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Crafted Bridesmaid Booklets

I am so excited to share a special project with you all today! 

Some of you may know that I am the maid of honor in my best friend's upcoming fall wedding.  I have known and been friends with Ashley since kindergarten so it is very special to be by her side for her big day.  But I was even more honored when she asked me to help design some elements for her wedding.  I designed and packaged her save the dates which turned out spectacular!  I plan on sharing pictures of those later this week so check back for that.  Today I want to share her bridesmaid's booklets.  Early on, Ashley and I started brainstorming about all the bridesmaid details: which girls Ashley wanted by her side (other than me!), what dress the girls would wear, what were the wedding colors, and where we wanted to party for the bachelorette weekend.  Even early on, we agreed on compiling a booklet to send to each girl.  Although emailing is easy, we wanted something a little more concrete and special.  I designed the booklet with pictures and Ashley wrote a personal message about each of her bridesmaids.  I think the girls will all really enjoy receiving this handmade gift in the mail and start to get excited about the upcoming festivities!

Here is what I came up with:

I'll start us off with some preliminary pictures that I took while finishing up the last little details yesterday.  I bound each book with book cloth and hand-stitched the binding.

The booklets were a little stiff at first and wanted to pop back open.  So I weighed them down with some books to keep them shut.  

My office assistant hard at work on her pillow.  The scary part about this pictures is that this is after my studio was cleaned.  Yes, this is organized or at least semi-organized for me.  You should have seen the disaster it was before.  I'm in the process of rearranging everything in my studio so right now, everything is kind of haywire.  I'm not loving it but hopefully soon everything will be fully organized and put back into place.

Ok, so back to those bridesmaid booklets...

I love button + string envelopes!  I just knew I had to use them here.  They make you feel like you're opening up something truly special and not just another regular envelope.

Each bridesmaid got her own little section in the book with a special message written by Ashley.  It was a personal touch that I loved.  Ashley wrote the nicest things about everyone.

I love maps and traveling (and Ashley is a huge traveler) so I designed this map to highlight everyone's journey to the wedding.  The red lines and dots represent Ashley and her fiancé's journey...so I marked their respective hometowns, the city where they met, where they are residing now, and where they got engaged.  The blue lines and dots represent where members of the bridal party will be traveling from to get to the wedding. 

And I used this great paper from Paper Source as the inside liner for the booklets.  It is a nice, subtle pattern and the color worked with Ashley's color scheme.  I am dreaming up ways I can use the scraps in some personal projects.  

What did you think of my booklets?  I think it was a great way to make something special for each of the girls.  I really enjoyed the bookbinding and definitely want to try more of that in the future.  Maybe try some mini books.  

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Check back in tomorrow with some big news! 

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Wow this is FANTASTIC!!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Demoiselle

this is fantastic! LOVE :)

So cute Lauren! How awesome it must have been to receive one of these :) Can't wait to see more our your crafty goodness for this wedding!

Lauren! You needed to post this like 4 months ago when I was making my booklets for my wedding!
This is SO amazing! I love it... Super well done, and so beautifully designed!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph {bubblerock}

Best MOH ever!!

So lucky to have such a talented sister around! Thank you soooo much!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

PS - Also love the "Love Actually" quote. :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

so creative.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Perfect Palette

Where are these great envelopes from? I've been searching for them! Thanks!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Hi Heather! I bought these envelopes from Paper Presentation. They are called string-tie envelopes and I got them in the natural kraft color, 6 x 9 size (they have 4 different sizes available). Here is the link:
I hope this helps & happy new year!

January 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

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