(Closed) DIY invites. I got the digital file…how much work is involved?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you’ll have to print the invite panel on white cardstock, then buy navy cardstock to mount the invite onto. then you’ll need some kind of green paper to cut into strips to make the belly band, and a piece of ribbon to tie around the belly band.

then you need blue paper to make the envelope liners.

eta: the picture just changed to a different invite set…and people already told you how to make this invite yesterday.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

what exactly does the file include?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Personally, I wouldn’t purchase the file because it seems like it would be very easy to do your own version.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So, I would say no to the digital file because I find that that is quite expensive. Now, it would depend on cost per invite for me. Since they are all cut to size, that could cut down on a lot of time (for me anyhow, who fumbles with craft stuff).

 

I love them, btw! But perhaps another bee can instruct how to do at home. I have no computer skills with photoshop or even publisher…would love something classy and simple like this for myself. What size are the actual invites? Do you mind sharing what etsy seller so I can take a peek at her other stuff? 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I like the idea of getting all the items pre made by the etsy artist and preprinted so all you have to do is assemble it.  but i think it depends on how much she’s charging you. 

you could easily buy the paper at a store or online and have staples or some place cut all the paper for you to the right size.  only thing i could see having to be cut by hand is the envelope liners.  everything else is straight edge cutting that staples can do.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@missmichigan:  The assembling part is easy as its just gluing.  the buying paper in bulk and getting it cut is all based on math.  you have to calculate how many invites you can get out of a sheet and then buy the appropriate number of sheets.  from there you just instruct the staples people how big you want the invitations to be and how many they are to cut from one page. 

oh Miss Michigan, if only you lived closer i would help you assemble this stuff!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@missmichigan:  thats works too!

i guess the thing you have to ask yourself also is do you have the time and energy to find all the paper, envelopes, belly band paper, etc?  I found that looking for paper and pricing it all out took a while.

if you don’t want to DIY, i think half the price of the basic invitation cost (including printing) on her site is fair. 

to give you an idea, my envelopes were .60cents, paper was $1 per (8.5 by 11) sheet, all the paper for my belly band and envelope liner paper was $15-20, printing was .40cents per side (i did double sided), etc.  so you can see how this can all add up and then you have to include cutting fees. 

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