i love the layered look so many of my wedding paper items were designed to be layered. as for templates, i have them in adobe indesign. they’re not templates. i’m not experienced enough to turn them into editable pdfs. i have the docs set-up in indesign but if you use indesign, you won’t need my files since all i did was just set up the document size and then added the vectors, text, photos…
i’ve seen a lot wedding items using this layered or step look but they’re expensive so i used scrap paper and a ruler to do a mock up. i’m very visual so i have to cut each page out and measure it to actually be able to see it. i work with someone who loves working with paper and book binding. i talked to him about various binding methods included stitching but i found the rivets/grommets very unique. i also used brads for other paper items i put together.
i did the layout myself in indesign and printed them using my color laser printer. i then trimmed them all using my dahl paper trimmer and bound them using 1/4″ rivets.
first i had to decide what size i wanted the final document to be. for my invites, it was decided because i used pocketfolds. for the programs, i simply wanted to cut each letter size sheet in half so they were 5.5″ wide. for the thank yous, i wanted them to fit a standard size envelope so i went out and found envelopes i liked. in this case they were A7 envelopes.
i had the damask vector in a black with gray accent so after selecting photos for each page, I decided to use the green and blue as accent colors to complement the vivid red colors in the photos. i edited the damask vector colors in adobe illustrator. i designed the front and corresponding back side in one indesign document so when i was finished, i had two-page pdfs to print using the double-sided feature on my printer.
after doing a couple test prints, and adjusting a bit to get everything to line up, i printed them two per letter size sheet. it’s essential to have a nice paper trimmer or take them down to your local office supply print shop and have them trim (like what i did with my invites and all the inserts). i have something called a cropadile that punches the 1/4″ holes and sets the rivets for me. i had a mix of different rivets so some had to be se the old fashion was using a little tool and hammer.
i made 60 thank you cards over the long memorial day weekend. i had dh sign his name but i hand wrote and hand addressed each one. at one point my fingers starting cramping up so i took little breaks in between.
as for the final price, i think i spent about $15 for a ream of 80 lb cover but i already had it left over from my other projects. the printer is a pretty nice canon laser that i purchased with free shipping and no tax to print my own invites. i did my research about replacement toner costs and bought a machine with the lowest operating cost. i bought the dahl paper trimmer on craigslist from a work at home photographer that decided to stop printing her own photos so i got a pretty good deal for a great paper cutter. the cropadile and martha stewart scorers were purchased from michael’s using either a joann’s or aaron brother’s 50% off coupon. i had the rivets as part of my craft room supplies. i bought an imac (already had a macbook) to make invitation design easier. but i bought a gently used one from a free lance graphic designer that gave me a good deal on his existing adobe cs5. since i already had everything, i didn’t spend much on them at all. i have used all my wedding supplies/equipment purchase quite extensively. i don’t recommend investing in all this is you’re planning on using for just one project. it took a lot of trial and error to learn the nuances of my printer and it took an entire weekend to learn how to use adobe illustrator and indesign.