Post # 1
I am considering using a Gocco but I am still pretty on the fence about it.
I love crafting and have always been good with design. I am just worried that using a Gocco to make my Save the Dates, Invitations, Destination info/maps, Thank Yous and whatever else (placecards?) will be WAY too time consuming and that the drying process will eat up my tiny little apartment.
It seems like Gocco is more cost effective than ordering all this stuff- is it? How much does paper for Gocco cost? And what sizes do the different models print? Anyone have any negative experiences with Gocco (or positives?) I’ve read through some of the Gocco materials on this site, but for some reason I can’t access the Save Gocco site that everyone keeps referencing and if someone could put my fears to rest it would be very helpful:)
Post # 3
One thing to keep in mind is that Gocco screens and bulbs have been getting harder to find lately, so that could cause you some headache if you don’t already have them. Also, I wouldn’t say that Gocco is necessarily more cost effective, but it depends on what alternative you’re looking at. I’ve just used regular cardstock, and luxe cardstock, which isn’t too expensive. The weddingbee wiki has a wealth of info on the Gocco, you should check it out.
I’m using my Gocco for my Save-The-Date Cards, Invitations, Thank yous, as well as probably the Out of Town bag logo, napkins, programs, and menus (all things you’ve seen other people on weddingbee use them for). I won’t be using it for the placecards since burning the names would use too many screens for me and too much hassle. And, I don’t think I’ll be using it for my map since I need a lot of detail and several colors, and the overlay/detail thing requires better alignment than I usually get (though with patience you can do much better than I do).
It can be a time consuming process, and depending on how many items you’re doing, it can take up a lot of space. Drying racks help with the space issue though (I’ve also heard you can use a slinky that is secured in place). And, if you design well then you’ll have fewer different layers to print which really helps… I say this from personal experience because I didn’t design my Save-The-Date Cards well and used 5 screens, which means that you have to print and dry 5 times! For me, the design phase takes much longer than anything else, but I’m just indecisive.
My suggestion would be that you read everything you can find on this site and others about what types of designs have worked for people and what hasn’t. And then, evaluate what design you have in mind and whether it is really best done on a gocco. I bought a Gocco for my wedding projects, based on the great results I saw on weddingbee. I’m glad I did, and am enjoying using it, but I’m VERY glad I’m not in a hurry with any of my projects and had time to enjoy learning how to use it. To be honest, I don’t know that anyone that sees my Gocco projects really appreciates how much time they take me, but since I enjoy it (most of the time) I don’t mind. I understand why some people would recommend just ordering all this stuff though and not bothering with the Gocco.
Good luck deciding!
Post # 4
Thanks for the advice. I am afraid of committing to doing Gocco invites and the works and then not actually having enough time to do them…
I just told Mr. Burgundy that I was considering it and he looked at me like I was from Mars…this might be a no go for the wedding. However, I do collect stationary, but how great would it be to print my own!?!