Post # 1
I’ve designed my invitations finally! Should have photos soon, but luckily no photos are needed for my question.
I decided to use ribbon with a tag in the center for my belly bands. The ribbon is 5/8 inch satin ribbon. My invites are standard A7 sizing (about 5 by 7 inches), except they are printed in landscape – so the ribbon is landscape as well. Here is the issue I am having.
The first one I made, I wrapped the ribbon around the invite and glued it together, no problem. However, when it slides into the envelope, it moved around too much. I made the next one a bit tighter, but since there is no ‘give’ to the satin ribbon, it was very hard to get on and off the actual invite. Once I did get it part way on, the corner got caught and the satin actually snagged.
Has anyone else used ribbon? Did you use satin or grosgrain? If satin, did it snag?
And, just putting this out there – Since we have talked a lot lately about people not knowing what to ‘do’ with a belly band (tear it, slide it, etc) does it really matter as long as they can get it off once?
(For the record, I had a bridesmaid look at the whole thing completed tonight and I had to show her how to remove it from the sample)
Post # 3
I did the belly band w/ my DIY invites….I was doing a satin ribbon but I switch to a shimmery scrapbooking-type paper. I also put e small thing in the center of the belly band for decoration (sorry no pics – I’m at work!).
Anywas….I also had a problem with the belly band sliding around once I put the invite inside the envelope. My envelope was a “pocket fold one” (see below). I took a little bit of scrapbooking glue dots and put it on the back of the invite on the belly band and pressed it onto the envelope. Everyone said the invite and belly band stayed in place throughout the mail and it was easy to pull the invite off of the envelope – and nothing was ruined!
Post # 4
I was going to suggest exactly what MrsJKH2be suggested. Glue dots are wonderful.
Post # 5
I used satin ribbon with glue dots as well — the glue dots provide enough give to let the ribbon come off, but still kept everything in place.
Post # 6
Ah, wonderful advice. This might work for me.
I also just tried tying the ribbon into a bow on the back, with the tag still in the front. It stays on better than what I was doing before. I also feel like people will know to untie the ribbon – and since the tag and ribbon would be glue to the front,, everything stays in place.
Thanks for the tips. I’ve been working on these all day – I’m loving how they have turned out! So glad I decided to DIY these.
Post # 7
Well, got them all designed and finished – check out the pics if you’re interested!