One of my best friends has just got engaged to her boyfriend (whilst on holiday in Barbados!) and I’m completely over the moon for her and also exceedingly exited for all the things that go with wedding such as the hen do, crafts and wedding fares.
Once back from holiday we celebrated with her and our other very close friends, with fish finger sandwiches, Processco and Eaton Mess! (we know how to party). She told us that we would be bridesmaids and I’m ecstatic to be involved in such an important event.
None of us had much time to prepare and think about an engagement gift. One friend had ordered a personalised photo frame and the other a small personalised note book, coloured pens and a few wedding magazines, I had no idea.
I was talking to my sister and trying to think what I could and she suggested tickets to a wedding fair (my sister defiantly did better in the brain department). I found the The National Wedding Show being held at the NEC on 3rd-5th October. I even found a 2 for 1 discount code ‘BRIDES’. So I checked with the other girls, or should I say bridesmaids, and booked us in.
To go with the tickets I thought a scrap book would be a great way to record ideas from the event, one friend had brought her a notebook perfect size for a handbag and to carry round the event, but with a scrap book she can collect business cards and pictures, and stick all sorts in. I couldn’t find any wedding ones that had more than 10-20 of pages in so I decided to get crafty…
I ordered a hardcover A3 sketch book – it’s ring bound so has space to expand when she starts sticking things in. It had a plain black cover, but I knew I had fabric, paint, glitter, buttons, diamanté gems and other bits in my craft box so it wont be boring for long.
Whilst looking for ideas I came across another crafty blog Pink Paper Peppermints with instructions how to make fabric flowers that look amazing. I had to pop to my local haberdashery for some wadding and whilst I was there they had little bags of off cut fabrics for 50p, so I picked one that had some nice shades of pink.
To start with I painted the front cover of the sketch book with acrylic paint in a pastel mint green (inspired by my nail polish).
I then followed the instructions on the craft blog and made two flowers. They were so easy to make, that for the third flower I got adventurous and tried two different colours. I followed the instructions but used two different sized circles and stitched them together so when I pulled the thread to gather them they stayed together. This worked really well (the flowers are going to be on everything I make as I love them).
I then raided a jar of old red buttons my mum has had since I went to lower school (hoarder!). To make them match I painted them with acrylic paint and then coated one glitter for a little sparkle. I attached the buttons to the flowers using my favourite stick everything glue – GemTac, and used this again to attach them in a group to the front of the book.
For the centre, I wanted to add the happy couple’s initials on a heart. I used a pale piece of fabric from my collection and using a paper template, so it was even, I cut a heart shape. I painted the initials using acrylic paint, then added silver glitter for a bit more sparkle.
I wanted this heart to stand out a bit more so I decided to edge it with some pink fabric this was all stuck together with Gemtac glue, but I wasn’t patient enough in letting the glue dry so knocked half the glitter off the lettering and had to retouching with more glitter.
I then glittered the two outer corners by spreading glue on and then tipping glitter everywhere to cover it!
And here is the wedding scrap book, complete:
I think it looks great, I hope she likes it.