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9/13

Affiliate Disclaimer NewWe love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We’re huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that’s far from the only paper decoration option.

DIY or DIE arbor decorationFor this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design in Cricut Design Space, enlarged it and cut multiple of the design (we’re talking about 16 here) and tied them together with twine to make a painfully easy arbor or archway decoration. The supply list for this DIY project is super minimal but the visual impact is huge. While I decided to use a design already available in Design Space, I also think a spirograph design (PicMonkey has a few) would be fun, or you could use cardstock in varying shades of the same hue to create a cool ombrè effect. After cutting the doily design, I added a little something extra with small flower accents. The options are limited only to your imagination!

If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.

DIY or DIY: An Easy Arbor Decoration With Cricut Explore Air

Supplies:

Easy Arbor Decoration SuppliesCricut Explore Air

1212 Cardstock (I used 15 pieces, fitting an arbor about 4.5 feet wide, with 4.5 feet of decor down each side)

Twine or Ribbon

Standard Grip Cutting Mat

Weeder Tool

Spatula Tool

Scraper Tool

Wine and a Great Soundtrack

How To:

Step 1:

Launch Cricut Design Space. Click “New Project.” Click “Insert Image” and enter “doily” in search box. Click on design so green checkmark appears and click “Insert Image.”Selecting Doily Design

Step 2:

When design is imported, drag it to the farthest upper left corner of the Design Space grid — this will help maximize the amount of paper used and ensure Cricut Explore Air cuts from the appropriate spot. Stretch the design to 11 inches — if you go all the way to 12 inches, it will be too large to cut.

Placing Design in Upper Left Corner

Stretching Design

Step 3:

Remove background layer from design by clicking on eye in lefthand sidebar under “Layers” tab.

Removing Background from Design

Step 4:

Affix cardstock to the standard grip mat (ProTip: I had two mats at the ready, so as soon as one was done cutting I could load the next one, expediting the process.)

Click “Go” in Design Space, make sure your Cricut Explore Air is powered on and open and follow the instructions in Design Space. (Hint: You can change the quantity of pieces you’d like cut on the instructions page.)

Cutting Design on Cricut Explore AirStep 5:

Pour some wine and set Pandora to your favorite station, because this takes a while.

When each mat is finished cutting, carefully peel away outer border. Using the spatula tool, gently lift the design from the mat.

Lifting Design from Cutting Mat

Once the design is separated from mat, use the weeder tool to remove any small pieces that remain within design.

Removing Small Pieces Using Weeder Tool

Clean mat by using the scraper tool to remove small negative pieces left behind.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until desired number of designs are reached.

Step 6:

Lay out cut designs side-by-side in arrangement that will fit your arbor or archway. Gently tie designs together using twine.

Optional:

Affix additional decoration, such as paper or live flowers, glitter, etc.

Tie Designs Together Using Twine

Step 7:

Affix finished garland to arbor or archway using nails, tape or twine.

Step 8:

Finished Arbor DecorOgle your handiwork!

This Week’s Cricut Contest:

Win $1500 in Wholesale Wedding Flowers from FiftyFlowers!

Cut out the middleman with FiftyFlowers and get wholesale flowers delivered fresh from the farm to your door! FiftyFlowers prides itself on excellent customer service and delivering a wide variety of fresh flowers to DIY and budget minded couples.

From peonies to roses to protea and beyond, couples can use the FiftyFlowers website to shop by color or flower type. And for those who want to forego the DIY, FiftyFlowers offers gorgeous pre-arranged centerpiece, gift arrangements and other specialty pieces.

Fifty Flowers Badge

Head on over to Cricut to enter to win $1500 worth of wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers!

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  • 8/30

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewGuys, I’m so in love with / super proud of this DIY. Part of it is because I’m so DIY-dumb that I’m actually amazed I pulled this off and part of it is because I know you guys are going to totally love it. I mean, anything that can help keep you on top of your game while planning your badass, broke-ass wedding is gonna be something you dig, right?
    DIY or DIE Make a Broke-Ass Wedding Planner with Cricut Explore Air
    We’ve been asked time and time again to come up with some sort of planner / checklist for you guys and when Cricut approached me about creating an amazing DIY using their Cricut Explore Air machine I jumped at the chance to do just that. As part of Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I saw this as the perfect opportunity to create something gorgeous, useful and doable for even the DIY-incapable. Having looked at a bajillion wedding planners and notebooks over the years, I realize that most of them don’t really work for the kinds of weddings Broke-Ass couples have — mostly because they aren’t customizable enough, or are too rigid in the to-do and budget areas, which can get super overwhelming. Broke-Ass couples do weddings their way, and y’all should have a tool that helps you do just that. So with the help of Cricut and Canon, I set out to make a totally personalized, super flexible and still adorably useful wedding planner to help you stay organized and on top of your shizz.

    If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.

    DIY or DIE:

    Make a Broke-Ass Wedding Planner with Cricut Explore Air

    Supplies for The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding PlannerSupplies:

    Cricut Explore Air

    Printer (Canon MG7720)

    Free BAB Downloads

    White 1212 Cardstock  (x 11)

    8.511 Paper (lined or unlined)

    Washi Sheets

    Standard Grip Cutting Mat

    Transfer Tape

    Pearl Paper 

    Double-sided Tape

    Hole Punch

    Paper Fasteners

    Paper Trimmer

    How To:

    Step 1:

    Download and Print Free Broke-Ass Printables:

    Wedding Planning Checklist

    Budget Worksheet

    Guest List Worksheet (print 2 copies — one for you, one for your partner)

    Planner Cover Design (make sure it saves as .png)

    Canon PIXMA M7720 Wireless All-In-One PrinterStep 2:

    Head over to Cricut Design Space and upload the Planner Cover Design and insert into project. I stretched the dimensions of the design so that the top left corner began where the 1 and 1 intersect and the top right corner was at 8. The design will stay proportional when you stretch the image. Add whatever text you’d like. To replicate our design, use the following fonts and sizes:

    To Do: Straight & Simple, 172.8

    Before: Penmanship, 56.41

    I Do: Yours Truly, 186.3

    Tip: If you can’t see the text, click under the Layers tab on the righthand side, click the text layer and make sure it’s white. Because this is a cut-only project, the actual color doesn’t matter. It may also help to right-click on the background design and click “Send backward.”

    Ensure all layers have a little scissors icon next to them so the Cricut knows to cut them. Click on each of the text layers and hit “attach.”

    Planner Cover in Cricut Design SpaceStep 3:

    Choose Washi Sheet pattern. Attach to Standard Grip Mat. Power on Cricut, turn dial to Vinyl and load mat. Click “Go” in Design Space and follow the instructions. Watch the magic happen.

    Cricut Cutting Washi SheetStep 4:

    Washi Sheets tend to be a bit fragile, so carefully peel the mat from the sheet and using the weeding tool peel the outline and letters from the backing. Cut enough transfer tape to cover the design, remove backing and place transfer tape over design. Use the scraper to ensure tape is air bubble-free. Using spatula if necessary, carefully peel transfer tape + Washi sheet from back and place on white cardstock. Use scraper and spatula to press Washi design onto cardstock and clear air bubbles and carefully peel off transfer tape.

    Using a paper trimmer, trim cardstock with design to 8.5″ x 11″.

    Planner Cover Design with Transfer TapeStep 5:

    Trim two pieces of card stock and one piece of Pearl card stock to 9.25″ x 12″. Using double-sided tape, affix Pearl cardstock to one piece of white cardstock to make it sturdier. Center cardstock with design on Pearl cardstock and affix with double-sided tape.

    Step 6:

    Trim 8 pieces of white cardstock to 8.5″ x 11″. Print one of each of these graphics on the cardstock (click to embiggen).

    Step 7:

    Arrange papers into piles:

    From top: The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding Planning Checklist, Yay! You’re Engaged Cardstock, The Broke-Ass Bride Budget Worksheet, a few sheets of blank paper.

    9 Months To Go Checklist, Guest list Worksheet, a few sheets of blank paper.

    6 Months To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

    3 Months To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

    1 Month To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

    2 Weeks To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

    1 Week To Go Checklist, a few sheets of blank paper.

    1 Day To Go Checklist.

    Collating Planner PapersStep 8:

    Using hole punch (I highly recommend not being a dummy like me and using a three-hole punch instead of a single-punch), align piles and punch holes.

    Arrange piles so 1 Day To Go Checklist is on the bottom and working upward so The Broke-Ass Bride Wedding Planning Checklist is on top.

    Center paper on cover and blank cardstock. Punch holes in cover pieces. “Bind” planner with fasteners (optional: Use twine, ribbon or other material to tie together binding.”

    Step 9:

    Marvel at your mad DIY skillz, go forth and plan!

    For this project, I used the Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wireless All-In-One Printer, which was generously provided to me by Canon. If you’re considering DIYing your invitations or any part of your wedding day paper goods, I can’t recommend this printer enough — it can print on a huge variety of materials, does a quick, quiet and precise job and … you can do it all without leaving your couch, even if the printer’s across the room (wireless, yo!).

    This Week’s Cricut Contest:

    Win $1500 toward a Celia Grace Wedding Dress! *Swoon*

    We love a gorgeous gown, but we really really love a gorgeous gown that is also eco, ethical and fair trade. Made with both beauty and integrity in mind, Celia Grace gowns focus on the women who will wear them down the aisle and the women who bring the gowns to life. Unlike many wedding gowns, which are made with gnarly petroleum-based fabrics that do nothing but muck up Mother Nature, Celia Grace gowns are crafted with natural fibers or small-batch textiles to decrease their carbon footprint while increasing their true beauty. Whenever possible, the gowns are made with silk woven on traditional wooden looms, which helps preserve tradition and keeps the profits where they belong — in the hands of the poor rural women who put the work into the fabrics.

    Cricut-BadgeHead on over to Cricut to enter to win $1500 toward your own Celia Grace Wedding Dress!

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  • 8/29

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    Finding wedding stationery that suits you and your partner's style while not costing an arm and a leg can be one helluva daunting task, especially as stationery is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding style. With options ranging from huge mass-printing sites to small bespoke boutiques, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to begin. Which is why…

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    8/3

    Things Remembered Monogrammed Flasks

    Choosing what to give your bridal brigade as a thank you for standing by your side (and making sure you were nice and toasty during your bachelor/ette bash) is no small decision. You want to make sure it's something meaningful, but preferably that they'd actually use, too. You don't want to spend a bajillion dollars, but you don't want to go Dollar Store cheap, either.…

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    6/24

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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  • 6/20

    Catering Your Own Wedding Do It on the Cheap with Sam's Club

    Original photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography So you've decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It's a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch ... but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost ... the biggest cost,…

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    6/17

    Melissa Sweet Illusion Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at Davids Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first two here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years…

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    6/13

    Personalized Snapchat Filters by XO Bespoke

    We're huge fans of social media here (#duh) and have totes been guilty of Instagramming erry-little-thing, tweeting out cool stuff and (over?)sharing on Facebook. Why would our weddings be any different? That's why we're totally loving the customized, affordable Snapchat GeoFilters created by our homies at XO Bspoke. The stationery company, which should be high on any broke-ass's radar because of its DIY-friendliness, knows that…

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  • 6/10

    Oleg Cassini Organza Veiled Lace Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts, featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years — in fact, 1 in 3 brides…

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