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Our Wedding Papercrafts

Thank you Notecards with Bookmarks

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Now that most of my thank-you notes have arrived at their destinations I can share my tutorial with you.

The very first thing I needed to do was to make a pile of faux wax seal bookmarks for our friends (the tutorial is coming!)

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After I made my faux-wax seal bookmarks I needed an attractive way to present them so I made a run to my favorite Belgian crafting store, AVA to see what they had available.

Since all of their paper and cardstock are made in the same styles and colors it was pretty effortless.

I went straight to the area where they sold the bright blue paper that I’d used for the wedding invitations and I quickly found some A6 sized trifold cards with a cut-out window on the front. Perfect! Right beside those cards were the perfect size of envelopes so I grabbed a stack of each and continued my search for supplies.

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The rest of my supplies came from my card making stash. I used one of the stamps from our invitations and the same ink pads and markers that I’d bought for the invites. I found that I needed a turquoise gel pen to write the thank-you notes so I picked one up on my next trip to AVA.

STEP 1

I used my bronze ink pad along with my new “Merci” stamp to decorate the front of the blue card.

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STEP 2

I used the “handmade” stamp to decorate the center back of the card. Then I set them aside to dry while I worked on the white inserts.
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STEP 3

First I folded the white cardstock in half and then I used my cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter to cut each sheet of paper into two 20 1/2 cm by 14 1/2 cm pieces.

STEP 4

I folded each cut piece of white cardstock in half and used my hole punch to make a hole in the top center of the left hand side (the side that slips behind the window of the blue card.)

STEP 5

I placed a glue dot in the middle of the front of the white card, stuck a clay seal to the glue dot and passed the ribbons through the hole.

STEP 6

I inserted the white card into the blue card like this:

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STEP 7

I decorated the flap of the envelope with my Heyda Bird stamp in bronze.
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STEP 8

I used my bronze pen to address the envelopes with our address on the back to keep it clear.

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STEP 9

I used my blue gel pen to write my message on the inside of the insert.

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Once I had all of my materials gathered, these thank-you cards went incredibly fast. It took longer to write my messages than it did to make the cards and once again everybody seems to be very pleased by their cards. I mailed them off the very next day and they started arriving right away.

I really think card making is going to become one of my most useful hobbies!

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Easy Gifts Our Wedding

Bottled Thanks

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I wanted to make a simple decoration to give as a gift to the people who helped make our wedding possible, a kind of wedding favor for those friends and family who had gone above and beyond during the planning of our special day.

I discovered some pretty little glass bottles at two local stores: AVA Papier and Action for less than two euros each and I felt the inspiration start to brew.

Before I left AVA I grabbed a bottle of decorative sand in the same blue as my wedding invitations and some simple brown card tags. Honestly, if you’re lucky enough to live near one of these stores you need to go explore it a bit. The company started as a paper factory and has expanded to become a paper-crafts extravaganza… where all the colours are coordinated throughout the store!

I don’t know how I’d have kept our wedding on a budget if I hadn’t discovered this place.

I had some blue feathers left over from the invitations so I put them to good use. I filled each bottle with an inch or so of the coloured sand topped by a single fluffy feather and then I stuck the adorable little bird stopper tightly back into place.

I used my singing bird stamp on one side of the tags to help the gift coordinate even better with the wedding plans. Then I neatly wrote “Merci” near the bird and carefully signed the name of the recipient on the other side with my bronze gel pen and used my turquoise marker to give it a bit of a shadow.

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I cut lengths of brown metallic and blue satin ribbon, threaded the tag onto them and tied a neat little bow to hold it in place.

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There you have it, an incredibly simple thank-you gift made with about € 3 of supplies and finished in a matter of minutes and the recipients adored them!