Lately I’ve been getting the itch to do a complete apartment decor overhaul. I was really feeling this itch a couple of weeks back and decided to cruise IKEA and Pier 1 to get some ideas for some DIY projects to do around the house. While I was at IKEA I picked up a couple of these shadow boxes and immediately came home to complete this project with one of my leftover wedding invitations.
I got married in March 2011 and literally put my blood, sweat and tears into several wedding projects. One of the first (and most intense) projects was making all of our wedding invitations. I saw a wedding invitation I LOVED at a bridal bazaar, but once I saw the price, I was shocked and knew it was way out of my budget. The invitation looked like something I could do myself, so that’s exactly what I did with the help of the folks at Cards & Pockets and Paper Source. I can’t say enough good things about these two businesses and how easy they make it to create beautiful invitations and stationary at a fraction of the cost. This was the inside of the final product…
I used this stamp, stamp pad, embossing powder and heat embosser to create the scroll design that went down the side of the invite and enclosures (we also used this design on our programs). For the paper, I used these rectangolo envelopes in Hot Fudge along with their enclosures. Everything was printed on our home printer.
The entire project took quite a few months to complete, so I couldn’t bear to recycle the extra invites we had after the wedding so they’re kept in a nice box with some of our leftover favors, programs and other wedding day mementos.
To make this shadow box, I cut a white piece of cardstock to the size of the frame and layered it with an aqua piece I had left over from making the invites. Everything was bonded together using Elmers CraftBond Tape Runner.
After that, I was ready to bond the newly cut invite to the background!
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