Post # 1
As stated in yesterday’s rant post, I had Officemax do the printing of the invites since I didn’t want the hassle of dealing with our at-home printer. They printed them wrong twice, cut them wrong twice, even printed the wrong amount once…and last night I picked up my finals. Well…I could tell as soon as I walked in the door that they hadn’t come out good–the employees saw me walk in and they all ran in a different direction (lol).
Although they were able to get the double-sided cards correct, the borders were not centered in the cutting process. When I got home I had to manually trim each invitation card and each guest information card. I couldn’t handle trimming down all the RSVPs too….otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post right now, I’d be in the looney bin.
Guest Info card: had to trim the sides to be identical but I didn’t trim the top, I still think it looks ok. Reply postcard: You can really see how ‘off’ the cutting is but if I messed with the Reply side I would have cut off the borders for the address side. When the two are stacked in the pocket, it looks pretty good.
Invitation: Had to trim all sides so it looked decent when mounted. In hidesight I should have posted a before and after so you can see how psychotic detail-oriented I am.
Stacked cards in the pocket: after all my trimming, at least its uniform now. ::sigh::
Map card: Don’t get me started. Somehow OfficeMax’s PDF > Print process, I lost some of my lineweights. Everything looks fine in Word and the PDF on the screen. No clue how this happened. The highways are 1 size and the other roads are slightly thinner. A few roads printed out as really really thin lines. Considering the amount of time I put into the map, I’m pretty upset.
My double envelopes: handwritten by myself…pretty happy with the way they came out.
Post # 3
They look terrific! Tell me they didn’t make you pay for all their f-ups though??
Post # 4
OfficeMax owes ME money after all is said and done…but the job was comp’d and we called it even.
I won’t be doing the rest of my stationary there (menu cards, programs, etc.).
But thanks for the compliment, I worked so so hard on them.
Post # 5
awesome work, truly! i’m also very anal/crazy detail-oriented and would do the same thing. i’m glad i ordered extra STDs because quite a few weren’t printed exactly perfect on the double sides.
Post # 6
it looks awesome! and i love your handwritten envelopes – i did the same 🙂
Post # 7
@ellie thanks! halfway through this process, I even did a “back-up” invite design (all single sided) just in case they couldn’t handle it.
what gets me though….ok so my invite was sized 6.5 x 4.5 with a page border inserted. how did they mess up this cut job? and did it never cross their minds to put the templates along an edge so the cutting would be minimized??
ugh whats a neurotic bride to do….
Post # 8
and as with all of our DIY pic posts, it does look better in person. the cardstock is a champagne metallic with a pearl finish. everyone who has seen them compliments the paper first and foremost.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
These look great! I’d be so pissed if they cut everything incorrectly and I had to go back and fix it all, how annoying.
Post # 10
Those came out really well! Great job!!
Post # 11
@mspony: 3 hours into my trimming, starbucks mocha/energy drink at my side, dog at my feet, clock striking midnight…i had the exact same thought.
“WTF OFFICEMAX?!” lol every time i grabbed another invite to trim it was like an adventure….”ok, so whats wrong with THIS one?” lol
Post # 12
I am glad it worked out. I am still surprised they told you they could do it. When I went they told me the only way to get it perfect was to do each one individually. I eliminaed the border so they could do it.
Post # 13
150 pockets (needed 110, packs of 50 tho): $66
150 sheets of cardstock: $36
Postage for invites and postcards: $102
150 double envelope sets (sold in 50’s): $59
Printing services from Officemax: -ahem- free
GRAND TOTAL: $263 based on my desired number of 110 invites, $2.39 each
Post # 14
@bobby thank you!!
@lefey first i had regular copymax employees screwing up the job, then the graphic designer stepped in and admitted this job was above their pay level, they never should have led me to believe they could do it, and that he’d be taking over. in all honesty, his work wasn’t much better.
Post # 15
@mudratdetector where did you buy the envelopes? i need 400 (don’t ask) so i’m looking for good quality ivory envelopes at a decent price
Post # 16
They look beautiful! And your penmanship (gasps!) awesome!!