A Gift from the Bridesmaids and Maid/Matron of Honor, A Scrapbook of Letters for the Bride

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Another great gift idea for the bride to be is a scrapbook of letters from all her girlfriends, bridesmaids, and close family members.

See yesterday’s post on another gift for brides, a scrapbook of all the wedding events!

My friend Amie actually pinned this relatively early in the wedding planning process so I kept it in mind for later. About a month before the wedding I sent messages to about 20 people, from her close girlfriends to her family, including her brother and nephew. And then I saved the best for last with a letter from the groom.

A few days before the wedding I snapped a few photos of the pages that I had completed for some of the letters—hope you like them!

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If you’d like to make your friend a letter scrapbook as well, here’s a sample of the note I sent to everyone requesting for their participation:

I’m planning on making a scrapbook to give [the bride] at the rehearsal dinner filled with letters from the women closest in [bride]’s life! You can just give me a letter or you can actually make one page [size] for the bride. Your page can include anything you want – a picture, collage, poem, memories, song lyrics – anything that reminds you of your relationship with our girl! Let me know if you’d like to participate! Thanks!

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I really loved this album that I found at Michael’s. It’s slightly bigger than the Bridal Beauty scrapbook, sized at 8 1/2″ by 8 1/2.” Plus it came with stickers to decorate the front so we chose the phrase “Dear Amie.”

My favorite part of putting this book together was reading everyone’s letters and seeing just how much this bride-to-be was loved! Tears were shed by many of us throughout the process—making it a truly special gift for such a special time in her life.

Unique Gift Idea for the Bride: Bridal Beauty Scrapbook of all the Wedding Events, Bridal Showers and Parties

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Creating a scrapbook of all the bridal events for the year is a great keepsake and gift for a bride!

A couple years ago, I started up a scrapbook whirlwind by making 2 books for my girlfriends that were getting married in 2012. I started way too late into the year though and didn’t have nearly the arsenal of scrapbook tools that I do now! So for Amie’s book, from this past year’s wedding celebrations, ended up being triple layered in stickers and all sorts of embellishments! Plus I started it right away and did one page/event at a time—which allowed for my creative juices to really flow through each page.

So I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pages from these books and at the end of the post there are some tips if you find yourself making one for yourself or for a friend!

For another gift idea, see my post on a scrapbook of letters for the bride!

First up, Lauren’s scrapbook:

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This was my first ever scrapped page… I remember being so excited working on it with my mama at her kitchen table.

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I’m pretty sure we blew Instagram up on the day of their wedding! So we definitely needed to have a #wagonerwedding page—which also included a wood engraved sunflower from their wedding favors.

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My absolute favorite page in Lauren’s book was their wedding day page. I just love the pictures she chose—by All Aboard Studios.

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And here’s a few of my favorite pages from Brittany’s book:

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Their engagement party was Anchorman themed so we chose some of our favorite Anchorman quotes for the page.

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My mom and I had fun making the pages for our Fairy Weekend… that was such a great weekend! We included the fairy house, fabric from the sparkly purple tablecloth and a mini paper scroll to remember our moments reading our bride our favorite memories with her.

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I love the details on the shower page too… since we had a panty line and lavender sachets, the book had to have them too! More photos here.

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And just like Lauren’s, my favorite page in Britt’s book is of the wedding. It was such a beautiful day. They had moss covered table numbers so I found some green glittery numbers for the wedding date and also included a key from their favors! So much fun remembering the day through the details.

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And now a TON of photos from Amie’s… I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorites…

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Starting with page 1, I loved that I had found a bench sticker to remember where Matt had waited for his soon to be fiance!

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And we included lace from the mason jar decorations at the engagement party!

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Engagement photos below are from Harvard Photography.

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Bridal shower photos below are from J. Rose Photography.

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With the shower being as detailed as it was, I tried to incorporate as much as I could… from the cupcake topper to the paper flowers on the favor boxes.

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Photos below are by me! See more from our engagement session here.

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The bachelorette party was also filled with details! We saved a business card from our crazy scavenger hunt in Pacific Beach along with some kisses from “Pin the Kiss on the Groom” game. And of course a giant ring sticker to remember our light up rings when we went out dancing—just wish I could find a pink ring for the book!

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Hashtag: #pankratzwedding! I loved having an Instagram themed page in Lauren’s book so we had to have one here too! And I love my new banner punch I got in my stocking at Christmas! I was really excited to use it in the book!

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And then the wedding… Amie had a very hard time narrowing down photos and since I knew my scrapbooking adventure was coming to a close, we decided just to include the whole wedding! See more photos of the glorious day here.

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This is one of my favorite pages! It was such a sweet moment!

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There were just a few name card tags leftover from the wedding… it made a great touch for the reception page.

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And with one odd page left, we ended the book with a page remembering their honeymoon in Zion.

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And now a few tips on making your own Bridal Beauty Scrapbook!

  • It helped that I took the majority of the photos with my camera so I had access to all the high quality images right away.
  • During the event remember to grab an item or 2 to use in the books: business cards, tissue paper, etc.
  • Remember the details that aren’t photographed and use as details in the book. For example, during the bride’s family portraits, a butterfly landed amid the girls’ bouquets so I made sure to get some butterfly stickers. Also, the bouquets were made with purple hydrangeas so I made sure to get those stickers for the wedding pages too.
  • Have the bride pick out the photos. I loved asking the brides to pick their photos because they chose totally different pictures than I would have—it makes the book that much more special because its their favorite memories of the events.
  • To save money, try to get sticker packs that will last through several different events so you aren’t buying a set of embellishments for just one single page. I have a pretty solid aesthetic across all the pages so it was easy to mix and match sets of stickers and paper.
  • Another money saving tip… I waited until the big paper pads went on sale at Michael’s so I got Buy 1, Get 1 Free! And to make them last, I bought one in warm tones and one in cool colors that would look good together to get a good variety but also keep a cohesive look.

A few more notes about the books… all of them are 8×8, a perfect size for a coffee table book. Brittany’s was bought at Michael’s while Lauren’s and Amie’s were bought at Hobby Lobby. All photos were printed at Sam’s Club.

Are you a scrapbooker? I just love it! Please share your tips below!

P.S. Dear Mom, I can’t say I’m sorry enough that I made fun of you for years for all the money and time spent on scrapbooking as I am growing closer and closer to having quite the paper crafting hoard myself. Please accept my apology. xoxo

High Quality Wood Type Letters from Preserve Cottage on Etsy

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Being a graphic designer brings with it the obsession with all things type, whether it be an irrational love of the ampersand (&) or an undying love for old printing presses and with the love of the latter, comes the lust for wood type.

And my mother, as wonderful as she is, indulges my love of all things font related because she at heart is just as smitten with the written word as I am.

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So it’s thanks to her that these 5 beauties sit upon my mantle, showing off the wear and tear of years of hard work.

And also thanks to Preserve Cottage, an Etsy shop that specializes in “Vintage Letterpress Kitchenwares Homewares and Sundries.”

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And with that, my heart is happy.

Gift Giving via Etsy

My favorite gift giving site lately has been ordering custom or unique gifts via Etsy! With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, these would all make great gifts for those special ladies in your life!

You can click the image for the specific product…

For the Photographer

I bought this last summer for my best friend’s birthday from Luci’s Chic Boutique. It’s a fun accessory for your favorite aspiring photographer, a way to make the standard black strap unique to them!

For the Mother

Growing up I remember my mom having those little children birthstone necklaces, so when it came time to buy gifts for some of my favorite young mothers I went to Etsy to see what I could find! There are so many options, it was actually overwhelming. And even once I settled on a particular kind of necklace, there are a lot of other options to customize them. All that to say, it was fun being able to give such a unique gift with their own children’s names on them!

For the Newlyweds

This gift was super specific to the couple, but for any newlywed, a handmade gift with their initials is such a great gift for them! I ordered this dish from Laurel Begley Ceramics, they come in a variety of sizes, colors, and even with a wood stump to put your rings on.

For the Antique Lover

This was my Christmas gift from my husband… I had been searching for a watch for awhile but couldn’t find anything that I really liked. Thankfully, my husband thought of checking Etsy and then I had a billion and more options to choose from, and so so many that I liked! I didn’t even pick this one out in particular (from Chai Shop), I just told him that I pretty much liked them all and to go for it! 🙂 Check out more vintage watches.

For the Designer

And lastly, this is another Christmas gift I received but this time from my mama Santa! And I just loooooove it! It was the perfect length and perfect accessory to wear during the day to day business. It’s from Gwen Delicious, which has a ton of other letters and options including letterpress blocks which may be on my list for this year!

Hope you enjoyed this little gift giving Etsy guide… I hope to post another one before Christmas! Or even one with reader suggested shops, so with that in mind, tell me what is your favorite Etsy shop?