There are so many beautiful wedding paper products on offer these days. And scrolling through the options can be dizzying. While searching for the perfect cards I realized that I was getting too hung up on finding the perfect style. I wanted the design to really showcase Simeon and my personalities which led to a deep internal investigation into whether we are more stripes than dots, more gold foil than letter-pressed, or more watercolor than bold type kind of people… I never did come up with an answer to those questions. But, when I finally lifted my head from the computer and thought through what I really wanted, I realized how much I wanted to make something rather than buy it.
I’m a big believer that working towards a goal is one of the keys to happiness and I wanted to make memories along the way to the wedding, not just on the big day. Newly determined, I set out to find my materials.
As a Project Life-er I have an excess of scrapbook cards that I haven’t yet used. This became a perfect way to use up my stash more quickly and make use of something I already owned without spending a dime.
I thought the cards for the Midnight edition of the scrapbook pack would be perfect due to their beautiful design, neutral color scheme, and minimalist aesthetic. Plus a bunch of them have hearts. Hearts!
Meanwhile, I had been dreaming of making a customized stamp after seeing this pin and realized the scrapbook cards would make the perfect pairing. I was also inspired by the colorful and fun surprise of Ann-Marie Morris’ save the dates and knew I wanted to try something similar.
Everything was moving along swiftly until I went online to order glassine envelopes like those Ann-Marie had used. I couldn’t find any that would perfectly fit a 3×4 card. The options available were either too large or too small and I wasn’t willing to give up on my vision. I remedied the situation by repurposing a stack of tracing paper I had on hand to make something up myself.
Simeon was a great assistant gluing all the envelopes while I stuffed them with the cards and a bit of colorful confetti.
While wandering around Michel’s one evening trying to find the perfect kraft cardstock to use for the backing I came upon packs of blank, folded 4×6 kraft cards and matching envelopes. Immediately, I saw the potential. I cut the cards in half, and after throwing in a pinch of confetti, taped the vellum envelopes down with strips of gold washi tape.
The last step was to stamp and address all the envelopes! Below you can see the process. I started with a banner stamp from Whitney Rae Paper for the addressee and a custom stamp with our return address for the back. I added a monogram stamp I designed (which matched our invitations!) and finished with a couple strips of washi tape. And I’m thankful for the companionship of Breaking Bad Season 2 while I addressed these. Funny story, while I was watching one particular episode I was so caught up in the drama that my writing hand started shaking from my nervousness and I had to stop! Simeon thought I was crazy, appropriately so. 😉
The goal was to create a lovingly crafted piece of mail that would inspire our guests and create anticipation for our big day. I LOVE how these turned out and from the feedback from our friends and family I think we met our goal. If you have any questions about the process or materials let me know!