(Closed) Invite design help

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There are some great tutorials online! Heres a few to get you started:

http://www.weddingwindow.com/blog/everybody-loves-a-pocket-fold/

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/06/08/diy-tutorial-tri-fold-pocketfold-invitations/

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-pocketfold-invitation-suite

Is there a particular look that you are going for? Do you have pictures that you could post of invites that you like? It would be easier to help once we know what you want.

Post # 6
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What are your colours?  Is there a certain pocket fold layout that you like? Do you want photos incorporated into it? Or just text/design?

Heres a few pics of some fall themed invites. 

 

 

Post # 7
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8455 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mkelove:  I’d start looking at invites that you like for inspiration first.  Then you can incorporate your colors from there.  You may also want to order samples so that you can get a feel for the size, shape, and color paper/cardstock you want to use.  I used photoshop and InDesign to make mine, so if you’re using those feel free to PM me.  I’ve also heard other bees use illustrator or microsoft publisher or power point.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it is a huge project.  at least i didn’t try making my own pocketfolds.  i ordered mine from cards and pockets.  with the cost of paper, it’s worth paying for them premade.

the most difficult parts:

– figuring out the insert sizes.  i wanted four step inserts.  since i’m so visual, i literally had to cut them out and measure them.

– paper: i selected beautiful feltweave cardstock and wanted to print them myself.  it would not print on my printer or any standard digital copier printer.  i had to find different paper.

– cutting: i after the invites and inserts were printed, i realized cutting them would be a huge task (even with the professional paper cutter i purchased).   i took them to office max and had them cut using a guillotine cutter.  It was cheap.

– printing: fortunately i bought a really nice color laser but printing was still a challenge (mainly paper issues).

– design and typography: i think it’s fine to use microsoft word or publisher if you are keeping fonts and graphics simple.  i ended up having to buy and learn how to use illustrator and indesign for my invites. i used one of the free weddingchicks dahlia graphic and edited it in illustrator (changed colors and reformat it from square to rectangular invite).  i fell in love with professional fonts so in order for me to fully access the glyphs, i had to use indesign/illustrator.  most of the the time i did the graphic editing in illustrator and did the final layout in indesign.  for simple designs, i did everything in illustrator.  these programs are not cheap.  i also had to buy a new imac because using a macbook was too difficult.

– making it look good: i’m not a graphic artist so layout was challenging for me.  most of the time homemade invites look homemade so i was trying to avoid this.

– investing in equipment: i bought a new color laser, new imac, software, professional paper cutter, paper scorer, various cutting tools, and other pretty expensive items.

i did learn quite a bit from my invites.  i then was able to design and create several other items.  i really enjoy crafting so it was good for me but if you’re impatient, it’s not worth it.  either pay someone to do it or use one of those inexpensive box invitation kits.

 

Post # 10
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4099 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Fair warning: Square pocketfolds are about $2 to mail!! I am doing squares, I’m stalled at the moment, but, it’s fun! I have 2 more tabs to finish then off to the presses (I am having the local vo-tech print and cut them)

Post # 12
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8455 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mkelove:  If you make it standard letter size, it won’t be so much to mail.  My invites were 2oz each, and cost me $0.65 to mail within the US (Canada was more).  You can make your invites lighter by using thinner paper or cardstock, but they won’t feel/look as nice.  As for the artwork, you can find tons of free clipart on devianart.  I know a lot of etsy sellers also have graphic art for sale.  I’m sure a lot of bees here have templates/art that they’d be willing to share with you too.

Post # 14
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Newbee

I think my friend used a template similar to this one for her invites because it’s the standard letter size: http://www.lcipaper.com/kb/make-your-own-pocketfold-part-1.html

but she had a pretty small wedding so it wasn’t a super big project for her to do in her free time. Otherwise it might have been worth to buy them premade

 

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