Post # 1
Hey ladies! I saw these two pictures on other WB posts and fell in love with them!
I know I *can* do this style, but it literally means designing *each* envlope as a visual design piece. I’m trying to decide if it is biting off more than I can chew! I tried the second font and it was a little too casual for my invites. When I did a couple mockups with the script I used in my invitiations, it looks really good. But I just don’t know if I should commit to it!
Any other bee’s go this way with their address envelopes? Printing each one individually styled rather than just doing a mail merge with standard text formatting?
If so, I’d love to see any other examples of it that might help sway my decision one way or the other. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
I haven’t done this style myself but I think it looks beautiful! How much time do you have until you need to finish them? Sometimes just working on a few a day can make it seem a lot less overhwhelming!
Post # 4
I did each of my save the date envelopes individually with a script font but not something quite as detailed as what you are looking at. We are getting married March 14th and will either do something similar to this or have whomever we get our invitations from do the calligraphy either by hand or digitally for us. Depending on how many you need to do I would say go for it, you can start now and have plenty of time. We only have to do about 50 so for me its not that big of a project.
Post # 5
Anyone else who might be interested in doing something like this, it was WAY less time consuming than I expected. I didn’t do lots of extra random swashes that weren’t connected to letters, but I did do a stylized address with different size and shapes for letters all open type.
Once I realized that I’d use the same 4 “layouts” or so depdning on what the family was: couple sharing long last name no kids, couple sharing short last name no kids, couple sharing long last name WITH “kids”, couple that don’t share a last name– it was MUCH quickier and easier than I expected. There was some tweaking to these groups (like making a single person was really based on the couple with 2 last names), but once I had a template for the design letter sizing, it was pretty easy to edit. It’s not nearly as detailed as the first example (much more similar to the second example) but I still think it’s a little fancier than just regular block lines in word, and even though they are similar to each other, each house will only get one or two. 😛
Hope this is helpful to anyone else considering this!
Post # 6
@eradicatereality I really want to try this. Would you mind sharing some detailed instructions on how to do this?
Post # 7
It’s always nice (are rare) when a DIY project is easier than expected. Glad they turned out well!!!
Post # 8
@llberu: I don’t know how to do it any other way buy how I did, which is in Adobe Illustrator. If you have the software and know how to use it, it’s simply a matter of having an open type font that you want to use to be able to edit them.
I numbered my guest list (for RSVPs) and made corresponding numbered layers in Illustrator to make each person’s address. I have another file with the templates/layouts that I descibed above, and just copied the relevant template into each layer for each address and edited the information and styled it with the sizing, spacing, layout, and open type characters depending on what looked best with the name.
Hope that helps!
@JenGirl: Thanks so much! Me too!! 🙂