Post # 1
I know if anyone can help, it’s the bees. A little while ago Miss Ballet Flat posted Pocket Programs from Martha Stewart’s site: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/aqua-and-red-program-pockets. I really want to make these but am a complete DIY-dummy and I have a lot of questions.
I assume I would have to buy paper and make it into pockets. What kind of paper do I buy for that? What kind of paper to a buy to print the cards with? Where do you take it to be printed and what do you tell them? Especially if you need the paper cut to fit a certain size? What kind of glue do you make the pockets with? How did she get the ribbons to do that?
I’m sure I could figure it out with some trial-and-error, but if I’m really going to make these I am running out of time!
Post # 3
Here’s a quick lesson on paper:
There are three main types of paper:
Cardstock- it’s a heavy very sturdy paper
text weight- Very much like computer paper, it’s easy to print on and comes on an array of colors (for projects like this i love to order linen text weight paper- it gives the project a little extra dimesion)
and Vellum- Vellum is translucent and can also be printed on (like a pretty sheet of waxed paper).
In this picture the actual pocketfold is make of cardstock, the red border- also cardstock (this makes sure the card doesn’t bend). The white sheet the lettering is printed on it text weight paper. You can put text weight paper through your printer very easily, if you don’t have a printer take it to kinkos and they will print for you.
You asked about cutting the paper- online you can order cardstock pre-cut to the size you want it (http://www.paperandmore.com or at http://www.bella-kai.com they have ala carte pieces of cardstock- you have to know the size you’re after though). The text paper you’re either going to have to cut yourself or trust kinko’s to cut. You can’t order that scaled down because the paper needs to be fed through the printer whole.
It appears the red and blue damask pattern is some sort of decorative paper. These papers are generally pretty thin- and you can cut that down to size yourself- or once again, take it to kinko’s and specify to them what size you want (make sure you bring extra- we had out name card’s cut out and the first time it was a disaster, they ruined 20 pieces of cardstock). Better safe than sorry.
Lastly, you asked about the ribbon. The reason that this looks so cool is because it is not ribbon it is red silk cord. I’ve seen it at the local craft store in various fabrics, it’s very much like a mini rope. I know how to make the knot- but I’m not sure how to explain it through text.. I’ll try:
Cut a piece of cord, string it through a punched out hole in the pocketfold and tie the two untied ends together so it’s a circle. Then pull a little of the cord out near the punched hole and push the heightest point on the cordthrough it. It will make this neat little know- though I didn’t explain it very well.
I hope this helps.
Post # 4
Oh- and the best glue to use for projects like these is anything that looks like this
many people recommend zip glue, but that sometimes causes the cardstock to warp and makes the paper wet. Roll on glue maintains the integrity of the paper and it a lot easier to use (plus, it’s not messy)
Post # 5
I have no input, she covered it all really well, but I just have to say those are adorable!
Post # 6
Maureen, you rule. Now to drag myself to the paper store and try to get started. We’ll see how it goes!