“Wait, they don’t love you like I love you…”

Given the title of this blog is a song lyric, I’m sure you can guess where this is going.  For any unfamiliar with the song, it was Maps, and this blog is all about maps.

I often sing the praises of books and things made from books, so I thought I would lean towards maps this time!  Here are some beautiful DIY things made from maps!  If, like me, you love books, these things could also easily be made with book pages!

Maybe you love to travel, or met on holiday, maybe you’re having a destination wedding, or maybe you just love maps; hopefully there’s some inspiration here for you!

cycle-map-south

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It’s The Little Touches…

(Forgive the shorter post tonight, and the missed post over the weekend, I’m a little under the weather!)

Tonight’s post is a few little touches that you may not have thought of.  Either take these ideas for your own, or perhaps they will inspire you to add your own unique little touches!

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Creating A Colour Scheme

I touched briefly on colour schemes for Autumn and Winter in the post for cold-weather weddings, and with a palette in front of you it’s easy to select a few colours that go together, but how do you go about creating a colour scheme from scratch?

To do this you need to both understand colour, and understand what kind of vibe you’re trying to create, whether it’s using different shades or tones of the same colour family, or clashing colours for a vibrant look.

We’re going to look in-depth at a colour wheel so that we can really understand the relationships between the colours!  There are more in-depth posts out there, but as our aim here is creating colour schemes for weddings, I’m going to stick to a few main groups.

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Colour Inspiration: Hot Pink!

Bright colours are an easy and edgy way to make your wedding pop! Every girl loves hot pink, so here are my 3 favourite colour combinations!

Hot pink with orange

Complement this look with accents of soft yellow and green

PINK ORANGE

1.  Blue, New, & Borrowed           2. Studio Amaryllis          3.  Pegeen

4. Plan Your Perfect Wedding       5.  Party Favourites         6. Wedding Bee

7.  My Wedding Favors, Etc.     8. Wedding Window        9. London Fashion

Hot pink with black and white

Simple and traditional with accents of hot pink really help this look pop!

Pink & Black

1. Invitation Ideas       2. Jessica Frey Photography       3.  Gabba Hey

4. Etsy       5. Chair Covers of Lansing       6. EmDotZee Designs

7. Wedding by Colour       8. Di Candia Fashion       9. Links 2 Love

Hot pink and blue

I adore this combination!  Here I’ve gone for a Tiffany blue, but a navy or teal are equally effective.

Pink & Blue

1. Vibrant Weddings       2. Leticia’s Cake Co       3. Kootation

4. Focal Pix       5.  Kootation       6. United With Love

7. Nevesta       8. Bronze Budget Bride       9. Love My Dress

DIY Bouquets

Flowers are gorgeous, and there’s nothing like a beautiful bouquet, but fresh flowers can be so expensive, so I’ve gathered some cute DIY ideas to inspire you to make your own bouquet, that will not only save you money, but will last a lifetime to remind you of your special day.  With these handy little tutorials and a little creative flair, you can make bouquets, center pieces, button holes, corsages – The only limit is your imagination!

1. DIY Crepe Paper Flowers

CREPE PAPER FLO

If you had told me you could make a beautiful bouquet from crepe paper, I wouldn’t have believed you in a million years, but with these amazing tutorials from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Bride’s Cafe  you will learn to make the most beautiful flowers out of what is probably the weirdest material in this list!  I love how simple these are to make, and clearly how beautiful they can look!

2. DIY Lace Flowers


LACE FLOW

Lace is a classic wedding fabric, and with this tutorial from Missie Krissie you’ll be well on your way to making a gorgeous, statement bouquet.  Adding a brooch or some beading will really help the delicate lace to pop!

3. DIY Ribbon Flowers

SATIN RIBBON FLOWERS

There are so many different colours and types of ribbon out there, but I love these gorgeous satin flowers by Hamilton’s Boutique and Make It Do.  A bouquet of satin roses would compliment a bridal gown perfectly!

4. DIY Fabric Flowers

ZFABRIC FLOWERS

I love these sweet little flowers.  With these you’re free to use any fabric, any pattern, any colour to really get the look that you want.  Simply Vintage Girl uses a synthetic silky fabric, whereas Little Birdie Secrets makes hers with organza.

5. DIY Paper Flowers

Z PAPER FLOWERS

Being a bookworm I love, love, LOVE these flowers.  Of course you could choose to make them with various coloured papers, but just imagine having flowers made from pages of your childhood favourites.  You can easily scoop up books from any charity shop,  and I just think they’re beautifully effective.  Check out The Elli Blog for a brilliant paper rose tutorial, and free downloads.  If you fancy something a little different, why not look at Folding Trees for a Kusudama tutorial, which comes in two simple parts.  Part 1, (making the flowers) & Part 2 (putting them together into a ball or bouquet.)