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1st Year Anniversary: PAPER Gift Idea

Smith Wedding
Maybe it was the Marathon, alllllll the marathon training, the triathlon, the matron of honor duties, the new teaching preps, the two teams she coached, the countless homebound students she tutored in her free time, the conference she hosted, the homework she had to do for her Master’s degree, the trips she took around the country… or heck, maybe it was her new duty as WIFE that kept her from picking up her wedding photos until now, over ONE YEAR after her special day.
Last July, my big sister, Katie, walked down the aisle to marry her handsome partner in crime, Joe Smith. I have wanted to share some of their UBER creative photos from this magical orchard wedding (because who doesn’t love creepin’ on wedding photos?!) for quite a while now, but Katie is ONE BUSY LADY & picking up her wedding photos were pretty low on her to-do list.  But after almost a year of waiting, these two love birds finally have their photos to share with us!
In honor of Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s {insert Brad & Angelina joke here, I’m sure they don’t hear that enough… sorry guys, I still can’t resist} first anniversary, I thought we could wrap up the whole first year in one Monday morning post. Wedding photos, a first anniversary “PAPER” gift idea, and I even pinned down the busy bride to give us newbies some A+ advice.
But first, the wedding photos… 
I mean how cute are they?! An authentic Granny Smith sign for Mr. & Mrs. Smith on their wedding day… I just don’t think it gets much better than that. Well, I guess if they went back and secretly stole it to hang in their house forever… that would be better. Did you catch the touch o’ math sprinkled throughout the venue? If you haven’t guessed, KT teaches math and cleverly tricked each of her guests into calculating an equation to figure out where they were seated at the venue. Geez, this girl is always on the clock! But in all seriousness, what a fun day! Katie was the most laid back bride, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen her as happy as she was on that day.
PS. Extra credit for anyone who gets their hands on that Granny Smith sign…. #herassignmentnotmine
Second- 1st Anniversary Gift Idea
Apparently, tradition says that a first anniversary gift should be “paper”. I have no clue why, I honestly have no clue where this tradition comes from (probably should look into it before December), but I do love me some solid tradition…so paper it is! Any guesses?
I’m sure this kind of paper was not the intention when this whole “paper” idea was born, but heck, a little 21st Century spin on the old idea seemed fun… and very fitting for the tech-savvy Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
I had an instagram book made of Katie & Joe’s adventures throughout their first year of marriage. Paper… check! Personal photos of them, by them, for them… check! Memories as newlyweds forever captured on their coffee table… check! Hacked KT’s Instagram account…check!

This book was cool because it allows you to choose the photos that you want to appear in the book. When you do pick, the text of the instagram also appears in the book, yet you are able to edit/delete/add any additional text. I kept KT’s quotes on the bottom of each photo, only so it was more personal to them.

Looking through the book of their first year definitely gives you a glimpse into how full of adventure, accomplishment, laughter, races and fun their first year of marriage was! I hope they can look back at this year (and book) and always remember the places they went & the amazing things they did together.
I bought the book from Social Prints (not sponsored, just genuinely love this product) super easy instructions to follow in order to format the book exactly how you want. I went with one picture per page, but you can opt to get a collage of photos per page.
Third – Advice from Old Bride
Since we have quite a few soon-to-be married and newly married rookies tuning in, I asked Mrs. Smith to share her humble advice on the first 365 days of marriage (aka Casey & I need all the help we can get…). And for those marriage hall of famers tuning in, I figured you could probably appreciate a little giggle at the expense of us newbies (you reading mom?). With that being said….Kate, tell us how it really went! What advice would you give to us soon-to-brides and new wives?

Her TOP 3 Pieces of Advice
1. Learn each other’s pet peeves and do what you can to avoid your +1’s peeves!
2. COMPROMISE
3. Plan date nights. If you don’t make a concerted effort to plan & enjoy date nights together, life will get in the way and date nights won’t happen.

Beyond the tips of advice, Katie also wanted to dish on the 2 most ANNOYING questions that seemed to pop off throughout the honeymoon stage.
1. “How’s married life?” (Oops! I asked her that exact question at least 12 times in the first 3 months… #noted). She says you and your husband should have a clever answer because you’ll be facing this question A LOT.
2. “When are you having kids?” <– I’m not even sure if there is a right answer to this one.  Awkward.

And on that note, Happy 1st Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Smith! Can’t wait to see what year #2 has in store for you two adventurous lovebirds.

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Any other first year brides tuning in?! Is Katie’s advice spot-on? Do you have anything else to add? These rookies are ALL EARS….
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  1. Brittany

    Had I not already done this for my hubby’s birthday, I would have probably made a coupon book for our paper anniversary. Love how easy it is to customize the coupons into things that fit your husbands/the couples interests. I’ve also seen/made several ideas for prints that could be used as a first anniversary gifts such as a marriage rules print. I’m sure you ladies will find that what makes each marriage work can be vastly different which I think is what makes that kind of print so fun. We will be celebrating our second anniversary Nov 2nd. I’m hoping I’ll have some kind of an idea for a cotton gift by then. LOL

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Happy Anniversary Brittany!! Love those ideas.. thanks so much for sharing!

      You’ll have to keep us updated on that cotton gift.. seems way harder than “paper”. Good luck! xo

    2. DIY Playbook

      A coupon book is an awesome idea, as well as the Marriage Rules print. Love them both!

      Cotton??? Hmmmm. That one may be a bit tricky! Keep us updated if you come up with something good!

    3. Brittany

      There are tons of adorable personalized throw pillows on Etsy that would make a great cotton second anniversary gift. My husband on the other hand frequently likes to refer to my throw pillows as “useless pillows” so I don’t think he would be too thrilled with that gift.

  2. Lori Baker

    My brother just gave his wife a sketch of her wedding dress by My Dreamlines. It was breathtaking. I have a sketch too, which my husband gave to me on our wedding day.

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  1. Brittany

    Had I not already done this for my hubby’s birthday, I would have probably made a coupon book for our paper anniversary. Love how easy it is to customize the coupons into things that fit your husbands/the couples interests. I’ve also seen/made several ideas for prints that could be used as a first anniversary gifts such as a marriage rules print. I’m sure you ladies will find that what makes each marriage work can be vastly different which I think is what makes that kind of print so fun. We will be celebrating our second anniversary Nov 2nd. I’m hoping I’ll have some kind of an idea for a cotton gift by then. LOL

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  2. Lori Baker

    My brother just gave his wife a sketch of her wedding dress by My Dreamlines. It was breathtaking. I have a sketch too, which my husband gave to me on our wedding day.

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PaperStreetPress Wedding Thanks You’s

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(Disclaimer: We have partnered with the Etsy Shop, Paper Street Press, to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Paper Street Press.)
Our wedding thank you notes were recently sent out and the moment we dropped those puppies in the mailbox, we were officially DONE with our wedding to-do list. As much as the wedding season was absolutely incredible, I am thrilled to officially pass the bridal torch to my fellow rookie and BFF bride. Go Casey, go!!
But before I do that, let me give you the 411 on our personalized thank you notes from this ah-mazing Etsy Shop.
I am obsessed with the work that Paper Street Press does & these personalized thank you notes did not let me down. I sent this image where Matt and I are sitting in front of an old school chalkboard, and Nicci from Paper Street Press worked her magic and came up with this fitting design in less than 24 hours.
I think by the time I sent the design over, gave her a little insight as to what I was looking for, and daydreamed about what the cards would look like, I had the proof waiting in my inbox. My kind of business!
On the back of the note cards, Matt and I (and yes, I mean both of us) wrote personal messages to the wonderful people in our lives.
Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl
A few hours later, we had written, addressed, & stamped a whole stack of thank you’s, and we were d.o.n.e. with all things wedding!! Oh, and we also snuck photos of our guests from our DIY photo booth into the envelopes too.
And just like that, all things Matt and Bridget’s wedding are fading out…except for our wedding pics, of course. We still have to share those once we get the digital copies, who knew it takes so long to get your wedding pics?!
If you’re just tuning in, here’s a few wedding season highlights:
Our wedding pictures (coming soon)
PS. Paper Street Press isn’t just for brides. This talented shop also has some pretty amazing baby announcements, save-the-dates and invitations! Not only are they made completely personal using your  photos, they are available in print OR as a printable file for those who are trying to cut party costs.  Love them!!
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  1. KristyDoyle

    “Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl”

    ha! This made me laugh out loud because I wrote every one of our thank you cards! haha! I didn’t mind, though, and my husband was there to remind me who gave us what and which family members went together. It was a team effort, but my right hand got all the cramps 😉

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    “Rookie Tip: A helpful groom is essential in getting this done in a timely manner =) #luckygirl”

    ha! This made me laugh out loud because I wrote every one of our thank you cards! haha! I didn’t mind, though, and my husband was there to remind me who gave us what and which family members went together. It was a team effort, but my right hand got all the cramps 😉

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Organizing Greetings Cards

organized greeting cards
It may be February, but we’re still chugging along on that organizing train. With the big ticket Hallmark holiday on its way and a whole year of celebrations in store over the next 11 months…. let’s get those greeting cards organized!
organizing greeting cards
Everyone can appreciate a cute card every once in awhile, but if you’re anything like me, you canNOT appreciate the price tag that comes inside that envelope. Rookie budgets do not support $4+ greeting cards, regardless of how fabulous the celebration is. My solution? Stocking up on greeting cards on sale so when the time comes to celebrate- I’m ready (and don’t have to break the bank)!! You’d be surprised, I have come across quite the selection of cards at going-out-of-business sales, estate sales and even the occasional garage sale. Plus, there’s a local card shop where I check out post holiday sales.
box and paper
Now that you know my secrets, let’s get down to business. To kick off this project, I bought this polka dot box for $3 at JoAnn’s (bring your coupon!) and picked up a few pieces of HEAVY card stock. If you want more than 8 categories of cards, I’d advise buying MORE paper.
template
I used some grid scrapbook paper (note: the stains are part of the design) to create a template for my dividers. I measured the size of the box to make sure the dividers would fit and I made three tabs on top so I could use this same template for each of the dividers.
trace
I traced the template and simply cut along the lines.
greeting card box
Before long, my dividers were ready to greet their counterparts.
greeting cards
Cards… lots & lots of cards. Holiday cards, birthday cards, valentine’s cards, cards just because, blank cards,  animal cards– you name it, I got it.
organizing cards
Before you jump right into adding your cards to the box, I have one tip for you. Rather than wrapping the envelope around the card, tuck the envelope INSIDE of the card instead. This will help you see each card in the box more clearly and will help reduce paper distraction while flipping through your cards.
card organzing
Categorize the cards and label your tabs. My labels were:
Birthday
Holiday
New Baby
For Him
Congratulations
Just for Fun
Blank Cards
Thank you
(Rookie Tip: I know a label maker would make this project far more attractive, but I’m keeping it real here. As much as I’m all about a pretty label, I know that when I see pretty labels on the blogosphere, I often feel intimidated and don’t complete the project because I don’t have the tools/machines to create the pretty label. Anyone else guilty? You have no excuses here! Just a plain pen and paper is all you need to get this done. You can do this!!)
extra stationary
In the back of the box, I put some random stationary and tiny cards that wouldn’t quite fit like the others. I used the bottom of one of the old stationary boxes to hold the notecards and tiny thank you notes. I also added stamps to the box to make sure I had all of my snail mail essentials in one place.
mini thank you's
holiday cards
Last but very not least, a tiny little label. Like I said before, a label maker would make this far more attractive. But for the sake of keeping it real (and not having the equipment to make those professional labels) my 5th grade art skills will have to do. So, I slapped on an envelope (a rectangle plus a triangle… I know you can draw that too) to complete the box o’ snail mail.
See, organizing isn’t so bad is it? Paper, scissors, and a pen can really do some damage around these parts. No label maker, professional glitter machine, or high end slicer necessary. #inmydreams
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  1. Alex

    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

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    1. Alex

      Thanks! Now that it is summer vacation (I am a teacher) I can finally get around to this project. 🙂 I was looking at joanns, and their boxes look awful short, and would not allow for a five inch high card to stand upright. How tall is this box? Thanks!

    2. DIY Playbook

      Congrats on your summer vacation! Being a teacher myself, I completely understand what it’s like to FINALLY be able to get through your looming to-do list now that school is out. As for the size of the box– I used a pretty shallow box too. If I buy large cards, I just don’t put the lid on the box. This was annoying when I first created the box, but not I actually like the lid being off so the cards are easily accessible and I always know what cards I have. Good luck!! Have a great summer =)

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    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

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Vintage Wedding Programs wrapped in Lace

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(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Em Ruth Etsy Shop to bring you this post. As always, the opinions & ideas expressed are 100% our own. Now back to your regularly scheduled post)
Breaking news: Bridget is off the market!!
Yup, the rumors are true… Matt & I officially tied the knot this past weekend (check out our Instagram to see the Rookies all dressed up), and we can’t wait to share all of the photos, stories, and the DIY projects that were a part of our big day!
In the meantime, here’s the scoop on our wedding programs and reception booklets. Thanks to this amazing etsy shop, this wedding paper definitely captures the “vintage” & “classic” feel that we were striving for….
classy wedding paper
Matt and I used this ring & bow-tie combo as the ‘trademark’ on ALL of our wedding paper. It was all designed and created by the amazing Emily from Em Ruth on Etsy.com. When I say amazing, I mean one-of-a-kind, professional, creative, timely, over-the-top AMAZING! I would HIGHLY recommend teaming up with Emily to create programs (or any paper products) for your next event- you won’t be disappointed.
lace invitations
For the ladies at the ceremony, I wrapped each of the ceremony programs in lace and finished them off with a cream bow.
laced wrapped paper
Here’s a closer look at these stunners. The gentlemen at the ceremony were given a plain booklet with no lace. I thought this was a fun way to add a little old-fashioned “his” vs “hers” to the mix. (Plus, I didn’t think the gentlemen in the crowd would appreciate the lace nearly as much as the fabulous ladies would).
I loved the stunning detail that this lace added to the very simple wedding programs.
typewriter and pearls
The old fashioned typewriter helped kick-off the reception in old fashioned style. This typewriter held pearls and a note that said, “take a booklet and enjoy your night”. The reception booklet was also created by the amazing Emily and was a “guide” to the evening. I wanted to create (or at least help create) something that was unique and original. So instead of picking up place cards to find a seat as guests arrived at the reception, each guest picked up a booklet to browse through the evening’s festivities while also identifying what lucky table they were sitting at. The books helped give the guests something to browse and chat about throughout cocktail hour and was the perfect personal touch.
The front cover read,
“The wedding celebration of Matthew & Bridget Matkovich, December 28th 2013”
WEdding programs
When the guests opened the book, they saw our favorite “love” quote, a list of the night’s festivities, and our signature ring/bow-tie combo. The quote read, “Life’s a happy song when there’s someone by your side to sing along” -The Muppets.
The book then went on to give each guest a peek into the night’s events. The list of events included the a reminder about the DIY photo booth that doubled as our guestbook (more on that soon!) and included the important songs we danced to throughout the evening. It also gave a sneak peek into dessert (my favorite part of every meal) and the dancing (my favorite part of every wedding).
what his side should know about her
One of my favorite parts of the booklet was the pages that read, “what HIS side should know about HER” and “what HER side should know about HIM”. We each listed a few “fun facts” about us as individuals, which gave all of the guests a little extra something to giggle about while also giving each of our “new families” some insider information about the other. Everyone really seemed to enjoy these entertaining and unique snippets of info.
After that page, we inserted an alphabetical list of everyone’s seating assignments and titled it, “Mr. & Mrs. Matkovich’s Seating Chart” — only because we’re both teachers, so it seemed fitting and a fun little play on words. (I didn’t picture this page because I didn’t want to compromise anyone’s name that maybe didn’t want to appear on the blog).
I thought this seating chart was a different way to communicate the seats, keep the overwhelming rush of people to the place-card table to a minimum, and a chance to remind guests of another guest’s name that they may have forgotten over the years. It was almost like a directory of guests for that evening. I think it definitely worked well!
reception booklet
And last but very not least, the last two pages explained the menu details and shared a thank you note to all of our amazing friends and family. To us, this thank you note was so, so important. We definitely wanted to do everything we could to communicate to our guests how amazing each and every one of them IS and how truly blessed we are to have them in our lives.
Overall, the wedding paper was far more fabulous than I ever expected thanks to this Etsy Shop. The design, the paper choice, the print and every detail in between was all compliments of Emily and her crazy creativity! She definitely helped make our special day one that we will never forget!   
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