04.10.14

Ann + Kevin’s Laguna Canyon Engagement Session…

Ann + Kevin’s beautiful engagement session in Laguna Canyon, captured by Eli Murray Weddings, is an extra special one for me to share. That’s because that babe in the blue dress is one of my very best friends in the whole wide world! Ann and I have been friends for over ten years and I have the honor of helping to design her July wedding AND be the maid of honor. Needless to say, I am beyond excited for her, so it’s pretty much the most fun thing ever for me to get a chance to post these gorgeous photos! In the next few months I will also be sharing photos from her upcoming bridal shower and then hopefully, her wedding! Stay tuned:)

 

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02.3.14

DIY: Petite Heart Garland…

Looking for a super easy Valentine’s Day decoration that you can whip up with things you probably already have around the house? If so, you are in luck because today we have a sweet + petite DIY heart garland for you from Smitten on Paper!

 

Petite Heart Garland-1

 

Supplies:

 

Twine

Cardstock Paper

Heart Hole Puncher

Glue Gun

 

Petite Heart Garland-2

 

Steps:

 

1. Using the heart hole puncher, hole punch your paper about 10-15 times.

2. After I’ve hold punched the red paper, I continue on hole punching the rest of my paper colors.

3. Taking the first hole punched heart, apply a dot of glue.

 

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4. Adhere the heart to your twine. My twine measure about 150 inches, I wanted a long garland, but it all depends on your desire length.

5. Start adhering the rest of your hearts, making sure that they are about 2 inches apart.

6. Tada! once you have applied all your hearts, your left with a romantic looking garland.

 

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Smitten on Paper is running a promotion right now for 10% off your wedding invitation suite using the code ‘HOORAY10′!

01.14.14

DIY: Glitter Edge Coasters…

It’s a new year and I have a fun + festive new DIY from Smitten on Paper for you! These glitter edge coasters are quick and easy to whip up, and would be perfect for entertaining, favors, hostess gifts, or just to add a little sparkle around your own home!

 

Glitter Coaster-1

 

 

Supplies:

 

Chipboard

X-acto knife

Permanent Adhesive/glue

Glitter

 

Glitter Coaster-2

 

 

Instructions:

 

1. Neatly draw and cut a 3 inch circle from the chipboard.

2. Repeat step-1 three times, until you have 3 (3 in) circles.

3. To one side of one circle, apply adhesive.

4. Take another circle and stick the two circles together. Let dry.

 

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5. Repeat steps-3 through 4 until all three pieces of chipboard are stuck together, leaving you with a nice thick coaster!

6. Repeat steps 1-5 until you have 4 coasters or for as many coasters as you may like.

7. Once all your coasters are compact and dry, apply adhesive to the edge of all the coasters.

8. Now the glitter! Neatly roll the edge of your coaster into the glitter. Let dry overnight and you’re done. I decided to glitter my coaster edges, but if you wanted to fully cover your coaster, you most definitely can. Just apply adhesive to the whole top layer of your coaster and that’s it. Enjoy!

 

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Just a little heads up- Smitten on Paper is currently offering 10% off all their save the dates with the code ENGAGED10! Woo hoo!

12.16.13

DIY: Block Printed Wrapping Paper…

Christmas is next week- hooray!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m not even close to being ready. I still have tons of gifts to wrap, so I was super excited to see this month’s DIY from Smitten on Paper for us is block printed wrapping paper. Even better, all of the needed materials are probably already in your crafting stash!

 

Want extra special wrapping paper for that extra special person? This DIY is perfect for any crafty individual that wants their presents to stand out this holiday season. Sometimes it’s not so much whats inside the package, but the thoughtful details on the outside!

 

 

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Materials:

 

 

Butcher paper

Wooden block

Foil hang tags

Twine or cording

Acrylic paint

Plate

 

 

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Steps:

 

 

 

1. Wrap cording or twine around wooden block. You can make all sorts of fun geometric shapes.

 

 

2. Pour acrylic paint into a flat plate (we used pearlescent acrylic paint).

 

 

3. Dip wooden block into paint.

 

 

4. Make sure the twine or cording has enough covered area in paint.

 

 

5. Stamp away!

 

 

6. Voila! You end up with a mishmash of fun crazy shapes ready for wrapping.

 

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Still need holiday cards? Smitten on Paper is offering 30% off on their holiday collection with the code FESTIVE30! Hey, New Years cards still count:) Plus, I think this block printed wrapping paper could make some pretty fancy envelope liners, dontcha’ think?

12.9.13

Boho Woodland Wedding Shoot…

I am loving the rich berry tones used throughout this boho woodland shoot sent over by Ashley Hoover + Nicole Kelley of Blue Birch Photography! Berry tones work year round, but I particularly adore them in winter weddings. Paired with the soft grey green of succulents or eucalyptus and crisp whites, they make the most beautiful palette!

 

 

Here is a bit more from Ashley about the shoot:

 

 

“We designed the shoot with a dreamy feel in mind. Our models, real-life couple Heather Jones and Kevin Kage, embodied our whole vibe. Heather, a glamorous fashion and entertainment writer, who’s very rocker chic, along with Kevin a mixed martial arts professional, were perfect muses. We styled the shoot ourselves in a wild, do-it-yourself craze. Nicole and I loved the idea of a naked cake in the forest decorated with succulents and berries. A majority of the accent pieces are antiques. The ring is my own, a smoky quarts designed by a silver-smith artist from Manitou Springs, Colo., which is where our invitation designer, Sixpence Paperhouse, also hails from. I came upon the location while hiking through a conservation area on Lake Alice in Gainesville, Fla., and fell in love. The cascading leaves and light were just enchanting.”

 

 

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Vendors:

 
Photographer: Ashley Hoover 
Photographer: Nicole Kelley of Blue Birch Photography
Hair + Makeup: Ashleigh Marie Allen
Models: Heather Jones and Kevin Kage
Florist: Valerie Raymo Kelley Bold Blooms 
Invitations: Sixpence Paperhouse
Dress: Lulu’s

11.19.13

DIY: Twine Wrapped Table Numbers…

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! Is it just me, or is the holiday season absolutely flying by this year? Well, before it turns from fall to winter, I have another awesome fall appropriate DIY for you from Smitten on Paper! These sweet twine wrapped table numbers would be great for a wedding any time of the year, but there is a rustic appeal about them that I think makes them especially perfect for fall.

 

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Supplies:

 

Fresh Cut flowers

Twine/cording

Glue stick

Glue Gun

X-acto

Thick cardboard

Table number print out

 

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Steps:

 

 

-Print out your desired table numbers, making sure they are the perfect desired size.

 

-Using a glue stick, lightly coat the back of the printed sheet and place over the cardboard. This is to ensure the sheet will not move when tracing and cutting over the cardboard. Then let dry.

 

-Using an X-acto, trace over the number, cutting through the cardboard.

 

-When your number is finally all cut out, peel back the sheet of paper.

 

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-If your table number has any paper residue left over, not to worry, this will be covered up by twine and will not show through. So now, at the top, tie a knot. This will be your starting point when wrapping.

 

-Wrap, Wrap, Wrap!

 

-TADA. Your table number is now ready for beautification.

 

-Using a glue gun, carefully apply the flowers where you feel they are suited best. And done!

 

 

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Smitten on Paper is currently offering 30% off all their holiday cards. I got mine from them this year and they are super cute, so don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

 

11.11.13

Rustic Fall Shoot in Bend, Oregon…

As we are all planning our upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations, I thought this beautiful rustic fall styled shoot, sent over by my friend Annie of Marry You Me, would provide some awesome inspiration! I love how easily wedding inspiration can translate to any event or party. Those pendelton wool blankets used as table linens and caramel dipped pears are definitely going into my Thanksgiving idea file!

 

 

 

Here’s more from Annie about this lovely shoot…

 

 

“Fall is a short but beautiful season in Central Oregon, and we wanted to celebrate the gorgeousness of fall and its colors and the best that Bend has to offer – sunny weather, local beers, the outdoors and of course, dogs. We chose historic Hollinshead Park for our shoot because of its orchards, old barns, and the fact that it has a great event barn perfect for weddings.

 

 

Working with a team of talented local vendors we wanted something that felt very Bend with a laid-back, natural yet beautiful and memorable feel. The beer bar of all local brews was a must – Bend has the nickname Beer Town USA because of our 14 (and counting) local breweries, and the beer growler filling phenomenon is booming here. Oregon is also known for its fruits and crops so incorporating fresh local fruits like pears, pomegranates and apples into the centerpieces and bouquet by Marry You Me and all of the desserts by Foxtail Bakeshop was important. Using non-floral centerpieces can be a great budget idea and the fruit can double as favors for the guests!

 

 

Pendelton wool plaid blankets (also made in Oregon!) adorned the dessert table and served as a table runner, as did Oregon brand fruit cans used for vases and Bend beer pint glasses. Locally made wood tables and benches from O’Brien Events were the perfect rustic touch for seating and have a great handmade feel to them. Fall leaves made for amazing natural decorations all over the ground at the park as well as in the bouquet for a nod to the season. The fall inspired invitations and calligraphed leaf place cards were designed by our model, Nikki Wilkinson of the The Wilkinson Loft. Fall in Central Oregon can be brisk, so a yellow sweater made the perfect and practical accent over the lace Mori Lee dress.”

 

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Vendors:

 
Photography: Byron Roe Photography
Event Design: Marry You Me
Cake + Desserts: Foxtail Bakeshop
Floral Design: Marry You Me
Rentals: O’Brien Events
Invitations: The Wilkinson Loft
Location: Hollinshead Barn
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Bella Brides
Hair + Makeup: Lori for Weddings by Edge Salon
Hair Accessory: Buttons n’ Blossoms