today is our wedding anniversary (if you're new to the blog, you can read about our sweet italian wedding here). this year, rather than making the usual anniversary card for my lovely husband, i decided instead to create something a little more permanent. something we can keep up all year round.
so i persuaded Mr B to put up one of the five picture shelves that have been gathering dust in the garage since we picked them up from Ikea last Christmas (!) and set about making some suitably soppy anniversary bits and pieces.
first i designed and printed a sweet black and white heart print. nothing fancy, just our italian wedding vows picked out in a lovely black script font, cropped into pretty heart shape. framed in a standard white ribba frame, i love how clean and sharp it looks. .
then to the shelf, i added a framed print of our favourite wedding snap and a string of my paper lantern (or balloon) lights spelling out 'ti amo' (italian for 'i love you'). (i told you it it was going to be soppy!). the little white card you can see is my anniversary card from Mr B, a sketch of the 'chiesa di santa maria in tempula', the tiny little chapel we were married in.
love it all!!
p.s. if you'd like to make up your own paper lanterns, i've made a printable paper lantern alphabet for you. just print off the letters you'd need and use my tutorial to get folding. i've also added a star and a heart design to use as spacers. (top tip: after cutting out the paper square, enure the letter is facing 3 o'clock and is face down, that way when you fold it up, the letter will show on the right side of the lantern).