- 10 years ago
- Wedding: May 2008
Hindsight is twenty twenty. There are a lot of things I wanted to do with my invitations but I ran out of time. I’m not a graphic designer so this was a learning experience. In fact, this is the first time I’ve ever written a blog. I’m saying all this because there’s probably someone out there who’s thinking “Maybe I can create my own pocketfold invitation” but you don’t know the first thing to do. Hopefully, this blog saves you a little time in researching. My goal is for this to be a resource. Good Luck with your project! First I created an Excel file with my invitation list (with addresses). As an accountant, Excel is my life! I used this file to manage RSVPs and create a seating chart. I also used the file to create a mail merge for the A7 envelopes. The envelopes were printed using a mail merge and MS Publisher. Publisher has a template for A7 envelopes. So I hand fed every guests envelope through my laser printer—twice. Once for the return address on the back and the second for the recipient’s address. I was not going to paste labels on my invitations. Incidentally, my colors were turquoise and brown. And EVERYTHING had to be that color. I think it was Mrs. Spider who said creating her invitations were like birthing a child with no meds. I couldn’t agree more. J I also hand fed (to avoid paper jams) the A2 envelopes for with my address for the RSVP responses. I downloaded a 30 day trial version of Adobe Illustrator for free. I (personally) found this the best program to design my invitation. You could use MS Publisher. However, I liked Illustrator because you had the ability to manipulate the size of vectors and they didn’t change properties. (Although my invitation does not have one). Mrs. Spider was kind enough to send me her templates and the font Scriptina. (I was in love with the Zapfino font as well but you have to pay for that—and I can be cheap at times). My fonts are Scriptina and Copperplate Gothic light. Since I only had a 30 day trial version and I had never used the program before, this saved a lot of time. I was able to produce 4 RSVP cards on 1 page, 2 of the other inserts on all other pages. So with 110 invitations, I needed 28 pages of 8.5×11 for the RSVP card, and 55 pages for each other insert and the invitation mat. So that’s 193 pages of paper…there’s enough leftover in the ream if you make mistakes. Now there’s two places I separate from the die hard do it yourself crowd on pocketfold invitations. #1 I wasn’t going to cut my inserts down to size. #2 I was not going to make the pocketfold. I was already two batty over the whole ordeal. So I took my 193 pages to Kinko’s. It was $2 per cut (and the RSVP cards took a lot of cuts with 4 to a page. However, a total of $50 at Kinko’s for 10 minutes worth of work is peace of mind any day. Now, I could have brought the inserts already cut, but I would have had to hand feed them in to prevent paper jams (because all this cardstock is thick). Plus a ream of paper with leftovers was a better deal in my opinion. So here’s what I spent… I ordered a lot of extra materials….Print and buy extra. There’s no telling who might “need” another invitation. Or mistakes happen. The additional materials were used for sending out save the date magnets and programs. Another note: Before you buy a lot of metallic paper or envelopes. Make sure you can print on it. Not every printer can handle metallic.
ENVELOPES: Starburst Lichen Metallic http://www.thepapermillstore.comSize: 7.25×5.25 (A7)Weight: 80lb TextQuantity: 250 Envelopes$45.97 Starburst Lichen Metallic http://www.thepapermillstore.comSize: 5.75 x 4.375 (A2)Weight: 80lb TextQuantity: 250 Envelopes $42.97* * Half of these envelopes were used to mail out save the date magnets and the other half RSVP purposes.
PAPER: Starburst Lichen Metallic http://www.thepapermillstore.comSize: 8.5 x 11Weight: 98 lb Cover Quantity: 200 Sheets $44.97**I used about 55 sheets of paper to layer my invitation mat. The remaining paper was used to create programs. Wausau Royal Linen® http://www.cutcardstock.com80 lb Cover wt Cardstock 250 pk IVORY$25.50
POCKETFOLDS: 5×7 Vertico PocketFolds http://www.cardsandpockets.comMetallic BronzeQuantity: 110Price $1.25 each (I think that was the price at the time). Total is $137.50
RIBBON and GLUE: 3M™ Super 77™ Multipurpose Adhesive (less than $15 for the tall can).I was super worried about my pocketfold’s coming apart. To me that would be the ultimate sign of a cheap invitation. I stumbled upon this spray adhesive, but it worked really well. In this area everyone has their preference. I believe it’s sold at Walmart. Ivory 7/8” satin ribbon 100 yards $7.20 http://www.papermart.com I ordered ribbon in different colors for other purposes like the programs. However, I mainly used the ivory for the invitations. Papermart has great pricing if you need a large quantity of ribbon.
SOURCES OF POCKETFOLD INSPIRATION:
Mrs. Spider (she emailed me her templates!)http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/08/10/dont-throw-me-away/
Preplumeriapal from the Knothttp://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/default.aspx?UserName=preplumeriapal&m=1&MsdVisit=1
Mrs. Hibiscushttp://www.weddingbee.com/2007/04/27/diy-pocketfolds-finished/ http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/05/04/diy-invitation-map/
Heatherkj from the Knot and Road to the Aisle http://roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com/2008/04/theyre-ready-for-their-close-up.html http://roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com/2008/03/diy-pocketfolds.html
Alex from the Knot (scrolldown her invitations and programs are amazing) http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/page.aspx?username=abattyref
Mrs. Palette (I loved the use of fabric).http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/12/05/red-invitations/
Bianca from the weddingbee.com (in recent posts)http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/invitation-mock-up (Her pictures are gone but her invitations looked really nice)