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!

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SUPPLIES:

  • 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

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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? 

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

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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 // 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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SUPPLIES:

  • 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 26, 2014

“I always make the effort to get to know all my couples in the time leading up to their wedding – it is so important to have that personal connection with them. But in some instances, like Katie and Chris, there is already an established relationship. Katie worked with my wife sometime back and they were actually guests at OUR wedding! So of course I was excited when they contacted me about shooting their own. The ceremony was at the beautiful Assumption Catholic Church in downtown Chicago with the reception taking place at the inspiring Bridgeport Arts Center – which is a newer venue to the Chicago scene, and a spectacular one as well! After the ceremony, we drove around downtown Chicago a bit to take some pictures and the wedding gods were definitely on our side. There wasn’t much chance of rain that day, yet all of the sudden we were caught in a downpour (of which we all know is good luck on your wedding day!) – the location we were at had cover and we were able to keep shooting and stay dry! A big congrats to Katie and Chris!” – Ben Elsass Photography

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“It would have to be walking into our reception – to see all of our friends and family clapping and smiling was an amazing experience. We had so many special people supporting us that day which made it unforgettable…

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..I have 2 amazing sisters who helped me do a few different DIY projects for our wedding. They took a vintage window and added our parents and grandparents wedding photos into each panel. It was a unique and meaningful piece that we now have hanging in our home. They also printed all of our table numbers onto vintage paper and framed them, and designed an antique suitcase to gather our cards. Our wedding was not only beautiful but was also one of a kind, which was exactly what we wanted…

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..My something old was my grandmother’s satin from her wedding gown which was wrapped around my bouquet. Something new was my wedding dress and something borrowed was my mother’s wedding shoes, which I was able to wear on my wedding day as well. Something blue was my grandmother’s beautiful broach which was pinned on the front of my bouquet..

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..Enjoy every single minute and remember that it will all come together and look beautiful on your big day!” -Katie, the bride

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photography: Ben Elsass Photography // ceremony location: Assumption Catholic Church // reception location: Bridgeport Art Center // dress: I Do, I Do Bridal Consignment // men’s attire: Joseph A. Bank // florist: The Revel Group // cupcakes: Molly’s Cupcakes // caterer: Paramount Events // event designer: Revel Decor Inc // hair: Kylie Croon of Salon Buzz

January 20, 2014

“Michael + Sarah were married overlooking the gorgeous mountains of Charlottesville, VA! Sarah’s attention to detail was flawless. She not only kept her vineyard theme throughout the entire day, but also incorporated sentimental touches such as her grandmother’s blanket and jewelry box to make her decor all the more special. Grapevines, wine cork key chain favors and lots of Tiffany blue! They got creative and used an old door frame, vintage mantel, old clocks and candle sticks to give their ceremony a rustic look. The lighting was perfect, the dance floor was never empty and cake was delish! This DIY vineyard wedding could not have been any more perfect!” – Tamara Pizzeck Photography

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“Hands down, walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s face smiling back at me. I had been a nervous wreck all morning/afternoon and seeing him standing there with the biggest grin on his face was instantly calming to me. It really was the greatest moment and feeling I have ever had – in that moment I felt like the happiest and luckiest girl in the entire world…

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..When planning our wedding it didn’t seem like I had that much DIY, but now looking back, I really did! My mother and I hand-dipped, decorated, and packaged 100 caramel apples as our favors, the Friday before the wedding. I made the key chains from wine corks that were given to me from the vineyard. Our reception centerpieces and ceremony aisle decor was pieced together from random things I found and loved at Garden Ridge. Table numbers were printed and placed in frames I bought on clearance from Pier 1 and Home Goods. The wooden shutters were painted and hinged by my father who I had hammer nails into them to hold the escort tags which were handwritten by me. I also wrote our ceremony program, bar menu, and menu on old wooden windows that came out of my parent’s basement. I also found the ceremony mantle in the basement, which had come out of a house my grandfather used to own. Everything else, the random knick knacks, mantle decor, and welcome table trinkets all came from junk stores or were antiques I borrowed from my grandmother… I took a jewelry box right off of her dresser and I even used a blanket of hers that was handmade and given to her on her wedding day over 50 years ago. As for the door frame, it came out of an old house in my home town that I purchased from the Habitat for Humanity store in town. I had my dad add the metal address numbers to be the date of our wedding. Our fingerprint guestbook was designed and drawn by my younger sister and bridesmaid, Amie…

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..Yes, kind of. I forgot to ask to borrow something until I was walking down the aisle, but three out of four is good enough right? My something new was my dress and veil, blue was my shoes, and old was my garter which was given to me to wear during an impromptu bachelorette party I had after one of my bridal showers…

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..Don’t let anyone interfere with the way YOU see your dream wedding. If they don’t like the meal you are picking because it’s non-traditional, don’t let them be a deciding factor in whether you choose it or not. If they don’t like the dress you are absolutely in love with, don’t let them make you second guess yourself into purchasing another one. It’s your wedding day, not theirs. You are in control of your choices, they are not. Stick to what you believe in and you will truly be happy with the results.” – Sarah, the bride

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photography: Tamara Pizzeck Photography // venue: Keswick Vineyards, Charlottesville, VA // dress: Allure Romance #2512  from Caryn’s Bridals in Farmville, VA // bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff Style 334 in Glacier // mens atttire: Jos. A. Bank // cake: Chandler’s Bakery // flowers: Special Touch Designs // caterer: C&O Restaurant // rentals: MS Events // favors, centerpieces, table numbers, ALL ceremony decor including shutters and wooden door frame: DIY-ed by the bride and her family // guestbook tree: DIY by the brides sister Amie

December 10, 2013

Are you looking to add a festive touch to your winter wedding or holiday party? We have a super fun and very simple christmasy project to share with you today! These yummy smelling, winter themed escort or place card ornaments are just the thing for your event!

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SUPPLIES:

  • kosher salt
  • clear plastic ornaments (ours are from Michael’s)
  • sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Sharpie metallic paint pen
  • tweezers
  • ribbon or twine

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Start by drawing each name onto your ornaments. You can easily make these as escort cards; with the persons name and their table number – or place cards; at each place setting with just the name. Practice on paper first to make sure you have the sizing and font style correct.

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Remove the top of the ornament and using a funnel fill the bottom with kosher salt.

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Cut sprigs of fresh rosemary down to about 2″ sections… it smells so good!

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Then place one sprig inside each ornament. You might need to use a pair of tweezers to get the sprig situated just right. Then replace the top of the ornament. **It’s best to add the rosemary only a day or two before your event, so that it’s fresh for your guests. 

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Add a cute bow and you’re done! Simple + Sweet.

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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 // plastic square ornaments and Sharpie metallic paint pen : Michaels // kosher salt and rosemary sprigs: Ralphs // nail polish: Essie – Mint Apple

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