I canâ€™t believe our wedding is coming up in less than two months and Iâ€™ve been sitting on my ass doing absolutely nothing for so long! I donâ€™t know about you, but whenever I start to think about my wedding I begin to clam up. Thereâ€™s so much to think about, so much to do â€“ that I would rather not think or do anything at all. With the time really starting to count down, I think it was about time I started to face the music and work on some things… like DIY wedding vow books!
Honestly, I hate how society (or should I say, PINTEREST!) has put so much pressure on us girls to make our weddings the most beautiful event in history. I also hate how sometimes the real meaning of a wedding can get lost in all the flowers, the matching dresses and five tiered cakes that are never eaten. The reason why I became a wedding photographer, was not to just photograph pretty details but to photograph real memories of love.
While I still want my wedding to look beautiful, I am trying to keep it as simple as possible. Iâ€™m lucky that I have been able to work with two wonderful wedding planners over in Bali. But Iâ€™m sure that no matter what, our wedding will be awesome because it is the day we are going to celebrate our love with our closest loved ones.
I wholeheartedly believe in “less is more . As such, I want our wedding to be simple, elegant and naturally beautiful. I want our wedding to hold true to itâ€™s meaning and that is in the promise the a couple will make to each other. To me, this is the most important thing that he and I will make together and I never want to forget it.
So on a whim one night, I decided to put together these wedding vow books with elements that I already had at home. I put this together with my own intuition and idea of what this could look like (as we all know that searching on Pinterest and Google is like going down a rabbit hole). If anyone has any ideas on how to improve it, please feel free to share!
- Stock paper for the book cover. One day we were cleaning out Elliottâ€™s parentsâ€™ basement and he came across some old paper that they bought on sale. I hate to have things go to waste so I took them for my own safekeeping. They turned out to be perfect for this purpose! I used a light blue paper for the Groomâ€™s Vow Book and a watercolour floral paper for the Brideâ€™s Vow Book.
- White paper for the inner pages. I ended up using stock paper as well for this because I want to hold onto these books for the rest of our lives so we can read them on our future anniversaries together. I figured the extra weighted paper would last a bit longer! I used 100gm paper. A thicker piece of paper will also ensure that when you go over it with the heat tool, it wonâ€™t curl as much.
- Some ribbon. You donâ€™t need much! I found a roll of white ribbon lying around in my cupboard from the Dollar Store which gave it a cute touch.
- Martha Stewart Crafts Your Own Stamp Set
- Martha Stewart Crafts Ink Pad, Gold
- WOW! Embossing Powder (picked this up from eBay)
- Martha Stewart Crafts Heat Tool
- Martha Stewart Crafts Mini Scoring Board
- Westcott 12-Inch Trimair Titanium Guillotine Trimmer (15106)
- Swingline Long Reach Stapler
- Figure out how big you want the cards to be. For me, I wanted a small pocket sized book. I started with a US Letter Size sheet of paper (8.5 x 11â€³) and cut it in half so it became 8.5 x 5.5â€³ with my guillotine. I did this with the cover paper as well as one white paper for the inside.
- Using a bone folder and scoring board at the 4.25â€³ mark so I am able to fold the pieces of paper in half to make a 4.25 x 5.5â€³ book. This will help get a nice crisp fold and not an ugly wrinkly one!
- Open up the pages and place them down with the cover side up. Put the white pieces of paper inside the cover and used my long reach stapler to bind the pages together.
- Use the guillotine again to trim down the book to be more rectangular. I did this around the 3.25â€³ mark. Make sure to do this after you have stapled the pages together so that you get a clean cut edge. Or some of the pages will stick out after you have folded the pages together.
- Used the stamp kit to make the stamp. The circular wreath fits in the theme of our wedding. I then cut out the letters and put them on the stamp base to form â€œHer Vowsâ€ or â€œHis Vowsâ€. Itâ€™s a bit tricky to get this right, but the good news is that once youâ€™ve placed one of them in, itâ€™s an easy change of two letters â€œerâ€ or â€œisâ€ to change it to Hers or His!
- Place the stamp onto the ink pad and then onto the front page of your booklet. Make sure you press hard so all the letters come out.
- Pour the embossing powder onto the stamp. It will stick to the ink and make sure that it covers all the ink. Tap away the excess powder.
- Use the embossing heat tool, blow the heat over the pages. It will blow away some the excess powder away as well as set the powder. Keep blowing the heat over the embossing powder until the powder turns into a shiny gold and starts to raise.
- Finish off with tying a ribbon to cover the staples and give it a super cute look!
- Write the sweetest vows to your beloved and enjoy this memory of the promises you made forever!
Easy, right? Now that Iâ€™ve made these Iâ€™m stuck with the most difficult part of all â€“ what to write! Anyone care to offer any tips on writing vows?