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September 10, 2010

Hot Wedding Trend: Handmade Centerpieces

One of the hottest wedding trends right now is adding a special personal touch to reception décor.  That’s why the Mixbook team has thought up a few easy DIY ideas for charming handmade centerpieces that your guests will adore.  Keep reading below to find out how you can win a 40% off coupon for your next Mixbook photo book!

Photo Trees

All you need to make lovely photo trees is a bunch of sticks from your backyard, your favorite photos, and some crafting items like ribbons, cloth flowers, beads, glitter, glue, and paint.  The basic idea is to attach photos to the branches and then add embellishments that match your wedding theme.  For a weeping willow look, attach a piece of ribbon to your photos and then tie the other end to the branches.  If you’re using tea light candles on your tables, be sure to place them far enough away from the dangling photographs!

You can also glue your photos to the top of the branches to make your centerpiece really look like a tree.  The extra space between photographs can be filled in with small cloth flowers, bows, beads, or anything else you desire to give your photo sculpture the perfect look.

Photo Book Stacks

A centerpiece idea that will give your guests something to talk about is a dressed-up stack of photo books.  Use Mixbook to make any number of books of your favorite moments, and then pretty them up by piling them on a piece of mirror and scattering candles and flower petals on the table.  The great thing about this centerpiece is that you can plan which books to display based on who is sitting at each table.   Add an interesting twist by creating photo books with wedding guest book pages so that your guests can jot down their favorite memories!

Photo Vases

These centerpieces are easy to transport and can be assembled very quickly on site at your wedding reception venue.  All you have to do it group together 4-5 clear glass vases of different shapes and sizes at the center of each table, and then put some river stones or colored-glass pebbles at the bottom of each vase.  Insert a favorite photo, your wedding invitations, or other items that are special to you and in a few minutes, you have elegant centerpieces that won’t take up much of your decoration budget.  Set a few lit candles near your photo vases for a soft, flickering light.  Voila!

MIXBOOK WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Do you have any fabulous creative ideas for wedding centerpieces?  Share them below in the comments section for a chance to win a 40% off coupon for your next Mixbook project.  Check back next week on our Facebook page to see if you’ve won!

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August 18, 2010

3 Great Ideas for a Staycation

Traveling is a favorite hobby of the Mixbook team. We often talk about going to exotic locations all over the world, but we’ve found that short weekend trips can be just as fun!  If you’re feeling the need to get away but are short on time and money, consider the weekend escapes below:

1. National Parks

From quiet, mysterious deserts to soaring mountain ranges, there is so much nature to explore.  Check out the National Park Service website (www.nps.gov) to find national parks in your state and start planning an adventure.  Parks are great for day trips with friends or family, and the cost of admission is usually free.  If you’re feeling the itch to play outside, tie on your walking shoes and grab your camera.  You will definitely want to capture the stunning views, and Mixbook has a great outdoors theme for your photo book!

Hiking Photo Book

2. Local Sites

If you’re more urban-inclined, try spending the weekend in a local city and spend some time sightseeing.  You can stick to your budget by taking public transportation and checking deal sites for discount rates on hotel rooms and gourmet restaurants.  Embrace your inner tourist and immerse yourself in the city.  Don’t forget to snap some pictures for your friends!

3. Festivals

If you’ve had a crazy week and want to take it easy on the weekend, consider going to a local festival.  You get to spend time outside, slowly perusing stalls of goods and munching on delicious festival food while people-watching.  Take plenty of pictures for your summer photo book, and be sure to carry a little cash so if you find something you’d like to purchase, you don’t have to go out of your way to find an ATM.

Don’t Forget to Capture Your Memories!

Even though you may not have traveled far, include your weekend memories in a special Mixbook photo book to share with friends and family.  There are so many fun themes available that you’re sure to find that perfect design.  If you need some inspiration, check out these great examples from your fellow Mixbook users!