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 // nail polish: Essie – Resort Fling

March 6, 2014

We are down right dazzled to share this absolutely gorgeous and super sparkly winter wedding inspiration shoot from Allure Bridals with you today! The three different dresses below would be stunning on a hanger alone but Allure wanted to share them in a way that was captivating and inspiring. So they partnered with Amy and Jordan Photography, Samantha of Encore Creative and the Royal Palms Hotel to bring us this luxe winter session….


In the spirit of a glamourous soiree, this shoot was filled with beautiful orchids, hydrangeas, sparkling crystal accents, pops of gold and an art deco invitation suite. The Royal Palms Hotel offered beautiful aged wood and sunwashed stone backdrops, which inspired the bare branches and antler detailing. Three different gowns emphasize the many ways a bride can be styled for an elegant winter wedding – a slinky number, a dramatic black gown and an incredible strapless beaded gown. The fashion, the flowers, the hair, the sweets… and all the rest create a sparkly winter wonderland that is sure to please both the feminine wilds and the masculine mind.

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Event Credits // fashion: Allure Bridals – sequin dress: Allure Couture C286, black dress: Allure Couture C287, backless dress: Allure Bridals 9102 // photography: Amy and Jordan Photography // event design: Samantha Fitzgerald At Encore Creative // invitations: Champagne Press // cake and treats: Sweet Maison // floral design: Encore Creative // hair: Jennifer Dew // makeup: Arielle Rondeau // hairpieces and veils: Lillian Lottie Couture // venue: Royal Palms Hotel, AZ  // men’s attire: Mr. Formal // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // linens: La Tavola


March 5, 2014

“As long as I can remember brightly color beach homes have been a favorite of mine. My husband and I always drive through beach towns and day dream about which color we would own… So I am sure you can understand why I was over the moon about shooting Sally and Matt’s wedding in Cape Charles. The venue was beyond words, so quaint, elegant and truly one of a kind. Their wedding embodied what I can only call beach chic. As soon as I showed up to the beach house I was greeted by gorgeous girls all so full of excitement! Sally had the most stunning Swiss Dot tulle dress and sparkly Kate Spade heals to match. Her groom complimented her so elegantly in a light blue seersucker suit with a pink bow tie. My absolute favorite part of their wedding was the love that surrounded them and being able to capture those moments! I had never met their family and friends but could tell by their genuine looks of happiness for Sally and Matt, that they had surrounded themselves with the best people to help start their new lives together!” – Jen Harvey Photography


“I have so many unforgettable memories but one of my most favorite moments was walking down the aisle with my Dad knowing that Matt was waiting for me at the end. Being surrounded by all of our favorite people in the world and having them all there to share in such a special moment with us is definitely a feeling I will never forget. It was was a “once in a lifetime” moment that I will always treasure. 


..We got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy! I think my favorite DIY project for the wedding was making the favor bags for our candy bar. I bought gold and white chevron paper bags and then had a personalized rubber stamp made with our monogram on it. I hand stamped over 200+ bags. I was very glad that the candy bar at the wedding was such a  huge success!


..The best advice I received was to stop every so often on your big day and really take it all in – seriously! It all goes by SO fast and it can get a bit overwhelming. The moments I remember most vividly are the ones that I stopped, took a breath and took a mental note of. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff. Something will probably go wrong on your wedding day – but try to shake it off and remember what the day is truly all about. Try to enjoy every second with your new husband!!!” – Sally, the bride


photography: Jennifer Harvey Photography // venue: Kings Creek Marina, Cape Charles VA // dress: James Clifford from Betsey Robinson Bridal in Baltimore, MD // shoes: Kate Spade // grooms tux: Brooks Brothers  // bridesmaid dresses: JCrew // groomsman suits: Ralph Lauren // caterer: Aqua at Kings Creek Marina // cake + cupcakes: Sweet Disposition, Selbyville DE // hair & make-up: La Clinica Salon & Spa, Baltimore MD // flowers: Flowers By Alison, Ocean City MD // music: Ceremony-Cocktail Hour- Cris Jacobs  // reception band: Second Nature, from Sam Hill Entertainment Company // invitations + programs: Chelsey Emery

March 4, 2014

“This gorgeous fall engagement session of Meg and Eric was shot at the Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio. The sun and colors were just perfect for shooting that day. How I got to know both Meg and Eric is a super fun story. Meg (like myself) is a Miami University grad! Although, I may have a graduated a few years earlier then Meg – the exact number is not important. We met in Chicago several years ago at a Miami alumni event and started discussing photography, which she has a great interest in. Fast forward to 2013 and I’m completely flattered when I hear from Meg who is now engaged, and would like me to shoot her wedding! Come to find out she is engaged to Eric, whose family used to attend the same church as my family in little Springboro, Ohio. Needless to say, I’m looking very forward to their fall 2014 wedding in Chicago!” – Ben Elsass Photography


“I met our photographer Ben at a Miami of Ohio Networking event. Ironically, he grew up in the same hometown  as my fiance Eric, and their families know each other from church! Talk about a small world! I love photography and have followed Ben’s work for several years (and LOVE it!), so it was a no-brainer when we got engaged to choose Ben as our wedding photographer!


..Eric and I are getting married at Kenilworth Union Church and having our reception at the Kenilworth Club down the street. We definitely plan on having some DIY projects integrated into our wedding. My mom and I are both crafty and are eager to put together some unique table decor. One of the ideas I’m excited about is having old wedding photos of our parents and grandparents displayed at the entrance of our reception. My sister/Maid of Honor is also a talented artist and I think it would be super unique if she sketched one of the engagement pictures Ben took. (We’re still working on her for this!) We’d have that at the front of the reception as well :)


..Of all of our wedding plans, certainly the most exciting element is becoming Mrs. Eric Dunigan. I couldn’t be happier to marry my best friend. The best part of our wedding though will be bringing all of our favorite people together in one room. We’re so blessed to have such incredible families and friends and it will be amazing celebrating with all of them!” – Meg, the bride-to-be

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