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Sara & Troy – Fan Programs

September 4th, 2013

1 Program

Now that Sara and Troy are closing in on their two month anniversary, I have decided it’s finally time to post a few of my contributions to their happy day. Along with designing and producing their wedding invitations they had asked me to do their wedding programs. Already during our first meeting Sara knew that she wanted her programs to be fan programs, with good reason, the wedding would be in my famously unairconditioned church sanctuary on July 13! Which of course proved to be one of the hottest weekends of the summer.

As soon as she said “fan programs” I knew they should look like the old school fans that used to be stuck in the back of every pew in my church. Remember those? They always had a picture of Jesus on the front either surrounded by little children or little sheep and the logo of whichever mortuary donated them to the church stamped on the back. I even picked an old one up in an antique store just in case I would have to ask my Design Assistant to cut the handles for me in his wood shop. Thankfully a search of the internet turned up numerous websites from which those authentic wooden fan handles could be ordered.

Once the handles were on their way I designed the program. Because in my mind everything has to tie together I used several of the elements from the wedding invitations on the program. The program was printed on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock and then folded in half with the wooden handle sandwiched in-between. Oh, and then I rounded the corners of the programs. This meant I used the only corner rounder I had on hand… my very old “Making Memories” corner rounder. All of you out there who bought that “Making Memories” starter kit back in the day know exactly what I’m talking about. Probably not the best tool for this job. Since the programs looked best when I rounded the corners after folding them this meant I had to punch through two pieces of cardstock four times on each of the 350 programs. To say the heel of my hand was feeling both numb and bruised at the same time would be an understatement.

4 Folding programs

And of course I had to add a little sumpthin, sumpthin to the programs because I couldn’t just leave well enough alone. I decided to make these cute little tags that said “Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything”. Such a cool quote had to be used somewhere. I printed out about fifty tags per sheet of brown kraft paper and then cut them out with the intention of tying them to the handle of each program.

2 Tags

I had planned on using jute to tie the tags to the programs, but sister Kris convinced me jute would be too bulky. And then when we tried to tie the tag around the handle it would just slide down. Once we found the right weight of twine we continued the debate on how to attach the tags. It was like we were NASA technicians trying to determine the best way to get the Apollo 13 astronauts home safely. And yes, I noticed all of the exasperated sighs and overexagerated eye-rolls from all of the normal people around us. Finally Kris suggested we ask Newman (that would be her husband and partner in all things crafty) he took one look at the handles and said, “Why not drill a hole in the end and tie the tag through it?” Indeed… why not? Such a simple solution. Newman then high-tailed it out to my Design Assistant’s wood shop and was back 20 minutes later with a box of handles full of holes.

3 Tag on stick

And finally, because the tag wasn’t enough, I decided to use my newfound, favorite product, Washi Tape, to make cute little patterned flags to attach to the tags. Once the prototype was finally approved by all involved we kicked the “Mobile Sweat Shop” into high gear. Like I’ve said before, Walter White has his “mobile meth lab”… I have my “mobile sweat shop”. We set up at my mom’s and got the production line rolling, Kris cut twine and attached tags…

5 Tags with strings

I attached the little Washi flags to the twine and Marli and Kelli tied the tags to the handles. And I just have to share this little tidbit, I probably shouldn’t but I don’t think she reads her boring, old aunts blog anyway. While tying tiny tags to handles, Marli wondered out loud as to how I was able to print on such tiny little pieces of paper. “Well Martha,” I said, “I very carefully fed those tiny little tags through a tiny little “Borrowers sized” printer one by one.” The light bulb went on and she realized what she had asked and started to laugh. We didn’t stop laughing for a good 20 minutes and the thing I love the most about Martha is that she laughed just as hard and as loud as the rest of us.

6 Sweat Shop

Once all the tags were tied and Chief Counter Kelli had gone through and counted the number of handles at least three times I packed up my “mobile sweat shop” products and headed home to get to work on the final step in the fan program making process. Kris and I had once again debated on the best way to glue the handles to the programs. We even bought some industrial sized glue sticks in hopes of making the process easier. The glue stick prototype fell apart within seconds. So we settled on spray adhesive which was my last choice but I knew it was the best choice. Spray adhesive meant killing off even more of my brain cells and ensuring that my entire studio would be coated in a sticky substance for the rest of the summer.

7 Finished programs

It didn’t really matter how careful I was, because that is exactly what happened. When Ang and Kate came over to help finish folding the final pile of programs they could smell the adhesive standing outside my front door and when they walked in my studio Kate’s shoes immediately stuck to the floor. But like troopers they finished folding and rounding corners while I glued handles and I soon had a basket full of 350 finished wedding programs. Programs… check! Now on to the chalkboards… stay tuned.

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