February 28, 2014

I’m always searching and thinking about creative new ideas for wedding guest books… no one really wants a regular old book with signatures of who attended a wedding anyway. Making your own unique ‘guest book’ is a great way to let your personality shine and add a little extra something that your guests will be talking about ~ since they all have to take part in it! Enter the ‘Date Jar Guest Book’… where your guests make up date ideas for you! A super fun way to spice up weekly date nights throughout your first year of your marriage!  

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SUPPLIES:

  • half gallon glass jug from SpecialtyBottle.com
  • cute frame
  • our FREE printables below
  • 3 colors of cardstock
  • glitter cardstock
  • Sharpies
  • mini-rubber bands (ours are the Rainbow-loom bands)
  • scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots
  • ribbon
  • scissors and paper trimmer

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DATE JAR FRAME   /////   DATE JAR LABEL

Download the designs above and print them onto your choice of scrapbooking cardstock. Cut and frame the first design which measures 5″ x 7″.

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Cut the second design so that there is about a half inch boarder around it and mat it onto another color of cardstock using your favorite scrapbooking adhesive (mine is Glue Dots).

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For the second mat I chose to use glitter paper but you can use any paper, don’t adhere these two together yet – the ribbon from the jar will be placed inbetween them first.

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Next, cut a strand of ribbon to hang the ‘date jar’ sign with.

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Place the ribbon around and through the jug handle. Measuring where you want the sign to hang, cut the ribbon and adhere the ribbon to the paper with scrapbooking adhesive.

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Then adhere the first tag on top of the glitter paper, over the ribbon. 

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Which makes a perfect, permanent sign for your date jar!

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Next, set up your guest book table! 

I am recommending using three shades of colored paper for the date cards – the darker the paper the more expensive the date! Easy for you and your guests to understand. I purchased this colored cardstock already cut to 4.5″ x 6.5″ – making things easy. 

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Give your guests different colored Sharpies to sign the cards with…

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These little rubber bands are actually Rainbow Loom bands… super cheap and they come in every color imaginable. I sorted out these colors to match. Your guests can roll and wrap their signed cards with the rubber bands keeping their date for you a secret!

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Let your guests fill the jar all night long… and maybe even throw a couple in yourself. Make sure that your DJ makes a couple announcements about it, so that all your guests take part.

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How freaking cute is this jar!?! This will be such a wonderful way to enjoy unique and different types of dates with you new Mr. throughout your first year of marriage. Not only do you get to spend quality time with your hubby, but you also get the special sentiment from a loved one that picked the date out for you… can we all say ‘aaawwweee’ together!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // half gallon glass jug: SpecialtyBottle.com // cute wood frame, scrapbooking cardstock, Glue Dots, Rainbow loom bands, and Sharpies: Michaels // date font: Janda Stylish Script free via Dafont.com // jar font: Trocchi Bold free via Font Squirrel // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & MRs

November 27, 2013

“Christine & Andre’s wedding was held on a beautiful autumn day, it was full of fun and relaxation. The couple created their own decorations and took care with each item, ensuring it was well thought out and meaningful to them. The feel of the day was very vintage and DIY. Most importantly the two were very much in love and focused on each other the entire day.” - Picture That Photography

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“My favorite memory is our entire wedding day! It was everything I had dreamed of and was so grateful to celebrate our love with our closest friends and family…

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..Since we had 17 months to plan our wedding I had a lot of time to craft! Our DIY projects included the table numbers, the paper flowers made from old French books, the favors, the photobooth backdrop and many of our flowers were from Andre’s mother’s garden!

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..My something blue and something borrowed was the garter Andre’s grandmother wore on her wedding day. My something old was an antique French ivory shawl I purchased from Etsy, and my something new was my dress!

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..When planning, stick to your own style and make your day unique and only what you and your fiance envisioned it to be.” – Christine, the bride

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photography: Picture That Photography // ceremony: Devonian Botanic Gardens // reception: Blue Meadows Hall, Edmonton Police Association // gown: Mollen Tailor Shop, rendition of a BHLDN gown // jewelry: Brass Boheme via Etsy // bridesmaids: BHLDN // groomsmen: Derk’s Menswear // cake: Brides aunt // catering: Elizabethan Catering Services // favors: DIY loose leaf tea // flowers: Brides friend // stationary: The Paper Tree // hair and makeup: Mousy Browns // music: Equinox Sound and Entertainment

November 19, 2013

Fall is upon us along with the holidays… and if you are looking for an interesting (and very cozy!) drink ~ you’ve got to try this one! It’s a super easy, spiked apple cider with a twist; FROZEN cinnamon and sugar apples!!! These are so yummy and unique that whoever you serve them to will most likely be asking for another…

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To me – it’s all about the color. I encourage all my brides to serve a ‘signature drink’ at their receptions and/or other bridal events. One that matches their party either in theme or in color.

This drink is very easy to make as you can see from the ingredients. One of the things you need to keep in mind when serving a ‘Signature Drink’ at your reception, is how easy it will be to produce – over and over. Also, it shouldn’t be too strong – we don’t want your guests to be trashed before the cake cutting! So, this fabulously fall infused cocktail will make the perfect addition to any event that you will be throwing… from your engagement party, your bridal shower or your wedding (possibly even Thanksgiving) this unique drink will be a winner!

The ‘frozen cinnamon + sugar apples’ is what makes this cocktail interesting. Simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a layer of sliced apples (buying the pre-sliced bag of apples is an easy choice) then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar all over them; and freeze. Shake three parts of your favorite apple cider to 1 part of your favorite spiced rum (Captain Morgan) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with 5 or 6 frozen cinnamon + sugar apples! 

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3 parts apple cider
1 part spiced rum
5-6 frozen cinnamon + sugar apples

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November 5, 2013

We are obsessed with today’s Bouquet Blueprint!!! Jacki from Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne has outdone herself once again! Fall has so many wonderful options for flowers and color choices. Today’s bunch is fully embracing that cozy fall feeling… this bouquet has a traditional fall color palette with a few pops of brighter tones. It has a very round shape with depth created by the slight height difference of the scabiosa and the dahlias. The stems are wrapped with burlap ribbon and an heirloom bracelet has been added for a little extra bling with a sentimental touch!

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AVAILABILITY // This bouquet is best for a fall wedding. Each of the flowers has a different season but all are available late summer till the end of fall. 

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RECIPE // 3 stems copper button mums, 15 stems scabiosa, 18 stems dahlias (plus small buds), 10 stems coxcomb, and 10-12 geranium leaves

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STEM WRAP // The bouquet stems are covered in a burlap ribbon accented with pins along the frayed edge of the ribbon. A vintage bracelet has been attached to the bouquet adding a touch of glamor and incorporation a family heirloom. 

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CARE // Dahlias are a delicate flower so it is best not to over handle this bouquet. This bouquet will also benefit greatly if it is kept in a small amount of water until the wedding begins. If a few of the dahlia petals start to bruise they can be delicately plucked from the flower giving it an instant fix. 

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BOUTONNIERES // This bouquet has so much texture it’s almost a must to have a boutonniere with just as much texture! Dahlias are a tricky option for boutonnieres however they can work as long as the recipient is careful and it’s put on just prior to the wedding starting. Be sure to select the best size for the jacket. Another fun option would be to incorporate a bit of glamor. Shown on the far right is a coxcomb boutonniere accented with a vintage clip on earring.

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amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise

October 29, 2013

We love ‘Simple DIY Tuesday’ because we get to share such fun projects that you can literally make in under an hour. Like these super sweet coffee bean wedding favor jars; perfect for the caffeine obsessed bride and groom! Filling small hexagon style mason jars with whole bean coffee is easy to do and your guests will definitely appreciate the extra kick! 

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SUPPLIES:

  • your favorite whole coffee beans
  • small glass mason jars
  • FREE label downloads below
  • twine or ribbon
  • scissors

STEP ONE: fill all your mason jars with whole coffee beans

STEP TWO: download and print our FREE label sheets below onto text weight 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper. Then fill in your own personal ‘brewing since’ date… the year you and your fiance started dating

STEP THREE: cut out each circle label and then place it on top of the lid

STEP FOUR: next secure the lid band over the lid and label, make sure the label is centered and add a cute bow to finish!

**Crafter’s Tip: We recommend making these only up to 2 months in advance.
We all know that coffee is best when it’s fresh!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please share using the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // mini-hexagon style mason jars and twine: Michaels // coffee: Cost Plus World Market // scissors: Editors at Martha Stewart // text weight paper in ‘paper bag’: Paper-Source // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

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