By the time most couples get around to finalizing their wedding program, they’ve waited until the last minute. They’re also desperately trying to stay within their budget since the big day is right around the corner. But making your own ceremony programs at home doesn’t have to yield ho-hum results! In our tutorial today, we’ll show you an adorable way to make custom programs every guest is sure to love. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: First, you’ll need to gather your papers together and fold them exactly in half, using a bone folder. The cover of this program uses 8.5″ x 11″ patterned text weight paper (we used a version of our popular Paloma pattern). You could also use a scrapbook paper, so long as nothing is printed on the back side. For the text inside, you can use a design program, such as Illustrator or InDesign or simply use Word to lay out all of your information in two columns. We printed front and back by flipping the paper and re-running it through our home printer. You could also send the file to a copy store and have them print it for you.
Step Two: Assemble your booklets with the cover on the back and the inner pages in the middle. Use paper clips to hold them together in preparation for sewing. This helps prevent shifting when you’re running a stitch down the center.
Step Three: With your needle in the middle position, sew straight down the center fold. Trim off any thread ends after the booklet is finished.
Step Four: We wanted to gussy up our program a bit by adding a little envelope containing home-grown seeds to the front for guests to take home. Instead of leaving the envelope blank, we added the couple’s name and wedding date in white calligraphy on the back flap. Don’t feel comfortable tackling calligraphy on your own? You could also use a monogram stamp with white ink to get a similar result!
Step Five: Adhere the envelope to the front cover (approximately in the center) using double sided tape or stick glue. We found that our ATG Tape Gun worked the best on this project.
Step Six: Give your guests a little take away with your program! We spooned hand-harvest seeds into the envelopes so that each guest could plant flowers in honor of the couple. You could also fill the envelope with rice, confetti or anything else you can dream of! Have fun making it suit your own special day.
We also included a little note about the gift in the program itself, “Help our love grow! You’ll find hand-harvested seeds in the front envelope. Plant them and share the love.” Be sure to also include the type of seeds and some general growing instructions as well, either in the envelope itself or on the back page of your program.
Step Seven: Lastly, you’ll just need to close up the envelope so that the seeds don’t spill out. We used a fun patterned washi tape, which is easy to remove yet stays put!
Patterned paper in 8.5″ x 11″ text weight
Text weight paper in sage
Sewing Machine and Thread – have fun with your thread color selection!
Seeds (or rice or confetti)
Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Seattle-based designer and photographer Ariel Nay is expecting her first child – a baby girl! – this spring. The proud parents have already decided to name their daughter Lucy, so an “I Love Lucy” themed baby shower seemed like the perfect fit. Ariel DIY’d the invitations using some sparkly cardstock, a couple of rubber stamps, and a whole lot of love.
From Ariel: My fiancé and I are expecting our first child this March and recently had her baby shower. We’ve already named her Lucy Mae Lewis and felt an ‘I Love Lucy’ Baby Shower was more than appropriate.
While I would have loved to have it all professionally printed, I took my small budget and made most of it by hand. After reflecting on the original ‘I Love Lucy’ logo, I wanted to give it a more delicate typographic update. Using the typeface Nelly Script, I designed the ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Lucy Mae Lewis’ and had them made into stamps using Simon Stamps. I purchased shimmering red and gold cardstock at Michaels and had the invitation text printed on white cardstock at Staples.
Then, I used a spray mount to adhere the black and white printed text to the shimmering red paper, cut the hearts by hand and stamped the script type on the front and back. For the smaller gold hearts, I used a heart die-cutter and gold paper clips to attach the heart and Diaper Raffle note to the invitation.
In total, I kept right with my $100 budget that made me 35 invitations and the entire project took about 12-15 hours. I would still say hiring a professional printer is an excellent option as they can produce results you just can’t mimic, but it also felt good to make most of this special project with my own two hands.
The envelopes we ordered from Envelope Mall, the addresses were handwritten, Johnny Cash forever mailing stamps were used as they seemed to fit the era, and lastly, each letter sealed with a self-made, lipstick kiss.
Thanks so much Ariel – and congrats!
Photo Credits: Ariel Nay
We’ve been having an unusually cold winter here in Texas and all of these winter storms have us dreaming of warmer places. With destination weddings more popular than ever, this travel inspired save the date is sure to excite your guests and have them booking their flights pronto. Our favorite part of this design? The one-of-a-kind vintage maps we used for the liners! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Step One: First of all, you’ll need to stamp your save the date on a kraft paper card cut to 3.75″ x 5.75″. For this design we used our Air Mail Save the Date stamp and a black stamp pad. For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process go here.
Step Two: To add a pop of color into the design, we mounted our kraft paper card onto a red-orange A6 backer. To do this, simply apply stick glue or double sided tape around the back edges of the kraft paper card. Center it over the A6 red card and press down. If you used glue, let it dry.
Step Three: We’re simply swooning over this gorgeous vintage map paper. Each sheet is different so the results are fun and varied. Trace an A6 envelope liner template with a pencil on the back of the map paper and cut out the pattern. Use double sided tape or stick glue to adhere the liner into the mint envelope just below the gumming.
Step Four: We just couldn’t stand to waste any little bits map paper so we used the leftovers from the liners in Step 3, stamped a monogram (we used our Cross my Heart Initials monogram stamp) in black and then cut them out around the design, in a cute heart shape.
Step Five: The last step is to pull it all together! We punched holes on either side of the heart tag so that it would lay flat and straight when we threaded the twine around the save the date. Once that’s done, just address your envelopes and add postage so that you can mail them off!
Stamp Pad in Black
A6 Cards in Persimmon
A6 Envelopes in Mint
Twine in Teal
Double Sided Tape or Stick Glue
⅛ inch Hole Punch
Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper
When it comes to Valentine’s decorations, there’s little that’s less subtle than hearts, right? Honestly, I’m an unabashed lover of hearts, so today we’re embracing them with a set of easy heart placemats. I would argue, however, that the addition of a rich leathery texture and the elegant pop of simple white makes these guys a standout addition to a Valentine’s get-together. – Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue
1/2 yard white leather-look vinyl
2 sheets paper
Step One: Tape the two sheets of paper together long edge to long edge.
Step Two: Sketch a half heart onto the paper.
Step Three: Cut out your half heart template.
Step Four: Trace the half heart onto the back of the vinyl. Flip and trace again to create a full heart outline.
Step Five: Carefully cut out the hearts. They’re great placemats, but I discovered that they also look pretty amazing as a table runner!
Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper
I can’t be trusted in craft stores. When I was out shopping for materials for our New Year’s Eve cocktail party shoot with St-Germain, I came across some gold glitter iron-on transfer sheets and immediately knew I wanted to use them… I just didn’t know how. I’ve also wanted to share one of my favorite (and quick and easy!) ways for dressing up muslin favor bags. Then it hit me: combine the two! So today I’m sharing some adorable dip dye heart bags, perfect for Valentine’s Day treats, weddings, birthday parties, and so much more!
Step 1: Prepare your materials. You’ll want to thoroughly pre-rinse your muslin bags to prepare them for absorbing the dye, and it’s important to make sure you get them completely wet both inside and outside the bag. Don’t skip this step or your bags will come out splotchy! You can pre-wash them in a washing machine, but I usually just run the bags under a faucet or soak them in a large bowl. You’ll also need to prepare your dye bath. I used a measuring cup with two cups of warm water, a teaspoon or so of salt, and eyeballed the amount of dye (maybe three tablespoons). For more saturated color, just use more dye. You can test the color with a piece of scrap fabric or paper towel.
Step 2: Dye and rinse. (Note: This entire process should be done next to a sink) Dip a muslin bag into the dye bath very quickly – it really only takes a second to absorb the color! Slowly raise and lower the bag into the dye bath several times to achieve the gradient effect, gradually raising the bag as you go and leaving the bottom in the dye bath for the longest amount of time. The entire dyeing process takes about 30-45 seconds. Once the bottom of the bag looks saturated enough, immediately rinse the bag under cool water to remove any remaining dye. Set aside and repeat this process with your remaining bags.
Step 3: Dry and cut. Throw all of your muslin bags in the dryer to set the fabric dye. While you’re waiting for everything to dry, cut out your shapes from the iron-on sheets. You can trace a template onto the back of each transfer sheet or use a craft punch. My hearts were approximately 2″ wide and I was able to get 16 hearts from each iron-on transfer sheet.
Step 4: Iron. Place a heart on your muslin bag (I aimed for the middle of mine), then place a kitchen towel or pillowcase on top. Using the highest temperature setting, press firmly with your iron for approximately 40 seconds. Repeat for each bag.
Step 5: Done! Fill with your favorite goodies and hand them out!
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper