Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I've been on the prowl lately. I've been searching all the websites in the world for adorable magnetic save the dates. Since we got a magnet last winter for my friend's save the date, we were convinced that we wanted magnets as ours when the time came. Well, the time's here and I like some of them, but I don't like them enough. It's more of a lukewarm like. Near ambivalence really.

So I made the decision last night, I don't quite recall if it was before or after I met up with Fiancé and his pal for a drink or two at the local pub, but I decided "screw this, I'll make them myself. It can't be that hard right??"

Right. I think.

Here's my plan. Our colors are blue and green and white. Much like the Hartford Whalers colors (RIP) which pleases fiancé. I want my wedding to have some preppy undertones - ribbons, candles, JCrew dresses (maybe. still undecided about the bridesmaid dresses), hints of argyle (if I have any say in it..) You know, our style. Because we're both kind of prepsters, and like things to look classy. Who doesn't? I make a template, stick it on the magnets, and make it pretty by adding something extra. What that extra is, I haven't quite figured out yet, but I have some ideas.

Okay. I can do this. I have in my head what I want. I can totally do this...Miss I can't really draw a straight line...mmmhmm. I can totally be crafty.

We're going to use one of our awesome engagement photos that a pal of mine took in Boston in June (I'll share those soon). I'll buy sheets of magnets, like the Associated Press How-To article says, and then add a touch of preppy kind of like this but not quite. With ribbons, more like this. And perhaps and green and blue border. Thank you Weddingbee for your endless inspiration. Seriously, last night I read 57 pages back in the DIY tag. Fiancé pretty much had to drag me to bed.

So this weekend, perhaps if time allows, I'm going to find a Michaels or other similar craft store, go to Paper Source in Georgetown, and get this show started - oh yeah, it might also helped if we bought some printer ink. I'm feeling inspired and while we don't have to actually send out our Save the Dates till January (we decided to send them after the holidays) I figure come Thanksgiving/Christmas, I'm hardly going to have the time to do this so I might as well do it now! Right? Right.

What did you do for DIY projects? Where did you find inspiration?

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Blogger Samantha said...

We made our own magnets for the save the dates as well. I bought 8.5x11 magnetic paper from Paper-Source (it was the cheapest that I had found), and just ran them through the ink-jet printer, then cut them with my little paper cutter.

I wrote a post on them on my blog, if that will help. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I DIY'd almost everything but I screenprinted my save the dates. But I love the magnet idea- ditto for paper source, they make it so easy.
Plus, go to kinkos for them to cut the magnets and for $4 a cut they will be even and it will be done in 5 minutes. Totally worth it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger Only One Heidi said...

o.O thank you both for the advice! Definitely going to check out that post on your blog @ the long haul :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:44:00 PM  
Blogger Dani L said...

vistaprint for magnets. SO cheap if you sign up for their coupons, and the quality was surprisingly fantastic.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was resistant to the magnet idea at first, but I finally gave in, and I'm so glad I did — our guests received them this week and everyone has been raving. I used gorgeous letterpress-quality Arturo cotton paper, tore it by hand to the correct dimensions and then printed the information on one side with a Canon inkjet. On the opposite side, I adhered one of our e-shots (with mono-adhesive, a must-have for any kind of scrapbooking or paper craft) and a little wrap piece with the date of our wedding printed on it. Last, I cut magnet tape (from Michaels) down to 1" sections and stuck it on the same side as the printing. A little time consuming in the end, but really easy. And super rewarding, so I highly recommend it! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:13:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Being from Hartford, I love your whalers colors as well. We are also getting hitched at St. Peters - would love to read posts regarding your experience there so far... priest? pre cana?

for DIY, I stumbled upon this blog when looking for help with my vintage-postcardy theme for various nuptial mailings:

Monday, October 27, 2008 1:44:00 PM  
Blogger Only One Heidi said...

@Junebride2b - we're in pre-cana now, it's actually very very helpful! If you want more details just email me :) Both the priests at St. Peters are incredible - i went through the RCIA program there so I developed a relationship with Fr. Bill H. when i was getting caught up with the class (i started late) so he's the officiant to our wedding but Father Bill Byrne is incredible as well and very very lively and personable.

You're from hartford? thats awesome! My fiancé is from Southbury CT!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:01:00 AM  

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