We are ending off the week with this utterly glamourous rooftop engagement session from Mirage and Light Photography. This couple loves fashion and getting dolled up, so they headed to downtown Long Beach to capture these dreamy sunset portraits. The bride looks like a 1940’s Hollywood starlet in her ruby red velvet dress. And her groom is equally dapper in his gray suit and bow tie. Together they make one sizzling pair and the perfect look for this glam shoot.
I am so excited to be partnering with Cricut to bring you this fabulous DIY project, perfect for an engagement party or couple’s shower! I have been having so much fun with my Cricut Explore Air™. The possibilities are endless and if you are planning to do any DIYs or wanting to get crafty for your wedding, the Cricut is a must! Personalized, meaningful details are what make a wedding day special and the Cricut Explore Air™ makes it simple and easy to pull it all off. From cute custom tees for your bachelorette bash to table numbers to thank you notes, Cricut is there for every step of planning to make your big day unique. “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal”
There are so many great ways to use the Cricut (seriously, there are over 60 materials it can cut! Check out this list), but for this first project I decided to make these cute and easy photo envelope liners. They are a great way to show off your engagement photos for any pre-wedding festivities like engagement parties, showers, and more.
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It’s Your Story, Make It Personal
- Cricut Explore Air™
- Cricut Scoring Stylus
- Color Printer (I used the Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless All-in-One Printer)
- Photo Paper (I used Canon Matte Photo Paper)
- Envelopes for a 5×7 invitation
- Double sided tape
Step 1: Print out your favorite image (or more if you want variety!) from your engagement session. Think about space when choosing an image, as you don’t want it cropping the two of you off at an odd place. You will need to print your images at least 7 inches wide for a 5 x 7 invitation that this tutorial covers (printing on a full 8 1/2 x 11 page should work fine). Make sure to use a good quality photo printer. I used my Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless All-in-One Printer (in gold!) The quality with Canon is gorgeous, perfect for printing photos at home. I love their free Canon PRINT App, which makes printing images super easy and quick, right from my phone. I used Canon’s Matte Photo Paper to get that beautiful photo quality, but not the shine from gloss.
Step 2: Upload the envelope liner template onto Cricut Design Space™. Choose simple image. Since there is no backdrop, you don’t have to delete anything and can hit continue next. Then click ‘Save as a Cut Image’ to save, then insert onto the workspace.
Step 3: Place the image in the top right corner and pull the arrows in the bottom right corner to enlarge until it is 7 inches wide. Now we want to make it easy to fold the flap, so click ‘Insert Shape’ on the left bar and pick ‘Score Line’. Rotate the score line to be horizontal (holding down shift while you rotate ensures a flat line), then enlarge using the corner arrows to make it more than 7 inches long. Drag the score line until it sits along the folding line (see image below for reference). Next, ‘shift’ click both layers on the right hand side to select both, then click ‘attach’ to make an attached set. Your Design Space workspace should look like the below.
Save your project now and either click the ‘Go’ button, or head to the Cricut Design Space™ app on your phone (my preference!) to go from there. Move your attached layers to your preferred cutting place (for me about 2 inches down and 1/4 inch over was perfect for my image).
Step 4: Line up and attach your printed image on your cutting mat. Make sure to add in the scoring stylus to the holder. Set the cutting dial to cardstock and load in the mat. Once ready, click the blinking ‘C’ on the Cricut and watch it go!
Step 5: Remove the cut out photo from the mat. The more you bend the mat, the easier it is to remove without warping the paper.
Step 6: Fold over the envelop edge along the scored line. The Cricut Scraper tool works as an excellent bone folder to help make the perfect crease.
Step 7: Insert the cut liner into your envelope. Fold the top flap over and use the double sided tape along the edges, making a triangle.
Step 8: Press the liner flap to the envelope, smoothing to ensure it is well attached.
Step 9: Insert your shower invitations, seal, address, and send off to your loved ones!
Now this DIY gets even better because Cricut is hosting an amazing giveaway in partnership with Canon this week! There are thousands of dollars in prizes this month, but this week you can grab this amazing wedding crafting bundle full of everything you can need to get your craft on!
“Wedding Crafting Bundle” Giveaway Prize:
- Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer + Ink + Paper
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Camera
- Canon 8GB USB Flash Drive (shaped like a DSLR camera)
- 8GB Memory Card
- Cricut Explore Air
- Cricut Tools + Craft Starter Pack
I love my Canon PIXMA MG7720 All-in-One Printer, but the PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer is even better, allowing you to print borderless photos up to 13″x19″ and has a 6-color ink system to give you amazing detail.The PIXMA iP8720 is also compatible with the Canon PRINT app and pairs perfectly with the Cricut “Print and Cut” feature and the Cricut “SnapMat” feature for iOs. And the PowerShot G7 X is an amazing compact camera with 3.0-inch touch panel LCD screen that is multi-angle to make selfies easy and fun!
Enter to win this amazing giveaway, plus fabulous prizes all month long right HERE on Cricut. There is even a free honeymoon as the grand prize, so follow along all month because you won’t want to miss it!
I just love the soft color palette of today’s intimate mansion wedding from Amy Caroline Photography. The bridesmaid dresses are the prettiest pale blue that would be great for any season.
James and I chose a historical, beautiful venue, with a lot of character and history to it. Our wedding style was very classic. We had navy suits with pale blue bridesmaid dresses. Our florals were soft pastel blues, pinks, peaches and creams and we had a number of gold and mercury accents.
The diamond on my engagement ring belonged to James’ grandmother.
Our favorite parts of the day were the first look, where we were able to simply relax and enjoy being together, the ceremony, where we exchanged the vows we had written together, and the reception, where we were able to spend time with friends and dance the night away.
The most important aspect of the wedding for James and myself was to have as many of our family and friends from across the world as possible. We had family and friends fly in from South Africa, England, Rwanda, California, Maine, Texas and Tennessee.
Photography | Amy Caroline Photography | Venue | Grant Humphreys Mansion | Florals | Merci Bouquet | Catering | Stellar Catering | Invitations | Miller’s | Musicians | Cheza String Quartet | Gown | Monique Lhuillier from anna bé bridal boutique | Shoes | Modcloth | Bridesmaid Dresses | Modcloth | Hair | Salon Foushee