Post # 1
Yes, like I said… stupid question. I know.
But, for those of you who are still with me:
I am done teaching for the school year and done with my very last grad class (ever!) in late May and early June. Thus, I will have plenty o’ time to DIY my Save-The-Date Cards (<–ugh, that makes me cringe) and invitations. But… I have no idea where to start.
What do I buy? Cardstock? Ink? I don’t even know where to get pretty envelopes. Micheal’s? Hobby Lobby?
Any (and ALL) help is appreciated. Even if it seems self-explanatory and/or obvious, it’s not. I can decorate an awesome classroom, but paper thang ain’t really my… thang.
Post # 3
@jwdesiree: I am a scrapbooker/card maker but did not make my own Save-The-Date Cards. I would definitely go with card stock and would visit any/all craft stores in your area and see what says “us” to you and your fiance. I would just try to remember, these are going in the mail so don’t make them too heavy or else you will need extra postage. Hope this helps.
Post # 4
i went the easy route and ordered postcards for my Save-The-Date Cards. I did make my own invites. Are you in Denver? I bought a lot of my paper from Donahue Paper (down south in Englewood) and Expedx on Santa Fe. They both carried nice Stardream card stock but I found that they were too thick for most printers to handle. Donahue also had a nice selection of Stardream envelopes. I bought a bunch last minute when I had a change of heart on my RSVP envelope color and I didn’t want to pay the shipping at Cards & Pockets just for envelopes.
Post # 5
Depending on what you want to do, you could look into vistaprint and etsy too. Then you could buy the envelopes that would fit those card sizes. They sell them at office supply stores, any craft store with a paper or scrapbook section, etc.
Post # 6
Here’s a link to some free printable save the dates:
Etsy will probably have some pretty envelopes.
I DIYed my own e-party invites using a template off the above site, they came out really nicely. We just bought some cardstock, printed out the invites, cut them out, cut the cardstock a little larger than the invites, glued the invites to the card and bam! Done.
Post # 7
What type of save the dates are you looking to do?
We made our own wooden magnet save the dates.. although I’m thinking we might change from the tree slices to thinner wooden hearts instead.
Post # 8
AWESOME, ladies, thank you so, so much! I will look into each of these options/websites/stores.
And, @profiterole:, yes, I’m in Denver, and that’s actually really close to me!! Thank you so much for the info!!
I can’t wait to get started! 🙂
Post # 9
@jwdesiree: my graphic designer friend designed mine and used vistaprint to print the STD postcard.
we are also using vistaprint from the invitations.
Post # 10
My fiance and I DIY’d ours, and we were so happy with how it turned out!
Skeleton key: Etsy. ETSY IS AWESOME. I am from Australia and Etsy is so much more accessible to American brides that it makes me jealous. Hehe. But those were very cheap and that was an assorted range too, which was a bonus.
Envelope: Also Etsy! But I bought a rubber stamp and just hand-stamped all of the little envelopes.
Card: Co-designed with a graphic designer friend who owed me a favour, printed professionally as a business card job. You could do something similar with some card stock.
Kraft tag: I bought a special puncher that punched out this tag shape and hand-wrote a message to add a personal touch.
Twine: hardware store
So yeah, I guess it depends on what you want to do and how you want to do it. Not everything has to be DIY – as you can see from ours we tried to save time and effort by investing into some pre-made pieces that we just assembled into something more creative.
Best of luck! Enjoy the process – it’s fun!
Post # 11
I had my sister take a photo, and then I added our wedding date, and a link to our wedding website for more info.
I printed them on 5×7 matte photo paper and mailed them in envelopes.
Nothing super fancy, but it looked cute and was effective!
Most photo printing websites have options for making photo cards if you’re not photoshop saavy.
Post # 12
@perfectingfaith: Really pretty and unique!
Post # 13
not a stupid question! i’m wondering the same 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I designed a photo collage in Photoshop and had it printed onto STD postcards at OvernightPrints.com. They turned out great and it only cost $38 for 100 cards!
Post # 15
Start with an overall feel that you’re going for. Romantic, modern, quirky, rustic, preppy, the list goes on. Once you’ve identified that, then think of things that go with that feel. So for romantic, I’d think soft colors, florals, lace, vintage. Or for modern, I’d think metallics, crisp, sharp lines, bold colors.
From there, check out someplace like http://www.minted.com, they’ve got some beautiful cards. You can use those as inspiration. Personally, I’d never print my own, the ink refills are expensive, it’s too time consuming and you don’t end up saving much money. Plus if your alignment’s off, you have to spend the $ to reprint them. I designed them, and I’m having them printed at Office Max. $0.62 per page, including the cardstock. 2 per page for the invitations, 3-4 per page for the inserts.
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