Thanks to this blog, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends with lots of the people I write about, and Minhee from Paper+Cup Design is no exception. I had been a huge fan of her work even before I got to know her, and now having gotten to know her, Truman and even little TJ, has made it all the more special! Which is why I’m so proud of Paper+Craft, the book she and Truman just released with stylist Randi Brookman Harris…its chock full of beautifully designed crafts that are super easy to make for any occasion.
Like the DIY project below…these would make for fun gifts or cake toppers, and its super duper easy!
Mini christmas tree or plant
Thin strips of wooden sticks
white ink pen
+ Place a piece of tape on top of the photo and stick it on top of the black paper
+ Take your scissors and cut around the photo shape
+ Place a piece a tape on a stick inside the black cut out shape
+ Cover it with glue stick
+ Place the photo on top to enclose the stick inside the 2 pieces of paper
+ Write a message on back with the white pen
+ Stick the photo stick inside your plant
+ Decorate with a ribbon
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Chronicle Books is letting me giveaway 3 copies, and I’ve got a special FOURTH copy that is autographed by Minhee, Truman and Randi to giveaway myself…you’ll definitely want to get your hands on this! Leave a comment below about what you’d use the book for, and 4 winners will be announced on Monday. Good luck!
[If you'd like to check out some pictures of their booksigning this past weekend at PaperSource, check out the pictures on Facebook]
[top image from C. Broussard, all others by Paper+Cup]
When we were thinking of how to deliver the video, sending an email with a link seemed way too informal, but sending an over-produced package didn’t seem right, either. The solution? A DIY sleeve made to look (and work) like a record sleeve. We’ve provided a pattern for you so you can design your own jacket, along with a blank record so you can put in your own text. It could be super cute to use a custom stamp kit (kind of like these business cards or this wedding invitation suite over at design sponge), or hire a calligrapher to write out your names and the date of your wedding, then use that on the jacket and record. We opted for a transparent envelope with a wrap-around label so that the picture of Mike and Amber would show through, but you could also use any other 5″ square envelope. After you’re done designing, the assembly is easy. Cut out your “record jacket” with an exacto knife (be sure you use a sharp one, or you’ll get kind of fuzzy edges like I did) and ruler, and score the lines between the flaps and the front of the jacket. Fold with a bone folder (to make your creases nice and crisp), and glue the flaps to the back of the jacket. Use the record template to customize the template that comes with your cd labels. The possibilities are endless! If you’re stuck, Trent Bailey and You + ME* offers custom packaging design along with stop motion save the dates.
Download the templates here:
[images from Trent Bailey]
Trent Bailey and You + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride
What do you think of when you see a paper plate? If you’ve attended enough wedding showers, it’s possible that a bow-covered monstrosity pops in your head. We’re not knocking a longstanding tradition, but we thought maybe there was room for an update to this classic bridal shower activity.
Before we offer the DIY details, we should share the ground rules we set for ourselves. First, no crazy supplies. Considering it’s often difficult enough track down a paper plate once the present opening begins, we didn’t want to add chicken wire, knitting needles, and a hot glue gun to the mix. Second, the updated bouquet couldn’t be more time consuming to make than the traditional paper plate version. Wedding related activities tend to take approximately 3.4 times longer than regular activities (it’s a scientifically proven fact!). The last thing we want to do is relegate bridesmaids to some sort of bow tying sweatshop in service to the perfect ribbon bouquet. Finally, the bouquet couldn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a bouquet made out of ribbons for goodness sake—let’s keep it fun!
You will need:
- tape (Japanese masking tape like this makes it prettier, but isn’t necessary)
- scissors (tearing neatly also works in a pinch)
- wrapping paper (regular paper or construction paper also work)
- various ribbons and bows
Have your tape and scissors ready when the gift opening begins. Once you have a piece of wrapping paper, cut a square with sides approximately 6- 8 inches long. (The squares don’t have to be the same size; in fact, it’s better if you get a little variety in their sizes.) Roll the square into a cone shape, making sure to leave enough space to string a ribbon through on the bottom, and secure with a piece of tape. Do the same with other pieces of wrapping paper until you have about 10-12 cones [hint:this can also be done in advance].
Begin feeding ribbons through the cones, so each one has a ribbon hanging from the bottom [hint: since you have multiple cones instead of just one plate, each person can even be responsible for making one out of their own wrapping]. If the ribbon isn’t long enough to make it through the top of the cone, tie a knot in it, so it doesn’t slip through the bottom. Add bows to the top of the cone, either by tying or taping them.
Arrange the ribbon cones as you would flowers in a bouquet. Once they are assembled, wrap tape around the “stems” from the bottom to about ¾ of the way up the cones. Now show off all your hard work to the bride to be, and with the time you saved, focus your attention on winning those shower games!
No weekly wrapup from me this week…with the move taking over my life, I haven’t even had a chance to check out my fav blogs! Enjoy the weekend and happy halloween!
[image from Trent Bailey Photography]
Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride
These little photo hangers from Photojojo would be a charming way to hang seating cards or polaroids from your photobooth!
[image from Photojojo]
The 1st issue of NonPareil Magazine is out and it looks fabulous! Chock full of templates and inspiration for you budding DIY brides…make sure you check it out. This keepsake boutonniere story was particularly fun and easy. Congrats Maddy and Kristen!
[image from NonPareil]
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