February 25, 2014

I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves the mason jar. So I’ve been trying to come up with an easy (and darling!) way to incorporate them into table numbers and this is what I came up with! Hand painting each number onto old book pages and letting them shine through those coveted glass jars… add a flameless tea light and you’re golden!

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SUPPLIES:

  • mason jars (new or old!)
  • old books that you can rip pages out of
  • craft paint
  • paint brush
  • paper trimmer or scissors

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Rip pages out of old books… I tried to rip out pages with chapter numbers that would coordinate with each table number, but that’s optional. ***You don’t have to do this with old book pages – this can be done with ANY type of paper you would like!

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Trim your pages down to fit perfectly inside your mason jars.

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Then hand paint each table number onto each book page. You can trace it before hand if you need to. Some colors of paint might require two coats, but that will be up to you.

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Paint all your table numbers…. 

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Then carefully slip them into each mason jar… it’s that simple!

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These table numbers will be the perfect addition to your rustic style wedding!

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These would look awesome with flameless tea-light candles inside of them!

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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 by: Jen | Something Turquoise // mason jars and Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Beach Glass and Wild Salmon: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

February 24, 2014

“It’s such a cliché to hear how much in love a Bride and Groom were on their wedding day, but Tiffany and Minh really were! I can’t even put into words the amount of love you could see between them on their special day and throughout the planning process. It was a true privilege to be able to help them. This couple is honestly one of the sweetest and most caring couples I have ever worked with. They chose to go with simple and playful décor for their wedding day, and it turned out perfectly. We selected a color palette based on shades of turquoise, aqua and teal with an accent of pink and touches of chevron print. This clean cut design was perfect for a Southern California summer wedding. Tiffany’s girls wore dresses in shades of turquoise and teal that rounded out the entire color scheme. There were small DIY touches that the bride put into her special day that took the decor to a whole new level. To Tiffany and Minh ~ I wish you the happiest and longest of all marriages!” Love, Ngoc Nguyen Lay of Skybox Event Productions

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“The day from beginning to end was so incredible, but one that is particularly special would be our first dance. It was right after we said our vows and was the first moment of starting our life together as husband and wife. Being in the center of the room, seeing everything come together for the first time after months and months of planning, while also being surrounded by our family and friends who have loved and supported us throughout our lives will be something we will always remember…

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..Yes! DIY-ing certain elements allowed us to create a custom and cohesive look throughout our wedding.  Our first project was customizing our wedding website which established the chevron design we incorporated throughout our other projects. We designed and printed our own save the dates, invitations, programs, timeline handouts, guest books, seating charts, thank you cards, and even made our own card box, cake stand and directional signs! We also designed, personalized, and packaged each guest’s take home favor which served double duty as their place card.

DIY-ing your wedding can be really fun, especially if you have awesome family and friends willing to help out on projects!

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..Some of my jewelry was gifted to me by my parents which was custom, set using the diamonds from my mother’s engagement ring and served as my something old. My something new was my dress, my something borrowed were my earrings and bracelet which were lent to me by one of my bridesmaids, Lucy. My something blue was my garter belt, and of course, all my beautiful bridesmaids in various shades of blue!

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..First off, have fun and enjoy the planning process! It’s easy to place a lot of pressure and expectations on your own wedding when there is so much beautiful inspiration everywhere. Think of the type of look and feel you want for your wedding and everything will eventually come together. 

Second, find and hire vendors that you connect with who understand the type of wedding you envision.  

Lastly, hire a really great wedding planner! Our wedding planner, Ngoc, helped guide us through the whole planning process, while allowing us to create a wedding that was “us”.  Ngoc and the Skybox Production team did an amazing job bringing our vision together and allowed us to really enjoy the day alongside our guests.

Our wedding day turned out better than we could have ever imagined thanks to our family, friends, and vendors. Regardless if some things don’t turn out the way you planned, you’ll be marrying the love of your life, so it will be an unforgettably amazing day!” – Tiffany, the bride

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photography: John & Joseph Photography Inc. // wedding planner: Ngoc Nguyen Lay of Skybox Event Productions // venue: Diamond Bar Center // brides attire: wedding gown: Maggie Sottero, sash: Martina Liana, short dress: Priscilla of Boston // hair + makeup: Chiali Meng // bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff // groom’s attire: Sak’s Fifth Avenue Black // groomsmen attire: Jim’s Formal Wear // florist: Linda Vuong of LV Floral Events // catering: Panda Catering // cake: King’s Hawaiian // band: Banana Bay Band // lighting: TMMPro

To watch their darling highlight film from Amari Productions click {here}!

February 7, 2014

Your wedding date is a day that you cherish, a day not to forget, and possibly the best day of your life. So we decided to come up with a concept that honors that ‘date’… enter the “glittered wedding date sign” – yay!!! This simple project will bring a smile to your face every time you see it ..and will also ensure the hubby doesn’t ‘forget’, lol. Perfectly acceptable to make for yourself before or after your wedding (no matter how long it’s been – I made one for myself that you can see below!) and would make a wonderful gift for any newlyweds! 

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SUPPLIES:

  • wood plaque of any size
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue in ‘thick coat finish’
  • Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in your favorite shade
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Enamel Finish Spray Paint
  • wedding date numbers design (make on your computer and print out)
  • paint brush
  • pencil

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***I actually stained this wood plaque beforehand with Martha Stewart Crafts ‘Wedding Cake’ wood stain. Follow the directions on the bottle.

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Based on your size of wood plaque (the one I’m using is 8″ x 10″) print out your wedding date using your favorite font. This one below is GeoSlab703 XBd BT. Cut it to fit your wood.

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Next we are going to use the old school ‘pencil transfer’ technique. On the backside of your printout, heavily color in the numbers with a pencil.

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Then flip the paper over onto your wood plaque and center.

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I’m a freak and measured every inch of my design from the edge of the wood to the font, to make sure that the date was exactly centered. 

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You can tape your design down to your wood if it makes you feel more comfortable.
Then trace the outline of each number as best you can.

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When you remove the paper you will have the perfect outline of your wedding date design in pencil! Isn’t that cool? This technique can be used for SO many projects…

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Using decoupage glue, heavily paint each number. You will shake glitter onto this coat of glue so you want it to be nice and thick – hence the reason we are using ‘thick coat finish’.

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Once each number has been painted, shake on lots of glitter! …then leave it be.

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Do the next number; paint + glitter + leave it be. This glitter is ‘garnet’.

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When you are finished with all the numbers, tap the plaque onto a piece of waxed paper (or some type of covered surface) to shake of excess glitter and reveal your wedding date! Let your glittery design dry for at least an hour. ***Make sure to save excess glitter.

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If you see any little areas that you’d like to clean up, do it right away by carefully scraping off the glitter with a pin or your fingernail.

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Once your glittered date has dried completely (at least an hour if not a few more) carefully brush away any loose glitter. *Do a second coat of glue + glitter if there are sparse areas. 

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To seal your sign so that you don’t loose a single sparkle, do two coats of MSC gloss enamel finish spray paint… and you’re done!

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Of course I had to make one for myself… surprised that it’s turquoise!?! The same steps as above apply. I still did one number at a time, but when painting larger numbers you need to make sure that your glue is still wet when applying the glitter! Glitter colors: amazonite, feldspar, and aquamarine crystal. Font used: Didot.

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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 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue, glitter (garnet; amazonite, feldspar, and aquamarine crystal), paint brushes, wood stain, gloss enamel finish: Editors at Martha Stewart Living // both wood plaques and picture stand: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

February 4, 2014

We absolutely love all the fun little extra wedding day details that can be created to add additional flair… like these personalized wedding coffee sleeves! No sense in burning your delicate fingers on hot coffee the morning of your wedding day… you can make these protective sleeves in no time – and of course tailor them to your wedding theme. There are so many options! The cup below was simply punched out of thick glitter paper ~ isn’t it fab!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘drink sleeve‘ die cut template
  • your choice of cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 10″ long)
  • your choice of 12oz coffee cups from Party City (so many colors!)
  • Sharpie, stamps, print out… whatever you’d like to embellish your cup

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Start by cutting your drink sleeves with the Evolution machine from Lifestyle Crafts. Place your choice of cardstock on top of the drink sleeve cutting die, and crank through the machine…

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In seconds you will have a perfectly punched and embossed drink sleeve, ready to fold!

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There are so MANY different ways to embellish these drink sleeves… stamping you and your grooms initials is one idea.

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..another idea is to use a wedding related rubber stamp.

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You can write special names with a Sharpie paint pen… like Bride or Maid of Honor.
These would make wonderful additions to any bridal shower!

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This drink sleeve cutting template also comes with a few tags and banners as well… here we are cutting the sleeve and a tag at the same time, using different paper.

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You can use this tag to write each guests name, their table… or just a simple sentiment.

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Attach with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive.

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To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

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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 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Drink Sleeve Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // white and turquoise 12 ounce coffee cups and lids: Party City // Glue Dots, rubber stamps (ring and alphabet), cardstock, glitter paper and Sharpies: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

January 29, 2014

“Samantha + Sean met the night before Sean left on a 3 month trip to Europe ~ at his going away party to be exact. They hit it off and talked all night long… and ended up having breakfast the next morning before his flight. They had such a strong connection from that moment on. At some point during his trip Sean decided that Samantha was going to be his wife one day and a few years later in Hawaii, that dream came true. I loved hearing their fairytale and had an amazing time photographing them!” – Rachel Robertson Photography

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“There are too many favorite memories to list them all, but here are two:

We decided to write our own vows, in addition to exchanging traditional vows, because we felt it was important to share our love in a more personal way in front of our families and friends. We did not share our vows with each other before the big day, and as we read them to each other, it became very clear that we were meant to be. They were so similar it was kind of funny, but at the same time, showed our love was in sync.

Our second favorite memory has to do with our first dance. We had taken lessons for our first dance to make sure we had something fun planned to impress our guests, and when we got out there, we totally spaced on our steps. We improvised and danced and laughed and people thought we really knew what we were doing. Sean twirled me and dipped me like a pro, and although we didn’t stick to our routine, we pulled it off!

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..Living in California, it was difficult to make items and bring them to Honolulu. Luckily, my mom is extremely crafty and wanted to help in any way she could. With the help of my extended family, my mom made the napkins, table runners, ring bearer shirt, pants and pillow, flower girl dress (the night before the wedding), folded 1001 cranes, printed and stuffed the table name picture frames, printed and assembled the program fans, organized all the tableware (plates, utensils, cups, etc.), and assembled the out of town guest bags. Sean and I coordinated the guest cards, personalized cornhole boards, and the guestbook photo album. In addition, my brother Scott made the card box, the Wedding sign (for guests to know where to turn in for the property), and the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs. The sand for the sand ceremony came from the Yellowstone river in Montana thanks to Sean’s parents and Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii thanks to mine…

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..Yes! My gorgeous necklace and earrings were my something borrowed from the same wonderful woman who designed my engagement ring and wedding band. My something old was a handkerchief passed down to my Mother-in-law, from her mother. My something new was my pearl and rhinestone hair comb from Etsy, and my something blue, well; I wore that under my dress ;)

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..My best advice for brides currently planning their wedding is to find vendors that fit their style, trust their instincts – hire good people to help you if you can because planning a wedding is overwhelming. Enjoy the process every step of the way. Also, it is important to do your research because you can find ways to save money and get creative. There are so many websites out there, especially look at sites like Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. I know it sounds cheesy, but our wedding was exactly what Sean and I had hoped for. We wanted a venue that was intimate but also had the space we needed for all of our guests. We happened upon Loulu and were lucky enough to get the date we wanted. I had faith that everything would work out because I trusted all of the vendors we contracted with to make our day special. Did everything go exactly as planned? No, but in the end, everything worked out better than Sean and I could have ever imagined.” –  Samantha, the bride

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Photography: Rachel Robertson Photography // venue: Loulu Palm Estate, North Shore, Oahu // coordinator: Karisa Ramolete Hayashi of Say I Do by Karisa // pastor: John Fuchigami // accommodations: Turtle Bay Resort // dress : Mary Me Bridal in Orange, CA // shoes: Vera Wang // bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhullier // groom: Kenneth Cole suit, Perry Ellis shirt and Clarks shoes // groomsmen: Tommy Bahama shirts and Dockers // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // hair: Jo Vogelbacher // flowers: Su V Expressions // catering: Big G’s Catering // cake: Cake Garden // music: Kamuela Kahoano // hula: Kelsi Chan // transportation: TP Transportation // corn hole boards, table numbers, sand ceremony, escort cards, guest bags, programs and etc: DIY-ed by the Bride and her mother