6 squares; cut excess background, etc. out of photos. All photos should be smaller than 4x6 when finished.
4. Glue photos to cardstock. If you have glue tape, great, otherwise use the regular white stuff and once dry stick each card between the pages of a heavy book to flatten.
5. Add table numbers. I used rubber stamps. You could also handwrite the numbers or use stickers.
6. Pin cards to a large cork board, and let guests know they need to recognise themselves if they want to eat! *lol*

I had a few "plus ones" who I did not have a photo of, for these guests I simply added their name to their dates photo cards. If you don't have access to photos of your guests you could also try asking them to send you one with their rsvp for a "top secret wedding related project!"
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: February 12, 2010 10:08:27 AM
trickypink - your wedding looks like it was so fun!

lemonianta - oh, your dress is stunning! and the venue! *sigh*

blungoldangel - I love that your girls were in different colours!

Our wedding was late October, at lake front cottage resort... we had just enough nice weather to take shots of me & the mister, then everything else {including the ceremony} had to be inside.

Here are a few of my favorite snaps... you can see everything {and them some} on my blog: http://designedbyrj.blogspot.com/search/label/wedding

Our blue, green & pink! wedding party:

Me and my best woman, on our way to the photoshoot... notice the footwear. Yeah, it was pretty mucky out and I wasn't ruining my new shoes before the ceremony! *lol*

Me and hubs:
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: February 12, 2010 09:49:06 AM
Meh - that post box kept acting up, so starting a new one with my DIY papery...

I used my stamp & ink set a lot! On the sabe the dates, the escort cards, candy buffet bags, table numbers and thank you cards. Added a little continuity.

Candy buffet bags - I picked up some simple white bags at a party store & stamped them:


Sweet & simple. We picked up 3 medium pots of white mums, cut them and jam packed them into mason jards I'd hot glued ribbon onto. And mom sewed up some great organza table runners! You can slo see the kissing game in this photo - a quiz about us, which I did in a publishing program and printed out on cardstock.

The escort cards - my favorite project!

I dug up old photos of each & every guest and had a copy printed, glued them to 4x6 sheets of cardstock and stamped the table number on each. So much fun! And the guests loved them!

Had a few other projects, but not great shots of them... our table numbers {photos of us in a clear plastic frams}, and reserved seating signs for our immediate family during the ceremony. All in all I was pretty happy with all the DIY projectsI did {and my mom too, she rocked! *lol*}

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: February 12, 2010 09:42:04 AM
Wow - haven't posted in some time! The wedding has been & gone, and it was a fun, fun day! I didn't get all my projects done... scrapped a few in the end, including aisle decor {which is just as well, as we moved the ceremony inside due to inclimate weather, so there was virtually no aisle!}.

A few photos below, with full details on my blog! {link below}  Smiley

My hair flower & earrings:

I also diy'ed my girls jewelry, but don't have a great detail shot of that. They all received pearl necklaces {the two groomsmaids had sterling chains with pearls here & there, my best woman had a solid rope of pearls, plus one coin pendant}. And both moms also received jewelry from me... more pearls! *lol*

My most amazing silk jacket {made by my most amazing mom!}:

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Card Box Help (looking for fun and funky ideas) on: July 10, 2009 01:01:32 PM
Check out this card box:

You could easily modify it to make it more original for your friends, while keeping it in the colour theme.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Flower Girls' Bouquet on: July 01, 2009 12:48:03 PM
Thanks kjlutz - I had a lot of fun playing with those buttons!

Thanks julietalpha! My FG is 4 and a bit of a wildcat! I have visions of her bouquet being taken on 'adventures' in our outdoor location pre-ceremony... maybe I should be more worried about how clean she stays though! *lol*
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: July 01, 2009 12:45:08 PM
loobie - I love your colour scheme! Can't wait to see what you craft up!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are beads cheaper at bead fairs? on: June 17, 2009 10:56:45 AM
I've only been to one bead fair (it was underwhelming, but we don't get many around here!). I remember there being special deals specific to the fair. And for things like stones, it's great, because you see exactly what you're getting!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: June 12, 2009 08:57:51 PM
Haha - thanks ladies!
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Re: whoa, shipping! on: June 11, 2009 09:25:50 PM
I use Canada Post to ship... if the package is shorter than 20mm and under a certain weight you can ship light packet to the US for under $5 ($2.22 to $4.31 depending on weight). Small packet is usually under $10.

I don't think we have flat rate boxes... if we do it's an eBay only thing I believe. Anyway - you can checkout the Canada Post website - they do list the pricing/weights/dimensions for packages.
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