(Closed) how to make all of this myself?

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Newbee

I would check out hobby lobby and michaels for paper. You can usually wait for them to go on sale for 50% off. That comes around pretty frequently. Then you can just search for fonts online that you like, download them and put your invitation wording and everhthing into PowerPoint or word and edit it. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Printers don’t print white ink, so you cant use wood paper. You’d have to print out the wood picture on white paper. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Have you looked into Vistaprint? They are very affordable and I was impressed with their quality. Good luck, bee!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

This is beyond my skill set but you will have to buy a corner punch for rounded corners. My invitations had the similar wood bark paper. I did not see that kind of paper (or the floral you are looking for) in any craft store. Maybe online, I don’t know. If you do find the bark paper, you will have to figure out how to print in white. Magic, maybe? Lol. I don’t mean to sound negative. I was going to diy my own invitations until I realized it was 1000 times easier to just spend a couple hundred bucks on the ones I want instead of running around town for supplies and figuring out fonts and oh what now, my printer doesn’t print card stock? Kind of thing.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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mrsHankins:  You can find digital files like this online – a lot on etsy, and some will even have a whole invitation digital file that they’ll customize for you. Then you get good paper, have it printed and cut, and put it all together. 

ETA: If you want the envelope liner like the photo, make sure you have your envelopes already so you know the shape you’ll need to cut out. You’ll also have to glue this down, I recommend paper glue (can find in hobby stores or online) because it dries invisibly and also isn’t visible underneath the paper so you can get enough glue to hold the paper down. You can use regular printer paper for the liners. I literally just put together an extremely complicated invitation suite so try not to make it more complicated than you have to. Like I did… lol

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

double post…

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

You could buy a woodgrain digitalrint like this and put white text over it in whatever design program you have then have it printed by a print shop or do iit yourself. Doing it yourself is going to require a REALLY good printer and a lot of ink. It honestly might be cheaper to have someone print it for you. 

 

Just be warned- DIY invitations are not always worth the money. I ended up spending triple what I expected. Yes, I saved maybe 1/3 of the money I would have spent someone to make them for me but it wasn’t as huge a savings as I expected and the man hours were insane. 

Post # 10
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Newbee

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mrsHankins:  yes, they probably won’t have the exact paper, but you can pobably find something similar!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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MexiPino:  SAME! About the cost savings or lack there of and the man hours!! So much work! Everybody loved them and said they were so unique, but honestly it’s too much for something people are going to throw away at the end of the day…which is something I lost track of in the midst of my invitation crazyness.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

You can get 50-70 of those, the full suite, for $279? I’d do it. Theres no way your DIY won’t cost at least that much. 

You could design something similar if you know your way around a graphics program, but after printing I don’t think you’d save that much money. I designed my suite and had it printed through CatPrint.  I spent more than some other Bees on here but I had a larger suite (map, details card, RSVP card and envelope) which is what I wanted. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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FutureMrsJohnson_:  I was aware and ok with the idea people are going to throw everything away… until this week (one week before my wedding) when I was finishing favor boxes and programs and thought “Shit… in ONE WEEK this is all going to be torn up and thrown away”. 😛

My problem is that several friends and younger cousins are now convinced I’m going to “help” them make their invitations when the time comes. Um. Mine took like 30 minutes EACH and that’s AFTER all the trial and error. No. I’m never doing that for anyone else ever. Sorry, but I only love myself and Fiance that much. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I thought I wanted to do DIY until I figured out that I could minimize my guest list AND get all kinds of discounts on websites such as Wedding Paperie. They give a 25% discount if you sign up for the email list. Worth checking out! 

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