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A shared love of sailing made a nautical theme the perfect choice for Nellie and Matthew Leis’ recent nuptials. Take a peek at this design tip to learn about some of the unique and distinctive touches this Broadway Paper insider added to her special day…

Nautical Save the Date

save-the-date sail


white linen card stock
lake dots gift wrap sheet
white a2 envelope
navy linen card stock
lollipop stick
cloth-covered wire


hole punch
x-acto knife
silver spray paint

    • Using a graphics program or Microsoft Word, type out your save-the-date text in navy blue ink to fit into a right triangle (“sail”) that measures 4 x 3.75.” You can print multiple copies on an 8.5 x 11” sheet.
    • Print on white linen card stock, then trim to size with a ruler and x-acto knife.
    • Punch three holes on the long side of the right triangle.
    • Spray paint your lollipop stick and let dry.
    • Cut three small pieces (about 3” long each) from the cloth covered wire and twist through the three holes in the “sail” and around the silver lollipop stick.
    • To keep intact in the mail, back the sail up by attaching it to sheet of navy linen card stock for additional support. Our piece measures 4.25 x 5.5.” Cut slits in the support card stock using a ruler and x-acto knife and slide the lollipop stick through the slits to secure it.
    • We’ve included the return address on the back flap of the envelope; however some at-home printers are unable to print on envelopes. In that case, your local printer would be happy to do this for you. If you can do this at home, set your text up to print on the back flap of the envelope. Measure the width of the envelope, to be sure your text doesn’t run off the edges. Print your text on your envelope flap in navy blue ink.
    • To create the envelope liner, take your envelope and place down on the back of the navy dots gift wrap. Trace with a pencil around the envelope.
    • Trim the liner out with scissors or an x-acto knife and a ruler. Then trim a 1/2” piece from the bottom of the liner.
    • Tuck the liner inside the envelope and fold the flaps of the envelope and liner down.
    • Pull the envelope flap away from the liner and roll mono adhesive along the back of the liner.
    • Press the liner and envelope firmly to adhere.

bridesmaid survival kit

bridesmaid survival kit


tin lunch box
2 white circle cards
navy blue polka dot ribbon
wooden alphabet letter
white sizzle
“survival” goodies for your girls!


double sided tape
x-acto knife

    • To create the label, set up in a graphics program or Microsoft Word so your text is centered vertically and horizontally on an 8.5 x 11” page (be sure your text/design does not exceed a 5” diameter from the center of the 8.5 x 11” page).
    • With a small strip of double-sided tape, lightly adhere a white circle card to the center of a piece of 8.5 x 11” text paper and place in your printer tray.
    • Send one of the labels to print and the text/design will print directly onto the circle card.
    • Remove the circle card from the text paper carefully. Trim a 1/2” horizontal strip from the bottom of the circle card with a ruler and x-acto knife.
    • Repeat step 1-4 to the label for the back side of the kit and adhere both labels to the front and back of the tin lunch box with double sided tape.
    • Fill the tin lunch box with white sizzle and “survival” goodies…chocolate, deodorant, lip gloss, hosiery, mints & more!
    • To top it all off, take a length of navy blue polka dot ribbon and tie in the wooden alphabet letter that matches each bridesmaid’s initial. Then tie on the handle of the tin lunch box.

nautical program

navy blue linen card stock
white text paper
3/16” silver eyelets


x-acto knife
3/16” hole punch
3/16” eyelet setting tool

layered program

    • To create each layer of the program, set up one layer at a time in a graphics program or Microsoft Word. Begin with the first layer measuring 4 x 6.75,” the second layer 4 x 7.5,” the third layer measuring 4 x 8.25,” and the last layer 4 x 9.” Create your text to fit into each layer using navy blue ink.
    • Print each layer onto white text paper and trim with an x-acto knife and ruler.
    • From the 8.5 x 11” navy blue linen card stock, trim a 4.25 x 11” piece. Cut the piece of paper in half vertically to make this measurement exact.
    • Fold a 2” flap of the 11” side over, making your paper 4.25 x 9.”
    • Place all four layers of the program into the flap and punch two holes at the top (centered on the navy fold) through all the layers.
    • Using the eyelet setting tool, set two silver eyelets into the punched holes.

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