DIY – Seating Card Napkin Wraps

I promised when I posted about the menu’s that I would post the napkin wraps.  I couldn’t use the original graphics since they aren’t mine to share, but I was able to put together something similar.  Hopefully it will help someone else looking for a quick and economical way to do seating cards.

(source: Climie+Co, blurred names by me)

Tools Needed:

Supplies Needed:

  • 8.5 x 11 paper of choice – I used Luxe White text weight from PaperSource but the thinner variety of watercolor paper also works well
  • Double Sided Table or glue dots
  • Folded (in 1/4 fashion) Napkins to Wrap


  1. Download the Napkin Wrap template and customize with your guest’s names.  You can also change the blue flowers to your own graphic.  I used them again for a house warming party with cute little houses.
  2. Do a test print to ensure you have your printer settings correct on regular paper.  I can’t stress this enough.  Every printer is different so it’s easier to test on regular paper and adjust until you have it aligned, etc.
  3. Print out your napkin wraps onto your paper.
  4. Using the light grey lines that seperate the areas as a guide, carefully cut out your wraps.  I found it easier to cut one page at a time, which did take a bit longer…however I did this part of the process while watching a movie so it didn’t seem as lengthy. 🙂

Now it’s time to wrap your napkins.  Prefold your napkins with a pocket (if desired) in the 1/4 size.  Basically this means folded in half then folded in half again.

  1. Using a napkin as your template place a wrap and center it over where you would like them to line up.  Turn the set over and make small pencil marks on the back of the wrap at the edges of the napkin.
  2. Use this wrap as your template to score the wraps where they will fold over the edge of the napkins.  This is optional but I found it MUCH easier to work with the scored wraps.  I used post-it-notes to mark the lines and create a template of sorts with my ScorPal to quickly score all 100 of my wraps (10 minutes max)
  3. Now get to wrapping….line up the wrap and use a small piece of double sided tape to hold the pieces together in the back.
  4. Insert the Menu and you are finished!
  5. I then used lunch sized paper bags to bag up the napkin sets for each table and handed them over to my DOC to place on the tables.

    (source: personal photos)

If you have any questions leave me a comment or an email!

* flower graphics created with free Photoshop brushes from

Semi-DIY – Hometown Reception Invitations

Like I mentioned in a previous post we used clearance invitations for our hometown reception and I think they turned out lovely.


Tools Needed:

Supplies Needed:

  • Martha Stewart Eyelet Invitation Kit (currently on clearance at WalMart and Big Lots)
  • Thin scrapbook paper or wrapping paper for envelope liners (optional)
  1. Download the templates from the Martha Stewart to your computer.  
  2. Use these templates to put together your text and graphics for your invitiations, response cards, and return addressing on the envelopes.  Since we were using these for a hometown reception I could use elements to tie them to our wedding invitations.  We used the same colors and fonts,  I even included a flower from that set as well.  
  3. Print out your invitation first on the templates provided in the kit, this will allow you make sure your margins, etc are correct.  You can also do this with the response cards and envelopes.
  4. Print out the remainder of your items.  I printed my invitations in groups of 25, but you’ll need to rest to see how many your printer works best with.

Optional Steps:

  1. We then rounded the corners to give it a little extra “something”.  It actually went fairly quickly.  
  2. We also used a fun wrapping paper from Ikea to line the envelopes.  I wish I had a photo of those since they really made the invitation look much different from a “home printed invitiation”.


Price Breakdown:

3 invitation kit sets (found on clearance at walmart) = $27.00
2 rolls of wrapping paper for liners = $5.99  from Ikea
Color Ink for Printer (already had from previous project) = FREE
Stamps for 120 invitiations = $56.40
TOTAL $ 89.39 for 120 invites so $0.75 per invite 🙂

I lucked out and found them at WalMart on clearance thanks to the wonderful Weddingbee boards, but now I read that you could find them even cheaper at your local BigLots.  I think they turned out really cute…especially given we spent $0.74 per invite!

DIY – Wedding Menus

While menus weren’t a must have for our wedding, I think having them gave the table-scape a little “something, something” tied in with the napkins.  Plus since we did a buffet it gave everyone an idea of what to expect when their table was dismissed to be served.  I created our menu template using good ole Microsoft Word with Feel Script font (but used a free substitute on the templates below).  Other than cutting the paper they were one of the easiest DIY projects I completed for the wedding.

Blue Napkins
(photo by Climie+Co, name blurring my me)

Tools Needed:

Supplies Needed:

  • 8.5 x 11 inches Ivory or White Cardstock – 1 sheet makes 3 menus  (I used cover stock from PaperSource in Luxe White but Cold Press watercolor paper would work well also)


  • If you don’t already have it loaded on your computer, download and install the font of your choice.  This project uses Copperplate Gothic (which came with MS Word) and Monterey-BT.
  • Download the Menu Template from above and update to your menu items of choice.    Verify that the paper size is set to a custom size with a width of 3.66 inches and a height of 8.5 inches.
  • Cut your standard sized paper into 3 menu sized pieces*.  Each menu is setup to be 3.66 inches wide, so a 1/3 of a standard sheet of paper’s width if in landscape mode.  Using your paper cutter cut each sheet into 3 equal pieces.  To make this process less tedious I constructed a “guard” of sorts using a post-it note placed in the correct cutting position.  Then I could just line my paper up against it’s edge and make a consistent sized cut each time.  In retrospect it would have been even easier if I’d used a piece of heavier cardstock taped to my cutting deck so I have more of a solid edge to line up against.  With my cutter and this easier method of alignment, I could easily cut through 2 pieces of coverstock at a time.

  • Load the menu paper into your printer and print only 2 or 3 menus to start with to ensure everything is working correctly.
  • Print your menus out in smaller sized groups to verify consistency in the printer feed. I did groups of 20 which worked well with my HP Deskjet D4160.

  • Have a glass to wine to celebrate a quick and painless DIY project.
  • Be sure to take a photo of the finished product and email it to me!  I love detail photos!!

*Because my printer works well with custom sized paper I cut my paper into the correct menu sized pieces before printing.  This meant not having to use a more time consuming program like Adobe Illustrator to create cut marks and spaces between each menu to allow for cutting, etc.  It also meant that once the printing was finished so were the menus.  I would suggest cutting a regular piece of copy paper into the correct size and verify your printer can handle the custom size before precutting all your paper.

**If you have hundreds of menus to create you could easily take your paper to Kinko’s or some similar place to have it precut.  You would need to pay for 2 cuts, so typically less than $4.00.

Wedding Inspiration – Wire Frames / Table Numbers

When we were planning our wedding I had this dream of shabby looking wire photo frames to hold our table numbers.  Something that looked like they had been created by hand years ago….with little scrolls of wire to hold the photos (or table numbers).  Alas….I never found them and went with a different approach (which I promise to blog about soon).  This morning while waiting in the doctor’s office for an annual checkup I was flipping through some catalogs we’d received in the past few days, and THERE THEY WERE!


(source: Anthrpologie)

I bring to you the Wire Sculpture Frame.  They come in two sizes and retail for $12 and $16 each respectively.  The small size would have been perfect although at $12 each it would have cost $120 for our 10 tables.  I think I could have found a use for them afterwards to at least justify them for the “signage”.  Just print out your signs/table numbers in a cute font (like Monterey or CAC Pinafore…both free) and place in these frames.  It would be an easy Semi-DIY project and so cute for a vintage-type affair.   Please, please, please….someone use this and send me photos to drool over! Thanks! 🙂

Decor Inspiration – Reduce – Reuse?

Has anyone else seen the new Pottery Barn catalog for Fall 2009?  I’m loving all the vintage looking inspiration (even through it doesn’t fit the “look” of our house).  Something that really caught my eye was this recycled wine bottle light fixture.  It reminds me of the cute wine bottle vases and candle holders some of those craftybees whipped up.  Wouldn’t this but fun hanging at a vineyard wedding?  or on my back deck…ok it’s a bit pricey so maybe not but it’s seriously fun.


(Photo Source



Cute Stationary, Great Price

So I love, LOVE, finding a good deal…especially when it’s on Paper.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE paper?  Almost as much as I love smurfs 🙂

So yesterday I was killing some time in the local TJ Maxx.   I do this when traffic is so bad that I’m better to just stop and shop than sit still for an hour.  Shopping calms my road rage…it’s horrible for my pocketbook…but it does help me find cute new pocketbooks.  Anyway, I digress….yesterday’s finds were really cute and cheap stationary products.


  • 1 box of Hallmark Thank You notes with lined envelopes.
  • 1 pack of Red Thank You notes with ribbon trim.
  • 1 cute set of pink note cards with birds on Luxe type paper with the cutest little envelopes ever.

Total cost for all 3 sets + tax = $7.42

Semi-DIY: Celebrating "us" at Home

Today the hubs  and I are in my home state of Alabama to celebrate our marriage with the folks who couldn’t make the trip to our wedding last month.  I’m looking forward to catching up with some old friends and family.  The boy is looking forward to homemade coconut cake!  This is an informal little shindig in the fellowship hall of my parent’s church, but I’m sure it will be equally “us” as our relaxed wedding was.  To keep costs low and things simple, we picked up some of the Martha Stewart eyelet invitations which I formatted to match the fonts from our wedding invitations.  I even included a flower from that set as well.  We then rounded the corners to give it a little extra “something” and they were ready to address.  I lucked out and found them at WalMart on clearance thanks to the wonderful Weddingbee boards, but now I read that you could find them even cheaper at your local Big-Lots.  I think they turned out really cute…especially given we spent $27 for 120 invitations!



Another thing that could make these cheap-o little invitations a bit more classy is to line the envelopes.  You can either create your own liner as in the steps I used for my Semi-DIY thank you cards…or if you want I can post the document I created you could print off to make your template from.

Semi-DIY – Thank You Notes

**Have you ever watched Semi-Homemade by Sandra Lee?  I think my crafting style is very much like her cooking style, especially during all the chaos of the wedding planning.  I like to find things that can be purchased and then “customized” to be more personal.  These projects tend to be much quicker than all out DIY and I’ve dubbed these projects as Semi-DIY.**

It has amazed me how many thank you notes we have gone through in the past year.  I started trying to add it all up and when the number went past 200 I stopped!  Part of that I’m sure is that I’m from the southern school of etiquette that says a hand-written thank you note should follow any gift or act of kindness, and I’m perfectly “ok” with that.  I know I love knowing people appreciate the little things so I’m always sure to make sure they know I appreciate them and the sweet things they do.

The other part of that high number is that in the weeks that followed our wedding my only living grandparent passed away.  My grandmother was 93 and LOVED by anyone she crossed paths with.  This meant our family was showered with flowers, plants, and amazing food in the weeks that followed.  Since I had just finished our wedding thank you notes, and my mom was trying to wrap up her estate I volunteered to write most of the notes.  I would need notes that would be fitting for both future wedding gifts and notes of thanks from my grieving family.  The problem I started running into was how expensive this was starting to become…

You see, I’m a bit of a paper snob.  It has to look right, and more especially FEEL right.  I’m that person that closes her eyes and feels paper to make sure it feels “nice” before I can use it.  I love nice paper!  This meant, I had to do something that was equal parts nice paper & economical.   After looking around, I found thank you cards I could buy cheaply that had a nice texture of fabric (really similiar to the PaperSource Luxe), but the envelopes were way to thin for my tastes.  To fix this, I decided that they needed to be lined.  Enter 40% of coupons for one of my favorite places in the world and a homemade liner template…and what you get is semi-DIY thank you notes that are fitting for most any southern gals needs.


Tools Needed:
– Piece of Stencil Plastic to make liner template
– Black Sharpie Marker
– Scissors
– Scor-Pal (not required just made it easier to do many at once, but a bone folder would be helpful)

Materials Needed:
– White School Glue Stick or Double Sided tape
– Printed Paper for liners (a thinner paper works best, I used thin scrapbook paper or a thicker wrapping paper)
– Brides Thank You Notes from Michael’s

Create your liner template.
I love, love, love lined envelopes.  I think they give coorespondance that little extra “something”.  In the case of these prepurchased card sets, they also firm up the feeling of the envelope which makes it oh so much better in my eyes.  There are quite a few DIY guides out there to how to make envelope liner templates, and I’ve used quite a few of them.  This is one of favorite liner template references. The one thing I like to do when I’ll be using a paticular sized liner over and over is to create the template in a bit more strudy fashion to keep the wear and tear to a minimum.

  1. Take one envelope and place it on a firm surface.  I used a piece of rolled up post-it note to keep it firmly in place.
  2. Place the sheet of stencil plastic over the envelope, tape it to your table to help hold it in place if needed.
  3. Using the Sharpie marker start tracing around the inside of the flap on the inside where the glue-line stops.  This will allow the liner to fit right below the sticky part that seals the envelope.  Follow the glue line to the outside edge of each envelope.
  4. Next trace just inside of the bottom edge of the envelope.
  5. Finally place a ruler to connect the top lines with the bottom line.  Move this line just inside the outside edge of the envelope to allow the liner to slide down inside the envelope.  Repeat on the other side.
  6. Cut out the liner and label your template with a sharpie so you’ll have it handy next time you need to line a new envelope of this size. TY_002
  7. Now, use your liner to cut out the liners from your selected paper.  Use a pencil or pen to trace the liner on the back side of the paper.  For the most recent set of liners I used thin scrapbook paper from a bulk “My Minds Eye” book of papers.  I liked how it had a variety of “vintage” floral prints.  For a piece of 12×12 paper you should be able to get 4 liners with a small piece left over that would be a perfect size to reuse as a belly band if you are also DIY’ing your invitations.
  8. Once you have traced all the liners cut them out cutting right on top of the lines you traced.
  9. Slide the new liner inside the envelope and use your bone folder to score the line where the envelope will fold.  (Optional Tip):  If you have a Scor-Pal (mine came in really handy during the wedding prep) you can set up a scoring template and easily score all your liners really quickly.  To do this line up the base of the envelope in the upper corner and mark the correct line on the tray with a post-it note to serve as your template to know where to score each liner.


  1. Slide the liner into the envelope and using your glue stick or double-sided tape (both work great) and apply glue to the back flap of your liner.  Carefully fold the top of the envelope down onto the liner and rub across with your bone folder to ensure it is secured with no air bubbles.


Assemble the note cards.
These cards have a 3-Demensional crest on the front.  You will need to carefully remove these from the punch out paper and apply to the center using the double-sided foam squares included in the package.  It goes really quickly and I did all 40 during a 30-minute episode on HGTV.

Use your thank you notes 🙂

Cost Breakdown:
Remember my main reason in taking on this quick envelope lining project was it produced cute/vintage looking thank you notes at a more economical price.  The whole project for 40 thank you notes took about 2 hours…so lets look at the costs

Brides Thank You Notes (40 ct) – $6.35 (using  Michaels 40% off coupon)
My Minds Eye Scrapbook Paper (180 ct) – $10.59 (50% at Hobby Lobby)
Ross Envelope Stick – Already had from shower hosted last year – free
Plaid Stencil Sheet (2 pack) – $6.35 from Hobby Lobby
Divide that out (only counting the paper from the package that I used) and it comes to = $0.38 per note!  That’s pretty good I’m thinking!  Even with a stamp it still makes them less than $1 per card, and they are pretty cute too!  Want to see them one more time? Here ya go:


DIY – Save the Dates – The Reveal

After a few hours fighting with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to get the look I wanted, I started dropping graphics and text into a post card template I had created in InDesign.  I create two documents; one for the front of the cards and another set to landscape for the backs.  I then created a 3rd document with the accommodations instructions that the wedding party would receive in addition to the Save the Date cards.

By this time I was running out of time, and patience so I saved both files as PDF files.  We ran these down to the local big Office Supply store and had them printed on heavy ivory cardstock which gave them a bit “older” look.  While these were being completed for us, I ran home and printed out the accommodations cards on some gray cardstock, cut the page into 4 cards and rounded the corners to make them look a bit more finished.  We used corresponding gray Paper-Source envelopes which I lined with Amy Butler print scrapbook paper.  Printing and cutting were our biggest expense but the whole project for 100 cards cost around $65 (including postage).  They were pretty far from where we started, but we were both happy with how they turned out.





I didn’t create detailed instructions because I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested.  I will be glad to email you the InDesign template, or answer any other questions about creating DIY postcards if you send me a message.

DIY – Postcard Save the Dates – Part 1

My first task was to find a postcard template that looked vintage, or make one.  Oh how I wish this wonderful resource from Blah, Blah, Blahg existed several months ago.

I set out to draw my own.  That didn’t go so well.  Then I tried finding a stamp online, but nothing really said “vintage” to me.  By now we are 2 weeks past the “should have” sent date.  I wondered if I could buy a vintage post card and copy it…then it hit me.  I HAD some vintage postcards.  Earlier this year while helping clean out my grandmother’s house I had picked up a handful of unused Christmas postcards.  Now I just had to find them…..

Here are a few of them.  Aren’t they fun?




Isn’t that just perfect?  So I scanned it in, saved it as a graphic and got started on the front of the card.