(Closed) Pocketfold Paper Inserts: Buy or Cut your own?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I was wondering the same thing. I think I’ll end up just ordering them from Catprint – they’ll print and cut them for me for about the same price. And then I don’t have to do 500 little cutting projects!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Wait… I think I read that wrong. I was thinking about the inserts! I bought my pocketfolds because I am lazy. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I cut my own. I designed them to print on 8.5 x 11 (multiple inserts on one page), printed them on a color laser printer, and trimmed myself.

It was time consuming, but worth the cost savings, plus the printer wouldn’t have taken the pre-cut pieces. I wanted them “bled to the edge” and the only way to do it on the printer I had available was to print on larger paper. I could have had them professionally printed but was looking to save money.

I don’t regret doing it – BUT:

1. I had plenty of time. It did take a long time, but I don’t mind repetitive tasks, I find them kind of relaxing and enjoy the sense of accomplishment when I have a big stack done.

2. You MUST MUST MUST MUST have a high quality trimmer. A cheap plastic Swingline guillotine cutter from OfficeMax isn’t going to hack it. It won’t cut straight consistently and you’ll get annoyed. I started out using one of those and then switched to a CutterpillarPro (not affiliated with them), and it was totally worth it. Night and day. And now I have the Cutterpillar for all sorts of crafts in the future.

3. I am pretty experienced with papercrafting and knew how much work it was going to be/that I could do it well.

So… if you don’t already have a nice paper trimmer, the money savings might not be there for you. I would never try to cut them myself with scissors.

 EDIT: When you say enclosures, I assume you are talking about the inserts. That’s what I am talking about. I ordered my pocketfolds. Unless you were just doing a handful, doing those well seems like a nightmare.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NAvery:  I agree!

My most used tool is my papercutter.  If you know you can do it right than order the larger paper and cut it yourself.  If you are worried about getting it right or time constraints than buy the paper pre-cut.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I actually made everything from scratch (including pocket folds) but ordered all supplies from cards and pockets. I chose to just order the bulk card stock so that I could print 2 to 4 inserts on one page and just trim to size. It saved me a lot of money but also did not take too long to trim to size.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How are you planning to print them?  That may influence your decision.  Some of the inserts aren’t the best size to run through home printers.  We ended up buying uncut cardstock and then having it cut to size.  We were going to do the printing and cutting ourselves but by the time we got to that point in the invitation process, we were pretty much at wit’s end and took them to FedEx instead.  They were still a hassle…but I’m not sure if I’d be married if we would have done it ourselves.  Wink

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@candief:  Yeah, there’s so much to think about!  If I could go back in time, I would still do my invites (because I absolutely loved them) but it was definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be (and I expected some issues going into it).  Definitely leave yourself WAY more time than you possibly think you’ll need to do each step (and hey, if you could in under, bonus time!)  Use a laser jet if at all possible – ink jets have trouble with some of the papers.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I printed at home and cut my own using a scrapbook cutter.  Here’s a test print (I don’t have a photo of the final print uncut) on 8.5×11

Here are the inserts cut

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ll cut my own, but then again I have a Cricut.

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