(Closed) Did you or are you going to make DIY invites?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>As a graphic designer it was a given I’d be making my own invites. This also has been a huge money saver. I will be making 200 invitations for under $75. That equals less than $.40 an invitation.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I am basing my invitation on the Eternal Stationary Rachel invitation. Unfortunately their site is currently under maintenance so I can’t attach the link. However I am adapting their 6×6 design to a 4.5×6 horizontal top folding invitation so save on postage and envelope costs.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>My invitations will be a black linen card with a 4” white lace trim on the front and a black satin ribbon band and bow. The inside will have a white inlay that the printing will be done on.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I bought 2 packs of 50 12×12 sheets at A.C. Moore. I made 2 separate purchases using 50% off coupons each time so I only spent $18.98. Since I work for a small fast turnaround sign shop that owns a paper cutting machine, I will use that to cut down my stacks to 8×6. I will get 2 invitations per sheet. You could also go to kinko’s where they will only charge you $1 per cut. That means you could get all your invitation cut to size for under $5.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>For the inlays, I picked up a couple 12×12 packs of white paper from Walmart’s scrapbooking section. Since I will be able to get 6 inlays per sheet, and a 25-sheet pack is only $3, my inlays cost only $6.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I got an awesome steal on my lace at a local fabric store. It was a bolt they were discontinuing so I got all the lace I needed for $17.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>The 1/8” satin ribbon sells for $.44/10 yards. So I spent less than 5 dollars on them.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>Because I’m going with a basic invitation size I can purchase my envelopes from staples or office depot for $15 and even less if I use a coupon.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I plan to attach my components using hot glue, glue dots, and double sided tape.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I plan to just print my inlays at home since I’m only black ink. And I will be designing these using Adobe Illustrator. <span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>www.dafont.com<span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”> is an amazing site for finding really cool fonts.

<p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0in 0in 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;”>I hope this helped and gave you an idea on how much money you can save diy-ing your invites. Let me know if I can help you out with anything at all.

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

so i copied that from MS word b/c my browser keeps crashing… my mom’s psychotic computer :-/ and not sure why it pasted like that but hopefully you can get the jist of it :-/

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I plan on making my own invitations with my home printer (Canon MP320 or something like that) and plenty of quality cardstock, which I’ll probably order online. Plenty of websites (my fave is cardsandpockets.com) have decently inexpensive paper products, like cardstock cut to size and pocketfolds.

I’ll also be using either Adobe InDesign or Illustrator. I’m more familar with InDesign, though. And there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to get you started.

I wish I could give you step-by-step instructions, but I haven’t made them yet! Hit me up in a few months…

And if it’s any help, plenty of Bees have made their own beautiful invitations using their trusty home printer. Check out Mrs. French Bulldog’s DIY invites—they’re adorable!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We are making our own. I got the supplies from cardsandpockets.com and they are beautiful! My moh has photoshop and designed the invites for me.  Not sure how she did it, lol but I love them.  It’s kinda fun to do them ourselves! They aren’t super fancy BUT they are pocket style which I wanted and I think they are pretty 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am making message in the bottle invitations. I bought the parchment paper (heavier one) from Michaels and a whole big box of thinner parchment paper at Wal-Mart. I cut the paper myself. It really really isn’t hard but it is really time consumering! And I would def. recommend buying a paper cutter thingy. I bought mine at jo-anns. I bought the one that was like twenty dollars but somtimes I walk down the aisle and wish I bought the more expensive one because it’s bigger and it’s easier to use. I waited till Jo-Ann had a twenty percent discount off of all their paper cutting products. I bought mini wine bottles and mailing boxes online. I got sand and shells from the beach (opps, lol, well, enough attachs to you that I didn’t think anyone would notice.)

We used word, paint, and photoshop to create a starfish pattern for the invitation.

I used my own printer–lexmark wireless some numbers printer. It worked amazely. I think it’s cheaper to do it at home than at a commerical print shop.

Overall I am happy with the experience and the invites! Now, I must get back to rolling the invites because that’s what taking me the longest 😀

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are making our own, because my honey has experience in graphic design and was really excited about it.  We’re doing the petal envelopes from papersource.com and he designed our invites using Adobe Illustrator.  We started with a monogram type of thing that we wanted and the rest of our invites kind of sprang up from that.  We’re buying large sheets of cardstock and cutting it down to save some moolah.

I’ve also heard of people having a lot of success buying pre-cut paper from Staples or Target…they’re not that expensive, and usually you can get letterpress or something else fancy.  All you have to do is open the template that comes with the set and put your words in.  I hope that helps.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m making our invites too. I got my supplies at a combination of Micheals and A.C. Moore (all on sale between their weekly sales adds and the 40-50% off coupons). I bought 12×12 sheets of cardstock and hand stamped (using clear stamps) sand dollars inside circles using two different shades of blue ink (the chalk kind because I liked the look better) and then hand stiched the outside edges in silver thread. I cut the sheets down and was able to get 4 per sheet of the size I wanted.

I plan on using my home printer for the printing and am hoping to be able to emboss them using navy blue powder. I still need to do a test run on that but I have read others that had success.

I think when it comes to your invites you can go as traditional or as untraditional as you want. The possibilities are endless really. I got inspiration from just googling and then making it my own. I made a test run that I just thought looked ok and FH ended up loving it so that is what evolved into our invites. Good luck and happy crafting!!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

mismikado — Word to browser is not a good match. Always use Notepad or Wordpad (in the applications tab at the start menu). Word has a whole bunch of coding that does not translate to an internet platform

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are kind of making ours ourselves. We got the pocket fold Brides invitation kit packet things from Michaels, we’ll print them using the software they recomend but I plan on fancifying them a little, adding a little extra cardstock for maps and info, maybe a tag, maybe adding a little color ribbon, really making it my own. Fiance will print them at work for free, but we had no trouble printing them on our printer. As far as stamps go I may end up breaking down and buying stamps from http://www.zazzle.com so they match our invites. I’d say that ours are a little mix of pre-made mixed with some DIY elements to make them stand out more.  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I started with a sheet of pressed flower paper, which i bought big online and cut it down at kinkos because it’s free. we put a piece of vellum paper on top of that with all all the info, which we designed on photoshop and printed at home. we attatched the two papers using twine and tied a bow at the top.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i’m making my own …i cut them down from larger sheets of paper. i got my inspiration from an invite sample i ordered from a place. Was going to pay them $500 to print them until I took it apart and now I’m making them myself for around $110! I love the fact that I was able to incorporate my damask them into them. Its a lot of work but it’s so much fun and you feel so accomplished in the end. Here’s a sampleof mines..its and envelopment….the actual envelopes go inside of a cute lil decorative holder.

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Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

gorgeous ms. monicka!

whenever he pops the question i am doing my own as well, but will probably be using some sort of a stamping pattern and embossing and a belly band with a monogram tag in a boxed invite… lol yeah let’s just say yes i will be doing it but no i don’t know how they will be done

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We made our own … we bought the supplies from Michaels, and then designed the rest ourselves.. we loved the results, and it was a fun process! I highly recommend making your own, if you have the time and patience.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m still debating too!!  I know it’d be so much more fun to make my own, but I don’t know too much what to do so I don’t want to make a mess!  Plus I’m trying to figure which would be less expensive.  Let me know what you decide leche4evr!

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