Monday Catch Up.
And one week bleeds into another...

Custom Made. | Papercraft.

How how how how HOW is it August???  HOW.

I saw this in Michaels on Friday and wept.

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I mean, I get it.  We crafters have to stay a season ahead, and I tend to stitch Christmas things year-round which is ironically ok in my brain, but for some reason, when the Halloween decorations and crafts start hitting the stores mid-summer, I lose my shit.  Next week, I'll be seeing Christmas ribbon when it's still 105 degrees outside, and I'll end up crying & rocking in a corner of the store.

Anyhooter.

Know what's fun to do when you're still crying inside after leaving Michaels and all the Halloween paraphernalia, and because you know the Christmas nonsense will be hitting stores sooner than you care to admit ("ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!"  You're welcome.), and then the dead of winter latches on and makes you want to just hibernate with boozy hot chocolate (or, let's be honest, just booze...like hot toddies on tap...) until it's July?  Make custom crafts for your friends that are not holiday themed.

One of my friends saw a banner on etsy that she was going to get for a bridal shower for which she's one of the planners, and asked me if I could make it for her instead.

Um, of course I can do that.  It gives me a reason to take my Cricut out for a spin, and also do a little distressing, which is my newest favorite thing to do.  My other newest favorite thing to do is prettify my planner, but that's a story for another day.  

So, I asked Erin to send me a pic of what she wanted, and asked what the bride's colors were, and got to work.  

Well, first I got the plague...so I got to work once that ran its course.

Ahem.

Banners are quite possibly the simplest things to put together, yet they really can make a huge difference in your party decor.  It's always the simplest things that are best, isn't it??

With my trusty kraft paper and purple and orange to work with, I had a blasty blast putting this banner together.  Because, purple wins.  Always.

Bridal shower banner #banner #papercraft #bridalshower

How cute is that lil' saying?!  

Ok, so, first I distressed the edges of the square backings - 

distressed edges using Tim Holtz tea dye ink #distress

Then, I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and hearts and just glued 'em on the kraft squares - 

distressed banner #banner #bridalshower #distress

I sanded the surface once they were dry to give it a little bit of a rustic look.

distressed bridal shower banner #distress #bridalshower #banner

For some reason, the one thing I could never figure out with all the banners I've made previously, was how to keep the pieces of the banner attached to the twine, and used all kinds of methods to keep them attached.  Then, the other day, it hit me:  HOT GLUE.

DUDE.  DUH.   

I cannot even explain to you how much that revelation changed my life.

distressed bridal shower banner #banner #bridalshower #distress

Stupid cute, amiright?! 

Happy Tuesday, friends.  Make it a good one, and keep the fresh coffee brewing.

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