Post # 1
Do people have tips on how to assemble invitations/stationery?
More specifically, I’m trying to mount my save the date card onto a slightly larger card stock to create a frame around it. I want all sides to be even. Is the only way to make sure it’s even is measure? Any quick tips out there?
Post # 3
I highly recommend a paper cutter that cuts straight lines and measures the paper for you before you cut. For example, this one is great because it has an extending ruler that tells you what size you’re cutting your paper down to.
Decide how much of a border you want around your top sheet (1/4 inch is a common border), and cut your bottom sheet twice as big. In other words, you might cut your top sheet 4 x 5 and your bottom sheet 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.
As far as lining it up, nothing beats a good eye! When I was putting together my stationary, I splurged on double sided sticky tape because it was convenient.
Post # 4
I would get the papers cut professional before using a paper-cutter yourself. A guillotine is much much more accurate, but if you don’t know how to use one, most printers have one and will charge you a nominal fee to cut your paper. Or order it in the size you need. It’s very important they are cut exactly right because if they’re off–even by just a hair, it’ll make it that much harder to look right when mounted.
Also agree with the good eye–measure yes, but don’t let measurements be God because it’s how the invite LOOKS–if it LOOKS off, then it doesn’t matter if it’s working mathematically.
Depending on the size of your STD, also try cheating the front piece up a little in the frame–by only a fraction. A dead-center alignment can sometimes look like it’s sinking (more true for artwork on the walls, but a goo thing to test anyway). If so, give a fraction more room at the bottom and no one will notice.
Post # 5
I used a paper cutter that had measurements built in to make sure I cut the two pieces the correct size, and then just eyeballed it for centering
Post # 6
This can sometimes be hard. There is actually a tool where you can lay your paper in and the edges and staggered so that you can do stuff like that (I tried to find a picture, but I can’t. I think I read it on DIYbride.com).
I suggest mounting it first, and then using a paper cutter to cut the edges.
My real suggestion is to get it printed with the border already there. It’s so much easier and less work, but I understand that that’s a different look.
Post # 7
I found it! It’s called the Jigster: http://www.diybride.com/2009/product-review-jigster
I know – it’s a bit too much for something that should be so simple, but just in case…
Post # 8
Ooh! I heard about this! Thank you!