We threw a bridal shower / going away party for my sister last weekend. We kept it simple and sweet. I used whatever I had available already in my home, and just popped out to the store to buy greenery for the table. Gold and ivory tablecloths, greens in jars, and various long candlesticks (so they would burn at different speeds and create candles of various lengths). I also handmade a simple scallop garland to hang from the dining room lamp. You can either make this a long garland — or just in pieces like I did, hanging them in a circle around the lamp. These photos were taken long after the party was over and everything was cleaned up, so all the details aren’t here.

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Supplies needed (besides the paper):

2″ Scallop Punch (I used the Fiskars brand)
1/8″ Hole Punch
Cotton string
Scissors

To make the garland, punch out scallop circles from various paper textures and colors. I kept the color palette ivory, taupe, and gold since those are some of the key colors of my sister’s wedding. Hole punch the scallops. Cut a good length of string and tie one scallop to the very end. String the next scallop on and tie it on by looping that same end through. To keep it looking smooth, alternate the various scallops by color and texture. Also, don’t secure them on with the same distance in between; instead, vary the distances up and you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to make it ‘perfect’ (this is a big time saver).

Note: a trick to keep the scallops hanging naturally, don’t tighten your loop around each one until you position it properly. Making the loop too tight makes the scallops stick up awkwardly instead of making them look like they’re just falling.

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  • Laura Jolly

    Lovely. Thank you!

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This card was custom created by a wife to give to her husband on Christmas. Finding a tree and chopping it down yourself is a big tradition here in the Northwest and this card depicts just that.

custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie

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  • Marketa

    What a cute card! Is it all paper? It looks like felt in some of the photos…Either way, it’s very adorable!

  • Anastasia Marie

    Marketa: yes, it’s all paper! And thank you!

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Taking photos of people is a very intimidating thing. I think that’s why I stick to things only. Nature doesn’t care if the shadows are a little off or the bloom of the flower isn’t quite perfect. People, on the other hand, care. But when my sister and her fiancee asked me to do a little session for them, I agreed but told them to find a professional as well because I was sure to disappoint. In the end I warmed up to the idea, even got a little excited — and we came out with several snaps that I think didn’t turn out so bad that I wanted to share simply because I think my sister and her new man are just too adorable.

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The kids are huge fans of coffee, so it was only just to snap a few during our coffee break. It was freezing when we decided to do the shoot, so the coffee (and hot chocolate for some) was a very welcome thing. Here I quickly realized that taking photos of people indoors is a completely different ballpark than being outdoors.

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The historical Vancouver Fort area here is one of our favorites places to go to. My husband and I have had many a sushi date in the grass, many a stroll around the grounds reading up on the history behind each building, and so forth. It holds a lot of meaning to us. Not to mention that my younger sister was married here as well.

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  • Eva

    Stacey these are fantastic!!!???? you did an incredible job capturing these two lovely people!

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This custom card was created to give an event planner for Christmas. The planner himself was re-created into paper form for this:

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This card was custom created to send to an event planner for Christmas. Featuring her, and her being Darcie of A Dazzling Day, standing there with a party checklist and a Christmas wreath all decked out.

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