Well, it appears that I have been MIA for awhile. We had a crazy busy spring and end of the school year. If you have kids in high school, especially, then you know what I mean. So many events, awards presentations, dinners, and so forth, all packed into those last few weeks of school. That push is over so I'm going to try to get back to regular blogging.
One thing that kept me busy this spring was helping a good friend with a wedding shower she was throwing for her future daughter-in-law. She is a very picky, detail-oriented person (gee, where have I heard that description before?), and she spent months planning this shower and was so anxious for every single thing to be perfect. The idea for the shower was wonderful -- we all met at a local quilt shop, and we spent the afternoon making a quilt top for the bride-to-be. My friend and the bride-to-be had previously come in and picked out all the fabrics for the quilt, as well as the design for the blocks. On the day of the shower, a woman that teaches classes at the quilt shop taught us all how to cut, press, etc. I was one of the sewers, which was a lot of fun.
Anyway, a few weeks before the shower, my friend mentioned to me that she was thinking of having nametags at the shower. The reason was that a lot of the bride's family was coming, but also a lot of the groom's family, and no one had really met each other before this occasion. She thought it might make everyone feel more comfortable if they had nametags. I had just (the week before, in fact) bought my very first Nestabilities dies at a scrapbook convention that I went to. One of the sets I bought was Fancy Tags 2, and I started thinking that those tag shapes might make beautiful nametags. So, I made a couple of mock-ups for my friend to look at, and then, armed with a list of all the invitees, I set about making the nametags.
My friend did not want the nametags to have pin backs, because she didn't want anyone to ruin a nice blouse or dress, so we decided to use double stick tape on the backs. I cut the nametags out of heavy cardstock in the shower colors (pink and pale green), and then embossed them. I then formatted all of the guests' names in my word processing program using a pretty, frilly font, and I printed the names onto the die-cut nametags. Then I spent a bit of time dressing up the nametags a little bit with glittered flowers and gemstones. I made a few extra tags without names, just in case someone unexpected showed up, or someone ripped or ruined their original nametag. We put the nametags out on a table right by where all of the guests entered the room.
The nametags looked really cute, and making 20 or so of them cost only a few dollars and a little bit of time. It's funny, when I bought that set of Nestabilities dies, I really didn't have any idea what I was going to do with those tag shapes. I just knew that I was crazy about them! I'm sure I'll end up using them for lots of cards and other paper crafting projects, but I'm pleased that the first thing I did with that die set was make some gussied-up nametags for a wedding shower!