March 11, 2014

As you know, I’m a huge fan of details that live on… long after your wedding day. If you are the sentimental type like me, and enjoy sending birthday cards to friends and family… then you might want to consider having a “birthday calendar guestbook” at your wedding! Keep it for years to come, after all birthday’s never change – and reminisce about your special day with each birthday card you send!

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SUPPLIES:

  • cute 5″ x 7″ frame
  • calendar (ours is from Paper Source)
  • fun pens
  • FREE download below

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Birthday Calendar Guestbook Design }

Download our fun frame design above and print it onto your choice of paper – or design your own! Here I used the ‘paper bag’ colored paper from Paper Source to match the calendar. Cut it out and frame it!

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Gather a few cute pens and add a brief description to the front of your book… just in case it gets lost. Maybe even write a special note for your guests to read…

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Have it out at your reception and gather everyone’s birthday’s all at once!

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This simple DIY project is sure to be a treasure for you after your wedding day!

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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 // calendar and paper in Paper Bag: Paper Source // frame: Target // pens: Le Pen, Marvy Uchida // free fonts used: Sofia free via FontSquirrel.com and Lucida Grande // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

February 3, 2014

“Meghan and Brendan chose the picturesque backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina for their wedding celebration.  We knew as soon as we met this fun couple that their wedding was going to be amazing! Sarah Hosch with Southern Protocol did an amazing job coordinating the details of their day. It all started with a Christian ceremony at the historic St. Mary’s of the Annunciation, and then the reception and celebration followed at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. We loved the romantic decor and vintage feel with pink, green, and cream color accents. Meghan wanted photos with the Charleston harbor in the background, so we went to Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant for a fun excursion with the bridal party. The newlyweds ended the night tearing up the dance floor to Rubberband, of East Coast Entertainment, and exited as exuberant guests holding sparklers cheered them on!” – Riverland Studios

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“I think it would be impossible to choose one favorite memory, rather it was a collection of special moments and memories from our wedding that made the entire day perfect. I loved having time with my bridesmaids and mom getting ready before the ceremony, the anticipation of seeing my soon-to-be husband at the altar, and our reception was just as we had envisioned – everyone dancing! There were many small details that made our wedding special and unique to Brendan and I – a reflection on who we are as a couple;  having my uncle marry us, being able to have our Boston Terrier, Cal, in our photos, having my mom be able to walk me down the aisle and having our favorite drink, “Painkiller” as the signature cocktail. It truly was Oh Happy Day!

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..I didn’t do many DIY projects, but we did want a custom and unique look – so ETSY was my best friend! AND I had the most fabulous wedding planner!

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..I did! Something old was a photo of my father, who passed away when I was 12, that my mom had put in a locket for me to attach to my bouquet. Something new was my jewelry: both earrings and bracelet. Something borrowed was my veil, borrowed from a friend. Something blue was a very special handkerchief I received from my mother-in-law, that had blue embroidery.

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ENJOY IT – It’s supposed to be fun!” – Meghan, the bride

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photography: Riverland Studios // wedding planner: Sara Hosch of Southern Protocol // ceremony venue: St. Mary of the Annunciation // reception venue: Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant, SC // caterer: Bricklane Catering // flowers: Branch Design Studio // cake: Twenty Six Devine // invitations: Dodeline Design // dress: White // bridesmaid dresses: Lula Kate // hair + makeup: Willow Salon // mens attire: M. Dumas & Sons // ties: Bonobos // band: Rubberband // transportation: Absolutely Charleston 

January 22, 2014

“This wedding was nothing short of amazing! Everyone worked so hard to bring all of the details together. The wedding took place out at the beautiful Shaw family farm at the base of the Blue Mountains in rural Eastern Oregon. We were threatened with storms all day, but the weather ended up cooperating and it was just gorgeous. The wedding was very laid back, with music performed by a hip local band – J.D. Kindle and The Eastern Oregon Playboys. They kept the barn dance rockin’ all night long! There was also a big fire pit and smore kit’s for everyone to enjoy while the adults sipped on home-made hard cider made by the best man. I was so happy to be a part of this couples amazing day.” – Captured By Corrin

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“It was funny to actually sit down and have this conversation with my husband because we both had different ideas about what made our wedding day so special. One thing that I will never forget is the feeling I got when I was standing up in front of all of our family and friends during the speech portion of our wedding. I was so overcome with happiness and appreciation that we both had so many people that cared enough about us to make sure that they were able to celebrate our first day as husband and wife. It was the one time in the day where I could really not keep myself composed. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the reception. We were fortunate enough to have wonderful food, drinks, and dessert, all from local vendors and friends. My husband loved the antique beer truck, juicy steak, delicious cupcakes, and lively reception music provided by James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys. All of our guests seemed to really enjoy the atmosphere and the reception as a whole. The entire day will definitely be one that we think about fondly for the rest of our lives!

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..Our ENTIRE wedding was a do-it-yourself event!!! My mother and a few of her friends created the lovely wooden signs that were used as informative decorations. The rest of the table decorations, ceremony arch, barn decor, and other outside decorations were re-purposed furniture items from various family members and friends as well as fall decorations from our home. The wedding favors were s’mores kits that were used with the fire pit. They were created by my mother-sister-and grandmother- in law. Our decorations were inspired by the fall season and of course Pinterest. The majority of our alcohol and sparkling apple cider was home-brewed by the best man. It was very tasty and helped us save a large chunk of money. Our goal was to have a beautiful, rustic yet classy country wedding. We did not want to spend a fortune so we did as much borrowing and scrounging to find the right items for a good price. We were lucky to have so many individuals that wanted to help make our wedding day the best day that it could be.

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..I did not originally plan to have all of these items, but a few just occurred with my natural wedding day outfit choices. My something old was the diamond necklace that I wore. This specific piece of jewelry was gifted to me by my mother on the day of my high school graduation. It was originally created from older family diamonds as a high school graduation gift to her from her grandparents. It was something that was so classy and it perfectly complimented my dress. My something new was my garter from Heritage Bride and, of course, my wedding dress from David’s Bridal. Finally, I did have something turquoise, not blue. My turquoise item was a pair of well-loved Ariat cowboy boots. These boots were a natural choice given the location of our wedding was a barn in Eastern Oregon. My maid of honor and bridesmaids all had silver and turquoise earrings and various other pieces of turquoise jewelry to complete the look…

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When you get married so many people want to give you advice and here is some of mine:

1. Make a budget and stick to it! Look into local vendors and family friends to try and find the best deal possible.

2. Make sure that you find a person that will be in charge of all of the little details on your wedding day. Preferably, the person you pick will not be an immediate family member. My go to person was my mother and while she did an excellent job, I think that the day would have been more enjoyable for her if she would have been able to give the reigns to someone else that day.

3. Remember that there will always be snags in your plans, so just relax! On our wedding day the weather was supposed to be awful, our desserts were delivered a little later than expected, and a clasp broke on my dress. All of those things could have really stressed me out but I had decided beforehand that no matter what happened that I would make sure to enjoy my big day and shake off the small stuff.

4. Enjoy every minute of it because it will only happen once! This day is about the union between you and your significant other and nothing else. ” – McKennon, the bride

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photography: Captured by Corrin // venue: Shaw Barn, Pilot Rock Oregon // dress + bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal // garter: Heritage Bride via Etsy // men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // flowers: Safeway in Pendleton Oregon // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // guestbook: created on Shutterfly // catering: The Bank & Grill Catering Co. // cake and cupcakes: Frosted // hair + makeup: Brittany Briscoe // officiant: Robert Ridgway // music: Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys // s’mores favors, all the decor, wooden directional signs and etc: all DIY-ed by the bride and her family!

January 13, 2014

“I absolutely loved photographing Jen and James’ garden party wedding this year. The ceremony was at a pretty little church in Upton Cross in Cornwall called St Pauls, followed by a wonderfully rustic outdoor reception at the bride’s parents house. Trestle tables were set with vintage tablewear and pretty jam jars were stuffed full of wild flowers. As the evening set in, the garden was lit up with twinkling outdoor lights setting the perfect ambience for the first dance. Quite simply every detail had been thoughtfully planned, making it an effortlessly happy occasion and one I will certainly remember!” – Ross Talling Photography

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“Our favorite memory is probably dancing our first dance to a beautiful rendition of Skinny Love by acoustic band, The Duotones, and also watching the fireworks my brother set off at the end of the evening, it was a perfect end to a great day…

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..there wasn’t a lot that we didn’t make ourselves other than the catering. We started by re-landscaping my parents garden as it was very overgrown, sewing a 100 metres of bunting, printing and making the invitations and service books, making table runners and that was just the start. I also altered and made flowers for my dress and a belt, my mum made butterflies and moths to go on it too. We couldn’t have done it all without lots of help from our friends and family in the week before the wedding to make decorations for the church, hang the bunting, arrange the cut flowers, put up the lights, make a bar in the workshop, pot up the flower boxes ready for the church. I think this was also one of our favourite memories, it meant a lot to us to have everyone helping out and bringing it all together. Looking back on it now, I can’t believe how much we pulled together in such a short time, six months before, we couldn’t decide on what we wanted to do and had no plans or bookings in place… but it turned out better than we could have imagined! 

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..I think so! I borrowed earrings from my mum, I had blue butterflies on my dress that my mum made for me, my shoes were old, I bought them when I was 16 (they are a little tatty so don’t look too closely at them) and my knickers were new!

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..Do it your own way. It was really important for our wedding to reflect us! We didn’t want to have to work around any restrictions or stipulations. We wanted our family and friends to relax and to just enjoy the day and evening with them… and we did!” – Jen, the bride

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photography: Ross Talling Photography // church: Saint Pauls // garden venue: Bride’s Parents Home // dress: Justin Alexander from All About Eve, Newport South Wales (which the bride altered herself!) // grooms suit: Perfection in Cardiff // hair and makeup: Gem Ryder // catering: Kerra’s Catering // acoustic band: The Duotones // all other details you see, from the invitations to the table runners and flowers were DIY-ed by the bride and her family!

November 29, 2013

We are all about the new trend of ‘reception chair signs’… especially when they are DIY-ed! Today we are sharing the easy way to make AMAZING Mr & Mrs. chair signs with your favorite font. These will be the perfect touch for your special day…

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SUPPLIES:

  • wood plaque of any style
  • a pencil
  • your choice of craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • furniture tacks
  • ribbon
  • print out of the words you’d like to use, sized for your plaque

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To start, print out the words you would like to use (mr, mrs, bride, groom, his, hers, etc.) and size it for your choice of wooden plaque.

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Turn the print-out upside down and shade the entire font area with the side of your pencil.

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With the pencil side facing your plaque, carefully trace the entire word and all it’s details. This creates the perfect outline of your word on the plaque… it’s a graphite transfer!

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Then carefully paint your word, keeping the printout close by for reference. *If you aren’t great with a paint brush, you can also do this step with a paint pen or Sharpie, but Sharpies can bleed a little on the wood.

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I painted the edge of my plaque for a finishing touch… let the paint dry for at least 4 hours before moving onto the next step. 

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Now for the ribbon.. this is how you will hang your sign.

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Cut roughly 20″ of 1.5″ ribbon. Fold one end under and then push two furniture tacks through the ribbon and into wooden plaque; one on each side. 

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Isn’t it lovely..? Such a beautiful sign for such a simple technique.

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CRAFTERS TIP // if you want to hang these signs off the corner of your chairs – tacking both ends of the ribbon right away is fine. If you want them to hang like ours, you will need to have someone tack one end of the ribbon at your venue over the chair back. Also, the exact length of your ribbon will differ due to the type of chair it will be placed on.

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The great thing about this technique is that you can use any font you desire along with the paint color of your choice; meaning your custom sign will perfectly match your special event!

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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 // FREE font used: ‘Shipped Goods’ via Dafont.com // Martha Stewart Crafts paint in Beetle Black, MSC paint brush and scissors, wooden plaque, 1.5″ black ribbon: Michaels // furniture tacks: Lowes // dress: Nordstrom // nail polish: Essie – Mint Apple Candy

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