(Closed) DIY Invites/STDs/whatevs for the totally clueless?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

@Omgbunnies:  I didn’t use them. We ordered card stock from papersource.com and designed the invitations in MS word. Download free fonts if you want prettier ones. Set your paper size to the size of your cardstock (A7 or whatever) and play with margins. Do test runs printing on sample size paper or regular paper cut to size or whatever to make sure they look right. The hardest part is having a printer that can handle heavy enough paper, and sitting there feeding them through since you can only put 5-10 at a time in most home printers. I am pretty sure you can also get things printed at Kinkos and such. Not fancy enough? Go to the scrapbooking section of your local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. They have sticky things you can put on as borders, stamps and ink you can use, embossing powders (actually super easy to use), punches so you can punch shapes out or punch corners, little gems if you want bling, etc etc. Poke around, find a couple of things you like, buy in a greater quantity than you think you’ll need. Have your girls over, get some wine (not too much wine) and decorate! (I would recommend making an example one first.) Stick everything in an envelope. If you’re feeling really comfortable with your printer you can print the addresses, or just use your best handwriting and write them. Or print them on pretty stickers/labels. You got this. Cool

I spent probably $200 on our invitations, reply cards, and envelopes and postage for both. And I get unsolicited compliments on them! Weird. 

Post # 5
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1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Omgbunnies:  weddingchicks.com

Their free templates are super easy, you put your info in and BAM! they’re done. No photoshop required.

Post # 6
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

there was a post earlier today, someone was offerin her services for free, you might look back thru today’s comments on the board and see if you can find her. I myself, gave up on the diy, and used vistaprint, with linen finish and we’ll diy our envelopes and add a liner…it just became too much! there are a ton of good ones on here from other bees though. I most recently saw a good one that did a step by step tutorial for pocketfolds, you might try searching that. Good luck!

Post # 7
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577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s an opensource image editing software available for free download online called GIMP. I used to it make my save the dates, and with some practice it does almost everything that Paintshop Pro or Photoshop can do.

http://www.gimp.org/

Post # 9
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3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we designed ours in Word too. Just have to make sure to resize the paper so the sizing is set to fit your paper. Then you. just type away. Try out different fonts. check-out ideas from the net.

Post # 12
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2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I designed all of our stationary (DH got me Photoshop for Christmas ’10), and had it printed through an online company (Catprint). Our invites cost $90 for 50, with 5 pieces each (invite, RSVP, info. card, reception card, and map/accommodations card). It took some playing around (okay, a LOT–I designed almost 15 mock-ups before we settled on the winner), but it was well worth it. I loved the outcome, and the guests complimented them a ton, too.

All other stationary/wedding decor was designed to match, as well. I’m a sucker for continuity, lol.

GIMP may be something to look into. I’ve heard it’s much like Photoshop, but is a free download.

Post # 13
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1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Omgbunnies:  it seems to be working for me. If you need the file I can make it and email it to you

Post # 16
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1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Omgbunnies:  My Fiance is a graphic designer, so he can do that for you in 2 seconds. he made the “Sweet Love” invite template a 5×5 square.

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