Friday Footnotes

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1. Grand Budapest Hotel Graphics

I really don’t know much about this movie but without even seeing the film, I’m already loving the graphic design! Since the entire world is fictional, a design team came in to design EVERYTHING. The film’s lead graphic designer, Annie Atkins, said:

This film was particularly fun, I think, from a graphics point of view, because we were creating this entirely fictional country that Wes had written – the State of Zubrowka. It meant that every little detail had to be made from scratch – flags, banknotes, postage stamps, everything.

Now that sounds like fun! See so much more here on Graphic Exchange.

2. Brittney Lee’s Wedding Invitations

After finally seeing Frozen, my love of Brittney Lee (previously posted about here), the movie’s visual development artist, has exploded! Not sure why I wasn’t before, but I am now following her blog and have found her wedding invitations. How unique are these? Seriously loving the color combination and the whole pop-up package!

3. Disney’s March Magic Teams

I love when my passions overlap… so I just knew I had to share this when I saw it in my blog reader. What if Disneyland ride’s were basketball teams ready to compete in March Madness? Well, whoever wins that one, the team’s logos are pretty neat! The Hecklers team is pretty funny to me too! See the rest of the team line up here.

4. DIY Chipboard Album

I’ve shared my love of scrapbooking on here before, so I definitely am loving this DIY chipboard from A Beautiful Mess. My favorite part is how it folds out, really opens up a lot of creative layout ideas. Is there anything those ladies haven’t thought of to create? See their DIY post here along with a video!

5. Propogating Succulents

Now that I’ve managed to keep more than a dozen plants alive in my backyard, I think I have quite the green thumb. But in truth, I just got lucky. There are quite a few little “hard to kill” succulents that are wasting away though and this article blew my mind on how to keep them alive. I’ve planted new succulents from old before, but seeing them just come from a leaf at a time is pretty neat. Plus, the photos are just gorgeous! Read the whole post here.

 

 

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

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Typography Wrapping Paper

Okay now that Thanksgiving is over, how wonderfully cool is this type-centric wrapping paper?? Found via designworklife… designed by Angelo Stitz, and available for purchase here.

2. New York Specialty Coffee Map

This map of New York’s specialty coffee shops would have been extremely handy a few months ago… you can only consume so much Dunkin’ Donuts, ya know? Found via swissmiss, for purchase from Blue Crow Media.

3. Book Sculptures by Jodi Harvey-Brown

I know I’ve raved about paper sculpting and book sculptures before, but come on! They are just so so cool! This particular creation is by Jodi Harvey-Brown… found via Looks Like Good Design.

4. Fiction Inspired Wedding Suites

Speaking of books… after posting that beautifully illustrated wedding map last week, I also had found these ::nerd alert:: invitations to weddings themed after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Gotta love the random finds of Pinterest.

5. Scrapbooking

It’s kinda crazy how obsessed I’ve become with scrapbooking over these past 2 years while working on books for the brides of weddings I’ve been in (that I plan to share once I get this last one done!). But I seriously love it… the freedom it allows gives me a creative outlet even though I have a creative job. Anyway, I just can’t wait to finish up this last “year of bridal beauty” book but until I can carve away a few moments to actually work on it, I will keep pinning away over some gorgeous layouts such as these. Follow my pins here.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Progression of Storytelling

Really enjoyed this short video found on Brave the Woods! Joe Sabia has great storytelling skills—all using his iPad to supply the visuals. Just watching made me so excited to create and read and learn and share! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or at least I hope it brings a smile to your face this Friday morning!

2. Once in A Lullaby

Adorable poster by The Heads of State (and congrats on the new site!)… Love how they created the telephone wires into music notes.

3. Emily Henderson

I’ve always been a fan of Emily Henderson after seeing her compete and win HGTV’s Design Star. I watched her show as often as I could but now—thanks to this Design*Sponge article—I have discovered her blog! My favorite quote in this write up was her response to “what’s the best business advice you’ve ever received:”

Sell a product/service you’d actually buy yourself. Seems like a no brainer, but there are so many times that I could have done something cheap and easy or just kinda generic, but I always ask myself  ’Would I want to live in this room? Would I buy this pillow for this price? Would I read this blog?’ And if the answer isn’t a total ‘yes!’ then I change it. I consider myself my best customer because I know that so many people need the same things at the same price point as I do. I’m not sure if this makes it the most profitable that it can be, but I’m almost always really proud of what I’ve done.

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4. Heidi Swapp

Working on my brides’ scrapbooks last year made me find within myself a love of scrapbooking! Obviously I love to create, but after years of seeing my mom scrapbook, I never had much interest in making them myself. But oh how I love it! It’s more freeing and forgiving than graphic design! All that to say, I have developed a strong relationship with Michael’s and am loving any and all of the products in Heidi Swapp’s line… I gasped when I saw this pin from her on handwriting! My two new loves combined in one: scrapbooking and handwritten goodness!

Doilies, Lace and Burlap Engagement Party for Amie and Matt

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This past year I have been obsessed with scrapbooking. Literally, obsessed. My husband will not even go with me to Michael’s anymore… Since completing the year of engagement scrapbooks for my 2012 brides, I have been missing the craft like crazy! So when Amie and I started talking about her engagement party I got so excited to bring out the craft supplies: the paper, the glue, the photos, all the fun stuff!

Here’s the invite we came up with… she wanted to use lace and burlap to decorate the party—and the wedding—so we designed a card that had the rustic look with Kraft paper but with the added feminine touch of a paper doily. And I love how we got to use a photo from the actual proposal too!

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And I love adding the extra detail of the brown edges with a stamp pad, ever since creating Shane and Kyrene’s Meant to Bee wedding suite.

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And of course, we had a little craft night to create these multi layered invites… something I always look forward to, a girls night in with the bride to be!

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The party was just this past weekend, and what a party it was. Here’s a very small glimpse of the decorations, Amie plans on reusing these white frames at the wedding for the table numbers too. You may recognize the first framed photo from our Christmas shoot in 2011.

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I loved how I had this Kraft wrapping paper on hand for their gift to match the decor!

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We were only missing Joyce from the bridal party, but here are the bridesmaids with our bride!

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And of course this post wouldn’t be complete without a photo of the bride and groom to be! So happy for them!

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