Archive | August, 2011

diy: will you be my…?

17 Aug

Yay for my first DIY wedding project! I thought it’d be fun to officially ask our friends to be a part of our wedding party by sending them a little note. Well, a cute little note turned into a mini scrapbook project (which I love I doing anyway). We used one of my kitchen chalkboards, a little park for the background, and some scrapbooking essentials: eyelets, stamps, and twine, etc. I love the classic “brown paper bag” look, so that’s the paper I decided to use, which goes perfectly well with the vintage/organic look that I’m going for. Check out the pictures below, and if future brides have any questions on how I made these, send me a message!

I love the whimsical look of the banner stamp, so I used the transparent ink, with blue and pink embossing power, and finally the heat embossing tool to create the look below. The photos are mounted to the paper using vintage-patterned tape, found at any local craft store (I bought everything from Michaels). Then two eyelets and some twine, and voila!

My favorite part of these little cards are actually the envelopes! The envelopes are also in “brown paper bag” from Paper Source. We printed the addresses on the envelopes from our own home printer using the Courier New font, which is my favorite font because it mimics the old-fashioned type-writer (notice the names printed in the old instant-label font ;)). The ‘handle with care’ and ‘paper clip’ stamps come from an assortment of Vintage Office rubber stamps. And finally, I LOVE getting personal mail, so we used several different stamps ranging from 0.01 to 0.29 cents, to give it the old postcard feel (my favorite part of the entire envelope).

We hope our friends enjoy receiving this as much as I had fun making them! 🙂

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heritage museums

8 Aug

We love the idea of using state parks, museums, or natural/historic centers for our wedding venue because it’s very eco-friendly and green. With that said, any of the above mentioned venues take a portion, if not all of the proceeds and donates it for preservation and/or education, etc. On top of that, all national and state parks, museums, and historic centers are super budget-friendly, just fyi for future brides. 😉 In fact, we looked at two outdoor heritage museums, one being in Orange County, and the other being in greater Los Angeles.

Heritage Museum of Orange County

This museum is located in a quiet pocket in Santa Ana, and is surrounded by lots of trees, perfect for an outdoor ceremony/reception. The site hosts up to 250 people, and what we loved most about this place are the options! Besides having a gorgeous backdrop of trees and historic houses, there are several open garden spaces to choose from whether you choose to have your ceremony under the garden gazebo, or just your reception in the canopied brick patio.

Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles

If this museum wasn’t so far of a drive for us, it would definitely make my TOP TWO choices for our wedding venues! I absolutely fell in love with this outdoor location. It is very similar to the above mentioned Heritage Museum of Orange County, except the scenery is a little more colorful and vintage-looking. It has all the components I love, including the romantic under-the-trees setting, along with the quirky, colorful vintage backdrop that makes it so much fun. I totally saw a lot of creative potential for this venue, and still keep it in mind. 🙂