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Bridesmaid “Ask” Bags

It’s official – I now have a wonderful set of ladies to help me celebrate our big day! I’m so excited and happy that they all said yes! The special group consists as my cousin as my maid-of-honor (I was hers two years ago for her gorgeous winter wedding), my future sister-in-law, and three of my closest friends.

Because they all mean so much to me, I wanted to find a special way to ask them if they would do me the honor of being by my side next September. I thought that a nautical themed bag would be the perfect touch!

I bought 5 canvas tote bags at my local craft supply store, as well as some navy fabric paint. I’ve always loved Sea Bags, particularly the ones with large numbers, and thought it would be a cute way to easily remember our wedding date! Typography and numbers will be a very important part of the aesthetic for our wedding, so the large numbers start to help enforce this theme.

I printed templates using the same typeface used on our Save the Dates, and cut out stencils. I then traced and hand painted each of the bags. A tiny “2014″ demonstrates the date, but I think that the bags have a more abstract numerical look – unless you knew they were meant to represent a wedding date, perhaps you’d never guess!

I attached the little note above to the top of each bag with a poof of turquoise and swiss dot tulle.

Inside each bag I included a bridal “cheat sheet” which had all of the information each lady would need, as well as a few simple rules. I also put together a set of swatches of preferred dress colors to choose from. I thought it would be an easy reference to bring out shopping!

The soft grey-green, white, and navy are our core wedding colors, with a punch of bright coral every so often. I love the coral envelopes I was able to find at the Paper Source, and am moderately obsessed with the little turquoise brads used to create the book and swatch package.

Overall, I’m really happy with how the bags turned out, and thrilled that everyone said yes!!

Obviously Sweet Stationery

The Obviously Sweet shop is open!

I’ve set up a shop on Etsy, currently selling handmade stationery, with plans to expand into stylish accessories and home goods. Come have a look!

Check back often as I am always coming up with new designs. A sneak peek is below.

Thanks for looking!


Bachelorette Weekend Invitations

To continue the wedding events review, I thought I’d share the invitations I created for my cousin’s bachelorette weekend. We decided that a weekend away with the girls would be a perfect way to celebrate, and had a wonderful few days on the Cape in September. As I mentioned previously, we wanted to throw her a surprise shower while we were away, so the invitations I sent contained a little note to indicate this as well. I wanted the stationery suite to hint at the colors and overall theme of the event, which was preppy, classic New England, and a little modern.


The little Swiss Dot tulle bow helped add a touch of whimsy, and printed envelopes revealed the overall message before being opened. I used mixed typography to continue the playfulness through the rest of the invitation. I knew that the designs for her bridal shower invitations were going to be far more classic and reserved, so I felt like this was the opportunity to really have some fun. I got all of the paper and envelopes at the Paper Source (which is I am slightly obsessed with) and designed and printed them at home.

I chose a coordinating envelope liner, helping to tie the teal, navy and gray theme together. I carried this color scheme through the rest of the event, and I felt like the colors really spoke to a weekend by the sea. How fun!