April 2, 2014

“It might have been the hottest day of the year, but that did not stop Bryn and Mark from having a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Kern County Museum. I loved everything about their wedding, from the grey suits to the beautiful flowers by House of Flowers. Bryn has been a friend of mine for most of my life and it was just so special to be able to photograph her and Mark’s lovely wedding day.” – Ashley dePencier Photography


“It’s so hard to pick just one! The whole day was AMAZING! But if I had to pick, I would pick two. The first one would be seeing my husband and his reaction as I was walking down the aisle. We decided to go the traditional route and not see each other on our wedding day until I was walking down the aisle. Nothing is better than seeing your grooms expression the first time he sees you. The second one would be the reveal I did with my dad. I didn’t see him the whole day until an hour before the wedding when I was all ready. We cleared the bridesmaids out of the room we were getting ready in and had my dad come in. It was very emotional ( it helped me get all the “ugly” crying out so I wouldn’t be a mess walking down the aisle ha) and so nice to have that special moment alone with my dad. It’s a memory I will cherish forever…


..Yes! My uncle made the arbor that we used over our head table to hang chandeliers on. We did our own wedding favors by filling little coffee bags and tied them with a little thank you note. We also made signs directing people to where our wedding ceremony and reception were…


..Enjoy the process and your engagement, it goes by so fast! Also, don’t stress the little things! If something doesn’t go the way you hoped or wanted, you are going to be the only one who knows. The guests will have no idea, and they won’t care. :)” – Bryn, the bride


Photography and Invitations: Ashley DePencier Photography // Venue: Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, CA // Wedding dress: Liancarlo, ‘Style 5830′: Mon Amie // Mismatched Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor // Grooms and Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang in Gray Slim Fit Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse // Coordinator: SHE (Shannon Hough Events) // Flowers: House of Flowers // Cake: Courtney Ghilarducci // DJ: Let the Music Play – Bino’s Entertainment // Rentals/Decorations: A Berry in The Wild

March 7, 2014

Spring is on it’s way and so I thought I’d bring you a bright, sunshiny tutorial today! Here I will show you exactly how to create this fabulous “pocket escort card display” to easily guide your guests to the right table! So grab your guest list and let’s get busy!



  • 2.25″ x 3.5″ baby envelopes from Paper Source
  • 2″ x 3.5″ business cards from Paper Source
  • fancy scissors
  • home printer
  • wrapping paper
  • large frame
  • scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots


Start by removing the glass and backing from your large frame, the one I’m using here is 16″ x 20″. Then wrap the frame backing in your choice of wrapping paper. I’m using ‘paper bag‘ wrapping paper from Paper Source. Reassemble your frame without the glass. 


Using your computer and favorite design software, print out escort cards for your guests. I’m using the business cards from Paper Source to keep things easy. You can use full sheet cardstock and cut the cards down to fit – it’s your choice. **When designing your cards make sure that only the guests names will peek out beyond the envelope pocket! The font we used here “Sofia” is free to download from Font Squirrel.


These adorable baby sized envelopes make the perfect pockets! Trim 1″ off the top of each envelope to create the pocket.


I love these colors together… aren’t they so bright and cheery?!!


Then take each guest escort card and place into a pocket!


Start to arrange them within your frame… 16″ x 20″ fit 30 escort pockets perfectly. You can use a larger frame or multiple frames if you need to. ***Arrange the cards as you choose; by alphabet, color, table… whatever makes sense to you. 


Once you are happy with the placement, attach only the pocket to the wrapped frame backing using your favorite scrapbooking adhesive. Mine of course, is Glue Dots. 


I’m completely in LOVE with how this display turned out…


What’s great about Paper Source is they make choosing colors simple, everything matches and everything looks good together… what colors will fit your event? 


This little display will definitely have your guests smiling on the way to their tables…


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 // baby envelopes in Fuchsia, Pool, Poppy and Curry, business cards in Eco White, wrapping paper in Paper Bag: Paper Source // large white 16″ x 20″ frame, Glue Dots and scallop edge scissors: Michaels // card font: Sofia free via FontSquirrel.com // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

March 4, 2014

A few months back I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Wedding Chicks and Paper and Thread to create a fun DIY wedding project! We all have a love for chalkboards and so we thought it was fitting to use the romantic flat black paint on these cute clothespin escort cards, place cards and brick table number below…

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  • printed escort place cards
  • clothespins (regular and mini)
  • chalkboard  spray paint
  • bronze metallic Sharpie
  • chalk
  • flowers

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1. Start by spray painting your clothespins with chalkboard paint. For even coverage they might need two coats of paint. Follow the directions on your can for dry times.

2. On your computer, print out simple escort and place cards for each guest. Cut them according. Squares for the place cards and flags for the escort cards.

3. For the escort cards: use the larger clothespins and a metallic Sharpie to write each table number and then add each guests name card. *For mess ups; since we are using a Sharpie you will need to repaint.

4. For the place cards: add each guests name card and possibly a flower or stem of greenery. Different flower stems could possibly communicate the guests choice of meal to the servers.

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If you are in love with the chalkboard look like we are… why not incorporate it into a few other details. You could use it to spray paint a brick and use chalk to draw each table number like I did below! 

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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: Wedding Chicks // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // styling: Paper and Thread // Krylon Chalkboard spray paint, regular and mini-clothespins, metallic Sharpie: Michaels // free font used: Housegrind via Dafont.com

February 12, 2014

“A fun-loving, gorgeous couple + a Malibu destination wedding – You absolutely cannot go wrong with that combination! When Ryan and Audra asked me to shoot their wedding, I knew it was going to be a great time. Not only was this wedding completely stunning down to every last detail, it was also extremely genuine. Ryan and Audra have such a sincere love for one another, you could just feel it in the air. I walked away from this wedding very inspired!” – Tony Gambino Photography


“Oh gosh, this is a tough one! Not to sound too cliché, but everything was my favorite! But to try and pin point one thing – it would probably have to be the moment when my dad escorted me to the front door of The Sunset Restaurant, the doors opened, and I look up to see my very handsome groom for the first time! His lip started quivering and that’s when I lost it. The whole way down the aisle I held on to my dad as tight as I could and didn’t stop looking into Ryan’s eyes. It was the most incredible feeling ever. Words can’t describe that moment from when I walked out with my dad, down the aisle to be greeted by my groom. It was amazing…


..We actually DIY-ed a lot of our wedding. To list everything that was DIY- our beach sign for the ceremony, all of the centerpieces, our entire sign in table – from our chalkboard Instagram sign, to our name tents, to our sign in map of where we should travel throughout our marriage, the entire candy bar (which was a HUGE hit), and the chinese lanterns that hung on the patio for the reception. I absolutely loved having most of our wedding day be DIY. It added such a special touch and was just everything we had wanted and what we had envisioned. I would recommend to anyone to try and add in anything DIY as possible. It just makes everything more personal and exactly what/how you want it. It was very meaningful to us.


..I kind of had forgot about the old, new, borrowed, blue things until my sister reminded me. I didn’t end up having a something old. My something borrowed were my earrings that I wore-they were the same earrings that my sister wore on her wedding day. My something new was my pearl bracelet. And my something blue, thanks to our DJ, was a CD case that he had given to me that our playlist for our reception was in.


..Have fun with it! It goes by SO incredibly quick. Don’t stress. You don’t want to have any regrets or look back and wish you would’ve done something differently. So do it your way. Do what you want to do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ask for help because you can’t do it all by yourself. But definitely enjoy it! It’s such an amazing time that you will never forget, so remember to breath and just enjoy it. It only happens once!” – Audra, the bride


photography: Tony Gambino Photography // venue: The Sunset Restaurant, Malibu CA // event planner: Julia Bogan from Small Wonders Event Production and Design // shoes: Aldo Shoes // ceremony set up: Marcia from McCann Florist // flowers: Chantal Dodson of Garden Florist // dress: Martina Liana // grooms attire: coat: Forever 21, shirt: Express, pants: JC Penny // groomsmen: JC Penny // bridesmaids: Modcloth.com // DJ: Steve Martinez of Mindscape Entertainment // cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // videographer: Joel Kirkendall from 7th Stone Media // invitations: Lace & Lemon

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!



  • 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


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…


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


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


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


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!


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.


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


Attach with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive.



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


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!


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

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