Post # 1
OK, I’m going to preface this by saying I probably sound like an idiot. Here goes…
I’ve been reading all of these boards for hours upon hours and seeing all these things on etsy about DIY things, and I am really struggling with the thought of paying hundreds to $1k+ for invitations, so I thought maybe I could DIY my invitations. But I have NO IDEA where to start. I see the templates you can buy on etsy…but then what? Do I need a fancy printer? I have a new HP but it’s nothing special. What about paper? How do I know what type of paper and what size? Then how do I get envelopes in the right size?
I would love to be able to do this but I just can’t see it all coming together. Oh, and By The Way, I’m the least crafty person in the world…but I really want to try this! HELP!
Post # 3
I went to Michael’s and bought a ton of DIY kits on clearance. these are pretty easy and self explanitory. After a lot of research you will start to “get” what kind of paper to use and stuff;) good luck hun!
I think having a reliable printer is better than having a “good” printer, some printers are not Ideal for heavy paper. I personally am going to my cousins office to print mine ;P ( what? he owns his own business!)
Post # 4
If you bought a template on etsy, you could get it printed at Kinkos for pretty cheap. The trick is getting a template that fits on one page.
Also you can get templates on sites such as idiy or download and print.
Also, sometimes DIY can cost quite a bit.
Have you checked out http://www.vistaprint.com ? They have really cheap but nicely printed invitations. If you’re on a budget, check them out!
Post # 5
Thank you guys for the suggestions!!! I’m going to go check all these ideas out now…
Post # 6
Here’s what I did for mine:
I went to michael’s and bought a clear invitation kit like this:
Wilton White Swirl Invitation Kit
My husband then used photoshop to create the information, I added some ribbon and a small pendant and it was beautiful. You can find everything at Michaels.
Best of luck!
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Post # 7
If you’re going to truly DIY: start with the envelopes. They only come in certain sizes so if you start with that you can design down from there as the invitations will need to be at least a 1/4-inch less long and wide than the envelopes, more if you’ll have a lot of inserts or are using a folder.
For print your own, any decent color printer *should* work, but you’ll need to test the color settings and make sure the paper you choose works with your printer. I have a laser printer that hates cardstock and any paper with too much texture but my inkjet printer does just fine with both (has to do with toner vs ink coverage and other technical things, just know that you should do lots of tests before investing a chunk of change into materials).
Paper is pure preference. Head to a local craft store and get some different stock ideas and play around with them. Anything coated (glossy or matte, maybe with a sheen) may need additional drying time depending, again, on your printer.
And, remember, by the time you invest in paper, envelopes, special tools or templates, it may not actually be cheaper. But if you have the time to invest in them, they can turn out quite cute and the feeling of having done it yourself is kinda cool.
Post # 8
@xweetgal: your invitations look great!! can’t believe those are DIY.
@thirdtimebride: thanks so much for the detailed how-to…that’s exactly what I need. I think you may be right about the cost, though – I was online last night and found some that were more reasonable and may even be a savings from DIY.
Post # 9
@hardtoconcentrate: Where’d you find some?
DIY can often be pretty expensive.
Post # 10
I am going the DIY route. I have a graphic design background, so I am building my invites in InDesign and Photoshop. I use art from stock image sites and play around with it in Photoshop until it’s how I want. I have gotten all of my fonts from either Da Font or Font Squirrel. I am then going to get them printed using Catprint, bind them with ribbon (ribbon belly band type thing) and then my mom is going to address them all. I also DIY’d a return address stamp as well (it’s easy, just mock up a quick design and order it online). If you need any more help…just let me know!
Post # 11
@jacinda10: weddingpaperdivas.com had some really reasonable, cute ones…and they’ll send free samples, so I ordered samples of a bunch last night.
Post # 12
@katyd: wow, you sound more creative than me. I’m sooo out of my element here!