Last Minute Deals and Steals

I promised to post events two weeks in advance.  However, I just found some fun things to do this weekend.  Enjoy!

1154 Lill Studio Warehouse Sale

Saturday, March 7th from 8-12PM

1511 W. 38th St.


 Want a fabulous gift for your bridesmaids or a shower hostess?

Head to the 1154 Lill Studio Warehouse Sale. Ready-made bags from the favorite local designer will be discounted 50 percent to 80 percent. Fabrics are on sale, too.


Wedding Day Delights

Saturday, March 7th from 1-3PM

Paper Source in Lincoln Park


It’s the little things that make your Wedding Day visually delightful: favors to savor, programs with panache, table settings that sing. Using Paper Source’s beautiful array of papers, an assortment of embellishments and our stylish favor boxes, you’ll create a mix of samples to take home with you for inspiration. Not only can you save money making your own wedding day delights, but you’ll have fun doing it!  


This is a Creative 200 workshop — ideal for the intermediate student or the adventurous crafter.

Event Review- Paper Source Event

Recently, I attended the Paper Source Wedding event held in their Evanston location. It was a lot of fun and I really did get inspired. I participated in the interactive workshop where we made and decorated favor containers. While my favors are too large for the containers, I decided to take the idea and incorporate it into my wedding plans.

Here is a picture of the favor container that I made.

Also present at the event were a select number of vendors. One cute idea was cookies pre-printed with a personalized message. I was surprised at the price– it was very affordable!

Lining Envelopes

As I have stated in previous posts, DIY craftiness is not a skill of mine. However, I decided that if there was one task that I could handle, I could line envelopes! Here are the steps:

  1. I made a trip to Paper Source, picked out a paper that would compliment my cards as well as a glue stick.
  2. While the magazine suggested unassembling an envelope to create a template, I decided to trace the outside of the envelope and then cut 1/2 inch smaller all the way around. Being an avid recycler, I created my template out of an old postcard.
  3. I use the template to trace the envelope lining onto the sheet of paper.
  4. Then, I diligently cut out the paper.
  5. I smeared glue around the lid as well as a bit to the top and the bottom of the envelope.
  6. Once the lining was inside the envelope, I folded the envelope over to create a crease in the paper.

Ultimately, I am not going to be able to use my much cherished silhouette cards as my shower thank you cards.

Why not? More on that tomorrow…

DIY Invitation Inspiration

While I am probably the worst DIY bride out there, I do like to add my own little touches. Therefore, I’m going to take a class as Paper Source, The Unique Invitation. While my wedding invitations will be done professionally, I’m toying with the idea of lining my own envelopes. Also, I need invitations for the bridal lunchon as well as the rehearsal dinner.

Here are all of the details:

Wednesday, January 23rd

Paper Source invites you to come and learn how to make unique invitations & announcements that are perfect for any event. We’ll get you started with a variety of invitation styles, tricks to assembly and printing, and even how to personalize your invitations with simple, yet unique embellishments. You’ll go home with several invitation samples and creative ideas to get you inspired.