Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m planning on embarking on a journey to make my own invitations. I know nothing about card making-AT ALL! so..a few questions if I may…
Where did you buy your budget friendly paper? If it was online, with shipping, was it still cheaper than the online source?
If you bought online, were you worried about the color you’d end up getting? If so, how did you mitigate the risk of buying a ream of paper in the wrong color?
What is “text paper”? How is it different than cardstock?
Post # 3
We went to PaperSource in Brooklyn one weekend and picked up paper and envelopes as well as some markers to do some writing. We chose to go with the classic A7 size. Cream paper and peacock envelopes (links here & here).
We were able to print the invitations in our home printer but it didn’t get along with the envelopes so we went out and bought clear labels for the addresses and printed them in the same font as the invites.
I thought their prices were very reasonable and several bees have blogged about their experience with ordering from them online if you can’t go to a store.
Post # 4
There are a few really good websites. We haven’t narrowed down exactly who we will go with yet, but have ordered samples (they will all allow you to do that) so that eliminates the risk of getting the wrong color and not being sure of the quality. Some suggestions:
Paperandmore.com, anchorpaper.com (not the easiest site to navigate but cheapest paper prices that I’ve found so far), envelopemall.com. I’ve also heard that Costco makes a really good quality inexpensive white cardstock.
From what I’ve seen, even with shipping, the cost of paper at these online sites is far cheaper than what I have found in stores, but other bees might have different experiences. And it all comes down to the paper weight (where you see #65, #80, #100, etc.) The higher the number the thicker the paper (cardstock), the lower the number, the flimsier.
Post # 5
I ordered our paper from Reich paper. I used 107# which is thicker than card stock. Text weight is 70-80# and it is the same weight as like printer paper. Unless you get metallic 80#…it does feel a little more substantial but it way too thin for invitations.
107# had a hard time going though my printer and I have a very expensive laser so I would not recommend those for DIY. Reich said the 107# would not go through my printer but I was able to hand feed it. I think 90-100# is a good thickness that will both go through your home printer and be sturdy enough to pass for invitation paper.
Most places offer samples of paper. I know LCI does. I picked my paper by ordering samples from catprint.com and then I emailed asking to order the “extra heavy shimmer cream” sample they had. The reply back was that they use the “Shine” collection from Reich. I did end up having my invites and info card printed through catprint.com but bought extra paper from Reich to do my personalized RSVP’s, table numbers, etc. One thing to note is that the enveloped that came from catprint.com were flat and did not match the shimmer paper the invited were printed on. But Reich does offer the envies on their site. I ended up using a Navy shimmer envelope.
Then there is fonts, set up, etc to contend with. I do graphic design for people to pick up extra money (and work from home) and even with that background it still took me several hours to design what I wanted LOL. I am not discouraging you-I just want you to know you should start early!
Post # 6
I ordered paper for different places online because I was looking for a specific brand that came in both 8.5×11 and 8.5×14. I needed the legal size to make bellybands around my 6″ square pocketfolds.
Pocketfolds (6″ square, color: dark blue) – paperandmore.com
Stardream RSVP envelopes, cardstock invitation backing (color: malachite), 6.5″ Square envelopes (Neenah Classic Crest, color: solar white) – paper-papers.com
Cardstock, 80lb 8.5×14 for belly bands, 80lb 8.5×11 for map/directions card, 130 lb 8.5×11 for everything else(Neenah Classic Crest, color: solar white) – paperpresentation.com
The reason why I chose the Neenah Classic Crest line is because it was the only paper I could find in a heavy weight that also came in 6.5″ envelopes and 8.5×14. If I had to do it over again I would change the 130lb to 100 or 110 lb paper. The 130 lb was really hard to cut and I am very lucky my printer took it. I have a sneaking suspicion that the printer was taking in the paper slightly crooked because the paper was too heavy.
Post # 7
Were the samples free or did you have to pay for them with paperandmore?
Costco is a great idea! I forgot to check the prices when I was there this weekend!
Post # 8
Does anyone know which paper companies send free samples where you just pay for shipping?
Post # 9
Thanks for posting. I had questions about this too.