Post # 1
Those of you who have designed your own invitations, table numbers, escort cards, water bottle labels….oh the list goes on…..where did you start?
What programs did you use for your designing?
I would love to do some things similar to what Mrs. Dolphin has created! She is so talented!
Hive, please share how you accomplished all your paper dreams!
Post # 3
My designs are really nothing spectacularly creative but they are simple and I love them. I used Powerpoint to design the invitations, Photoshop (starter edition) to design the Save the Dates and Google Picasa to design the table numbers. All of which were free or came with my computer.
Post # 4
i LOVE the table number pictures, did you say you only used picassa to do this?
Post # 5
Those table numbers are fantastic!!! Great job! Now I gotta play around with that. 🙂
Post # 6
I actually did not really use a computer. Well, sort of. I used word to print out basic black letters/numbers (Monotype Corsiva) and then embellished with butterfly stamps.
Post # 7
These are a couple of the things I have designed for the wedding. I used Illustrator to make everything. I started out with Inkscape, but downloaded the free trial for Illustrator and it has made my life SO much better. I thought it would be super hard to use, but for someone with zero design experience I have found it easier than I thought.
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Edit: I don’t know why that orangey color on the water bottle labels looks so terrible on here…it didn’t print out quite so orangey and on my final I actually changed it to a blue.
Post # 8
I’ve tried many programs over the course of trying to DIY all my paper goods and frankly, I’ve ended up doing everything with two FREE programs: OpenOffice (the newest version available, which is 3.01 I think) and Paint (the version which came with my Windows 7 bundle). I have made a whole invitation suit (invite, RSVP card, Reception card, info card), rehearsal invite, brunch invite, table numbers, I spy camera games card, ceremony programs, escort cards, etc. all with OpenOffice and Paint. I tired the fancy programs (inDesign, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and found that unless you’re doing something super fancy, simple programs tend to work best (for me at least!).
Post # 9
All of my stuff has been done in Photoshop. Mostly because it’s the only Adobe program I own and I’m ridiculously comfortable with it.
Invitation pieces before assembly:
Photoshop Mock-up of Invitation Suite:
Except with this belly band:
Photo Sharing Cards:
I still need to do the seating chart, programs and a sign for the bar.
Post # 10
Love all the other projects you guys have!
Yes, I just used Picasa for my table numbers. Paint ruins the resolution of the photo, and Photoshop wouldn’t let me use a large enough font. I just loaded the photos into Picasa and used the “add text” function. Then I changed it to black or white text depending on the photo. I had them printed on metallic paper at mpix.com and matted them onto black cardstock. Very easy and I’m so pleased with how they came out.
Post # 11
Thank you all for such great tips & amazing inspiration! I feel so much more confident and am now ready to tackle some projects!
Post # 12
I find Microsoft Publisher the easiest and designed my Save-The-Date Cards, invitations, escort cards, programs, etc and it was so easy! Here are our nautical inspired programs (each flag is a letter from our names).