Cards and pockets? Papers and more? Paper presentation? DIY invite hell :(

posted 3 years ago in Paper
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  • Wedding: September 2014

I did my save the dates myself–and I did boarding passes with pocketfolds (though you could do pretty much any invitations the way I did). I found it MUCH more cost-effective to make the pocketfolds myself, than to buy them. 

I ordered my ivory linen carstock from paperandmore.com, for the actual cards. Their linen card stock is AWESOME–and much less expensive than other places. It’s a very sturdy stock and you can print on it (though my friend owns a print-shop and offered to print my save the dates for free if I supplied the cardstock. He didn’t offer letterpress or anything. Just full color printing). 

I DIY’ed my pocketfolds with 12×12 cardstock from Joann.com (I used “Core’dinations”) that I bought on sale and with a coupon. They were a bit of work to assemble, but they turned out AMAZING. I used Zots glue dots for adhesive. I then added an ivory linen belly band for a finishing touch.

If you’re going to use Core’dinations cardstock, be sure to choose your colors on this website: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/individual-colors/

The colors on the Core’dinations website are FAR more accurate than on the Joann.com website. 

I also embossed them myself using embossing powder, a heat embossing tool I bought at Michael’s Arts and Crafts with a 50% off coupon, and custom hand stamps that I designed and ordered from Rubberstampchamp.com. It made the invitations look VERY expensive. 

I did 75 save the dates, including: pocketfolds, boarding pass save the dates with magnetic backing, AND special custom stamped “Save the Date” balsa wood airplanes for under $200. However, that doesn’t include postage. That said, without the custom stamped balsa airplanes, it would have been only $120 for the boarding pass save the dates and pocketfolds. Again, the only thing I didn’t pay for was ink…since my friend printed the main cards for me. 

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