5 facts for friday

Posted by . September 30th, 2011 at 1:31 pm. Leave a comment.

1. Inspired by this post from Steph Anne, I have a confession to make. I sleep with a stuffed animal that I got when I was 3 or 4. His name is doggy. I know, original. Give me a break, I was 4. He has been re-stuffed a few times, and has many holes. Originally he had long pearl white soft fur, but now it is matted and gray. The man thinks he is disgusting, and threatens to wash him all the time, but I don’t think he’d survive. I always travel with him, and people would joke, “are you gonna be takin’ that thing on your honeymoon someday?” Well….. with my honeymoon around the corner… YES! And yes, he has no eyeballs anymore.

2. Gettin my hair did tomorrow. Long overdue. I haven’t dyed it in about 6 months, not knowing what I wanted it to be for the wedding. Lucky to have a super awesome uncle-in-law that is an amazing hair dresser.

3. I’ve started running on the treadmill in my underwear. Yeah that’s right. I usually run for about 30 minutes at night in my bedroom, and a couple nights ago I thought, why even dirty a pair of leggings? So I looked pretty hot the other night in my polka dot undies, running shoes, and sports bra tank. Matt walked in when I was done, bummed to realize what he was missing out on. Ha!

4. My hatred for a certain barefoot-in-the-office culprit has been brought to new levels. It’s one thing to walk around barefoot in your cube or to other people’s cubes, but to walk across the office to the copy room (that is tile and not carpet like the rest of the office), is rude, gross and annoying. And attention seeking in this case. ajsdjkfkgjlkfjasdlkjfdf. (That’s my throw up noise)

5. I have two cats. The man hates the cats. Or at least he pretends to. So recently my beautiful girl cat, Aurora, has taken a liking to him. And while it is super cute to see him be affectionate with her like he was when she was a kitten, it irks me because 95% of the time he hates them, and she shouldn’t give him any attention! But that’s the beauty of animals, their love is endless and unconditional. Now Matt knows that I think this love affair is unfair, but he rubs it in anyway. We call her the kitty whore for her habit of going back to him, even after he has wronged her. Bitch! ;)  Here they are cuddling in the morning- and doggy gets to make 2 appearances in this post!


My DIY Save the Dates

Posted by . September 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am. Leave a comment.

So as promised, I am here to share my STDs. Ha! I still find that funny. ;)

The man and I are both GIS (Geographic Information Systems) specialists, which for the 95% of you that don’t know what that means, we make maps. (Don’t worry, I had no clue either until I fell into it thanks to my future hubby.) That combined with our love of travel lead me to the idea of including a map in our STDs. So, again thanks to the brilliant Photoshop skills and creativity of Steph Anne, I came up with my colorful, personal, and creative save the date cards.

We hemmed and hawed about which picture to use, endlessly placing them all in the template we had created, but when we placed this photo in, it just worked perfectly. It was a hard choice, since I was lucky and had many great engagement photos to choose from.

This photo was taken at Arizona State University, where he proposed. When we saw this chalk on the wall, we almost died it was so perfect. Thanks again To Rachel at BrightFizzPhoto.com for spotting this photo opportunity!

This also gave us a great opportunity to introduce our wedding logo that my amazing cousin in law created for us. We followed it up by using it on our invitation as well.

Since the wedding is taking place in Phoenix, AZ, we had wanted to mark the spot with a heart or something, and with other pictures, that left the heart on random places on our body. With this picture, it just worked out perfectly that it landed on his chest. Plus, we were able to use the same hearts that were drawn on the wall as the heart-marks-the-spot. We added some chevron stripe pattern for fun, and of course had to compliment that with yellow. I had them printed double sided in color, and mailed them away!

So let me know what you think! Did you use your engagement pictures in your STDs? Link it up in a a comment below to share yours or other great STDs you’ve seen!


Wedding Wednesday: Number Five

Posted by . September 28th, 2011 at 11:24 am. Leave a comment.

After meeting with a LOT of photographers at a LOT of starbucks, I decided to go with Rachel at BrightFizzPhoto.com. I knew I had to go with her because I found myself stalking her site and blog for new pictures. I was extremely hesitant because I had heard so many horror stories of wedding photographers, and this isn’t Rachel’s full time gig, so I originally crossed her off the list waiting for a full time “professional” photographer. But the pricing I saw made me sick to my stomach, and I kept coming back to all of Rachel’s fun photos. So I took the leap and I am so pleased thus far- our photos are unique and fun, in my opinion ;), and I couldn’t be happier. Sorry I ever doubted you Rachel!

Since the wedding hasn’t happened yet, I only have engagement photos, so here they are. It’s weird to look at myself in these now, as these were taken about 30 pounds ago. The pictures of me in the polka dot dress are at Arizona State University, where he proposed, those with me in the purple shirt are at these really awesome murals by one of my favorite restaurants, Barrio Cafe, and the others are just us walking around downtown Phoenix, near our venue.  And at the end is the picture of Rocki that we used for our invitations.  I also used one of the pics for my Save the Dates, so I will save that one for a later post! Enjoy!


The Dress

Posted by . September 26th, 2011 at 2:52 pm. Leave a comment.

So I’m starting to get a little worried about my wedding dress…. will I love it like I did?  I don’t even know if I really “loved” it in the first place, because I was still imagining myself in it thinner. Will  it fit?  Will they be able to alter it enough to fit after all the weight I’ve lost?  Will I be frantically searching for a dress 2 weeks before the wedding?  Ahhhh…….  So, I’ve been looking for ideas of how to alter my dress to my new body, and I found this picture on Pinterest that I will have to bring to my tailor:









My DIY Wedding Invitations

Posted by . September 23rd, 2011 at 8:24 pm. Leave a comment.

I’ll admit, I’m pretty proud of my wedding invitations. It took a lot of work and collaboration, but it was well worth it. My colors are black, white and gray, and I wanted a modern look. Matt’s cousin is a graphic designer, and she was kind enough to design our logo (the compass), and the first two pages of the invite. Both Matt and I make maps for a living, so we wanted to include that somehow. Here are a few of the inspiration photos I used to explain to my cousin in law what I was looking for:

Inspiration for cover

Inspiration for second page

In addition to the map element, I have been obsessing over typography and these centerpieces, so I wanted the invite to be bold and “poster” like. My cousin hit the nail on the head with the invite. So without further ado………drum roll please….. here’s what I’ve been slaving over for SEVERAL weeks:


return address


Kindly Deliver To:, aren’t the current love stamps so cute?!






our logo as a “tag”, chain closure


second page, actual “invite” portion, names hidden to protect the innocent ;)


“love is real, real is love” – John Lennon, and my real name!


third page, thanks to Steph Anne. Map courtesy of the man.


RSVP card, again thanks to Steph Anne.


one of my favorite parts- all the little text around the “yes” and “no” are funny quotes. For yes, there is “We’re so mappin’ excited!”, “cool beans” and some in spanish, “Muy bien!” and “Fantastico!”. For the no side, “que lastima!” “aww bummer!” and “darn it!”

And last but not least, the reason why the man is not currently talking to me. I hinted earlier that I kind of stuck something in without him knowing. Well, he found out today. Sent them out yesterday, and someone commented on it to him today, and he kind of lost it. He was very unhappy that I added this behind his back. I hope everyone thinks it was worth it!


my baby, Rocki

Yup, that’s my dog on the envelope liner! This picture was taken in our engagement session, and I just love it. I printed it on vellum, made a stencil from a sacrificial envelope that I took a part, and cut out each one. Then, I used double sided tape on the flap and across the opening to secure it. To me, it makes the invitations. It makes it personal to us; no one has a dog as amazing as mine! ;) Plus, she will be at the wedding, and instead of favors, we will be making a donation to the humane society and putting a little picture of Rocki explaining this on each place setting.

The man thinks that it has nothing to do with anything, makes the invite look cheesy. Well, too late! So far I have only heard good things. So, hopefully it will be worth my time in the dog house, pun intended!

Here are some of the details of where I got everything and how I did it:

  • The envelopes came from here, and are a steel gray metallic.  The large ones are size A9, color “wealth”.  This site was really the only place I could find attractive large envelopes that had this kind of flap.  The RSVP envelopes are also wealth, size 4 bar.  The big envelope size was perfect because it exactly fit a 8.5×11.5 piece of cardstock cut in half. I paid about $70 for both the RSVP and invite envelope. They came in packs of 50, so I have some extras.
  • I purchased the paper at Kelly Paper, a local paper supply company.  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the invite paper is a metallic gray/silvery color.  The compass tag and RSVP are in a similar metallic, but white.  I only needed about 30 pages of the white, and paid 25 cents for each sheet.  I highly recommend finding an outlet like this when purchasing paper- you really need to be able to feel it’s weight and see it’s color in person.  For a ream of this paper, I paid $33, which had 250 sheets.  I only used 1.5 pages per invite, and only had 80 invites.  So I have half of it left and will be using it for programs most likely.
  • I found the metal rings at JoAnn’s in the jewelry making aisle.  I bought a bag of black and a bag of the gray color, and each was about $3 and had 150 pieces each, plenty for what I needed.  I simply (but time consumingly) clamped three together, leaving the two end rings open, and then strung on the compass and the invite.  I then clamped shut the two open rings.  I feel this gave it an industrial look, which is perfect for my venue.
  • To create the “tags”, I first had an amazing cousin in law to make the logo. ;)  Then I printed each one to be 1.5 inches, and bought this circle cutter. I got mine at Joann’s on sale for about $8, found in the scrapbooking section.  I also purchased this whole punch that is a little smaller than a normal office one to punch the wholes in the invite and the tag.
  • The vellum came from OfficeMax, $10 for 50 sheets.
  • I was extremely lucky to be able to print everything at work.  Since it was black and white, the printing wouldn’t have been too horrible, but this really was a huge saver.
  • To print the envelopes, I created a Publisher document to create the angle.  It was a PAIN IN THE ASS to type in each address, but I only had 80 so it wasn’t horrible.  Printing envelopes is never fun.
  • I got the address font online for free.  It is called The Dreamer and I really love it.  Unfortunately it doesn’t include numbers, so I used Blackladder for the numbers.  I don’t think you can tell really.
  • The postage was killer-  because of the metal links, it didn’t lay flat, so it required extra postage.  Each required 84 cents of postage, but the 84 cent stamps were fugly, so I did two 44 cent stamps instead.  Plus, the stamp on the RSVP envelope, so all together, each invite cost me $1.32.

And I think that’s finally it!  For materials, I think each invite cost me about $1.75.  Obviously I will be able to use the tools again for other stuff, and half of that ream of paper for the programs too.  Plus postage, I am around $3 an invite.  Since I only had 80, I think I did pretty good.  I compared invites online, and this was pretty much the bare minimum for most full suite designs, and obviously none would have been as personal as this.  And now that that’s done, on to EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!

P.S. Thanks again to my girl Steph Anne for all your help with this; not only your amazingly fast photoshop capabilities, but also for constantly letting me bounce my ideas off of you and making them into reality! We became cube mates at exactly the right time! Everyone needs to check out her design site too- her blog designs are pretty rad.  She also sells pre-made blog themes on her etsy shop.