Post # 1
I’m planning (hoping) to purchase a customized ceremony template file from Etsy and print them myself. They’ll be tea-lenght, front and back. The way I understand it works is, the seller designs the template with our information, etc, and sends the file in high resolution. We then take it wherever to have it printed and cut on whatever paper we want.
Did ayone do this? Did it work? realitively hassle free? Where is the best place to take it for cardstock choices and accuracy of cutting?
Post # 4
I haven’t purchased a template/design before from Etsy, but I have designed my own items and had them printed/ cut, so I’ll share my process!
The printer will probably send you a print-ready PDF file. Make sure the designer includes “crop marks” on the final file, which are tiny lines on the edge of your paper that show the printer where to cut.
You can do the following at this point:
- Purchase the paper yourself from Staples or Office Depot. They have cardstock in a variety of colors. (an Office Depot consultant actually opened the package for me to look at a single piece of paper which is SO HELPFUL!).
OR choose your cardstock directly from a printing store [more expensive option].
- Print the items yourself on your home printer OR take the paper you’ve purchased and the file to FedEx Office [more expensive option]. You can obtain a quote from them beforehand, ask them how much they’ll charge to print 200 full color items on cardstock you are providing, for instance. It will probably be like $50, give or take.
- Have FedEx Office cut your items. They charge around $1.50 per cut (so, if you have a stack of 200 pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ paper and you want to cut the paper down to 4″ x 6″, the charge will be $6 TOTAL to make four cuts!! I was so amazed to learn this; I have nearly broken up with my desktop paper cutter as a result!).
Let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 5
Just to add to #3 a bit, the charge is about $6 total for 200 pieces, not for each piece! Also, they do a great job, even better than I could do at home!
Post # 6
@Eweigele: that is great info, thank you SO MUCH. I have neither the patience nor skill to create my own template, but there are SO many sellers on etsy taht will create exactly what we want. I will definitely ask about “crop marks” when I order, to make things easier for whomever cuts them. And that price…totally do able for having them cut!! That’s so good to know. I will definitely go with FedEx Office, especially if they are trusted and professional…I once had something laminated and bound at Kinko’s for a grad school project and I was a little bothered by how little they seemed to know about what they were doing.