- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I wanted to share with everyone my DIY 45 “Record the Dates.” I love how they turned out, so I thought it would be nice to explain the whole process in case anyone else is looking to use this idea, and hopefully this will save you some time and effort researching.
I designed the labels using PowerPoint. I found the picture of the dog with the phonograph on one of the RCA 45 records, so I did a google search and found the image and then looked for an image of a cat with a phonograph. We both love animals, and although we have two cats and no dog, I thought it would be cute to have the dog on his side and the cat on mine, and the phonographs are facing opposite directions so it almost looks like they are trying to talk to each other.
I printed out the labels and then we coffee dyed the paper. We cut the outside of the circles with scissors. I purposely made the outer circle thicker in PowerPoint to hide our mistakes cutting. The center of the records have 1.5 inch holes, it was hard to find a hole punch that size (especially one that punches out the middle of the paper not just from the edge). I ended up designing the labels to have a 1 inch hole, and I purchased a kit that included a one inch “anywhere” hole punch. Here’s the kit from Amazon:
Making Memories Grommet Tool Kit $14.83
We purchased all the 45 records from an estate sale for around $5 for the whole lot of around 120 records. This was way cheaper than purchasing each one individually at a thrift store. They had a few boxes at the estate sale so we just took a box and offered a few dollars for the whole thing. We glued the labels onto the records with a glue stick and attached magnets strips on the back.
Figuring out how to ship the records was the least enjoyable part of the process. The records are 7 inches across, so I knew I was going to need a large envelope and the shipping would be expensive. I purchased 7.25 inch square cardstock with matching 7.5 inch square envelopes from Paper Presentation. The order was around $70 for 100 sets. I had found a stamp that said “All you need is love” at a thrift store a while before, so I used that on the back of the envelopes. I also wrote “Do Not Bend” with a red sharpie on the front and back of the envelopes so that I wouldn’t have to use the stamp at the post office.
I used an x-acto knife to cut slits in the cardstock for the records to fit in, hoping that it would keep them from sliding around in the envelope. I included notes on some of them either on the corner of the cardstock or on a separate small piece of coffee dyed paper.
Here’s the envelopes I used: Desert Storm Square Envelope 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 – 25/Pk http://www.paperpresentation.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PPN&Product_Code=E_SQ7H123&Category_Code=ALL_SQR Desert Storm Square Flat Card 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 – 25/Pk http://www.paperpresentation.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PPN&Product_Code=C_SC7Q123&Category_Code=ALL_CARDS_C_SC7Q
Because the envelopes are large, square, and contain a rigid object, shipping came out to $2.07 a piece. For simplicity, we used a $1.10 stamp and and $1.00 stamp. I would recommend buying the stamps you need and taking them home so you don’t have to put them all on while standing at the post office, and you can enlist help from others. I was very lucky because the lady at the post office was extremely helpful. I went at the same time on Friday afternoon for my trial run which I sent to my mom and again the next week for shipping the other 80 or so. She hand cancelled the stamps for me for no additional charge.
The records were sent out a week ago, and so far I have heard no news of them being broken or chipped! I do wish I had used thicker magnets on the back, since a few people have said they weren’t sure what the magnets were since they look kind of like electrical tape.
Good luck with your vintage and/or music inspired save the dates!