(Closed) Invitation Idea…DIY?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You’ve just inspired  me! I created this design on publisher and uploaded it to Vistaprint.

I ordered a set of ten to see how they would turn out and then I’ve been planning on buying paper from Neenah, something from the Linen Classic in a grayish color. I’ll use that for the layers behind the announcement, it’ll be the same weight. I’m going to print everything at the college with whatever design I choose, so all of my print will be in black.

I know it won’t look as awesome as the invite you uploaded, but mine will cost about $0.50 per invite, including everything besides the postage.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Super fun idea! Looking on Etsy, lots of shops are selling similar designs for $10 or more an invite, yikes!

 

I haven’t made them, but definitely think you could replicate it as a DIY project. Binding it all together would be inexpensive & easy with a small (1/8″?) hole punch and maybe mini wire fasteners, ribbon, twine, scrapbooking eyelets, etc.

 

As far as a template, I’d just start with 5″x7″ and work from there. Then you can have everything printed in that standard size and cut the layers down as necessary. I whipped up a diagram to show you what I mean. The dimensions listed are what would be a reasonable finished size for each layer. For every one but the top, I’d abide by a “type-safe” margin of at least 3/4 of an inch on the left side of the finished area so none of your info gets lost under the binding. Plan to cut on the left so you won’t risk damaging your right edges–you’ll want those to be perfect, especially if you use bold borders like your inspiration.

I’m sure the end result would be a beautiful finished product for under $3.44 each, with single-sided printing anyway. 🙂

 

Sorry for the long response–probably more than you bargained for! I clearly have too much time on my hands tonight.

Post # 5
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i didn’t use them for my invites but for my thank you cards.  honestly, they would have been a challenge for me in the beginning of the process but by the time i had finished my invites, programs, menus, and other stationery items, i was a semi-pro at this so i finished (printed, asssembled, wrote personal thank you notes to each person, and mailed) my thank you cards in one weekend.

I have them set up in Adobe InDesign but I wouldn’t exactly call them templates.  Message me if you want me to dig out the details for sizing.  I based the design on one I found on minted.com but I did everything from scratch and they were designed to fit into a standard A7 envelope.

These are the supplies I needed/invested in:

– New Mac computer because it was too difficult to design on a MacBook

– Adobe CS5 (and then later CS6).  I used Adobe InDesign for the layout and Adobe Illustrator to edit the vector images.

– Color Laser printer

– paper cutter on steroids from Dahle

– Martha Stewart scoring board

– crop-a-dile puncher and rivet setter

– rivets

– a subscription to deposit photos or some other vector images site to download vectors images

– cardstock (and by the time I knew what paper would and would not work on my printer)

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