DIY Save The Dates and Invitations

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!

Today I’m doing a quick little post about designing my own stationery for the wedding. My background: I have extensive photoshop training and some minor design experience. I took classes for photoshop from middle school up through college. So that is where all of my experience lays.

Let’s get started!

Here is what my stationery currently looks like.

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Why did I choose to design my own stationery?

I wanted to be able to really customize it. A lot of the pre-designed packs only allow you to put in some minor details, like names and dates. I wanted to be able to have something unique, recognizable, and fun. I knew that doing it myself would give me the full control of customization that I wanted, as well as save me a little bit of money. A pack of 100 sheets of 5×7 rounded corner paper cost me roughly $12. So instead of spending $200+ on save the dates and invitations, I spent $50 on paper and envelopes. I’d consider that a massive success.

What sort of inspiration did I look for?

Since we are getting married on a ship, I wanted something a little nautical themed, maybe travel related. I took to pinterest to gather some ideas about fun invite ideas. I was seeing luggage tag shapes, airplane tickets, and some that were shaped like the steering wheels of ships. I had an entire pinterest board dedicated just to invite inspo until I re-did my pinterest wedding board and got rid of that.

I had actually found some people selling some that were designed to look like passports, and I adored it. I thought it was such a cute idea, and began sketching out ideas and ways to make my own.

Didn’t you need pictures? How did you get your backgrounds?

I actually have paid access to certain stock photo sites, and had been given permission to pull a few stock photos for my personal use. That’s how I got the rope border on my save the dates, and the background I used and modified heavily. The main photo, my father took. And the rest of the empty boxes in the “passport” will be filled over the summer when we are able to go back to the beach and take some photos there.

Ultimately, I’m happy with how they turned out. The test print of my actual invitation showed me how I needed to tweak the colors, and what sizing issues I needed to fix. But those will be ready to be mailed come August!

Thanks for reading, folks. See you later!

Wednesday Diet and Exercise Update

It’s a Wednesday but I have no new wedding blog! Why? Not because I’m doing nothing for it, but because I don’t want to burn myself out posting it. Nope. Today, it’s all about my workout routine. (Okay I lied it’s wedding DRIVEN. But not planning related.)

That’s right folks. We’re talking about Korynn’s super basic bitch gym routine that she’s doing 3-4 times a week.

As a note: I am not a medical professional. Anything you see me talk about here is what I do for myself after speaking with my personal doctor. I advise you to speak to your doctors before starting a diet and exercise plan.

Disclaimer aside, let’s get to it.

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Character Diary: Beginnings Born From Change

Until now I’d only believed the portals to be a myth; tales that the gossiping old women and drunkards would use to explain away events they wished to simply ignore. I can see now how right they truly were.

Although perhaps it would serve me well to explain why I have heard of the idea before.  I’d encountered the Black Sky Company before appearing in Osterra. They’d been hired by the local magistrate to dispatch certain local terrors that are better left unsaid. Due to my apprenticeship paying….nothing… I had taken work as a barmaid. Lo and behold, three Black Sky members found themselves properly acquainted with more than a few bottles during my shift. By all means they were fair patrons, a little rowdy but nothing I couldn’t handle.

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They Cancelled My Cruise?!?! What to do!

So wedding planning can be an ever-changing roller coaster of events and emotions. Anyone who has ever planned one can back me up on this one. You have to have contingency plans for your contingency plans.

And from the title, you can see that literally anything can happen.

Last week, we had to deal with some hard decision making. Why? Because the original cruise booking I’d selected for my wedding had gotten cancelled.

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So I’m a LARPer Now, You Should Be Too.

Those of you who follow me on twitter or facebook already know this, but I’ve joined a local L.A.R.P. group. It’s a wonderful little community that goes by the name Larp Adventures, and sweet baby jesus am I already hooked. I’ve chosen to play a character on the Wizard’s path, which will be a whole lot of fun once I get access to some higher level spells.

But more on that another day. I’m here to go through my first impressions and three tips for newbies from newbies.

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