2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I can't believe it is 2017 already! I know it's a "new year, new me" but I can't help reminiscing over last year and all that happened. 2016 was my busiest year yet. Between the travel, moving, marriage, and new job I really lost track of time and the year. I really want to set goals this year and be MORE ORGANIZED (any other procrastinators out there?!).

This past year I was a lot busier with my calligraphy yay! and I also got a new job working full time as a graphic designer at Pink Toast and it's truly a dream! If anyone needs a facelift for their business or website then check us out! We are constantly helping businesses build their brands and revamp their logos/websites/etc. Working there has inspired me to give That Is Proper a proper face lift. I turned 30 this year and I am all about the face lift lingo. See below for a little sneak peak at my small rebrand I have been working on.  I just love a good mood board.

In all my spare time I have been working hard on some new blog posts about my travels, wedding events, wedding day, and calligraphy projects from last year! While this year is getting up and running (and rebranding) I figured it couldn't hurt to reflect on 2016 and offer up some travel tips and fun event ideas! Stay tuned for some good reads! or at least I think so.

PS - In honor of the "new year, new me" I created a new instagram handle @thatisproper for all things blog and business related! Follow along for updates!





DIY Envelope Liners

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I am officially back from my blogging hiatus! There has been so much happening this year and writing and editing photos really got away from me. Wedding planning has pretty much taken up my entire last year. I wanted to design all of my own invites (of course) and add my own special touch to everything so I only have myself to blame! Ha! 

When designing my own Save the Date invites I wanted to do a FABULOUS envelope liner. I found the perfect Rifle Paper Company wrapping paper that matched my royal blue envelopes. I also purchased this envelope liner template kit which made everything easy peasy. 

 1. Trace appropriate size envelope liner on the back of the wrapping paper.




2. Cut out traced liners. 



3. Insert




4. Fold envelope while holding liner in place. I used a boning tool to get a proper fold. 





5. Tape liner to flap using double sided tape. This tape gun is amazing and so easy to use! 















Of course, if you don't have time to make your own envelope liners they are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop!

Glitter Bomb Your Groomsmen

Saturday, September 26, 2015



Drew and I pride ourselves on being a couple that doesn't take life too seriously. So when looking for ways to ask his groomsmen to be part of our wedding we wanted to think of something original and funny. After seeing a video prank of a man getting a glitter bomb in the mail, we knew we had to find a way.

When we decided that glitter bombs were going to be the way to go - we did some serious research. Ship Your Enemies Glitter will send cards filled with glitter to your enemies (or in our case your groomsmen). We thought this was a good option, but not good enough. We wanted the groomsmen to be COVERED in glitter. Ruin Days made the spring loaded glitter bombs like we were searching for but at $27.99 x 13 groomsmen, well that was just a little too pricey for us. We went to the drawing board and decided that we could spend a weekend (and less money) making our own spring loaded glitter bombs! I don't think I have ever seen Drew giggle so much while making arts and crafts. Just thinking about each individual person opening the glitter bomb sent him over the edge. 

Needless to say the glitter bombs went out USPS to the 13 groomsmen and slowly we started receiving hate texts, videos, and pictures. Of course these were followed with hilarious laughter and a lot of "yes!" texts to the big question "Will you be my groomsman?". We still hear that people are finding glitter in their carpets, couches, and mailboxes. We couldn't be more pleased. 

I have included our "how to" for making your own spring loaded glitter bombs! If you are a groom like Drew nothing will please you more than sending this tube loaded with glitter to your nearest and dearest. Enjoy! 

Materials:
1. Glitter (we chose red and white because Go Pack!)
2. Mailing Tubes
3. Duct Tape
4. Replacement Toilet Paper Roller - you want that spring inside (.54 at Home Depot)
5. PVC pipe
6. Cardboard (I used a old box)
7. Hot Glue Gun
8. Wood Discs (can find at any craft store)
9. Saw
10. Scissors


1. Cut long Mailing tubes into 6" tubes. (You may be able to find 12" or even 6" mailing tubes but we were not so lucky.)


2. Cut PVC Pipe. This will be your backer.



3. Use tube to trace cardboard circles. You will need two for each tube. These will attach to both ends of the spring. One will be the base for the spring and one will be the pusher (for the glitter). 




4. Cut out and test cardboard circles. You want the cardboard circle to be an EXACT fit inside the tube. In general, I leaned towards cutting the cardboard circle too big and then trimmed the edges. If the circle is too big it won't fit in the tube, but if the circle is too small it will allow little flecks of glitter to slide down around it. 

5. Bust out your hot glue gun and heat that baby up. 

6. Create your base piece: Hot glue wooden circle to cardboard circle base



7. Hot glue spring ends. One end of the spring glue to wooden circle/cardboard circle base piece. Other end glues to cardboard circle pusher. Next, hot glue PVC to cardboard.





8. Write your message on your top cardboard circle pusher! This will be the message that pops out of the tube for all to see! 




9. Time to load these glitter bombs! Upside down of course ... 

10. Go ahead and tape the tub top. 




11. Load Glitter in! We think 1.5" - 2" inches is enough. 

12. Load your base piece in. (Spring loaded!) It should not be a perfect fit - you should have to push the base piece in at least .5"-1". Shove it down and seal that bottom. 

13. Use duct tape to seal bottom. You want to make sure that no matter what, this end isn't going to come open. 

15. Use clear packing tape to double seal top. Our theory was that you can't over-tape your glitter bomb. Everything is tightly packed and you don't want it busting open before it arrives at it's destination! 




Groomsman Glitter Bomb made it all the way to Amsterdam!

Rustic Romance in Wilmington

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

































Megan & Taylor met over a hot July 4th weekend on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Megan was a nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Taylor had just landed his first job after graduating from NC State. So when deciding their wedding location it only seemed perfect to tie the knot in the city they fell in love. Wilmington, NC offers some of the best and most attractive venues I've seen. Megan was looking for something that was intimate and beautiful. She wanted a space that was inherently gorgeous that she could add small accents and her own personalized flair to. After a long day of scouting out venues and taking 1,000 pictures we walked into 128 South and I dare say our search was over! With a guest list around 120 attending, 128 South offered an intimate setting that would house the ceremony and reception. They also offered catering, bar services, tables/chairs, and a day-of coordinator. Add in the tall ceilings, exposed beams, brick walls, and stain glass windows and we were pulling out the check book! It was honestly the entire package. 

All brides know what it is like to be on a budget! A smart move that Megan made was asking her friends and family for help. Her father-in-law is super handy and was able to make her wedding arch and wooden box centerpieces. After a couple of coats of stain, all it took was a staple gun and some fabric purchased at a craft store to create a romantic feel for the arch! We took a shopping trip to Ikea to pick up the super affordable decorative lanterns (who doesn't love a Ikea trip?!). Megan created her own programs from crafts and card stock picked up at Hobby Lobby and her sister (me!) did all the calligraphy for her chalkboards. Megan chose mint accents with blush florals that really added a fresh feeling to this rustic space. Once the band started playing I don't think anyone left the dance floor! It was a magical night with a sparkler send off for the bride and groom! Thanks to Theo Milo for the wonderful photography! 

Venue: 128 South | Catering: 128 South | Florals: Bella Florals by Theresa | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Brides Dress: Moonlight Bridal | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groomsmen Suits: Jos A Bank | Groomsen Ties: Vineyard Vines | Band: Mako Band | Hair & Make Up: Head to Toe Day Spa | Bridesmaid Robes: The Paisley Box | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Chalkboards & Calligraphy: Proper Prints by Erin