It’s all about the creating!

Howdy neighbors! I’m new to the entire blogging world, but what I’ve learned in my travels, both in the United States and Europe, that people for the most part are quite friendly! Before one knows it, time,distance and being strangers no longer applies, because of course we are all “neighbors” in some way or another. Collecting photos and memorabilia along the way not only make for fun memories, but for new things to used in crafty and creative projects.

I wanted to share with you some of the crafting we did in preparation for our lovely daughter’s wedding which took place earlier this summer. My daughter is an amazing artist, crafty and creative.  Her theme was “nature”, as she teaches Biology, she has the “recycle, re-use” mind set. Her groom was not accustomed  to this entire crafting, using coupons, reusing items and often gave us a bit of a problem when we came home with “pink” boxes, “hearts” on the recycled paper guest book and other things he didn’t quite think matched the colors or theme.  The project I’m showing you today is the reception card box, made from lovely “pink” book shaped boxes purchased on sale, with coupons too, at the local big box craft store. Also shown is the “guest book”, also purchased as above, that we re-vamped into a beautiful, stenciled book to match the card box.

My daughter, future son-in-law and myself, with sometimes guest crafters thrown in for added measure, created many of the items for the wedding, from invitations, thank you notes, gift bags for child guests, favors for adults to seating chart and table decorations. This was a wonderful and amazing time, one that I will always cherish, not because her wedding turned out so wonderful, but because of the time we spent working together,and  creating wonderful things for this special day. My daughter and I made an awesome team, coming up with ideas, figuring out how to do the thing we wanted to accomplish by throwing ideas back and forth. It was magic!

Without further ado, here is a photo of our reception box and guest book. card box and guest book 2card box side

 

The photo on the left shows the reception card box, the brown swirl is a piece of upholstery fabric sample, we found on clearance for $1. We used two book shaped boxes, glued them together  to turn them into one box and used the fabric for the book binding to tie it all together. The box edges had velcro applied to the edges, so the box wouldn’t open easily. We also decoupaged pretty papers, from my stash, that matched the color scheme of the reception. Ribbon kept the box tied shut and two slots, one for large size, the other for smaller cards were cut in the “pages” of the book box. The left over papers were then placed on the cream colored recycled paper guest book, a stencil was cut using my Pazzle die cut machine to represent the last name initial  of the couple. Metallic paint was used to do the stencil, ribbons were added that matched the larger box. Following the wedding, the boxes are used to store wedding cards the couple received and the materials for writing the thank you notes. The guest book will be placed in a large framed wedding memorabilia box, along with the dried bouquet and other things from the wedding.

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