(Closed) Save the Date Magnet Troubles

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The only thing that I can suggest is to look in the frequently asked questions part of the Vista site to see what size they recommend for upload. It should be stated on the page that you are uploading to. Or try calling or emailing their tech department and ask them to help you. I don’t like Vista print because I feel their quality is lacking; at least for the times that I have used them. Other people though seem to love what they do and their prices can’t be beat.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I uploaded my picture into one of the premade templates at magnetstreet.com and it turned out pretty good!  They have a minimum order of 25 as well, though.

I’m looking at this page on Vistaprint’s site, and they have the option to download a template for Photoshop… if you haven’t tried that yet, see if that helps with your sizing issues.

Does Vistaprint allow you to order a “proof” of your magnet?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t use photoshop, but is there a box you can uncheck that says “keep ratio” or something like that?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you’re asking about adjusting the height and width in photoshop, when you go to image- image size, there are two checkboxes, called scale styles and contrain proportions. Turn those off and you can adjust the height that you wish. It will crop your image though! I suggest opening a new document at the size you want, then copy pasting from the old one to the new one, and then using a transform to make it the size you want. If you need help just PM me 😀

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Sweetie I couldn’t use vistaprint either…. and I used the template the had for illustrator and still couldn’t do it! grrrrrrrrrr

I haven’t had any trouble anywhere else… just there =(

We’re making postcard save the dates & rsvp’s and I order my postcards from postcard.com

They’re $16 for 100 1-sided or $23 for 100 2-sided. I was happy with their quality and they didn’t take long at all.

Idk if you can make “magnets” through them though… hmmmmmm

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know this might sound “tacky” but I used microsoft paint to make our photo magnets (used a picture from our engagment shoot, added color blocks and text in cute fonts).  We got sheets of magnet paper that you can put through your ink-jet printer from Staples for like 15 bucks a pack.  I enlisted the help of my fiance to cut them out with an exacto knife.  They came out BEAUTIFULLY (I’ve gotten many compliments on them, and people asked me what company made them for me).  A friend of mine sent away for hers online and spent SO MUCH on them… You can’t really tell that mine were done so easily/cheaply even when you look at them next to each other.  It might be that we have a nice printer… I’m sure if your printer quality is not-so-great the magnets won’t come out great in the end either… Just a suggestion.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MaggieGirl I think that’s great… I considered magnets and was totally going to DIY but the postcards work for us and ulitmatly cost less than paper, ink/printing, magnet backs, envelope, postage.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We purchased sheets of cardstock and cut them into quarters, then cut two little slits for opposite corners of the magnet to slide into to form the “backer” for the magnet when you put it in the envelope to mail it.  Our local “Michaels” craft store had nice cardstock with a raised pattern on it that looked really nice.  Our biggest goal is to save money with this wedding (I was laid off and our budget took a nose dive!) and I was really happy with the cost and quality of the final product.  We were actually thinking of ditching the idea of Save the Dates for a while, but when I sat down and calculated everything out I decided I still wanted to do them.  I suggest you practice printing it on regular paper before you stick the magnet paper in (because if you mess up, you’re down an entire sheet of magnet paper).  When cutting them out, run the exacto knife along the edge of a ruler (we used a metal ruler) to help you keep the cuts perfectly straight.  Also, only stick one sheet of magnet paper in the printer at a time (or else they’ll all stick together and will jam when trying to feed).  We had no problem with the stack of envelopes sticking together (I’ve heard other people complain about two envelopes sticking together because of the magnets when mailing), and we had no problems sending them out at the post office.. postage was a regular 44 cent stamp.  Also, using microsoft paint was so simple (I have NO idea how to use photoshop) and I was able to get the same effect from that program that I was originally looking for.  Good luck, hope it works out as well for you as it did for me!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You may also want to try…

http://www.magnetsusa.com/

My fiance has orders business supplies from this company and we’re planning on using them for our save-the-dates.  They have great prices, nice templates or you can design your own. Hope this helps.

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Try http://www.shutterfly.com

  When you register at their site, your first 50 prints are free.  I was able to order several trials of the size until I got it just right.  I don’t use photoshop, I used mac numbers.  Basically I made my design exactly 4×6, uploaded it and ordered it.  Shutterfly is very accurate up to maybe a slither that was cut off.  Oh and if you’re wondering, I ordered my design as if I were ordering photo prints with a matte finish.  They turned out just as good as post cards and you can’t even tell the difference once you add the magnet in back.  Best of all…the first 50 are free!  Good luck! 

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