From one DIY bride to another…

That was me, a DIY bride, almost two years ago now (woweee how time flies!) and that’s how all of this craftiness got started…

As a crafty bride I made lots (!!) of things to decorate our wedding day in all kinds of hand-made loveliness. Since then, I’ve gone on to make lots more wedding crafts for other people, and also lots of non-wedding related crafty items (as shown on this blog!).

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I’ve also reduced my hours as my normal day job to pursue a craft-related business with my friend and business partner, Sam Lowe. Together we make up Love Me Sew, creating Craft Packs to sell as well as fabric and running craft workshops.

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DIY Wedding Workshops!
With our workshop experience as Love Me Sew, and with my experience of making many a wedding crafts, it was only natural that we combine the two to bring you DIY wedding workshops! (Of course, so obvious, I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner!)

Wedding Event with A Difference, 14th April
The first of these I’m pleased to tell you will be at the very lovely ‘Wedding Event with a Difference‘ hosted by Save the Date on Sunday 14th April; a wedding fair I actually exhibited at in 2011 (you can read my little write up here!). This time, however, Sam and I will be running craft workshops for other DIY brides! We will be showing them how to make lovely fabric flowers…which can be used for table decorations, bridal bouquets or button holes.
Even if you are not a crafty bride, I would still really recommend this fair – it’s so different from another other wedding fair that I remember going to as a bride-to-be and features a fashion show as well as some brilliant and unique exhibitors. You can find out more about the fair and buy tickets (including our craft workshop) at the Save the Date website.

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The Flax and Twine, York, May and June.
Throughout May and June, Love Me Sew (aka Sam and Me!) are also running a series of three workshops in the luuuurrvly Flax and Twine in York. The dates and crafts are: ‘Mr and Mrs’ bunting on 18th May, ‘Wedding Decorations – Garlands and Pom Poms’ on 25th May, and , ‘Brides and Bridesmaid purses’ on 1st June.
To book onto these workshops, please visit The Flax and Twine’s website.

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I’m sure these won’t be the last of the wedding workshops this summer so please keep your eyes peeled and check out our Love Me Sew website for a list of events, or follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with everything we are doing.

For me, I’m just happy to show others the little tricks of the crafting trade to make their very own DIY wedding, and love it as much as I loved mine!

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Save the date…

So a few people have been asking how we did our Save The Date – another easy and cheap DIY. Here’s another tutorial from Pete…

“To make the save the dates, you have to first need to make the signs…We painted our signs but I guess you could print some out, or just hold up plain pieces of paper an add the text on the computer.

Next, take four funny pictures! It’s best to take your photos against a plain wall so that they look most like a photo booth.


 

 

 

When you’ve got your images, You need to make them square. You can crop them in Paint on Windows or Preview on the Mac.

To arrange the photos into the photo booth shape, you could do it in a graphics programme, but Word will do just as well. Open a new Word document and just drag your images in.

In order to arrange the images freely in Word, you need to stop them being fixed to the text. Right-click on the image, choose Format Picture and under either Layout or Text-Wrapping (depending on your version of Word) and then choose Behind Text.

Now that you can drag your pictures around, re-size them all to about a fifth of the width of an A4 page and then drag the four pictures above each other, leaving a gap between each one and a bigger gap at the top and bottom.

To get the most out of your paper, copy the four images across so you’ve got five lines next to each other, and you’re done!

Print them out on photo paper for that photo booth feel, and you can always print something on the back if you want to put some more text.”