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DIY Friday: May 31, 2013

  • May 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Check out these great projects hive members have uploaded to Weddingbee’s DIY section! Click on the title of each project for tutorials.

If your project is featured in DIY Friday, you’re eligible for a special Weddingbee badge for your blog or website! See instructions on how to grab the badge here!

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Hershey Kisses Escort Cards  by from.me.2.we

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Yellow & Orange Candy Buffet by candygalaxy

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Aqua Pocketfold Invitations by SchmukalsBride

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Save-the-Date Photo Prop by Ms_Purple

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For more great DIY projects, be sure to visit the Weddingbee DIY section, conveniently organized by type of project. Submit your own, complete with tutorial, and you may see it featured here on the blog! If you’ve seen any great DIY around the hive and think it should be featured, feel free to email us at cathy at weddingbee dot com!

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

DIY Friday

  • May 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Check out these great projects hive members have uploaded to Weddingbee’s DIY section! Click on the title of each project for tutorials.

If your project is featured in DIY Friday, you’re eligible for a special Weddingbee badge for your blog or website! See instructions on how to grab the badge here!

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Personalized Bridesmaid Mugs by Kelsikay

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Birdcage Centerpiece by Ctavlice

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Card Box by mrs_sweetteach

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Tip Card and Envelope by summerSmile

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For more great DIY projects, be sure to visit the Weddingbee DIY section, conveniently organized by type of project. Submit your own, complete with tutorial, and you may see it featured here on the blog! If you’ve seen any great DIY around the hive and think it should be featured, feel free to email us at cathy at weddingbee dot com!

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

I Have to Decorate 4,000 Square Feet

  • March 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

In contrast, my space in the tiny apartment I now live in is like 40 square feet. Or less. How much room does a bed, nightstand, and dresser take up? As for decorations…well, I propped up a frame on my nightstand. Does that count? Now all of a sudden I realized I have a huge room to decorate! When I look at all these gorgeous wedding pictures I feel like we’re brushing over the hours they put into the decorations—and I don’t even know where to start.

Well, I’m going to start here, with a few elements I plan on including. Our venue is essentially a blank space. Fortunately I think the high ceilings and glass doors lend themselves to less rather than more decorating.

1. Tissue Paper Poms

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Image via Martha Stewart Weddings

I’ve already made a few of these—they’re currently decorating my 40 square feet by hanging in a row over my nightstand. They’re easy to make, cheap, and pull in some color. The room has six sets of double glass doors with a glass panel on either side and above—here, let me show you a picture.

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Can you see the glass doors and windows in this picture? I’m thinking about hanging a pom in each of the side glass panels—12 total. I don’t want to hide the view of the deck and woods, just add some color.

2. Bunting

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Remember that I’ll have approximately 150 feet of bunting to use anywhere in the building. I definitely want to drape about 10 feet at the fireplace (more on that later), but I also will have plenty to drape along the stage and the welcome and food tables.

3. Fireplace

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Image via Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Oh, the fireplace. I’m so in love with it. Besides draping the bunting across, I want to throw a few books and our larger Scrabble tiles with out names on the mantel. I also want to use candles in the fireplace like in this picture. How cute are those? I plan on picking up eight or ten pillar candles of varying heights and arranging them in the fireplace for a little ambiance. Now I just hope our officiant doesn’t step too far back during the ceremony.

4. Tables

On the tables we will have our crossword puzzle programs and I Spy sheets, neatly tied together with a coral ribbon at each place setting. To the left, we’ll have three layered beverage napkins. (I’m thinking light yellow, light blue, and green for color.) The centerpieces will be our simple book stacks and Scrabble table letters. I’m so tempted to try to emulate Mrs. Treasure and include our cakes on each table—I’m planning on talking about it with my caterer when we finalize the menu!

I have a couple other ideas, but we’ll save those for later! Anyone want to help me out with suggestions or modifications? How did you decorate?

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

The One Where I Live in a DIY Factory

  • March 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Poor Cam.

Our townhouse has become a mecca for glitter, kraft paper, chalkboard paint, Mason jars, and straws with little flags in our wedding colors.

Everywhere you turn there is another cluster of half-finished projects and DIY supplies.

You see, I am pretty crafty.

In the good way—not in the menacing, witch-crafty kinda way.

I always have and probably always will be, which bodes well for my future children. “No honey, we don’t need to go buy a Spiderman costume, I’ve got a red sweatshirt and some black yarn here. I’ll whip one up in a jiff!”

As soon as we were engaged, I knew a large portion of this wedding would come from my brain. And I wanted it that way. I definitely knew for certain that I did not want a cookie cutter, hotel-ballroom wedding. One thing is for sure—it definitely is not turning out to be cookie cutter.

I’ve done a few projects so far, but I’m about to turn up the gas and really get cookin’.

Here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to:

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These were a HUGE hit (thank goodness!). I really debated whether or not to attempt any paper products, but I figured a save the date was a good place to start. Friends and family have been raving. / Personal photo

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Chalkboard sticker vinyl cut out with an EK Success paper cutter, and a paper straw with a little flag! Once the guest list is complete, the stickers will have names on them. / Personal photo

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Paper straws with wedding colors! Excuse the quality of the photo—iPhones weren’t made for high-resolution pictures of straws on shiny tables. / Personal photo

My current wish list for DIY projects besides these three (which are almost done) includes:

  • A banner of some sort to hang behind the cake table
  • LOTS of chalkboard signs for the food, bar, etc.
  • Vintage suitcase with a bunting banner for a card box
  • Flower hair piece

And there are still many, many more to come! Stay tuned.

Who else is a big DIY’er? Are you tackling any paper products such as save the dates or invitations?

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

Wedding Apps

  • February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

This post is somewhat of a continuation on having a plugged-in wedding. I already noted that I wanted to encourage the use of cell phones and cameras during our wedding—especially during the reception. To try to get more people to take pictures, I created the I Spy cards I told you about earlier. But then of course there’s the issue of actually getting the pictures.

Many of our friends and relatives have smart phones, so we looked into paid apps like Wedding Snap or Snap the Wedding. In the end, we just didn’t want to allot any amount of money toward this when 1.) We were already paying a professional photographer and 2.) We weren’t sure how many people would actually download the app and take pictures with it. We also weren’t sure about those who had cameras—why pay for a service when only half of the guests at the wedding could use it?

We moved on from this idea and set about creating a wedding website. We decided on mywedding.com (more on how we chose a wedding website later). While setting up our free website, we noticed that they had a wedding app available for download and integration, at no extra cost. Thinking it probably wasn’t all that great, I downloaded it to test it anyway.

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Kind of a cute icon! Once you open up the app and join our wedding, you see a screen like this.

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I really love the look of the app. I think it’s streamlined and cute without being overpowering. There’s also the option to post pictures or add a note by both the app creator and the guests. Here you can see a picture that I posted with the options to add a photo or a note at the bottom of the page.

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Guests can like or comment on pictures—similar to Facebook. In fact, there’s optional Facebook integration throughout the app. Furthermore, as the app creator, I have the option on each post to delete, share on Facebook, save the photo, or tag people in the photo.

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I invited a people to test drive the app with me—so I have a few “guests” on my guest page.

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So far I am loving it! I am really excited about being able to use this for our wedding. The tricky part will be encouraging guests to download the app (it’s a free download available both in the App Store and Google Play) and encouraging them to take pictures through the app or use the app to upload photos. The current plan is to hand out small cards with app information, and it’s on our website too, of course.

For our guests don’t have smart phones, I want to encourage them to still take and share pictures—but we’re still working out that aspect! So far all I have is manually uploading them to Facebook and tagging us, using a hashtag, or emailing them to our wedding address. Any other suggestions?

Pictures can be viewed “timeline” style on the app, or on our website as a photostream. Hypothetically, we could invite people who weren’t able to be at the wedding to view pictures in live time on their smart phones or online. I’m thinking about asking a few people to be especially diligent about snapping pictures! Of course, we’ll try to upload pictures to Facebook as well.

Whew. That’s all I’ve got. Now, you tell me. Has anyone used this or any other apps at their wedding? Did you have success?

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

All the Things: Organization by Spreadsheet

  • February 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Well hello again, hive! So, we’ve covered a few organizational things—The Schedule, The Packet, and the Card. I hope they’ve been helpful in planning! Today I’m writing about The Spreadsheet—which, in a fit of melodrama, I named All The Things. :)

In the beginning, my wedding planning was almost derailed by Pinterest—I wanted every single detail that I saw. Toasting flutes, engraved cake forks, chair signs, paper lanterns, tissue poofs…all the things! As McGlovin and I started to form a wedding vision, though, it became easier to edit ideas. Once I returned to a rational state of being, I started a Google spreadsheet where I could keep track of all of these ideas, so I could pick and choose what we wanted at our wedding.

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Pretty much, I labeled each column with a different aspect of the wedding (Rehearsal, Bride’s Look, Ceremony, Reception Décor, etc.) and started a running list of things that I might want for each portion. Many, many things got thrown out (Hershey’s Kisses, poinsettias, paper lanterns, matchbooks), and when they did, I shaded that block red. Anything that we for sure wanted got shaded green. Things that we didn’t feel strongly about either way were usually discarded, but optional if we had time/money closer to the wedding.

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Another important spreadsheet was a monthly schedule. In the first month of planning, I took my list of vendors and assigned each a month for completion. Finding a ceremony location and finding a reception venue were allotted a month each…after that, there were two or three vendors a month to choose, and I also started adding major tasks such a ordering invitations and taking engagement photos. This spreadsheet was really helpful in making sure that all of the big tasks got done, and was also color coordinated according to where we were in completing them.

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Much closer to the date, I created a 10-week schedule with tasks assigned to each week, and then a two weeks schedule with tasks assigned to each day. Although I was definitely in charge of managing the schedules, they really helped me to delegate when people asked what they could do to help. McGlovin had an entire afternoon off? Excellent, he could track all of the RSVPs in our guest-list spreadsheet. My sweet sister had two weeks off from school, and volunteered to create strands upon strands of twinkle lights.

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I also had a list of items specifically for my reception décor. There are so many tables that needed to happen: entrance table, DJ table, bar, gift table, guestbook table, cocoa bar, escort cards, cake, head table, and guest tables. I don’t know why, but I had the absolute most difficult time organizing what needed to be on each of these tables, so it got its own spreadsheet.

So, ladies—what else did you guys spreadsheet? Or did you just make lists upon lists on Post-its? Or did you just hand a list to your coordinator and sit back with a glass (bottle?) of wine? God, I sometimes wish I had done that. :)

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

Our Scrapbook Guestbook: The Beginnings

  • February 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Back at the start of 2012 I made a New Year’s resolution to document my life.

Two thousand eleven had been pretty boring, and I thought that if I could take note of all the thing’s I’d been doing and store them somewhere, I could look back at 2012 and remind myself of all the fun things I’d done.

I used to make scrapbooks when I was younger, but I wanted something a bit simpler and came across Project Life—a way of scrapbooking that was easy and fun!

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Image via Becky Higgins at Project Life

Unfortunately, a lot of the Project Life products were unavailable in the UK at that time, but I pre-ordered some supplies and started taking notes of things that had been going on so I could catch up when my order was delivered.

It ended up being delivered in April, and by that point I had given up. I am all for instant gratification and I had gotten bored of it by then. So all my supplies just sat in a corner and collected dust for months.

When I began my wedding planning, I pinned all sorts of ideas on my Pinterest, and something stood out that was a little different from the standard guestbook.

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Image via Martha Stewart Weddings

I hate disorder. I’m a major control freak, and I don’t like guestbooks that have half a page written on and the rest left blank. I also have a few friends who write things like “Ey up, chuck! We’ve had a crackin’ day and the food was luuush!! Looking forward to gettin’ ma groove on on the dance floor now—woo!” and I just cannot. handle. that. Not if it’s written in a gorgeous guestbook on the same page as a beautifully written heartfelt note from a member of my family. These notes are funny written in birthday cards and other things that I can put away and re-visit, but not in my wedding guestbook.

So I thought these ideas would be cute—I could arrange them myself, each person would have a designated page, or card, and so the “funny” comments wouldn’t take away from the more serious ones.

But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it wouldn’t work in the long term. What was I do to with the cards after? Keeping them out on display seemed like it would become a bit impractical, and years down a line they’d get ruined or lost. Really, I did need a book. But how to get a book that would work?

I then found this idea on Pinterest that caught my eye.

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Image via Guestbook Store

I liked this. Each guest/couple would have their own page! Funny comments wouldn’t look out of place, but serious notes could also be shared. It seemed perfect…but there was a problem—this website was in the States and the cost of the album plus the shipping was more than I had budgeted for.

So I started to wonder if I could come up with something myself—I could print out pages maybe? But I liked the square shape and square paper would start to bump up the cost…and where would I get it printed? Plus, I’d need an album to put it in…

…wait a minute. I had an album…I had the Project Life album. And I had the plastic wallets…

Ideas came flooding to me and I started imagining creating a Project Life styled guestbook.

I searched online everywhere but there were no pictures to help me, so I had to come up with this myself!

I started by searching Pinterest for Project Life freebies to find journalling cards that I liked and came across quite a few! I printed out lots and showed them to Jack to see what he thought—he preferred the bright colours as opposed to the pastel ones, so I went ahead and created a mock-up of what I had been imagining.

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The idea is to have a variety of cards for people to write on, but for the majority of the cards to have headings and prompts for what to write (which I have edited in Gimp). There will also be some filler cards so that not every card has to be written on—which will also be good for substituting for pictures of our guests after the wedding.

Some cards will be serious, others a bit more fun. Ideas we have so far are:

  • How do you know the bride & groom?
  • Favourite moment of the day so far?
  • Any advice for the future?
  • Where have you travelled from?
  • Ten places we should visit in our lifetime
  • Ten recipes every good wife should know
  • Ten compliments every good husband should give
  • Favourtite memories of the groom
  • Favourite memories of the bride
  • Mad-libs

This feels like the perfect solution. Some guests will fill the page, while others will fill in only one or two cards, but at least I have the ability to rearrange everything afterward so it flows well. And I’ll be able to add pictures and other things to make it really pretty. Plus, I like how we can make it personal. I always cook the same meals over and over again, and Jack is known to make more mocking comments than compliments. It suits us.

Best of all—it’ll cost us zero pounds. Free! Thank goodness for my inability to stay focussed on one craft idea for any length of time.

What do you think? Does anyone have any more ideas for what I can write on the cards? Who else did a nontraditional guestbook, and did it go down well?

This article was originally posted on the Weddingbee.

Five Tips for Making Drinking Straw Flags

  • July 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I think the little flags that people sometimes attach to old-fashioned, paper drinking straws are adorable. They were a project that I didn’t have on my list during wedding planning that I would have loved to tackle if we had used a signature drink.

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From A Little Sparkle on the Side (formerly Sparkle and Hay) / Image via Lover.ly

Luckily, I know a few other people getting married in the next year, and I was able to make some for one of them! There are tutorials for these things all over the web, but I learned a few lessons along the way and I thought I’d share the steps I took to make drink flags.

Tip #1: Make your own template.

I hunted around the web for drink-flag templates and found plenty. I probably wasted an hour doing this. I downloaded quite a few, but didn’t like them and wound up making my own little template by taking a few measurements and playing around with the guidelines in Adobe Illustrator. I printed on plain copy paper a few dozen times to get everything lined up properly before printing on some nice card stock that had a little texture.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

Tip #2: Use a small, precise paper cutter.

I thought I would have to use the “guillotine” style paper trimmer at work to cut the flags out, but the simple paper slicer that I have at home worked just fine. It took a little longer, but I felt as though it was a little more precise that the big cutter at work.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

Tip #3: Try Elmer’s double-sided tape.

I thought I would use the Scotch brand double-sided tape I see everywhere, but came across this Elmer’s version at the craft store and decided I liked it better. The Elmer’s tape is lined on one side, so you can place it and peel the backing off later on.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

Tip #4: Assembly-line style works best.

After I put tape on each flag, I started peeling the backings off and putting the ends together. I started out doing all the steps, start to finish, but realized that assembly-line style was the faster method.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

Tip #5: Don’t use thick paper.

I slid each flag onto a paper straw (available online in lots of colors), pinched lightly, and rolled each straw a little bit to make sure the paper was secure. Using that pretty, thick card stock was a mistake. The paper didn’t want to stay on the straw. I wound up using a heat gun on the flags, hoping it would melt the adhesive on the tape to the straw. The flags seemed to stay attached after that, but the ends still needed to be pinched to stay together.

I have since done this project again, and this part of the project went much more smoothly with thinner paper.

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

The finishing touch is cutting the ends of the flags to give them points. Don’t they all look so cute?

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Photo by Mrs. Mink

Were there any DIY projects you never got to do for your wedding that you’d love to try out?

This article was originally posted on Weddingbee.

Wedding Obsessed? Meet Lover.ly – The Inspiration Engine

  • February 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

There’s a new wedding inspiration site in town, and it’s a game changer for Weddingbee. It’s called Lover.ly – the inspiration engine for weddings.

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Lover.ly brings images and stories from the top wedding editors and pulls them all in one place, making it easy for you to search for exactly what you’re looking for, easily mark images as your favorites by “loving” them, or storing them in organized “bundles” that you name and dream up:

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“Gilded” by ChandraLover.ly

Sooo…it’s kind of like a niche Pinterest right? Well, not really. Because the images are submitted by a select team of wedding editors and curators in the industry including The Wedding Chicks, Snippet and Ink, The Bride’s Cafe, Inspired by This, Mindy Weiss, and more, Lover.ly ONLY contains gorgeous, mouth-watering wedding eye candy, with no filler to wade through. It’s not a gallery for member uploads (because…hello! Weddingbee has our own gallery where we can upload and share our own images! :) ) which means if you’re looking for beautiful and inspiring wedding ideas, it’s the fast-track to that.

Each image you discover is linked directly to the original blog post from which it came from, so when you “love” or “bundle” an image, you’ve bookmarked not only that image, but the story behind it and can easily revisit it at any time. Those real weddings, diy tutorials, and inspiration shoots that you’ve been bookmarking are now right there for you to revisit and share with your bridesmaids and wedding planner, right in your bundles.

And because each image is being tagged in meticulous detail by a team of real brides-to-be and wedding enthusiasts, it means that if you’re searching for something specific that’s wedding related, chances are you’re going to find it. So, much like Pinterest, you can discover beautiful things and images. But, different from Pinterest, you’ll ONLY find beautiful (wedding-related) things and images.

Looking for a purple bouquet? Just search!

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Or browse the categories, to see where they take you:

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If you like pretty, you’re going to LOVE Lover.ly! Lover.ly is THE inspiration engine for weddings.

I mentioned that the site is a game-changer for Weddingbee…and I’ll go into more depth about that later, as Lover.ly releases an exciting key function, designed specifically for us!**  So bees, bride bloggers, and anyone that likes to “grab” images, this is the place…check it out! You’re going to keel over and die with happiness when Lover.ly releases their next big feature, made JUST for you! Well, not literally. That would be tragic.

So if you’re a bride blogger, this is a site you’re going to want to get familiar with ASAP, as Weddingbee will be integrating a couple key, upcoming Lover.ly features into our own site. Stay tuned! They’ll be announcing these features soon on Twitter (@lover_ly) and Facebook, so give them a follow.

Among the most interesting and random things happening behind the scenes at Lover.ly is a username war. (Spoiler alert: Mr. Penguin already snagged “Mark” Wedding Obsessed? Meet Lover.ly - The Inspiration Engine :  wedding resources Icon Wink ;) …sorry guys!).

Much like I’m super sad I wasn’t able to snag my first name as my Twitter handle, Lover.ly has already received multiple complaints from users that their ideal username has been taken, along with requests and bribes for a switcheroo! So head on over, sign up (using Facebook connect makes it simple!), and grab your Lover.ly username fast, and get ready to search, save, and share!

If you’ve signed up, let us know your username in the comments below so we can all check out each others’ bundles! I’m cathleya (and YES, I have gone a bit nutzo on the bundling. Love it.).

**Disclosure: Mrs. Penguin is involved in shaping this site, particularly when it comes to features that benefit Weddingbee.


This article was originally posted onWeddingbee.

DIY Embossed Napkins: Success!

  • February 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Awhile back I shared with you guys my first DIY project gone awry, my monogramed napkins. What I figured would be an easy project turned out not as I had imagined, and I was on the verge of giving in and just buying them. Then, Miss Eagle pointed me in the direction of this tutorial from Project Wedding for their embossed cocktail napkins. I’ve seen embossing many times on the hive before, but never with napkins…

I was quite intimidated. I had no idea what embossing even was, and when I researched it and saw that you had to use heat, I thought “this is way out of my league.” But it was in the back of my mind, and on a recent trip to Michaels, a sale on all Martha Stewart crafting supplies swayed me:

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And before I knew it, I was embossing. Who would have guessed?? And guess what—it was not at all intimidating and actually super easy.

Here’s all the supplies I needed:

  • cocktail napkins
  • clear embossing ink and pad (or just pad if it already has ink)
  • embossing powder
  • heating tool
  • stamp

Step 1: There are regular already inked pads, and some that come with ink. I chose this kind because…it was on sale!! Either way, I made sure to find one that said “embossing” on it and was clear. I inked up the pad and was on my way. Don’t use too much—you really don’t need a lot for the powder to stick.

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Step 2: I stamped my napkin with my trusty “G” stamp. Some people recommended using clear stamps with regular ink, which I think is a great tip; however, this one worked great for me for embossing. I simply stamped the napkin with the ink. It’s very light/invisible/secret-code-like. Have no fear: if it looks too clear, the powder will still stick.

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Step 3: Pour the powder. I should probably mention now that the powder can get a little “all over the place.” I did this whole project in a box cover to avoid embossing myself and my dog in the process. :) Make sure all of the ink is covered in powder.

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Step 4: Pour the powder off. When I initially did this, I got too excited and forgot this step. If you do, too, you will get sprayed with powder. Don’t do what I did. Think ahead. You want to keep the powder to reuse on the next napkin. Think glittering something—same concept. Now, you’ll have this. Already we have progress.

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Step 5: Now comes the fun part. I bought the Martha Stewart heating tool, just because they only had two available at Michaels, and this one was on sale. (I’m a sucker for sales, obviously.) It worked great. Work several inches away from the napkin, and you will notice a dramatic change when the ink starts to bubble and change color and texture. You’re done! It takes just a few seconds. Don’t overdue it. It will burn. You kind of have to be more careful with these since the napkins are so thin, but you will notice immediately if they start to burn.

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Step 6: Voila! Like magic, the powder transforms to shiny goodness and you are done!

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Here’s a side-by-side comparison of my last attempt and this one:

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I’m very happy with the results. The best part? This was SUPER EASY and not intimidating at all. It also didn’t take a lot of time. I was able to do six at a time; I used the ink and then stamped three to four napkins at a time, poured the powder on one, and then poured the excess on the next napkin. Once they were all powdered, I heated them quickly, one after another. So quick! I finished a package of 125 in about an hour. I think it was worth it for the results, and the price tag.

I’m so excited I did this project and am now looking for anything else possible that I can emboss. Have you guys surprised yourself with any DIY crafting skills?

(all photos personal)


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