Two weekends ago I headed out to the Hamptons for my dear friend Christina’s bridal shower…its always nice to catch up with old friends isn’t it? Anyway, she’s a very eco-conscious gal, and on the invite, it was requested that we not bring wrapped gifts. (We didn’t have to bring gifts at all, but I like spoiling her) Since we couldn’t use giftwrap, and I just couldn’t bring myself to bring just the box, I had to come up with a way to jazz it up a bit, so I bought a couple of paint pens from the art store and went to town on the box! If I had more time, I probably would have colored in all the pattern to completely cover all the text, but I kinda like it like this too. I threw on a big green bow, and it was all set! Do you have any interesting ways of dressing up a gift without using giftwrap?
[images by Brooklyn Bride]
Cara sent me her VERY cool save the dates over the weekend to share with you guys! Here’s what she had to say.
I was really inspired by a bunch of the real save-the-dates that you posted a few months ago. I hadn’t really thought much about mine before that but I realized that we could do something really fun with it and put a bit of our personalities into it, so I wanted to share what we came up with.
The inspiration for our card came from a McKinley-Roosevelt campaign poster from 1899 that we got from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the design work was done by my friend and talented Brooklyn-based graphic designer, Kelli Anderson (www.kellianderson.com).
[images from Cara]
Joy did such a great job with her invites, I’m so glad she sent them! Letterpressed them all herself too!
I thought these were right up your alley…Boyfriend and i are getting married in DUMBO at Smack Mellon.. on earth day! April 22…i can’t decide if i was more excited to get married or do wedding crafts! we had so much fun making our own announcements and save the dates that i wanted to do the invites as well..i’ve pretty much always been obsessed with letterpress so i took a workshop at The Arm (thearmnyc.com) in Brooklyn.. then bf and i came up with the idea for our invite.. i figured out illustrator, had a plate made and went back into the studio to press all of them! im in love.. i could do it all day! ha!
[images from Joy]
[image from Mint]
The ladies at Betsywhite have these adorable labels on their blog available for download….for FREE! Its based on that equally adorable inspiration board above. Great for you DIYers.
[images from Betsywhite]
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