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Ladies! I finally finished out DIY invitation. I love love love paper crafting, and this has been a DIY adventure to say the least. I have sought out advice many times and complained my fair share about the process, (see here and here and here and here and here and here to get an idea of the journey, lol) but in the end I am SO happy with them, and would do it again in a heartbeat (and hope to! I’ve always had a vision of opening my own Etsy paper shop. Stay tuned for details!!).
We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from guests so far. I’m thrilled. 🙂
I used a silhouette cameo to cut the paper for the invitations, the rsvp cards, and for an insert envelope (not pictured). I also used the cameo with a pen attachment to do the RSVP cards, the lettering on the insert envelope (not pictured) and the addresses/names on the outer envelope. I also used the silhouette studio to design and cut the address labels (both the round labels and the rectangular labels. I designed the invitation using microsoft word and printed them with a home inkjet printer. I cut the liner and lined the envelopes by hand. Finally, I secured the suite with a thin pink satin ribbon (not pictured) and sent them on their happy way!
Without further ado, here they are. Excuse the poor photos, the lighting in our apartment is awful and it took about a thousand tries to get a decent shot. (Note to self: if paper shop goes through, hire professional product photography!!) I can’t wait to get a pro pic of these from our photographer. 🙂 (to anyone that did that, do you take one to the wedding the day of or send one to them in the mail?
Post # 3
@multinational: WOW! I’m so impressed! These look amazing!! What a fantastic job you did!
Post # 5
They are so cute! You did a great job!
Post # 7
So cute!! I wanted to design our own invites too, but I have zero skill at that. Love the colours!
Post # 8
They are so pretty and I love the little address tags for the envelopes!
Post # 12
Where did you get the teal envelopes if you don’t mind me asking?
Post # 13
WOW you did a fantastic job they look very professional!
Post # 15
Seconding the envelope question – where did you get the pink ones (and what is the color called)?
Great job btw! I like the lining on the envelopes. Is that scrapbook paper you cut?
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I LOVE paper crafting. There are plenty of things I don’t have skill at, though, and photographing in my apartment is clearly one of them! 🙂
Thank you! The round address tags are one of the things I like best as well. I took some inspiration from different etsy shops (I was browsing custom address stamps) and rolled with it.
All of my paper products (cardstock, envelopes, text weight paper) — except for the labels, and envelope lineres — came from Paper Presentation. I found them to have a larger color selection than Paper Source, were less expensive than Paper Source, they have a great return policy, and their store is so inspiring. They have an online store as well as a brick and mortar store in NYC (and maybe beyond). The light blue envelopes that went inside as an insert I made myself, but I used paper from Paper Presentation as well. The teal color is “south beach” (they have a few different teal colors, including tiffany blue, fiji, and others), the light blue color is “daffy blue”.
Thank you! Professional was what I was aiming for. It was incredibly frustrating because it had a steep learning curve, but now that I know how to do it and what works it should be easy next time. One of my recently engaged friends has already asked me to make hers, and I’m so excited about that!!!
The small pink envelopes are from Paper Presentation (they have an online store and a brick and mortar store in NYC). The color is Feather pink (or pink feather, I can’t remember).
The liner is a digital scrapbook paper that I had printed at a local printer (I did print some myself but the paper they used was much smoother and easier to insert into the envelope). I negotiated a price with them and ended up paying .25 cents per page. I made my own template (but I considered buying an envelope liner template from Paper-Source) and cut the liners by hand. I inserted them into the envelope, lined them up, folded the flap down, and then glued around the top edges, and shut it again. Voila! (I can post a more detailed tutorial with photos if you’re interested!)