First anniversary gift- Paper

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This past Sunday was our first wedding anniversary! You can read more about what Pete and I did and see a peek at our wedding here.

Leading up to our anniversary, we debated whether or not to get each other gifts. I know a lot of people who go all out on anniversaries and lots of people who don't. As a kid, I remember my parents always giving each other a heart-felt card with a long love note written inside and then maybe a gift on bigger anniversaries. I wanted our anniversaries to be special without the focus being on a gift. In the end, we decided to do traditional gifts because it would give us the chance to be a little creative without spending a lot of money.

The traditional wedding gift for a first anniversary is paper (you can see the whole list at Hallmark!). Perfect! What crafty gal can't create a gift out of paper?? But Pete, be afraid of what you might get next year. I'm not too good at sewing and year two is cotton! ;)

I've been wanting to make a sign of our wedding song for a long time but hadn't gotten around to it. I didn't necessarily plan on making it paper, but our anniversary was the perfect opportunity!!

Our first dance was to the Michael Buble version of "The best is yet to come." We had originally chosen another song and actually took a brief dance lesson to attempt to learn a waltz for it, but when we heard this song while listening to Pandora one night, we both changed our minds immediately. It was already close to the wedding when we made the change, so we didn't really get a chance to practice and just had to wing it. I'm pretty sure I laughed the entire time and Pete bit his lip while he concentrated on his moves. We threw in some very incorrect fancy footwork here and there as well as a few spins and dips. It was probably the worst first dance ever, but we had so much fun!! I wish we had it on video! 

First dance

Anyway... back to the gift!!! I spent hours trying to find the perfect romantic font and ended up falling in love with Quickier. I played around with the font size and printed out the words "the best is yet to come." I could have arranged my words on the computer, printed them, and framed it just like that, but that didn't seem quite as fun or as meaningful.

So I cut a piece of textured scrapbook paper to fit in an 8x10 frame.

Paper anniversary gift with wedding song lyrics | Meet the B's

I arranged my text and used my font transfer method to create the word art.

Paper anniversary gift with wedding song lyrics | Meet the B's

I shaded the back of my printed words with a lead pencil.

Paper anniversary gift with wedding song lyrics | Meet the B's

When the paper is flipped over and traced, the lead should rub off onto the paper, leaving an outline. I then traced the outline with a scrapbooking pen because they have archival ink which means this art will last for years to come!

Paper anniversary gift with wedding song lyrics | Meet the B's

Then I framed it to give to Pete. It's a really simple project, but it's a reminder of the best day ever and a reminder that we have so many good things to enjoy together in the future. 


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Wedding Wednesday- Shabby chic bird house decor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's

Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday!! As I mentioned in my anniversary post, I'm dying to share some wedding crafts with you! I got pretty crafty with our wedding decor with the help of my amazing man, bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law. The wedding day has come and gone, but there's no reason the decor can't live on, right?? Hopefully our decor will inspire other brides-to-be who want to DIY their wedding!

Today, I'm sharing my favorite wedding craft! We decorated tons of shabby chic bird houses for our wedding!! My mom and I collected them for what seemed like months on end. I'm pretty sure we must have bought every style from every craft store possible. Save up your craft store coupons to get them for cheap!!!

This is an easily customizable wedding craft! The bird houses can be painted in any combination of colors and you can add whatever embellishment you desire! They make the perfect centerpiece and are a great way to spruce up a food display or gift table. Best of all, they are affordable decor!

When it got closer to the wedding, I hosted a craft day at my house with my bridesmaids and the moms. These bird houses were just one of the projects we worked on that day! I put out tons of food to munch on while we worked and laid out my giant collection of teal, turquoise, and aqua acrylic paints along with a few greys and whites, and everyone got to work! As much as like to craft myself, I am beyond thankful that these wonderful ladies helped me knock these out in just a few hours!!! I could never have pulled it all off without them! <3

Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's


Materials used:

Unfinished wooden bird houses (like this one at Michaels)
Acrylic paint (assorted brands and colors- I brought swatches of the bridesmaids dresses to find colors that looked good together!)
Martha Stewart Crackle Finish (used on some of the houses for a vintage look, see below)
Assorted lace, ribbons, and faux pearls
Chiffon flowers (see the tutorial coming soon!)
Krazy glue (great for holding on pearls and faux gemstones)
Tacky glue (great for holding on lace and chiffon flowers)


The smaller birdhouses were for the guest tables, so they were all decorated the same. The larger ones were throughout the venue, so everyone did their own ideas! It was fun to see what everyone came up with!

Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's

We gave each bird house at least two coats of acrylic paint. Then, we applied the crackle finish to any houses we wanted to give a distressed look to. If using crackle finish, its important not to apply too much and not to brush over the same spot multiple times. Crackle paint is easy to use, but you have to work quickly! After your acrylic paint is completely dry, brush the crackle finish over the bird house with even strokes. As it dries, it will begin to crack, revealing that vintage look!

While the paint dried, we worked on making our chiffon flowers. Then we applied flowers, lace, and pearls to the birdhouses using super glue and tacky glue.

And here they are at the wedding! The pictures below were all taken by Anna Kerns Photography.


Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's

Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's

Shabby chic wedding bird house decor | Meet the B's

Hope you enjoyed my first Wednesday Wednesday! Check back next week for more inspiration!
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Our first wedding anniversary!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our wedding | Meet the B's

On July 20, 2013, Pete and I said "I do." It's hard to believe it's already been a year! We've had a pretty busy first year of marriage, so for our anniversary, we decided to just take a simple weekend away to enjoy being together just the two of us. So while you're reading this, we've been hanging out in a beach town all day, enjoying each other's company, and reflecting on that amazing day one year ago. This weekend also celebrates four years since we started dating, so we've got a lot to be excited about :)

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop background | Meet the B's

Recently I realized my computer desktop was looking pretty atrocious. Seriously.

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop background | Meet the B's

I don't even know how it got so cluttered!!! And the background picture is from way back when we decided where to honeymoon! It was time for a little clean up and updating.

I decided to use PicMonkey for this because I love how simple and quick it is. If you haven't tried PicMonkey before, you should! Even if you have fancy photo editing software, this is great when you just need a quick fix.

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win


I started by creating a custom design, but if you have a background you would like to use, you can "edit" that and resize it. Your custom design or resized background should be the same size as your desktop background. To find my screen size, I right clicked my desktop background and clicked screen resolution to find 1366 x 768 pixels. You should be able to find this info wherever you normally change your background photo.

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop background | Meet the B's

Then I played with the overlays section until I liked my design. You can click "Your Own" to add your blog logo and a photo. Then click the "Geometric" shapes to add sections for each category you need. Hint, if you make the shapes all the same color and then "fade" them each about 10% more than the previous one, you will get an ombre look!

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop background | Meet the B's

Save your design, then go back to your desktop background settings and load it as "centered." Now you can organize your icons and folders!

Using PicMonkey to organize your desktop background | Meet the B's

Ahhhh, that's much better!!!!
How do you keep your desktop organized?

Did you know you can upgrade your PicMonkey to Royale for only $4.99 a month! This gives you even more great editing options, collage styles, fonts, and overlays!

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

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DIY Patio Rules Wooden Sign

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY painted "Patio Rules" sign | Meet the B's
I don't know if you've noticed, but outdoor signs with rules on them are all the rage these days, and for good reason... they're so cute!! Check out some of the inspiration I ran across on Etsy...