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Airmail DIY

So remember when I did a post on airmail inspiration?  Ya, that post wasn't totally random.  I had an airmail-inspired project in the works and I was collecting images that were influencing me and helping me with my design.  Last week I shared the DIY on Emmaline Bride and today I'm sharing it here with you!

I am such a fan of stitching/embroidery details (can you tell by now?) and I liked using it here in order to give the airmail more of a three-dimensional look.  I used drill fabric which is such a great staple (I recommend having it around for all kinds of crafty projects) and it helps to give the project a rustic feel.  I printed the calendar directly on the drill fabric.  Yes, you can do that!  With a normal printer too, it's seriously amazing.  I'm going to print everything on fabric now!

This DIY would pair perfectly with a vintage, travel-themed wedding.  I envision tons of old postcards, maps, globes, paper airplanes, and suitcases.  I am such a fan of these old-time European details.

Are you interested in the other items in these pictures?  For styling purposes, I included paper pinwheels, old maps, and antique postcards.  The postcards and lace doily came from a local antique store.  The map paper is from an old atlas book also found at a local antique store.  The atlas was an amazing purchase because it is filled with maps from around the world.  I just cut out another page whenever I need.  I've used it for a bunch of projects so it was totally worth what I paid for it.  The pinwheels were also made with pages from that atlas (from the index in the back) and you can find the tutorial of how to make them on The Knotty Bride.  I used airmail washi tape that I purchased from Cute Tape (love their shop!).  And the airmail ribbon is from the Retro NaNa shop on Etsy.  The drill fabric is from Joanns but you can find it at any fabric store.  

See the full tutorial with all the pictures and detailed instructions on Emmaline Bride.

Happy Wednesday!    

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Reader Comments (5)

Lauren - I LOVE this sooooo much!!!! Seriously, just such a spectacular idea. And drill fabric to print on - amazing!!! I left a comment on Emmaline Bride, but when I saw this here I just had to leave another one...because I love it that much!!! You are such an inspiration ;-))) Can't wait til I see what you create next!!!


January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

;)))) you make me happy Lauren... With your amazing creativity. thank you so much for inspiring me!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrancoprata

Thanks Kristi & Sofia! Your support and love is overwhelming and just oh so lovely! You two sure know how to make a girl happy :)

January 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

Lauren! How do you come up with all this geniusness all the time?! AWESOME. I can't remember what my google reader was like before you- definitely not as cool and charming, that's for sure.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Awww. I loved these when we posted them + I love them even more on your lovely blog. Lauren, you are such a talented artisan! Love your innovative ideas. :) ♥

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

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