Handmade Weddings giveaway + DIY!

Handmade Weddings by the ladies of Hello!Lucky and the talented Shana Faust is finally out and its a total winner with its page after page of awesome crafts and beautifully shot layouts…I’m happy to share with you one of my favorite projects from the book below…the pegboard seating chart.  Its so graphic and fun, and can be customized to suit any style.

And hey, since I’ve got your attention, you probably want to win a copy of the book right?  Well I’ve got 3 to give away!  Leave a comment below for your chance to win, and 1 lucky winner will also receive a limited edition (only 50 made!) set of letterpress cards made especially for the book!  Since I’m away most of this week, the winners will be announced on Monday.  Good luck! Contest closed

PEG BOARD SEATING CHART

MATERIALS
Makes one 3-×-4-foot seating chart with approximately 50 seating cards
• One 3-×-4-foot sheet Peg-Board (Peg-Board can be purchased in modular and custom sizes from your
local hardware store or at Lowes, www.lowes.com. Adjust the size to fit the number of guests at your wedding. Each seating card requires approximately a 5-×-7-inch area of Peg-Board.)
• 1 pint white paint (optional, if Peg-Board is not prefinished)
• 1 roll kraft paper
• 50 wooden clothespins
• 6 to 10 rolls decorative tape in a variety of colors and patterns
• Ten 8 1/2-×-11-inch sheets white text-weight paper
• 1 roll thin nickel or copper wire

TOOLS
• Peg-Board Seating Card template (available online at www.chroniclebooks.com/handmade-weddings)
• Inkjet printer, with extra cartridges
• Font: Remington Weather
• 6 to 8 sheets newsprint (optional)
• Paint tray (optional)
• Paint roller (optional)
• Scissors
• Glue dots
• Craft knife
• Cutting mat
• Ruler
• Masking tape (optional)

HOW TO

1. Prepare your Peg-Board.
Lay newsprint on the floor of your work area, and lean your Peg-Board against a wall or table on top of it. If using, roll a coat of paint onto the board. Let it dry. Apply another layer if desired. Trim the kraft paper into panels that are sufficient to cover the back of your Peg-Board completely. Affix to the back of your Peg-Board with glue dots.

2. Decorate your clothespins.
Affix a strip of decorative tape along the length of each clothespin. Smooth it flat. Trim off any excess with a craft knife. Repeat on the other side.

3. Print your seating cards.
Using a word-processing program or the Peg-Board Seating Card template, customize your seating cards. Print them using an inkjet printer onto text-weight paper; because they are printed on both sides (guest’ s names on the front, table number on the back), print at least one test run to ensure proper alignment. Trim along the crop marks provided using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat.

4. Assemble your seating chart.
Decide how you would like to space your rows of seating cards. For each clothespin, thread an 8-inch length of wire through the spring (figure 1). Insert the wire ends into a hole in the Peg-Board, pierce through the kraft paper, twist a few times to secure the clothespin, and flatten the ends against the board, trimming with scissors if necessary (figure 2). If desired, secure the wire ends with masking tape (recommended if you are transporting the assembled board to your venue). Clip your seating cards to your clothes-pins in alphabetical order.

[images from Handmade Weddings and CBroussard]

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Studio tour: Hello!Lucky

card-shelves copy

Name: Eunice & Sabrina Moyle
Location: San Francisco
Company: Hello!Lucky
What is your aesthetic? Vintage-inspired and whimsical, with a modern twist.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’s cozy, colorful, quirky, and upbeat. It’s full of vintage ephemera, colorful Mexican banners and pom poms, and hand-made craft projects.
Favorite part of your studio? Our client meeting area/crafting area (upstairs). It feels like a club house and is where we brainstorm, make stuff, and play!
Where do you go for inspiration? All over: the flea market, blogs, vintage designers and illustrators, films, Mad Men (!)
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Heidelberg Windmill Presses, HP Indigo Presses, 20-inch iMac, Adobe Illustrator, bone folder, tape gun, pretty ribbon and vintage ephemera
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Having a full-time COO, so we can concentrate on creative stuff!
Anything else we should know? We welcome visitors anytime to drop in, check out our cards and invitations, and see the presses in action.

design-dept

invitations

meeting-area

packaging-area

printers

sales-area

Are you in the wedding industry and have a fab office space?  Send it over for a studio tour feature!

[images from Hello!Lucky]

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Last chance for Hello!Lucky giveaway

Today’s the last day to enter for the Hello!Lucky giveaway…comment over at the post to enter.

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Hello!Lucky giveaway

Some of you may have already checked out Hello!Lucky‘s pretty new site, but did you know that they now offer digital printing?  Its a great, cost effective alternative to letterpress, and with Hello!Lucky, you’re still getting the awesome designs.  This week, they’re letting me give away $50 towards any order on their website!  Just leave a comment below with your favorite design and they’ll pick a winner to be announced on Friday! [in case you were curious, my favorite is the New York save the date above]

[images from Hello!Lucky]

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