The Dishwasher Debacle {Measure? Nah.}

As I mentioned a few posts ago, Scott and I recently celebrated our four year wedding anniversary. One of the more “modern” gifts to give on your fourth wedding anniversary is an appliance. Scott and I decided that since we … Continue reading

An Anniversary Project {Framing a Wedding Card}

As we just celebrated our 4th anniversary, I thought it fitting to use some frames I recently spray painted to showcase some cool things from our wedding. The first of which was a great, handmade card from our friend!

I’ve kept all of our cards from the wedding and this one was a perfect candidate for framing and adding to our collage wall. If you’ve seen some of the projects I’ve pinned on Pinterest, you know I’m a sucker for a good silhouette. So should you decide to frame/hang anything like your cards from your weddings, or even cool paper cut outs you might have, here are some simple steps and tips.

Step one: get yourself some backing board/mat board, whatever you choose. I happened to have plenty black mat board, and our collage wall is mostly black and white, so this went perfectly.

Step two: measure your board and cut to the dimensions of the frame.

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I ended up using the actual back of the frame to determine the size. I’d recommend cutting the mat board slightly smaller, as it might be a bit more dense than the board and you don’t want any bunching. I used both scissors to do fine trimming and an X-acto knife to cut around the oval edges.

Step three: check and recheck your cutting. Make sure, before you begin mounting what you plan to frame, that your mat board will actually fit in the frame itself.

Step four: mount your chosen piece. I first centered, recentered, and triple recentered so that I had the buildings all aligned. I was fortunate that the card was the perfect size for this frame, so I didn’t have to cut it to fit. Then, using some hot glue, I went through and attached the card directly to the mat board. Make sure to start at one edge and continue across, as to create less of a crease or bubbling. You want your paper to be as flat as possible for framing.

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How amazingly cute is this card? I mean come on. I made sure that I could center the two people in the middle of the frame. Then, because of the creases, I worked from the left to the right gluing the card to the mat board.

Step five: to save yourself a lot of frustration, make sure the glass and interior of the frame is CLEAN before attempting to frame your piece. This may take a bit of work, but it’ll save you time and annoyance in the long run. I had my mat board perfectly placed, only to find that some of the old paper backing had gotten in front of the frame, plus some dust right on the card. How rude!

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Windex, windex, windex!

Step six: frame your piece and enjoy!

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I was so happy with the black and white contrast, plus the way the people are framed. It’s a sweet addition to our frame wall and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

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It’s definitely bold and eye catching on the wall. It seems to fit right in with all the other projects and art. Plus, it’s a happy reminder of just four years ago!

I still have one more matching frame to add to this collage wall, but I’m not sure what to put in it! I’m sure that will be another project for another day. As I sign off, I leave you with some questions about your own projects! What creative things have you done with some of your mementos from weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions?¬†Have you framed them? Made cool art projects out of them?

XOXO,

Ashley

Fall Means? Anniversary! {3 Years}

Hey all,

Fall is always an awesome time. Brillant colors in the trees, pumpkin flavored/scented everything, and Thanksgiving quickly approaching.

But Fall is important for another reason. Today is another super special day! It’s S and I’s 3rd anniversary! 10-10-09. Can you believe it? Three years ago, we were dancing and enjoying our special day. And now, it’s three years later and we’re planning a special dinner. Yummy, yummy, I’m super excited! Not to mention that three years ago, who would have thought we would move back from Columbia to our hometown, start jobs, adopt a sweet pup, and buy our first home? We’ve had a BUSY three years for sure!

Look at us, we look like babies! And we DIY-ed the church decor (since they didn’t allow much). Thanks to Mom who hand tied those bows!

We got married at the church where my parents were married and I was baptized. Keepin’ it in the family!

Then we walked down the street and partied with our family and friends in my grandparents backyard.

See? Rocking group of family and friends. This is probably one of my favorite pictures from the day.

I just love that we really tried to make the day our own. Though the ceremony was very traditional, the reception was all us. We had soups in mini-martini glasses with tiny grilled cheeses (for me) and sliders or kabobs of chicken (for S). We opted to skip the big wedding cake for several flavors of cupcakes (pumpkin, lemon, and red velvet). Our baker was also our caterer, and she baked us a super big cupcake topped with my parents’ wedding topper, which I painted the hair to match us instead of my parents. We had a jazz trio play live music and while they were on their breaks played selections from our iPod. Our hot cider bar was AWESOME and our centerpieces were just simple mason jars with hydrangeas. Plus, all of our pictures were AMAZING. We really lucked out with the people we chose. What an awesome day. I’m just so happy to be celebrating three years! Here’s to many more busy and exciting years, days full of laughter, and lots of love!

Hugs and kisses for many years to come!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

Here are some super people that helped make our day so wonderful (besides our awesomely supportive family and friends):

Gourmet Catering With Paula: Yummy, yummy food and drink. She was just fantastic!

Stacy Richardson Photography:¬†GORGEOUS, stunning wedding photography. She’s award winning and it’s no surprise!

The Organized Bride: Our wedding planner, day-of consultant, AND where we got all the paper/invitations from. One stop shop and definitely a stress free helper for the big day!

Jamie, Senior Stylist at Belleza: She’s been my right-hand hairstylist, through proms and homecomings. I couldn’t imagine using anyone else!

Ory Custom Florals: He really knocked it out of the park. An ivy draping for the fronts of the house and the iron gateways, the flowers for the whole wedding party, AND simple floral arrangements for the table.