- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
After hours upon hours upon hours of researching and working on designing my invitations, I have a rough draft. I’m not done yet, but I wanted to see what you guys think about them so far. These are 100% DIY.
Starting with the envelopes… oh the envelopes… I didn’t take the advice that I had seen a few times to find envelopes before I designed the invitations. I knew that I wanted 6×6 invitations, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a 6.5 x 6.5 inch envelope! (Let alone inner/outer – that’s a whole different ballgame.) I did spend a few days stressing out about having to spend close to $1.50 each on custom envelopes. I finally decided to just make my own. It cost me $8 for 100 sheets of white 8.5 x 11 cardstock, and about an hour of trying & revising to come up with a design that worked. I think I finally have it figured out, and on the bright side, this way I can customize the look of them.
I plan on using red thread, a straight pattern versus the criss-cross I’m using here, probably going across the top as well, and brushing up on my cursive skills:
Same wax stamp I used for the STD’s. I need to brush up on my waxing/stamping skills as well. 😉
I’ll probably put the return address on the back flap. I can’t decide whether I’m going to do a liner yet. If I do, I will need to change the design of the envelope a little so that you can see more of it.
Here’s the invitation itself. I’m just experimenting with the ribbon/square. I need some way to add a little bit of decoration and also hold the invitation to the info booklet underneath. The ribbon doesn’t seem to work all that well, though, and it looks a little to frilly. Any other ideas?
My co-worker actually designed the flowers for me. I love them! I’m not totally sold on the body font that I’m using, but I can’t find anything better. Any ideas? I like the header font. (Frebooter Script, which I found free online thanks to my fellow bees!)
Now, he’s my DIY info booklet. I made this all from cardstock & using a paper cutter. It really isn’t hard, and was super affordable. I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to decorate the cover. I’m just using a scrap piece of vellum here:
Once you open it, I’d like to add some sort of front page that mentions our website and maybe includes a poem, or something special to the wedding:
I made the covers out of a 12 x 6 piece of paper (standard 12 x 12 cut in half) and then attached the pocket on the left using heavy-duty double-sided tape. It was very difficult to get it to line up correctly. And, I didn’t realize this until it was too late – it’s barely tall enough for the RSVP card/envelope.
After putting the booklet together, I then printed and sewed the white 12 x 6 page in:
I still have some work to do on fonts/sizes/colors with the booklet.
And, that’s it! Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have. 🙂
p.s. the cost for these is around $1.50 each so far… that’ll be closer to $2 once I factor in ink and the couple of additional things I’ll probably end up adding. Still a whole lot better than the $8-$10 price tag each I was seeing at invitation shops! And more fun. 🙂 But we’ll see how I feel about this after I’m done with putting all 50-60 together!