DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

With Mother’s Day right around the corner and a ton of summer birthdays on our calendar, we’ve had DIY gifts on the brain. As you might could guess, we typically prefer to make our friends and family gifts so that we know that they’re both thoughtful and unique. Today, we’ve put together a gorgeous DIY stationery set, perfect for all of those summer occasions that pop up requiring a killer gift. We used a mix black and white patterned paper for the envelopes and added a punchy coral card to make these sets modern and fun! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Pattern Stationery FInal DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Pattern Stationery Step1 DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Step One: First, you’ll need to make your template for the handmade envelopes. We deconstructed one of our favorite sizes (it also fit nicely on an 8.5″ x 11″ inch sheet of paper, so use that as a consideration) and traced it onto card stock. We then cut it out with scissors to use as our tracing guide for the patterned paper.

Pattern Stationery Step2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Step Two: Trace your envelope template onto the backs of your patterned paper (we used our Brushed Floral No.1, Brushed Floral No.2, Brushed Geo No.1 and Brushed Geo No.2) and cut them out with scissors.

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Step Three: Fold each side of your envelope inward  to crease. Fold in the two sides (as shown above) and affix double sided tape to the lower fold’s edge. Fold it up to meet the sides and press to adhere. If there are stray pencil lines on the top flap of the envelope, gently erase them with your pencil (see below).

Pattern Stationery Step3 2 DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Pattern Stationery Step4 DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Step Four: Adding an address label will make writing on the patterned envelopes much easier. We found cute black and white labels and stuck them onto the front of each envelope. This also helps all of the patterns come together into a cohesive set. In addition, you’ll need to add scrapbooking tape onto the top flap of the envelope in lieu of the typical gumming you find in commercial envelopes. (So that they can be sealed for mailing)

Pattern Stationery Step5 DIY Tutorial: Modern Personal Stationery Gift Set

Step Five: Next, we made our patterned note cards using 2 floral pattern stamps. First we stamped the largest floral stamp (our Daisy Pattern Stamp) randomly across the back of the card. As you can see, we stamped some of the prints off of the edge of the card to give it the look of a pattern repeat.

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Step Six: After the large stamping is done, we filled the rest in with our Small Leaves Pattern Stamp. Again, we stamped some off of the edge. Once we were happy with the clusters and spacing, we set the card aside and repeated Step 5 and 6 on the rest of the note cards.

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Each card back is a little different which makes the assortment really fun! You can also experiment with different colored cards and ink colors!

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The set is ready to be gifted! Add in some pretty washi tape and some fun postage to complete the gift!

Materials

Patterned Paper (Brushed Floral No.1, Brushed Floral No.2, Brushed Geo No.1, Brushed Geo No.2)

Pattern Stamps (Daisy Pattern, Small Leaf Pattern)

Address Labels

Note Cards cut to fit in your handmade envelope

Card Stock

Double Sided Tape

Scrapbooking Tape

Pencil

Scissors

Washi tape and Postage for gifting

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Acrylic Spirit Bottle Tags

I’m pretty proud to say that over the years my husband and I have cultivated quite the well-stocked home bar, and if you’re a fan of the OSBP Friday Happy Hour, chances are you have too. But if you’re mixing up a particularly sweet or fruity Spring cocktail, I say there’s no shame in using the cheap stuff every now and then, but maybe you don’t want to advertise it for all your guests. Or perhaps you just want a simple, uniform display for your tabletop bar or bar cart. Either way, I’m making up a set of the cutest little acrylic tasseled tags bright and perfect for keeping your spirits straight if you want to transfer them to simple clear swing-top bottles. Cheers!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
acrylic tags*
thick gold scrapbook letters
embroidery floss
scissors

*I found my clear, acrylic tags in the scrapbooking aisle at my local big box craft store.

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Step One: Begin by affixing a scrapbook letter to each of the acrylic tags. I used a G for gin, R for rum, and V for vodka. I found that my scrapbook letters were sufficiently sticky on their own, but feel free to use craft glue for a little extra adhesion.

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Step Two: Cut two pieces about 10-12″ long from each skein of embroidery floss.

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Step Three: Loop each skein of floss back on itself as shown to form a small circle.

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Step Four: Take one of the cut pieces of floss, and knot it tightly around the circle.

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Step Five: Gather the floss just below the tied piece, and tightly wrap the other piece around several times and knot.

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Step Six: To finish off the tassel, cut open the bottom loops, and trim the ends to a uniform length.

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Step Seven: Knot the end of each string, and tie onto a bottle.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Sometimes it’s good to get back to DIY basics. Patterned invitation backers can break the budget for many couples because there is so much time and labor involved. We always like to encourage people to take matters into their own hands – and today we’ll show you exactly how to do that! Over the years, we’ve experimented with backers of all sorts as well as different methods to DIY-ing them. This simple tutorial yields beautiful results if you’re precise and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, so to speak! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

Patterned Backer Final DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Patterned Backer Step1 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step One: First you’ll want to decide what paper or material you’d like to use on the back of your invitations. We selected this Botanical Fern Paper in text weight to coordinate with the fern invitation design. Vertical directional patterns like this one mean that you’ll only get one backer out of each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of text paper. If you’d like to get two backers per sheet, select a non-directional or horizontal pattern. Measure your invitation precisely (very, very precisely), and cut your text paper to that size. Our invitation was 5″ x 7″ so that is the size we cut our paper.

Patterned Backer Step2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Two: Gather all of your materials together. This will be your invitation, pre-cut paper backers, and spray glue. When using spray glue, it is important that you do your project in a ventilated location, preferably outside. Make sure that you have a clean, sturdy table so that you can move immediately to the next step. Hold the patterned paper, back side facing you, and spray with a light coat of spray adhesive (see photo below). When the entire surface is covered, move immediately to Step Three.

Patterned Backer Step2 2 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Patterned Backer Step3 DIY Tutorial: How to Back Invitations with Patterned Paper

Step Three: On your clean and firm surface, place one invitation face down. Very carefully align the top corners of the backer to the top corners of the invitation. Slowly adhere the paper down the back until you’ve reached the bottom corners. Set aside. The key here is to really get the backer on carefully and straight. It’s just a matter of being precise and having the paper cut correctly to start.

Repeat Step Two and Three until all of your invitations are complete. Then move on to Step Four.

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Step Four: Check your invitations and see if there are any paper edges peeking over the edge of the invitation. If there is, carefully trim them off with a ruler and craft knife, being certain not to cut into the invitation itself. Once you’ve checked them all, let them cure. Overnight is best and you can also weigh them down under a heavy book if you’d like. The key is to make certain that they’re really well adhered.

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Bookbinding linen, which has a study paper back adhered, is another really beautiful and classic option for backing your invitation (see the blush linen backer in the photo above). There are numerous colors to choose from and it’s just as easy to use as paper! No fraying involved!

Materials

Invitations

Patterned Paper or Book Binding Linen

Spray Adhesive

Ruler and Craft Knife

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Floral Cocktail Party Coasters

Spring is here, and after a far too long winter, I say bring on the flowers! This floral coaster project screams warm weather and delicious cocktails. While I used a little leftover wallpaper from a home decor project, grab any beautiful floral paper you can get your hands on (I used some Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper that I had left over from my office). Tackle this project, and then throw yourself a Spring cocktail party! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
floral wrapping paper or wallpaper
scissors
cork tile
decoupage glue
paint brushes
craft knife
craft glue

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Step One: Begin by cutting out several flowers from your floral paper.

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Step Two: Affix the paper flowers onto the cork tile using decoupage glue.

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Step Three: Use a craft knife to cut away excess cork.

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Step Four: Apply at least two more layers of  decoupage glue to seal the paper flowers. Allow to dry between each coat.

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Step Five: Carefully paint the edges of the coasters in bright colors.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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