Post # 1
I’ve seen a lot of posts about people using purchased pocketfolds to DIY their own gorgeous invitations/enclosures/etc.
Has anyone done their invitation completely from scratch? I am hoping to use some paper, do some calligraphy for the invitation, include a drawing by my man, and then get them copied, and cut them out and put them on cardstock. Or something. Is this possible? I really do not want to buy kits.
Thanks so much for your advice!
Post # 3
Definitely possible. We’re doing our invitations for the bigger reception from scratch, and we’ve found that printing from a Word file works better than printing from MS Paint or other similar programs–gives you a crisper image.
Post # 4
I purchased my pocketfolds, but did the rest of the design from scratch. Don’t be afraid 🙂
Post # 5
I bought paper from paperandmore.com and designed my invites in Word. Totally do-able 🙂
Post # 6
I too bought paper online and created it all myself. I created a pocketfold and all. I got my paper off of envelopemall.com. It was the cheapest I found. Its totally doable but realize that it is a lot of work. I couldn’t have asked for better for my invites. They turned out exactly as I wanted without spending tons of money!
Post # 7
I did mine completely from scratch. It was much less expensive for what we wanted for me to do them that way. Here is my breakdown and some instructions. It really is possible to do everything yourself.
Post # 8
I did my Save-The-Date Cards on my trusty injet using MS Word. And they came out splendid.
You can also print your stuff directly on cardstock if you take it to Kinkos (sometimes your printer will do it if you hand feed it and if the stock isn’t too thick), if you don’t want to worry about pasting stuff.
Post # 10
Alright with all your support–this is HAPPENING!!
Got cardstock for the inner envelope and the invite itself (and rsvp card). (joann)
Going to buy some premade outer envelopes. (paperworks.com)
Bought sealing wax and a little brass seal. (flax)
Bough ink for my fountain pen and designed the invite. (michael’s)
Got a “free” return address stamp. (vistaprint)
Glue to glue together the innner envelope. (i forget where i bought this)
1. paper to print out the envelope liner. Newspaper colored. I’ve decided to only line the inner envelope. I have this awesome idea from another bee–we’re lining it with newspaper. But not really just newspaper–we scanned the announcement from our legal marriage and so that is going to be the liner! (everyone invited knows, and a few people wanted the paper, like grandma, so she got a real copy of the paper, but everyone else gets this copy with the invite. 😀
2. to design the RSVP card! eeeps. And… 10 people on our list are getting real “mail them back” RSVP cards–mostly those over 75. Everyone else will RSVP online or by phone–more convenient for them, too.
Pictures in a few days, I hope! I am SO excited. Although I didn’t save as much money as I’d hoped. I have enough supplies to make 175-200 invites.
Post # 11
I’m making mine from scratch. I am a graphic designer, so I’m super excited about it! I am just going to design the invitations/STDs/RSVP cards/ect in Illustrator and then have them printed at a printer we normally use for clients. It’s going to be nice and cheap too, lol.
You can do a lot at home with just a regular printer (even black and white) and cool paper from craft stores/office suppy stores. I’m probably going to do something like that for my ceremony programs.
Post # 12
I know someone (or maybe several someones) posted step-by-step instructions for DIY pocketfolds on here… a search should find them for you. I know I was considering that; eventually went with cardsandpockets.com, am very happy with the result, but I think it’s totally do-able and sounds great!
Post # 13
@karenski:I decided against pocketfolds–pictures up soon. 🙂 Thanks for the tip though.
It totally worked out, thanks to all the suggestions. 🙂 FUN FUN.
pictures! note: i forgot a line in the invites, i’m fixing that, plus the ink on the invite will be all one color, and all blue. the outer envelope is also blue (but i ordered it online and it’s not here yet)
and the envelope liner is that newclip from the top right corner
the envelope on the left is the 1st mockup, the one on the right is the 2nd one. i’m working on the 3rd (and hopefully final) right now!
Post # 14
I did all the cutting and glueing for these by hand. The idea, the measurements, the printing, the ribbon, everything we did our selves. It is possible.
Post # 15
@Eye Candy: These are amazing! That’s awesome that you did these by yourself! How many guests are you having becuase that would be very time consuming for me : )
Post # 16
I did mine from scratch as well (guess it’s a graphic designer curse).