Post # 1
First off, Happy Mothers day to all the moms out there 🙂
I have become very confused with how I am supposed to format my invitations and inserts for the pocketfolds…
For the inserts, how do I format it on the computer so that it will print small enough to fit onto my inserts? Also, how do I make sure that they will be able to be stacked to create the stair affect? Basically, how do I make sure that the headings of "RSVP, Directions" etc are all visable with the varying heights of paper?
I am getting 8 1/2 x 11 paper, but I would like to fit as many as possible on one sheet and then cut them out…
Any tips or suggestions?
Post # 3
The best thing to do is to do a mock up. I figured out how many inserts I wanted. Three plus rsvp and envelope. Then just stacked them up and cut them down. Once I had my measurements, I ordered paper online.
I used paperandmore.com. They have a great website with a great FAQ. I don’t know how much it will save you to try to get the most out of an 8×11. It doesn’t cost that much for paper. I would have the inserts precut. It will save you a lot of time (plus blades get dull real fast). Also pay attention to the inserts paper thickness. The first sample I got, the paper was to thick to fit everything in the pocketfold.
I used the mac pages program. It was really easy to do the layouts. I laid it out in my pocket fold as you described (directions, info, events) then I put my rsvp envelope with the rsvp on top of it. I printed rsvp on one side and the fill out stuff on the other. The effect: the "rsvp" outlined by the return envelope, then the stack.
My DIY invite went pretty smoothly! Keep it simple!
Post # 4
I am in the middle of making my invitations with inserts.
I downloaded the free program called inkscape.
I then changed the document/paper size to the size of the insert I wanted. Designed it, printed mock ups that so I had it the way I wanted.
I then opened a new project screen and made the paper size the standard size I was printing on for you 8 1/2 x 11 then I copied the original, pasted it on the larger one. I then just multipled it by how many I could fit on the paper.
Allow yourself cutting room on all sides. It took a few trying for me But I ended up getting it right. I am sure you can do this in other programs this is just the one I used. I hope this helped. Feel free to PM if you need me to explain it better or you have questions.
Post # 5
Do I need to get text weight paper or can I just do everything on the cardstock from paperandmore? I got a sample of their cardstock and it didn’t seem too thick.
What is everybody’s experience with different paper thickness?
Post # 6
You will want to use cardstock. I would say no less than 100 lb cover. You can use text weight (normal paper weight) but they’ll be really flimsy. I haven’t used paper and more but I have used Papers-paper and they will send you a sample pack of their paper, so you can get an idea of the weight you like.
Post # 7
Thanks LLauRRA 🙂 I have samples from paperandmore.com and like the thickness so I think I’m just going to stick with the cardstock from there.
One more question…is it ok to use a black envelope for the rsvp cards? I’m using tiffany blue pocketfolds with pearl metallic paper and black wording/text…
Post # 8
I think it would look really amazing with black envelope and the tiffany blue pocketfolds! Sounds like everything is coming together great!
Post # 9
I think those colors will be gorgeous. 🙂
Make sure you post the result so we can see your pretty invites!
Post # 10
I used 100 lb cardstock – I think it made it feel more substantial – even 80lb felt flimsy to me. But, that was a big part of the reason I ended up having to bring them to kinkos to print – 100lb cardstock doesn’t go through my printer easily. (I could have done 1 sheet at a time but really, I do have to do “real” work sometimes…)
I think the black rsvp envelopes will look great – but question – how will you address them?
Post # 11
I used photoshop, but I’m familiar with the program, I was able to fit a number of inserts onto one page.
One note, if you decide to do RSVP POSTCARDS, the paper weight can not be less than 80 lbs, or the post office won’t deliver it!
Post # 12
I am doing my own double pocketfold invites and have used standard letter size cardstock from Office Max (110 lb weight) for my mock ups (ordered the real thing from vistaprint). I used Word for this. To make a perfect stair effect use 7″,6″,5″ and 4″ Quick math:
7+4= 11″ (the length of your paper) 5+6 also equals 11″ this will give you four cards perfectly stacked at 1″ increments.
I set up 2 columns in Word and set the margins to minimal. Using standard 11 point font I was able to type up all my wedding information.
The 7″ card is for the reception
The 6″ card is for the directions
the 5″ card is for the response, it fits into the A2 size response envelopes perfectly
the 4″ card is for the accommodations.
This is just what I did; of course you can tailor these to your own needs, except the response card – it has to fit.
To get the print to line up I had to use a bit of trial and error but it was pretty easy to take a clear plastic ruler against my computer screen (set zoom to 100%) to see if I was within the right measurements.
Hope this helps!