The MAPS insert (with the floorplans) was the one thing designed by my FI – he has much better spatial ability than I do!
The design (logo) is a photoshop image that I bought from istockphoto (and yes, the same one that Miss Penguin is using!). I edited it quite a bit, taking out many of the branches and changing some of the leaves and florals to look more ‘star-like’ to fit with our theme of stars and birds. Here’s the original image, so you can see how much I changed it: istockphoto
The double happiness symbol is just a little nod to our families/relatives – we are both chinese (well, FI is Taiwanese) but raised in very Canadian famillies, so we are not really incorporating any Asian traditions (no tea ceremony, etc.). So I just drew the symbol and slipped it in – I like how it looks like it’s kind of naturally hanging off of the branch!
So misspinkberry, you could search around for an image of bamboo (should be pretty easy!) and a cute drawing of a panda, which might be a bit more difficult but doable. I drew a few things – like the carrot on the RSVP and some parts of the logo, so if you’re artistic maybe you could try it yourself.
jma19 -to close the pocketfolds, I made those little label tags. They are multi-layered. The purple damask layer is two pieces of scrapbook paper (that I cut to 2.5 x 1.5 inches) adhered back-to-back. I ran one piece through my xyron with permanent adhesive and stuck it to the other one. The tag wiht our names on it is 1.25 x 2.25 inches, cut out of natural white linen cardstock (also what the invitation layer is made of). I designed them, printed them on our color laser printer, and then ran them through the permanent xyron as well. Once that was stuck to the 2-sided purple damask piece, I ran the whole thing through the xyron machine using NON-permanent (repositionable) adhesive so that it was tacky and sticky but wouldn’t need to be torn to open the pocketfold. However, to make sure that the tag stuck to the top layer of the pocketfold, I put a piece of double sided tape down as well. So it’s permanently stuck to the top layer, but only non-permanently stuck to the bottom layer (think post-it note type adhesive).
Let me know if that doesn’t make enough sense! You will have a lovely honeymoon in Banff, it’s so beautiful. We grew up in Calgary so it was our backyard!
Emily – I didn’t have any problems with the gold ink/purple envelope combo. I brought a sample to the post office to figure out postage, and the woman who helped me didn’t say anything – but I didn’t want to ask! I think everyone’s gotten their invitations, and none have been returned so I say go for it. I hand-wrote the guest addresses with gold calligraphy ink, and gocco’d the return address on the back flap in gold gocco ink.
huskerlx – do you have any specific questions about the insert cards? I just designed them all in illustrator, first figuring out what the dimensions of each card should be. The whole pocketfold measured 5 x 7 closed and the pocket was 4 x 7", so the MAPS insert was just under 7×7 inches (7 x 3.5 folded), the INFO card was 6 x 3.5" and the RSVP was 5 x 7 (5 x 3.5 folded).
Let me know if you have other questions about anything that I didn’t answer!