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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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

March 11, 2014

Today we are super excited to share some of our favorite new invitations from Wedding Paper Divas, Spring/Summer 2014 Collection! This season it’s all about unique featured photos, fantastic foil details, accenting typography, whimsical watercolor and new partnerships with leading bridal designers! 

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Claire Pettibone is a world-renowned bridal fashion designer who has created a one-of-a-kind stationary collection for Wedding Paper Divas that’s as exquisite and detailed as her wedding gowns. Set your heart aflutter with designs inspired by classic Dutch paintings brimming with vintage botanicals, woodland charm and love letter scripts. The depth and romance in the design below has us entranced! 

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The BHLDN for Wedding Paper Divas Collection beautifully mixes rich, feminine textures with graphic elements and handmade touches. Exactly what you’d expect from one of our favorite brands.

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We are in LOVE with Wedding Paper Divas new foil detailing! Each invitation is hand-stamped with real shimmering foil, resulting in a unique and stunning look! The Winsome Blooms design below is a Something Turquoise favorite!!!

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Wedding Paper Divas helps you brand your big day, from beginning to end, to reflect your unique love story in every aspect of your wedding. From their unique Save-the-Dates, coordinated escort cards and table numbers, to creative thank you’s… they make it easy to arrange a stylish wedding theme from start to finish.

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Today (3.11.14) is the last day for Wedding Paper Divas biggest sale of the year!!! Enter ANNIV14 at checkout to receive 25% off your entire order, plus free shipping!

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March 10, 2014

“If you can imagine having your wedding at a Lemonade stand out in the orchards of southern California, Bryan & Whitney’s wedding is what you would get! It was a warm summer day filled with much laughter and love from friends and family. The couple had a lemonade stand set up overflowing with a family recipe lemonade that greeted the guests as they arrived. But the best part of the day by far wasn’t the cute decorations (which were fun and summery), but the couple’s sweet love for each other and easy going attitude! They even dealt with a mini-catastrophe, an old door used as a prop blew over onto their cake, so an aunt had to run to the grocery to get another generic cake. The couple didn’t know about it until the cake cutting, and they burst into laughter wondering where their cake was, but just smiled and cut the cake they had, acting like nothing was wrong!” – Lukas & Suzy VanDyke

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Married: Whitney & Bryan from Lunch Pail Pictures

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“I don’t know if I could ever choose one specific memory! The day was so much more than I ever could have imagined because of the amazing help of my family and friends who helped pull together all the details we had envisioned. I had so been looking forward to just being married to Bryan that once we said “I Do”, the whole rest of the day we were all smiles. I think I hear often how a lot of couples can’t remember their wedding day because it went so fast, but I was really intentional about taking everything in. It’s all still so vivid! If I had to pick one memory that still stands out to me so vividly it would be when I first saw Bryan as my dad walked me down the aisle. We had decided not to do a first look so that moment was a big one, and I just remember feeling like it was so surreal that we had finally reached our wedding day. It was also really special for me to have those moments with my dad right before everything got underway. I also about died laughing hysterically when they told us our cake had been knocked over by a vintage door and had been replaced with a white Happy Quinceanera from a grocery store down the road that had the frosting scraped off. When we cut into it and it oozed out onto the platter, we burst into laughter. No one knew but us and our families – it was hilarious!

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..Yes, we did a lot of DIY projects for the wedding. Most of the decor was DIY – we found a lot of items at thrift stores like the vintage doors and old windows. A lot of the garlands we used at the reception had been made by my amazing bridesmaids and sweet family friends for the bridal showers they threw for me and I just loved them so much I had to use them again. My talented aunt made the big “Eat, Drink Lemonade, Be Married” banner that we hung from the trees above the favor table and my uncle made sure it got strung up just right the morning of. The wooden signs we used as directional pointers to get to the reception and also at the venue my mom and I painted in my parents’ garage at 1am the night before the wedding. My dad constructed the archway we entered through at the reception with branches from the lemon tree in my parents’ backyard. Those are the little things I loved about prepping for this wedding, how everything just came together with so much laughter and joy. I really couldn’t have done it without my mom & sweet aunties plus my lifelong friends/bridesmaids (& their moms!) They were just incredible.

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..I did! It all sort of came together the day of! My Something Old: was a vintage handkerchief I kept in the pocket of my wedding dress (yes my dress had pockets!) from my grandma, Delphine. Something Borrowed: was the stunning diamond bracelet that my Aunt Lou let me wear. Something Blue: was my garter, made by the lovely Emilee Hegg of Tasteful Tatters. And Something New: was my Tiffany’s necklace from my sweet groom engraved with my new last name!

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..First of all, enjoy the process! From finding your venue to opening the RSVP envelopes, soak in every moment. It goes by so quickly. Pick what’s most important to you and really focus your attention there and let the smaller details fall into place on their own. It’s just one day so make it absolutely memorable but most importantly, remember that you’re getting MARRIED. The rest of your life is so much bigger than just that one day. So if your cake falls over (which ours did!) or if your ring bearer goes fleeing in the opposite direction of the aisle (which ours did), laugh and enjoy every moment. You’ll be so thankful that you remember all the once in a lifetime moments, both big and small, when you think back on your big day. We do!” – Whitney, the bride

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Photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke // Videography: Lunch Pail Pictures // Dress and Belt: Watters Gown from Marylinn’s Bridal (now Panache), Pasadena, CA // Alterations, Veil, & Reception Hairpiece: Chantilly’s Bridal, Newhall, CA // Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles // Garter: Tasteful Tatters by Emilee Hegg // Suits & Men’s Shoes: Mr. Tux, Newhall, CA // Groom’s Tie: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Banana Republic // Flower Girls Dresses: updated from when me and my cousin wore them in my aunt’s wedding in 1998  // Ring Bearer’s Outfit: J.Crew, Janie & Jack, and Gap Kids // Make-up: Nicole Lind // Hair: Amy Wolf, Beyond the Fridge, Newhall, CA // Invitations: Minted // Calligraphy: My mom! Wendy Kane // Ceremony: Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA // Ceremony Program: Kea Brooks // Reception Site: La Campana Ranch, Fillmore, CA // Reception Map: Jamie Long // Music: Subito Strings // Flowers: Yamaguchi’s, Ventura, CA // Wedding Cake: Cakery Bakery, La Canada, CA // Rentals: Ventura Rental Company // Reception Details, Favors & Guestbooks: DIY by bride’s family & bridesmaids. Hanging Lemonade Banner by Brooke Moore

March 8, 2014

Happy, happy Saturday… there is nothing better than a super sunny and warm weekend, and I apologize for all who can’t enjoy this southern cali weather! Thank you for making us part of your weekend… isn’t this metallic gold dress out of this world?!?

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image courtesy of: Josephine Ettinger Photography

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This past week we have had the pleasure of featuring so many awesome posts!!! We shared two beautiful DIY weddings… one winter and one beach, our DIY chalkboard details collaboration with Wedding Chicks, a cozy fall engagement, the stunning sparkly wedding inspiration shoot from Allure Bridals and last but not least, the bright and cheery ‘pocket escort card display’ tutorial! You can easily find all these posts by clicking on each of the images below! 

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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