Then I got sick.
It happens every year at the end of school. My body shuts down, whether from exhaustion, relief, or all those little preschool germs finally getting to me. And every year, I forget about it till I actually get sick! So Friday night and all day Saturday, I was out with my yearly cold and unable to write my Flashback Friday. Now that it's Sunday, I thought about writing something else, but I am so excited about telling the story of my first huge jump into cards and invitations, I decided that this will just have to be Flashback Sunday instead.
My husband Mike and I were married on June 29, 2007. But this paper creation story starts well before that. When we started making wedding plans in the spring of 2006, we knew we wanted to save money. The first, and most obvious choice was to make all the invitations ourselves. Well, not ourselves, myself. Since I worked a second job at a scrapbooking store (Artsy Tartsy) at the time, I had tons of resources and supplies at my fingertips.
Usually, brides pick out their dresses, their flowers or at least their colors before anything else. I picked out my paper before anything else. No joke! I could not move ahead in any of my planning until I had picked out paper that I loved. And I fell in love with this:
I didn't like the tradition of a simple guest book. Too impersonal. After all, I knew who was at my wedding, why did I need all their signatures? So I got an idea from a wedding magazine for reception cards. 4x6 cards that you put on the reception tables for people to write down their well-wishes, advice, and (as in the case of our friends) humor! So that's where I put in more personality and color!
But again, not done.
I was on a creative roll. And I was loving every minute of it! Next on the list was thank you cards.
So that about wraps up everything from my wedding! This was the most ambitious, most time-consuming, and most fun project I have ever done. The things I learned from this giant project was:
1) Adhesive is expensive - buy in bulk.
2) ALWAYS use a good quality, SHARP cutter.
3) One step at a time to prevent getting overwhelmed.
Thanks for reading my giant post!