Today starts a series of a bunch of projects that I designed specifically for the Cricut machine. Do you know about the Cricut machine? No?! Well then grab a refreshment, take a seat, and listen up.

Cricut has a powerful reputation in the craft world for being used by preschool teachers and scrapbookers. Basically, it die cuts paper. Last year, they released the Cricut Explore, which in my opinion, is a game changer to the DIY world. Especially to the DIY wedding world. This new machine can cut through thousands of materials as thin as vellum to as thick as stuff leather. Their online software, Design Space, is pre-loaded with thousands of shapes that you can purchase for $.99 and cut as many times as you want. Just how you are on your 105th play of that guilty pleasure song you bought on itunes.

The coolest part of Design Space and the Cricut Explore is that it will cut custom designs. Honestly, most of the designs, fonts, and shapes that are pre-loaded into Design Space for purchase are…um….not that great. BUT…with the ability to cut any custom design, you can make your own super cool wedding details.

I designed this custom save the date for the Cricut Explore machine for you to make at home. Crack open that machine, start a netflix marathon of New Girl, and grab a snack. Once you’ve got your machine set-up, purchase the artwork for the save the date in Design Space and get to cutting.

Materials Needed

Cricut Explore Machine

12″x12″ cardstock (one sheet per save the date)

5″ x 5″ photo (one per save the date)

Some fun stickers

Envelopes

Cricut Scoring Stylus

Steps

Cut out the save the date on the Cricut. Look how cute it is with the letters cut out!

Fold the triangle flaps into the center.

Place a printed photograph of yourselves (do you see those young love birds in the photos? Yep. Those are my engagement photos.) with your wedding date printed on the back inside of the save the date.

Stick closed with a cute sticker.

 

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All last summer, me and my pregnant belly spent full days crouching over the coolest modern wedding decor to style a colorful wedding book. That book is here! Well, it’s available for pre-order on Amazon. Which is as close to “here” as we are going to get until November when it ships. Just in time for the holidays!

Written by Vane Broussard of Brooklyn Bride and Minhee Cho of Paper + Cup, this book is exactly what’s been missing from the wedding category for YEARS. It’s colorful, unconventional, contemporary, and full of some of the best ideas in wedding decor I’ve seen in a long time. The photographs by Jaine Kershner of brklyn view photography are clean, crisp, and beautiful.

PRE-ORDER YOUR OWN COPY OF WEDDINGS IN COLOR.

 

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My dad used to say something along the lines of being sure to always have the right tool for whatever project you are doing. The tool is going to make or break the project. It’s either going to be easy, simple, like deciding to finish off a summer bbq with a scoop of ice cream. Or the experience is going to be hell, like having gestational diabetes for the whole summer of ’14 and not being to eat any ice cream, because the tool you choose is not working for you. Owning a business with a baby, I have learned in the past nine months, is either going to be blissful or the seventh layer of hell depending on your tools. In this case, the diaper bag.

 

I get asked a lot by my industry friends how it’s going with Dean. Am I able to get work done? How do I balance my time? First, I get most of my work done Tuesday through Thursday when we have a nanny. Getting any kind of computer work finished and taking care of a baby simultaneously is impossible.  Our nanny is amazing. She cleans my kitchen. She loves on Dean. She imparts her mother wisdom on me.

Mondays, Fridays when I don’t have events, and early morning flower market runs are Dean and mommy time. I first took him to the flower market when he was five weeks old. I had him in a carrier and he slept the whole time. When I reached down to grab flowers, the diaper bag I had at the time fell off my shoulder.

Reach. Fall.

Reach while trying to balance the bag on my butt. Fall.

Put bag on wet, dirty floor. Reach for flowers, run out of hands to pick bag back up off of floor.

I was slowly entering the seventh layer of hell at 6:30am on two hours of sleep with my hands full of hundreds of dollars of flowers, a cuddly baby, and a bag that was making my experience less than enjoyable.

Had my industry friends seen me then, their next stop would have been the drugstore for a lifetime supply of condoms.

Look at this picture! The diaper bag isn’t going anywhere! Both of my hands are free! It’s a miracle. Actually, it’s a lily-jade, buttery smooth, leather diaper bag that can be worn as a backpack and has basically changed my life.  I can take Dean to the flower market with me, choose all the flowers I want, and the bag doesn’t go anywhere. My job is suddenly much more enjoyable at 6:30am in midtown. Which is why I’ve started this whole shebang, right? To be fully enjoying myself at all hours of the day? Thank you, lily-jade diaper bag.

It’s all about the tools. Dean and I can jet around the city buying fabric, ribbon, and props for my clients’ weddings without an annoying bag falling off my shoulder every two seconds. I’m happier. He’s happier. We are all happier. The world keepings turning and the flowers get bought and no one is annoyed to the edge of exhaustion. Because that’s why I started this business is the first place, right? To be happier. To be able to simultaneously hang with my kid and get a few work errands done.

Thank you to Lily-jade for the beautiful bag and for restoring sanity to my NYC errands with a nine month old. Baby wrap: Solly Baby. Shirt: Old Navy. Jeans: high rise BCBG. Photos by brklyn view photography.

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  1. Dean is the cutest!! What a lucky baby to have such a great momma!! xoxo