Category: handwriting

How to Turn Any Handwriting into a Necklace

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Emma here and I am so excited to share this awesome necklace with you today. Last week, my custom handwriting necklace from the lovely Brittany Leigh Jewelry arrived. And it is beautiful.

Handwriting Necklace | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/handwriting-necklace/

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So let’s backtrack for a moment. A few weeks ago, I ran over to Andrew and said, “Quick! Write ‘love’ on a piece of paper.” Sure, I could have taken it from an old letter or card, but I wanted something from TODAY, at this very moment in time. So, he wrote it and then I explained it was for a necklace. And in his true wonderful self, he rewrote it a few times to make sure it was perfect.

I mean, he knew I’d probably end up wearing this necklace every day, so he wanted his handwriting to look its best. And it did! Here’s what his copy looked like:

Handwriting Necklace | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/handwriting-necklace/

I snapped a photo and emailed it over to Brittany, who got to work. She did a fantastic job on it! I especially like how she did not trim the extra-long line on the “e” — as it is his signature handwriting style. Here is the finished product:

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Amazing, right?

I thought if I loved it this much, you’d probably love it, too. Can’t you just imagine how awesome it would be to wear a piece like this from your groom, the morning of the wedding? Or surprising him with a handwriting necklace or keychain? I even think bridesmaids would adore a handwritten necklace made by you with their initials or a nickname. So I did more investigating and here are some additional pieces I found.

Handwriting Necklace Ideas for Gift-Giving

Handwriting Necklace | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/handwriting-necklace/

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How to Calligraph: Kits & Workshops

Brides: have you wondered how to calligraph? Would you like to tackle do-it-yourself projects with pretty writing, but your penmanship could use a little work? Today’s feature is for you! I was talking to a friend recently about the lost art of letter writing. Email and text messages have stripped away some of the heartfelt, personal snail mail letters that used to fill mailboxes with happiness (and, snail mail is pretty much one of the greatest things ever). One of the things I’ve always wanted to learn is how to do calligraphy, known as “the art of making beautiful handwriting”. For weddings, you can use calligraphy on your invitations, wedding programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, signage… there are so many places for pretty penmanship! Read on to find out how you can learn how to calligraph in your hometown with a workshop or at home with an awesome new starter kit…

How to Calligraphy

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

Have you seen some of the lovely calligraphy work by Laura Hooper Calligraphy? We’ve shared some of our favorites in the past, but today we’re sharing something new. Laura is a professional calligrapher and she has embarked on a new adventure: sharing how to calligraph with other enthusiasts. She teaches calligraphy workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Austin. If you live in one of these areas, you can sign up for a workshop near you!

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

This looks more like a fun calligraphy party than your average class, don’t you think? :)

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all photos above by abby jiu

If you don’t live near a workshop (or you’d rather learn at home), Laura also offers a take-home starter kit so you can learn how to calligraph at your own pace.

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

The calligraphy starter kit comes with everything you need to learn classic copperplate and other more modern fonts. Kits include an oblique pen holder, nibs, black ink, white ink, personalized journal for doodling, vellum tracing paper, gridline practice sheets, three alphabets and instructional tips and techniques by Laura, and one signature Laura Hooper Calligraphy print for practice tracing.

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Ready to learn?

Head over to Laura Hooper Calligraphy to find out more!

There’s more coming up next!


-E.

How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards in 5 Easy Steps

After the cake is cut, the last song is played, and you’ve unstressed at the beach on your honeymoon, the first task you’ll want to tackle is writing your thank you cards. Wedding thank you card writing isn’t just a to-do on a list; it’s an artform. Make sure your notes leave a lasting impression on loved ones with these five tips for how to write wedding thank you cards:

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How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards

1. Go handmade!

Don’t lose that sense of unique, individual charm you harnessed while planning your wedding. Handmade thank you cards can make a huge impression on guests by tying in your wedding theme (think: love birds, nautical wedding, or coffee-themed thank you cards) for guests to recall your special day. Here are a few of our favorites by the talented Dean Penn and Paper:

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how to write wedding thank you cards

thank you cards by dean penn and paper

how to write wedding thank you cards

thank you cards by dean penn and paper

how to write wedding thank you cards

thank you cards by dean penn and paper

A custom stamp never hurt, either! We showed you these stamps yesterday that we think would tie in well with your thank you cards, too.

2. Hand-write each card.

You may not be a professional calligraphy artist, nor may your handwriting look the best, but that doesn’t matter to guests. What truly matters is you took time to handwrite each note. Worried about how long it will take? Put it in perspective by considering how each guest took time out of his or her day to attend your wedding (which involves plenty of extras like dry cleaning their suit or dress, makeup and hair styling, getting a hair cut, picking out a new pair of shoes, selecting and wrapping a gift… you get the idea). A little handwriting goes a long way! Buying a special pen to make your writing look even prettier is always a good idea, too. This is one of my favorites.

3. Include a personal, heartfelt message.

For a thank you card to have lots of meaning, make sure each card has a personal note. Instead of simply saying thank you for attending your wedding, tie in a memorable part of the evening. For example, “… Who knew you were such stars on the dance floor? We had so much fun dancing the night away with you two!” Or, you could thank your guest for the wedding gift, such as money, by being specific: “Thank you for the gift of money. We used it to scuba dive on our honeymoon cruise – can’t wait to show you photos!” If the gift was an item, be sure to mention it by name. For instance, “Thank you for the gift of crystal candle holders. They look beautiful on our dining room table.” Guests love to know their gift was well received, as well as enjoyed.

4. Proofread.

It goes without saying, but don’t forget to re-read, proofread, and check for spelling errors.

5. Send in a timely manner.

Work on just a few thank you cards at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Give yourself plenty of time to finish and mail them – we recommend sending your wedding thank you cards no longer than 6 weeks after the wedding.

Happy Planning!


-E.