Post # 1
Last week, I made bellybands for over EIGHT hours, and I’ve been addressing and lining envelopes ALL FREAKING WEEK.
Anyone else totally DIY burnt out? I just want it all to be over, and I’m worried that my final product is going to look really “homemade”. and not in the cute whimsical way. Arrrrgh so frustrated.
Post # 3
Ugh, DIY projects always seem to take longer than I think they will. I contemplated DIY my invitations but the more I thought about it the more I just didn’t want to deal with that frustration.
Hang in there. =)
Post # 4
I haven’t started working on mine yet, although I’ve purchased a DIY invitation kit. Kinda dreading it now, lol.
Post # 5
I’m in an LDR so I’m hoping piling on the DIY’s will make time pass faster, besides, I have almost 2 years for all this crap, lol =D
I’m sure your DIY’s will look great, you can always post for advice if you need reassurance!
Post # 6
I am getting married next week and am done with my DIYs, but I realized that I have been doing projects 3-4 nights a week for five hours at a time since MLK Holiday. It is insane! What am I going to do with all of my time once I am married!
Post # 7
DIYs do get tiring. I used to rotate from one DIY to another, so I would work on invites for a while and then switch to something different and then come back to the invites later
Post # 8
I hear ya. I’m a DIY rotator (flip from one project to another), but all my DIY is done except invites. GAH!
Post # 9
My invitations were pretty simple but they took me FOREVER to make lol! I was surprised at how long it took me. Probably one of the longest DIYs I did.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Check out Miss Eagle’s blog posts from the last week. She DIYed LETTERPRESS invitations. Can you imagine?!? She’s a rock star.
I had one never ending project myself (painting our floral wreath monogram on two corn hole boards) and though my back was killing me throughout and my eyes were tired from squinting, seeing the end result was so satisfying.
Hang in there! I’m sure all that work is going to result in a fantastic invitation suite!
Post # 11
Yeah, my DIY invites took WAY longer than expected, and I had the same concern re: looking “homemade.” I told Fiance I thought they looked like a crappy arts and crafts project, but you know what? My family LOVED them! They thought they were so unique and fit our personal style so well, everyone raved about them, and they all thought the workmanship was great (all I see are uneven edges and too much rubber cement, but whatev!). So don’t worry, run with it and enjoy it, and everyone will definitely love them! The work does pay off.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@mink: You are too sweet! I’m not a rock star just an insane grad student with a mild paper obsession :).
I totally know how you feel OP. I’ve got to line our inner envelopes and finish a bunch of calligraphy still. It’s so much work. But my invites would have been thousands of dollars and I am just so darn cheap. And I like making stuff myself, it’s just invites is such a huge-scale project.
Take it one day at a time!! We share a date – when a you sending out invites?
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement! I really needed it! I was SO frustrated this weekend. FI has been working/schooling nonSTOP, so I’ve had very little help in the process.
But, in other news, they’re DONE!
The DIY list on these:
1. Calligraphy on outer envelopes
2. Return address embossing
3. Printed addresses on RSVP’s – I couldn’t stand to do my own address in calligraphy THAT many times!
4. lining both the envelopes and rsvps
5. gluing in the invites and folding the gatefolds (this actually took WAY longer than I anticipated!)
6. and by FAR the worst – the DIY bellybands. These were literally almost the death of me. I made them using the Silhouette machine, but the cardstock was REALLY thick, so I had to run them through twice. It literally took 9 straight hours to cut them all.
Anyway, here are some pics of the fruits of my labor!
Bellyband on invite:
Invite in envelope:
What do you all think?
Post # 14
@eagle: and it’s true. You ARE a rock star! I can’t even possibly imagine DIY letterpressing all those invites. Yeouch. 🙂
As for when to send them….I don’t know!!! I was thinking the end of May? I really have no idea. When are you sending yours?
Post # 15
Those are amazing! I can’t push myself hard enough to get all my DIY invites done…
Post # 16
Great job! I’m sure it sucked that it took so much time to make the belly bands but they turned out really wel!!! I also really like the calligraphy on the envelope. I was going to do calligraphy on our invites but time was running out too fast so I ended up printing labels. lol