(Closed) DIY Projects and Budget

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MamaHusky3: if it’s for the wedding, it should be from the wedding fund. 

Are you doing these yourself at home or by a printer?  If you’re using a printer, I’d talk to them about how to do this in a way that will save money. 

If at home, print on normal paper first for your ‘trial runs’ on assembly and to see what fonts look best together.  For colors, use one sheet of paper and print as many colors on it as possible, to get the most for your trial.  (hopefully that makes sense! lol)

hope this helps!!!! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We included all test runs in the budget.  We basically had a separate bank acct for wedding, and anything that was bought for it, had to be paid from that account.  It was pretty easy, since we just used debit for everything!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MamaHusky3: I’d definitely do at least one at the normal size, but if you have a couple different ways you want to try assembling them, I’d shrink ’em down to where several will fit on one sheet. 

Or even cut similiar dimensions from regular printer paper and assemble them that way before printing them out and trying them.  It’s the same basic idea, just without the thicker paper and design.  You could even use scrapbook paper (you can usually get it at Big Lots or Discount Stores really cheap, or even from michaels at a cheap price.)  Just measure out the sizes, cut, and assemble.  It would save on ink, definitely. 

Here’s what I did: I’m making my invite inserts and pocketfolds.  I used normal paper to first try making the pocketfolds (they’re gonna be made using resume parchment paper) then used one sheet to do a test run of the final product. 

Ohhh… before I forget… Here’s a catch with staples: they charge an extra fee for anything you bring in on a flash drive/cd.  Mailboxes Etc (aka UPS Store) and Kinko’s DO NOT. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh, I used a template found on another blog!  It’s REALLY awesome and looks VERY clean and professional!  (I really need to start uploading pics, don’t I? lol).

Here’s the link where you can find the tutorial: http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-challenge-pocketfold-invitation-using-8-5×11-paper

I used the elmers glue sticks I had when I bought school supplies for my son.  I used my finger to get the glue ONLY on the edge and it’s STILL glued tight after a month… and being in a drawer with other papers and stuff, lol. 

There’s a tutorial here from another Bee who made her own inserts (fold paper in half length wise -dimensions are 4.5×11- then cut one side at 7″ and the other at 6″. And it works PERFECTLY for the pocketfolds.)  I’ve still gotta do the inside of the pocketfold where the “announcement” part goes.

Try the tutorial with a regular white piece of paper (printer paper) first to get an idea on how to do it and how it’ll look.  I thought it looked and worked great, personally. 

Post # 9
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1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I personally didn’t include test runs in the budget, although I probably should. I’m so frugal that the amount of money spent on test runs so far has probably been less than $10.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MamaHusky3: welcome!  I’ll post photos tonight so you can see what they look like.  It’s A LOT cheaper doing it this way than if I were to buy ’em from somewhere, even from vistaprint!  And my ultimate goal is to spend as LITTLE as possible! LOL!

Post # 12
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4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m DIYing all my decor, and now due to the above link considering the invites too:) Any test runs I do, the materials will most likely end up being used, meaning I’m going to think real hard before I buy a thing Laughing so I don’t go overboard on wasting… So, yes- I’d definitely consider the test run part of the overall budget.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@CaptainSpaulding: YAY!! I’m so glad others are finding that link as useful as me! 

And the best part of that link is, the paper can be any color or style and bought ANYWHERE!!!  Not to mention, the cost is a LOT less than using scrapbook paper or paper you can only get at certain sites.

 

Post # 14
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Here’s a photo of the finalized pocketfold.  I tweaked the folds to better fit the inserts.  I can’t remember the exact dimensions I used, but that’s a good reason to play around using plain printer paper!  🙂  I’ll try to find my ruler tomorrow (I think my daughter stole it again….) and post them tomorrow!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MamaHusky3:

I probably should have taken the money out of the wedding fund but I’m fairly sure that I took it from my personal checking. Then again, I tested alot of my ideas on scrap paper or got stuff that was in the clearance bin at the craft store so I don’t think it really ended up being that much. 

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