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Akiko
Toronto Ontario
"If nothing changes, then nothing changes"
Interests: dance, decorating, scrapbooking and paper crafting, spending time with my man and my pooch tobi (cute little boston terrier), crafting with crystal :), and living in the moment!
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Wow, I finally managed to find time to say hello!! I cannot tell you how much I missed you, and sharing all the excitement that goes on in my craft room :) The past year I have been as busy as ever, trying to adjust to a new life. As Crystal has shared, I recently had a baby! I am now a MOM...it's still a little strange to say it haha. He is now 4 months old, his name is Kai and he is super cute...although my opinion is slightly biased :) What do you think of his Hallowe'en costume?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Crystal and Akiko
Hi Nicki, Would you be able to send me a picture of the paper you are using? Then I can have a good base to brainstorm from. You can email it to me at akikohyodo@gmail.com. Thanks, Akiko :)
Hi There! I would love to help you out. I have sent you an email with some information. I have had a few requests for the measurements for the inserts. It took me a long time to find them in my computer file mess, but I decided to post them here for those who want them: Invitation: 4.25"W, 5.9"H RSVP: 4"W, 3.75"H Directions: 3.85"W, 3.2"H Information: 3.8"W, 2.5"H These measurements are for the printed portion of the inserts. Unfortunately I do not have another version of the invitation anymore, so I cannot check to see what the measurements are for the back mount pieces. They were not much bigger, because they have to fit inside the pocket. So just double check the size of the pocket and make the largest insert a bit smaller so it will slide in nicely. I believe I did 2 layers of paper; teal and damask, to showcase the colors of the wedding. You will definitely want to do at least one mount - and make sure you use tacky tape!! the other stuff does not hold. Thank you for your kind words, and we are so happy that we inspired you!! ~Akiko
Hi there, I just printed them at home on a laser printer. We used a higher quality paper, a bit of a gloss to it and nice and thick to give it some weight. We did the design on adobe illustrator and fit 2 invitations per sheet. Just make sure you change the paper settings to get the best print. You may want to do a couple of trial ones first. Hope that helps! Happy Holidays :D
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And the fun continues! We had such a good time at the shower, it really was worth all the time, energy and creativity! Again, a huge thank you to blogger Hostess with the Mostess at www.hostessblog.com - she has the most amazing ideas for fabulous parties! I would also like to give a huge thank you to Performing Dance Arts (PDA), located in Woodbridge. Without their help and support, we would not have been able to host such a wonderful shower for such a wonderful person. Thank you so much!!! Here are some more pics of different things we did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
Thanks Ben! I am happy that the two of you had such a good time. I can't wait to see the baby room all set up!!!!!!!! UBER exciting!!
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I told you I had a CRAZY post coming up....this is it!!! This past Sunday was the FANTABULOUS Crystal's BABY SHOWER!!! Myself, her mom Teresa and her friend Paola planned the party together. It was an absolute hit!!! First of all, I must give huge props to blogger Hostess with the Mostess at www.hostessblog.com - she has the most inspirational ideas on the most amazing parties! The Festival du Bebe idea came from her blog - thank you so much for your creativity!! Everyone loved the butterfly theme, including the guest of honor. We didn't leave any detail unchecked. Also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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I just wanted to do a quick post on these delicious Smores cupcakes that I made for my sister Jack and Jill. They were gobbled up in seconds!! I got the idea from another amazing blogger. For the life of me I cannot find the link to their site! As soon as I do, I will post it. They are chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow butter cream icing, graham cracker crumbles and a hershey chocolate square stuck in the top. MMMMM!!!!! Here we are all done up 50's style! Left to Right: Tiffany, Moma, Sabrina, and me! I have a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Yay!!! I am posting! My goodness, I have been trying to get to this computer for weeks to do a post. My life has been turned upside down for the past month with different events, and one of them was my beautiful sister Sabrina's bridal shower. We decided to go with a secret garden theme, because she LOVED that book as a child. She was obsessed with gardens and the magic that they provide. What goes best with a garden theme? A tea party of course! My sister loves very romantic stuff, and the victorian era is a perfect reflection... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
I know I tried to reply to this a WHILE ago, I guess it didnt work!! MY apologies :( Yes, I definitely agree, mommy made dresses are awesome!!! I would LOVE to see a pic of you in your mommy made dress - would you be willing to share?? As soon as I get the video of our dance, I will definitely post it for you. Thats a great idea! Thank you for your kind words, and keep in touch! We love hearing from you :)))
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on Im back!!! And Im a Wifey!!!! at Crystal and Akiko
This is SO CUTE!!!! I Absolutely love it. Nicely done!!!!
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Most of you know that I have a Boston Terrier named Tobi. BUT - we recently got him a new companion! Her name is Kira and she is super cute. They get along SO well, its amazing! They are like brother and sister. My love for these two little furballs is so strong, I wanted to make a top 10 list to show why they are so important to me. Left: Kira, Right: Tobi If you love your dogs (or pets) as much as I do - and I know you do!!! - then please post a comment with YOUR... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Wow....I must say it took me a lot longer this time around to snap out of my turkey coma! Is this going to be a recurring trend? I hosted Thanksgiving at my house this year for the first time, with a whopping 12 people! (Okay, I know some people host 30 or more people, but that was a lot for me!) How many people did you have over for turkey feasting? Leave a comment and let me know! Everything turned out amazing. The turkey was delicious (phew!), and we all ate till we almost passed out! - Well for some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Sabrina, my older sister, is getting married in December in JAMAICA (Yes - two weddings in one year! And I wonder why my life feels so insane right now!!) and we just had her bachelorette party on saturday. WOW - was it ever F-U-N!!!! Her MOH (Shanna) and I worked together to make an unforgettable event! The theme was little black dresses, and what matches better to that than sex and the city! It was a sex and the city - little black dress party, complete with cosmopolitians! Of course I cant show you pictures of the evening - but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Ben and Crystal threw Corey and I the most amazing Jack and Jill! They worked SO HARD to make everything perfect for us. Here are a few pages to show how much fun we had! Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Don't worry, I didnt forget about ya! Here are the part 2 pics of my proposal LO's: Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Now this is a story! As you probably know, Ben and Crystal put together a wicked dance workshop once a year, with top dance stars teaching ballroom and latin classes for ALL levels. (check it out at www.2somedance.com for more info - the next event is coming up in February!!!) Corey and I always go to support our best friends, and because they are so freakin awesome! I dance ALL DAY for 3 days straight, completely exhausted at the end. But its so great to get together with other dance crazies! So for the event in August of 2009, Corey... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Can I just start off by saying that I had the most WICKED bridal party EVER!!!!! They all went above and beyond to make my shower extra special. When I first walked into my mom's house (My moma is such a FABULOUS host!) My breath was literally taken away. It was so special, the decorations were AMAZING and the FOOD! So much delicious food.....mmm.... This was my cover page. I used whisper white SU cardstock and stamped it with french filigree in teal, and a clear damask stamp in black to create my own patterned paper. The tissue flower, picture... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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Being a crafter, and I am sure every crafter will agree, when there is a big event in my life, I have to stretch my brain and create almost everything myself! Which is exactly what I did for my wedding. I think I went a bit too far with my wedding though, I was so exausted afterward!!! I dont have my professional pics yet, so I took these pictures after the wedding in my basement. Here is what I made: 1) WISHING TREE - The wishing tree was a substitute for my guest book. Its an asian tradition that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
Awww, thanks so much! Hailey is my step-daughter now ;) as of July 3rd! I hope I was a good step mom!!!
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HAHAHA Im Team Edward TOO! I was the only vampire lover there ;) Thanks for the compliments!
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Thanks Patti!
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Team Jacob or Team Edward? It was Hailey's 11th birthday party on Saturday, and when she told me she wanted a Twilight birthday I drooled in delight - what could be more fun than planning a party around vampires and wolves?? With red, white and black as the color scheme, I quickly jumped into action and planned a twi-hard party in just 2 days. phew! But what fun it was!!! I have to give huge props to blogger http://www.hostessblog.com - she gave me TONS of ideas in the short little time that I had! Here is what I did: I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
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WEDDING BLISS Wow....Its crazy to think how long it has been since I last posted. It felt like it just flew by!!! I have sooooo much to share with you!! First of all, CONGRATS CRYSTAL AND BEN!!! I must admit my mouth is half chewed off from stopping myself from spilling the beans!!! Im so super happy for you both, you are going to have GORGEOUS children!! Cant wait for the mini to pop out! Wow, this is a big year, with weddings and babies, its no wonder we have been so busy! But I must say that my wedding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Crystal and Akiko
Thanks Louise!! I used a graphic that we purchased online. We have used that flourish for our invites too. It has come quite handy!
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