I got engaged and laid off in the same week…in that order. Rather than being entirely saddened by a job loss (well, a little bit), I thought, “Well, now I’ll have time to make all 200 of our wedding invitations, response cards, rehearsal invitations, and open house cards by hand!” Oh, and I didn’t stop there. I also proceeded to make 200 save the dates, 200 reception place cards, and one gigantic paper sunflower, all through the creative inspiration provided by Paper Source! I actually visited the River North location in Chicago so often that my husband (then fiance, of course) called “paper-sourcing” my new job!
Save the Dates: We stopped at our neighborhood farmer’s market to pick up some fresh flowers, set up a tripod on our roof, and used the camera timer to take our photo with a view of the Chicago skyline in the background. After developing the photos, I attached each one to the front of an A6 folded card in moss, printed the inside message using my home computer, and added a touch of whimsy with the Dandelion Rubber Stamp using a White Chalk Inkpad.
Shower Invites: After seeing how excited I was making our save the dates, my mom asked if she could “order” some handmade shower invites for the sunflower-themed wedding shower that she and my aunt had been planning. Of course I agreed, especially since I had been eying up the Martha Stewart sunflower stickers at PS earlier that week. I bought all that they had left in the store that day! I also picked up a few packs of the 4 bar note cards in khaki, the corresponding wedding shower envelopes in curry, and a spool of satin ribbon in moss. Printed, assembled, and tied them up with a bow!
By this time, I had logged in my PS visiting hours and was ready to take on the biggest of my projects – the wedding invites. Wanting to keep the design simple, I decided to create my own graphic, and printed it along with our wedding day details on A7 note cards in eco-white, with corresponding envelopes in khaki, response cards in moss, rehearsal invitations in sage, and open house cards in chartreuse. My biggest challenge (aside from collecting current addresses for all of the invited guests!) was attempting to print our open house details on the business-sized cards. They were cute, but kept getting jammed in my printer! After a bit of creative thinking (and several attempts to salvage my printer!), I decided to print out stickers on a full 8.5 x 11 sheet, cut them out, and adhere them to the business cards. Problem solved.
Place Cards & Paper Sunflower: I love flowers, ESPECIALLY sunflowers, so there was no way I was going to pass up adhering the Martha Stewart sunflower stickers to a mix of moss and chartreuse folded place cards for our reception. Our guests loved them! I rounded out the sunflower theme by attaching a gigantic paper sunflower to our card/gift box, which was created by wrapping a cardboard box with <>chartreuse wrapping paper and then gluing on the sunflower from the Sunflower Kit. The kit comes with enough materials to make three big sunflowers, but I think I’ll save the remaining two for another day.
I need a nap.