Personalized Bachelorette Sunglasses

We’re definitely in bachelorette & wedding season, and now I’m sharing another DIY bachelorette project for the year, with a beach theme!  My friend is having her weekend in Rosemary Beach and although I can’t go, I definitely wanted to be involved… so I helped with bachelorette goodies!

I made my first sunglasses last year for my bachelorette weekend in Savannah.  They turned out to be a fun gift to give everyone since we stayed on the beach, so  I thought it would be a good item to include for Liz’s beach bachelorette too!

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Bachelorette Sunglasses

What you’ll need:

I ordered some teal sunglasses on Amazon and bought a white pair for Liz.  I decided to put everyone’s names on the side and then also do ‘Bride to Be’ on the other side of Liz’s.

Open up Design Space and type out all of the names.  The side of sunglasses aren’t very big, so you’ll need to measure the side and figure out how long and tall the names can be.  I believe mine could be 1/2″ tall and 1 1/2″ long.  Then adjust the size of the names to fit in those parameters.  For a cohesive look, I kept them all the same height.  I also did the names in all uppercase to make it easier when weeding such small words from the vinyl.

I wanted to add a little something extra to Liz’s “Bride to Be” side, so found a clipart image of a diamond ring to import.

Click “Upload image” on the left menu, find the file on your computer, choose ‘Simple Image’ and continue.
Next, click out anything you don’t want included – I had to get rid of the white background.  Save it as a cut image, and then add it to your design, sized appropriately next to ‘Bride to Be.’ Since the sunglasses were teal, I cut all the girls names in white vinyl.  Cut each name out of the vinyl with your Cricut and weed the excess out using the weeder tool.  Go slowly – the letters are small and require a little more attention to detail.After their names were cut, I cut Liz’s out in teal vinyl and then cut the ring out in a silver vinyl.

Cut out transfer tape the same size as the names, put it on top, and use the scraper to made sure the vinyl is adhered to the transfer tape and any air bubbles are gone.  Then remove the back paper, apply the vinyl to the sunglasses and slowly remove the transfer tape.

Repeat for all of the sunglasses & you’re done!  I like how Liz’s turned out, even the diamond ring on the side (that ring was really tedious to weed). I love the teal & white color combination. Can’t wait to see them on the beach this weekend!

PS – Find all bachelorette crafts & adventures here, and my Cricut projects here!

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Bachlorette Sash + Tote Bags

It’s that time of year again >> wedding season!  We have a few spring weddings coming up, which meant the bachelorette weekends were gonna be here even faster.  I’m making a few different goodies for 2 friends’ bachelorette parties, so will be sharing all the projects here for anyone else in the wedding / bachelorette DIY spirit!

I made my first bachelorette sash in October for Lauren’s bachelorette weekend in Nashville.  That was my prototype and since I knew my method worked, I made a few more for my friends and now am sharing the steps here  to make your own!

Bachelorette sash

What you’ll need:

You can find the ribbon at your local craft store.  I found that 2 1/2″ was a great width to be a sash with enough room for letters, but not too large to be annoying.  I also went with gold letters, but you could customize to your bride’s favorite colors!I wanted the letters to match my friend’s save the dates and the personalized hangers I made for her wedding day, so I used Carolyna Pro Black font.  That font includes some flourishes and options for letters, so I wrote the words out in Illustrator and exported each word as a separate png file.  Then I imported the images in Design Space.

You could also just write out your “Bride to be” or “Future Mrs. ___” phrase in Design Space, but you’ll want to make sure you line the letters up so they connect and then weld them all together.  Since I have Illustrator, it’s easier to do it there and import, but you can get the same result either way!

The ribbon’s width is 2 1/2″ so your letters need to be smaller than that – I went with a 2″ height so there would be a little room on the top & bottom.When the letter height is right, you’re ready to cut.  Put the gold vinyl on your mat, turn the dial to “vinyl,” load it in and cut!

Cut each of the words out from the vinyl, then weed the excess away with the weeder tool.

Cut out some transfer paper that’s big enough for each of the words.  To get the most of my roll of transfer tape, I try to fit the words just right.  Remove the backing of the paper, apply the transfer paper on top of the words and use the scraper to press it down and get any air bubbles out.

Next you’ll want to cut a piece of ribbon that’s a good size for a sash.  I usually just drape it on my shoulder and across my body to get a good estimate of the length I need, mark it and then cut the ends diagonally to prevent fraying.

This is the trickiest part for me – put the ribbon back on your right shoulder, draped across where it would be pinned on your left hip.  Figure out where the letters should start on the ribbon, a few inches down from your shoulder, so they would be across the bride’s chest.  Mark it and also take note of making sure you know what way the letters should face.

Once I have that “spot” I start laying out the letters on the ribbon from there to see their placement.  One by one, I remove the backing, press the letters to the ribbon, and slowly remove the transfer tape so the vinyl is adhered to the ribbon.When all the words are on, you’re done!  Just make sure to have a safety pin ready so the bride can pin the bottom together and the ribbon becomes a sash!The first time I made one, I was worried about the vinyl not adhering to the satin ribbon well and was wildly mistaken (I should have known this considering I’ve put vinyl on just about everything now).  These sashes have made it through the weekend with no issues so far!  Plus I love that you can customize the font & colors, and even add more to the ribbon to fit the bride’s personality!

Personalized gifts for those attending the bachelorette weekend are popular, and just nice considering the time & money people spend.  My friend Erin saw some totes that she wanted to give at our friend’s upcoming bachelorette weekend and asked if I could make something similar – I was up for the challenge!

Bachelorette Tote Bags

What you’ll need:

Erin had the tote bags shipped to me, which are similar to these.  I already had some black HTV on hand, so was ready to start immediately!

We wanted to add some flourishes to the beginning and end of the names, so I wrote each of them out in Illustrator and saved each name as a separate png file.

Open Design Space and import the png file as a simple, cut image.  Then repeat for the rest of the names.

Once all the names are imported, I made them about the same length, 9″.  Now you’re ready to cut them on the HTV.  Put the HTV on the mat (shiny side down), make sure to check the box to mirror the image, set your Cricut to ‘Iron On,’ and cut!

When the names are done, cut each one out individually and weed out the excess HTV with the weeding tool.  You’ll be left with lots of backwards names.

Plug in your iron and put it on the cotton setting, or high heat.  Iron the wrinkles out of the tote bags, then put the name on top (where you can read the name) and iron it on the bag.  I usually apply heat for 5-10 seconds, remove, and apply more to another area until all of it is adhered and you can easily remove the clear piece.Repeat for each name, then you’re done!  I had 10 bags ready to be filled and go on a bachelorette weekend in Mexico. Hopefully these will give you some ideas to get your craft on and make your own sash & gifts for a bachelorette weekend.  You wouldn’t believe how much you save when you do it yourself!

PS – Find more bachelorette crafts & travel stories here, and all my Cricut crafts here.

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Personalized Wedding Hangers made with Cricut Explore Air

It’s no surprise that I enjoy all of the DIY wedding projects that you can do to personalize your big day and now that our wedding is over, I’m channeling my crafty talents for friends! I love the photos with the bride’s gown and bridesmaid dresses hanging up on matching, personalized hangers before everyone gets dressed, but could never write all those names myself because I have terrible handwriting… So I decided to see what I could whip up for my friend’s wedding, and make some hangers using vinyl and my Cricut instead!

DIY Custom Wedding Hangers

What you’ll need:

First, I measured the top of the hanger area to see the area I was working with.  My hangers allowed the biggest name to be ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.

Now I needed to work on the names.  Since I have Illustrator, it’s easy for me to create images in there and be able to take advantage of all of the flourishes and letter options that some fonts include.  I wrote out each of the bridesmaid names & ‘Bride’ in the font that was prominent from the Save the Dates, Carolyna Pro Black.

Once I played with all the letters to get them the way I wanted, I exported each name as a separate png file with a transparent background.

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Open up Design Space and create a new project.  Now upload one of the files you just exported.  Click ‘Upload Images’ from the menu on the left.

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After the image is imported to Design Space, choose the type of image it is.  With just the text, these are Simple images.  Next, click to erase any part of the design you don’t want on there to clear out the background.  If your image has a transparent background, then you can just click ‘Continue.’

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Then choose how you want to save the image in Design Space: print then cut, or just cut image.  For this project, you’ll save it as a cut image.

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Once saved, the image is ready to import to your project.  After you import the image, you’ll see it on the grid.  Resize the image to fit the dimensions of the middle hanger area, ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.  You’ll want it to be as tall as it can, and the length can vary based on the name.

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When the image is sized just right to fit on the hanger, it’t time to cut – click the ‘Go’ button.  Put the vinyl on your mat so it sticks, turn the Cricut machine knob to the vinyl setting, connect the machine to your computer, and click ‘Go.’cricut-wedding-hangers-09

Load the vinyl, then click the C when it blinks to start cutting the vinyl.  When it’s done cutting, unload the vinyl, remove it from the mat and cut out the shape of the name from the vinyl with your scissors.
cricut-wedding-hangers-10Using your weeder tool, weed the excess vinyl away from the design.cricut-wedding-hangers-11

Pull out your transfer tape and cut a piece big enough for the name.  Take off the backing, and place it on top of the vinyl you just cut & weeded, then use the scraper tool to make sure the transfer tape it on well.

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Carefully pull off the white backing from the vinyl, so the vinyl stays adhered to the transfer tape.  Center it on the hanger and apply it to the hanger.  Use the scraper tool again to make sure the vinyl is adhered to the hanger well.cricut-wedding-hangers-13Carefully pull off the transfer tape from the vinyl / hanger.  Do this slowly so nothing stays attached to the transfer tape.  When the transfer tape is removed, you’re done with the hanger!
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After I applied the silver vinyl to the hanger, I wasn’t sure if it was the best color to pop on the hangers.  Naturally, I wanted options and did the same thing in 2 other colors to figure out my favorite.cricut-wedding-hangers-15White definitely pops the most on the wooden hanger, so that was the winning color!  Then I repeated the steps above for the rest of the names on white vinyl.
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When there was a hanger for each bridesmaid and bride, I was done!  The white really pops and looks great with the bridesmaid dress colors my friend chose. These look way better than anything I could write myself and I can’t wait to see these in action in April!cricut-wedding-hangers-18 cricut-wedding-hangers-17 cricut-wedding-hangers-21cricut-wedding-hangers-20

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DIY Cheers Glasses for NYE with Cricut

It might still be a few days before Christmas, but I’m thinking about New Years Eve!  Since Clemson is playing that night, we’ll not only be celebrating the New Year, but watching some football.  Since we’ll also be hosting a party, that means I wanted to make something festive.

Cheers Champagne Glasses

What you’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Gold vinyl
  • Weeder tool
  • Scissors
  • Transfer tape
  • Scraper tool
  • Champagne glasses

To start, create the ‘Cheers’ design.  One option is creating it all in Design Space by typing ‘cheers,’ choosing a font and welding the letters together.

Since I wanted to use some of the glyphs in the Isabella font, I used Illustrator to create the text, then exported it as a png file.  This is what I had:

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Next, I imported the cheers file into Design Space and set it up for cutting.  Since this is regular vinyl, you don’t need to mirror the image – just arrange it on the mat, turn the Cricut to ‘vinyl’ setting on the machine, and cut on your gold vinyl!

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Once it’s cut, remove the design from the mat, cut your design out and weed the excess from around the cheers design.diy-cheers-glasses_02To adhere the vinyl to the glasses, you’ll need to use transfer tape.  Cut enough transfer tape to cover the ‘cheers’ design.  Pull away the backing of the transfer tape and apply the clear, sticky piece to the top of the cut out ‘cheers’ vinyl.  Use your scraper tool to make sure the transfer tape is on the vinyl well, and push out any air bubbles that may have formed.

diy-cheers-glasses_03When the vinyl is sticking to the transfer tape, slowly remove the back of the vinyl paper.  It’s key to go slowly so all of the vinyl is securely lifting away with the transfer tape and the backing is removed.

Arrange the transfer tape with the cheers design on it where you want on the glass.  Place it on the glass and use your fingers to smooth the vinyl down on the glass.

Finally, remove the transfer tape from the glasses.  Again, move slowly so you make sure that the gold vinyl design stays on the champagne glass and only the transfer tape is being removed.  Once the tape is off, your glass is done!  Repeat the process for the rest of your glasses.

diy-cheers-glasses_08diy-cheers-glasses_07 diy-cheers-glasses_06 I made a similar version for my friend Lauren’s wedding in October with a larger ‘Cheers’ design that wrapped across the side.  All of us bridesmaids drank from them the morning of the wedding and they looked great! (Photos: Dana Cubbage)

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CHEERS to the upcoming new year and really, celebrating all the small things in life!

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2016: The Year of Weddings

One night at dinner, Hunter’s sister made a comment about how many wedding related events the 2 of us had been to that year, which got me thinking it’d be interesting to break it all down in a post. So by the numbers, in 2016 we went to….

11 Weddings

From April through November (with the exception of August and September), we had at least one wedding a month.  The highs were 4 in June, and 3 in October.
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4 States

Most weddings were in the southeast (South Carolina, Georgia, & North Carolina), which makes sense because we’re both from here.  Maine was the lone state visited in the North.

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4922 Miles Traveled

Obviously the Maine trip accounted for the majority of the miles, but the closest venue was still 8 miles away.  What felt like the longest trip was by far the 7.5 hours in the car with my cat Cleo coming back from Raleigh.

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17 Rehearsal Dinner / Wedding Outfits

Ultimately I needed 17 outfits between 11 weddings and 6 rehearsal dinners!  I totally wore some dresses twice, and borrowed a few from friends.  Normally I have a few bridesmaid dresses in there, but Hunter and I were only in 1 wedding each, and it happened to be the same one.  I did hand out programs at another, if that counts..

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18 Additional Wedding Related Events

Only counting the events I attended or hosted, these are all the additional showers, parties, bachelorette weekends, and rehearsal dinners outside of the actual wedding.  I’m exhausted thinking about it all!
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4 Family Weddings

The last family wedding was in 2011, so naturally we had 4 within 6 months!  At each family wedding we took a photo of the 4 couples and the white dress just moved down the line.  I loved having an excuse for everyone to get together every few months, so I’m sad the weddings are done – family vacay next year?

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All in all it was a busy year, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  Weddings are such a happy time and I loved being able to celebrate so many couples this year – including tying the knot ourselves!  I think we’ve earned the title of professional wedding attendees though.

Now we look forward to another busy spring in 2017..

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