#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 7 Part 1 – Bachelorette, WCB Style!

Bridal Shower? Check! Bachelorette Party? CHECK! And I simply can’t believe it. I’m sitting here typing this up, freshly off the plane and starting a firm bronchitis treatment because of course I can’t plan a trip of this magnitude without some serious consequences, but I digress… It already happened. So let’s get to talking!

Since putting together the recap for our activities the way I want to is going to take a little more time, I wanted to start off by showing you all the crafts I made for the bachelorette, and then I’ll do a separate post with the trip deets.

Once we knew New Orleans was the destination, I perused Pinterest endlessly to find the perfect crafts/items to have for all the girls in attendance. Also, it was a huge priority for me to keep all items as cost effective as possible, so I scouted all sites and scheduled my shopping around Black Friday, which really paid off, especially for the black shirts which I managed to get at 50% off! So, without further ado, here’s the rundown of what, how much, why, and action shots galore!

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A panoramic shot of all the items spread across the floor pre-packing!

  • The Shirts: the shirts were the only item I planned on running by Michelle for approval, because I wanted her to be surprised with the rest of the bundle. Nola has a bunch of sayings and themes that are fun, but I absolutely fell in love with the “Til Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters” skull shirt concept I came across on Pinterest, and so did Michelle. A few weeks later, she found the “That’s What She Said/YASSSSS” concept and because by that point her obsession with rose gold had taken full effect, we had found our color scheme. The t-shirts were from Target and the tank tops I got from Shirtmax (Tip: they run HUGE, so size down!).
  • The Tumblers: Save A Cup has the best pricing for skinny tumblers. I added some more rose gold vinyl to Michelle’s to make it stand out.
  • The Mardi Masks: now this was a fun journey. Masks are not cheap and this was not the item to splurge on. I found an idea on Pinterest to make masks with puffy paint and tulle, and I tried it and even though they were ok, I knew they were going to break if worn. Fortunately, I found some on Ali Express for about $1 each (with S&H!) which was PERFECT. To the left you can see the puffy paint mask which was cute and all, but I just didn’t want to risk them breaking off. On the right are the lace ones from AE the day they arrived, and I loved the look when I tried it on! Michelle’s was white, of course 🙂
  • The Sleep Masks: in an ideal world I would be rich AF and be able to get the girls PJs as a gift, but since I’m not and this is real life, the next best thing were sleep masks. Ali Express came through for me here again, at just $0.40 per mask (also with S&H) which was INSANE! I wanted to add a cute saying and since we were all about the rose gold and frosé life, “Wake Me Up For Frosé” was a no-brainer.

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  • The Hair Ties: we’ve all seen the “to have and to hold… your hair back!” and “helping you tie the knot” cute hair tie packs, and at such an affordable price for the Fold Over Elastic (FOE), these were a go. The math is roughly about 10 inches per hair tie, so since we had 13 girls I ordered 5 feet of the ones we’d all have, 3 feet for the ones that were only for bridesmaids, and the smallest amount available for the ones for Michelle. Her pack said “here to help you tie the knot” while the ones for the rest of the girls said “to have and to hold your hair back.”
  • The Beads: I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to do New Orleans without beads, right? Anyway, because by this point the rose gold obsession was becoming an epidemic, can you take a wild guess about what I did?

Yes. I spray-painted beads. My spraying knew no bounds during the year and every time my mom saw me with a can in hand she’d run in the opposite direction “before I decided to paint her too” lol. Full disclosure here, the paint peeled off a bit when worn so I don’t recommend doing it, but for decoration it’s fine! (Also, yes I looked for rose gold beads EVERYWHERE, and it seems they don’t exist just yet).

  • The Décor: I wanted to keep things simple for the apartment because we wouldn’t be spending much time in there, so I focused on one big piece: “Bach Shit Crazy” balloons. I also spray painted a couple of trays, the wooden one I got at a thrift store for $0.95 cents, and the other one I got at the dollar store to hold the kit of medicines and common items for the girls to share if needed.

The last thing I planned as an activity that doubled as decor was a Panty Poem. It actually made a perfect dressing moment for the fireplace! And that’s what the spray-painted clothespins were for 😉 The pink quatrefoil-shaped cards are the tags with the verse of the poem corresponding to each pair of underwear. I’ll do a separate post where you can read the poem and see Michelle’s reactions.

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That’s it! I hope you guys liked the items and the rose gold overload, and as promised, below is a breakdown of the price per item per person, which I was closely monitoring so that I could stick to my goal: the entire bundle for each girl should be <$30!

#MissionAccomplished #LikeABoss

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Travel Gift DYI: Worldly Robe

I’m not usually in favor of hand-making gifts for my friends – there’s nothing wrong with it but I just feel like the types of items my friends like are not usually things I can make myself – but I broke my rule for this one, and it actually wasn’t by choice.

My good friend and I (we call each other twin due to our similarities) went to enjoy some summer pool parties in Las Vegas in summer of 2017. While at one of these pool parties, my twin noticed a girl wearing a gorgeous teal robe that had a world map in some orange pattern fabric in the back. It was very pretty and as soon as she said it I made a mental note to look one up for her after the trip, which would be her birthday gift the following January.

The trip ended and I began my search for this robe. I looked for weeks – on Google, on Etsy, on any site that had a working search engine – and I found nothing. There wasn’t a single map robe to select from. I was at a loss for words trying to imagine what kind of custom-made job this was when the light bulb went off: I could make it myself!

Again, I’ve never felt like my crafts would make a nice enough birthday present, but this one seemed like the perfect fit and I knew my twin would love it, as she loves travel and all world-themed paraphernalia.

I found a robe on amazon and I stuck with the teal because she loves that color too, and I decided to go with gold glitter heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for the map.

I had a little bit of a hard time deciding how big to make the map, because it’s not going to look its best stretched out across the whole back, so after some googling, I figured that 16.5 inches would be a good width for the map. I cut it (using my Cricut as always) and prepared it for ironing and went over it like 45 times with the iron to make sure it stuck well. In the end, I was very happy with the final result!

Then, I was at the liquor store one day and came across these world map glasses (kind of like these, but in gold instead of etched) that perfectly complemented not just the color scheme, but the vibe of relaxing in a nice robe while having a drink, and my gift was complete.

My twin absolutely LOVED the robe and she definitely appreciated it, although she did not really remember the girl in Vegas – which I had a feeling would be the case. It still turned out to be a great gift & surprise!

Do you make gifts for your friends often? What’s your recommendation for ensuring “store-bought” quality results? Leave a comment below with your tips or links!

Who needs paper when you have tiles? Moroccan Place Tiles!

I’m usually worse than a safe box when it comes to keeping things a surprise for events, but this time it’s been harder than ever because for the most part, the things I make are for random people so I can do #CraftingWithKathy episodes on Snapchat/Instastories or ask my friends for opinions, but since it’s all for Michelle’s shower, I can’t show anything to anyone because they’ll be there too. Since I’m kind of dying inside not being able to share what I’ve been working on for months now, and the shower is already this week, I wanted to show you just one little detail of what you’re going to see for my best friend’s Moroccan Bridal Shower, so make sure to look out for the recap post next week!

Trying to keep in line with the theme in all areas of the party, one of my favorite details is the place cards, or rather, place tiles that we’ll be using. Michelle’s mom Marta is taking care of putting together the seating chart, and since we’ll be putting the plates/napkins/cups already on the table, the place tiles will serve as 1. seat assignment, 2. weight to keep down the plate and napkin, and 3. a favor for attendees to take home.

I found an idea for the Moroccan place tiles on Etsy, but theirs showed the names in writing, and when I attempted it I didn’t love my penmanship for this, as you can see in the pictures below. I tried a few different markers and color swaps, none that I liked.

Because of this, I decided to stick to my tried and true: my Cricut. Cricut and vinyl never ever fail me, and the best part is I made a video (I’m getting better at documenting!) to showcase the process for anyone who may be intrigued as to how to put this together:

I am OB-SESSED to no end with how these turned out ❤

For the materials, I used:

  1. Moroccan Tile from Home Depot
  2. Rose Gold Vinyl (purchased mine from an Etsy shop that recently closed)
  3. White Adhesive felt sheets from JoAnn

Biggest Prop Order to Date! WCB for SAP

The reason I started WCB (the blog & Etsy shop) was because working for a software company in Corporate America was not very conducive to me expressing my creativity, and I needed an outlet. Even after leaving SAP, I’m still in touch with my colleagues and every so often, they reach out for a craft project, corporate style. I love when my worlds collide like this 🙂

This time, the order was my biggest to date! SAP Latin America & Caribbean has a sales kick-off event at the beginning of the year, and they were going to do an activity involving a skit based on technology evolving through the decades. They reached out to me to create jumbo sized, extremely sturdy props for the attendees to use for the skits they created. The props would be in a box, which I decorated to look like space (to give the idea of time-travel), and there would be a corresponding small box with a “token” showing which decade the groups would get.

I had a couple of months to work on this, and I truly needed every second. Because I’d never done something this big, there was a lot of trial and error and a lot of winging it which thankfully worked out. Between doing the research of the technology of each decade, figuring out where to get high resolution stock images, finding the right images of the right equipment for each decade, figuring out which medium to use to make them sturdy, and if it was something thick, how to cut it… etc. Not to mention, this was going to be my biggest investment in materials as well, and I needed to make sure I’d break even – even though the good thing about working with a big company is that the budget is more flexible than for standard orders. So, in case this helps anyone else, these are the materials I went with:

  • 32 x 40 inch Styrofoam boards, purchased at Hobby Lobby
  • 16 x 20 inch pictures, printed at the Costco Photo Center (fastest printing for the best price!)
  • Spray adhesive glue
  • X-acto brand exacto knife
  • Self-healing mat
  • Large boxes
  • Spray paint
  • Small boxes
  • Laminated prints (for tokens and logos to decorate boxes)
  • New fingers, after cutting 40 props with an exacto knife…

And here are some pictures of the whole process! Keep in mind, I worked on these at night so the lighting for the photos was terrible –

First, this was part of the trial and error process. I tested out different papers and different glues, and they would crease and cause the styrofoam to curve and look terrible. This is why you have to do things with time, especially when you don’t have much experience with what you’re making.

Once I figured out the materials, I moved on to the sets of boxes. These are the big boxes that were painted like a trip to outer space, as well as the small boxes with the decade token inside and the event logo so that the groups would choose their decades at random.

And now onto the good stuff! I laid out all the pictures in columns for each decade. I pre-cut each 32×40 board into four mini boards, that came out to 16×20, aka, the same size as the pictures (#genius)! Then glued the pictures to the boards with the spray adhesive so they wouldn’t crease/bunch, and got to work with the exacto knife.

I also became highly delirious through the cutting process, and decided to have a photo shoot with the props. Don’t they look crazy realistic?! That Super 8 from the 70s was my favorite!

Also, if you think I was kidding about my fingers… But it was worth it ❤

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I heard the props were a hit at the event, and everyone had a blast doing the skits with them. I’m so happy my old colleagues support my crafty endeavors, and that I get to mix together different areas of my life 🙂

Do you have a similar situation where your worlds collide? If so, share your story in the comments, I’d love to hear it!

Moroccan Bridal Shower Invites

Hello friends! Now that the year has begun and we got our goal-setting in order, let’s start strong by tackling two head on: make things I haven’t made and make more videos!

With my best friend’s wedding fast-approaching on March 24th, the first big event leading to it is her bridal shower, which I’m planning together with her mom, Marta, and hosting at my house. The first step to get the event going: Invitations.

I wanted something that went with the theme and that was truly personalized, and after my search, I found this invitation image on Pinterest, which was a total “YES YES YES this is it!” moment. I couldn’t find the original maker, but it seemed they were in the UK and so it wasn’t really plausible to get it from them. Hence, the decision to DIY. Now, how?

My friend Sandy mentioned that heat-reactive foil worked on ink that was laser-printed when ran through a laminator. Unfortunately (and I’m still not sure why) when I attempted it, it didn’t work 😦

Then my friend Dorcas recommended I try heat embossing (and Sandy had actually gifted me the embossing tool about a year before) so when that attempt worked out, I knew this was the way to go. I bought the card stock and printed the invitation, and now, onto the fun of embossing. Embossing is a technique where you use an adhesive fluid, heat-reactive powder, and a heating tool that melts the powder to create a metallic effect. I made a video of the process for you all to enjoy, so here it is:

Wasn’t that cool? I swear after 40+ invitations, I was still mesmerized by the effect every single time! The list of materials I used can be found at the end of the blog 🙂

Now, onto envelopes –

I follow a few calligraphers on Instagram, but I think one of the best ones is @calligkatrina, who works on all surfaces and has some stunning fonts as part of her portfolio. When I saw this envelope layout she did, I immediately knew that I was going to use that as inspiration. Because my calligraphy skills are limited, I created a template to keep my lines straight, and I’m actually extremely happy with how it all turned out!

Now off to the post office, lets get some ladies to join us for the bridal shower, shall we?

Have you tried heat embossing before? Here’s a list of the materials I used and where I got them:

1. Card stock (which I cut down from 7.5 x 5.5 to 7 x 5 because I didn’t realize they wouldn’t fit the envelopes otherwise: Hobby Lobby

2. Rose Gold Embossing Powder: Amazon

3. Versa Mark Ink Pad: Michael’s

4. Circle Pattern Stamp: Michael’s

5. Embossing Heat Tool: Michael’s

6. Inkadinkado Anti-Static Pouch: Amazon

7. Pink recycled envelopes: Amazon

8. Rose gold metallic Sharpie marker: Amazon (comes in an assorted 3-pack)

9. Celebration Boutonniere Forever Stamps: USPS

Quickie Crafts: Cake Toppers For Marcel’s Birthday

I can’t remember if I’ve gone into much detail about this, probably not, but I should come clean about something: I cannot for the life of me learn Photoshop. I don’t know what it is, I’m pretty good with software and tech in general, I’m eager to learn how to use such a powerful tool that could take my work to the next level and possibly make my life easier… yet for some reason, I simply stare at the layers, close the program and open PowerPoint.

That’s right. All of my digital work gets done exclusively on PowerPoint. Obviously, PPT is extremely limited in comparison to Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in what it can accomplish, but I’ve been riding the wave with it, making it work for my needs and milking every tool available until I get the result I’m looking for.

One of the things I’ve gotten good at with PowerPoint is photoshopping people’s heads onto random bodies or objects. I did it once at SAP for an office birthday, and my dear friend Renata asked me if I could do it for her husband Marcel’s birthday, which just so happens to be today! All she asked was to make them funny. I’m heading out there now to help Marcel + 3 other friends and their birthdays, and I’m bringing the cake toppers, courtesy of PowerPoint. Check them out!

Marcel Popeye

Marcel’s head on Popeye’s Body

Pask

Pask absolutely loves cats, so I turned her into one for the day

Joao

Renata’s nephew Joao was born today, so he will forever share a birthday with his uncle Marcel!

Guy

A new friend of the group gets to be Johnny Bravo today

 

And here’s the final look, on the cake! 

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Not bad for PowerPoint, right? I know, there’s the issue of pixelation and a lot of restrictions but instead of being frustrated, I’m finding ways to get it done. I will try to use Photoshop or Ai at some point, but today was not that day. Gotta go party!

Making The Most Out of Late Gift-Giving

With Christmas just around the corner, this post might be very timely for you, so pay attention!

As I imagine it happens to many of us, the gift I ordered for my friend didn’t arrive in time for her birthday. We’ve all been there at one point or another – whether our fault or not – and it sucks. It happens to me a lot more frequently than I care to admit, and I’m working on it. Amazon Prime has made me overconfident to the point I think if I order a gift five minutes before I leave to the party I’m attending it’s going to arrive on time (and I’m not talking about Prime Now. #JustCrazy).

My friend’s birthday was December 2nd, but the gift didn’t arrive until today, December 5th. I didn’t notice the delivery estimate until after I’d placed the order, and I’m assuming Black Friday/Cyber Week orders trampled all deliveries. I didn’t want to be empty-handed since I’d actually see her ON her birthday, and I know I could’ve just told her what I got her or gotten her a card, but I wanted to make it a little extra special. So…

I got my friend a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, that comes in a very unique and pretty color I thought she’d love. I looked up the packaging, and I decided that it would be cute to make a little imitation box. Do you remember in elementary school when they taught us how to make 3D cubes and other figures with construction paper? That training came in handy for this! I went over to my trusty PowerPoint, pulled some images from the interwebz and used shapes to create some tabs where I thought I’d be making the folds, and printed it out – #FixItMoment: I forgot to print on thick card stock, and printed on regular paper. Since I didn’t want to re-print, I just glued the paper to the card stock with a glue stick and called it a day. #ItsHandled. Also, since you can’t really gift a Polaroid camera without film, I got her a pack of black and white film to play with! Which also came in today… so that got a little cute box too.

So that’s it! If your gift is late, your friends and family will understand regardless, but going the extra mile so that you don’t show up empty-handed and getting them excited about what you got them in a cute way can always give you extra brownie points 😉