- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
While a tutorial follows below, I will preface it with a warning: No matter how crafty you think you are, how much free time you think you have, how much you think you might save, or how much you think you might enjoy making your own invites—don’t. Take it from my experience that the past month has been the absolute worst—NO free time, only invites. Did I bite off more than I could chew DIYing 160 invites? Yes. But I thought it would be so worth it.
So, I write this tutorial for those who have already started and cannot turn back now. I am not emailing a template at this time. I say this with love, but in my mind, if you need a template for this you have no business trying to make your own invites. I’m just trying to save you a lot of time,effort, and stress.
My issue with buying boxed invites from Joanns/Michaels/Hobby Lobby was that everyone would “know” and think less of them. Well, my friend mail out here DIY invites and I was in the middle of mine when we looked at some gorgeous invites another friend had sent and thought they must have cost a fortune because they were so cordinated—later, we saw them at Michaels. As brides, we didn’t even realize until then—and we didn’t think any less.
I bought the green 12×12 cardstock at Joann’s via their special order program. That all worked very smooth. Here is the tutorial I used for cutting out the pocketfolds: http://acrosthec.weebly.com/labor-of-love.html
I used good old rubber cement to adhere it together, which seemed to work best by applying to both surfaces you were trying to stick together. Based on my research, I would have also considered using terifically tacky tape, but I was unable to find it locally. We also used rubber cement to glue the actual invite into the pocketfold.
I also decided to round circles on the pocket and on the outer flap. I used the Martha Stewart Large Circle cutter. The circle on the flap took only one evening to do all 180 pocketfolds, however the smaller circle on the pocket took forever and took both of us to hold the paper down given that it was negative of a circle. Don’t do that one.
The inserts are sized at 3.75” width and 4”,5.25”, and 6.5” heights.
The fonts haved been used again and again by other bees, and are Albemarle Swash and Americana BT.
I wanted the response card to be clear, and I hope that was accomplished. We’ll see when they start coming back.
We knew we would be utilizing Office Max for the printing. They were incredibly helpful, and even suggested we visted a local paper factory outlet in town to buy more speciality cardstock and bring it in. I would suggest taking a sample into Office Max no matter how plain you think the cardstock is—they thought ours was too thick and porous, although the printing went fine but slow. It was 9 cents on our own paper for single sided black, 17 cents for double sided. Color printing would have been outrageously more.
Also, I cannot recommend this paper cutter enough: http://www.joann.com/professional-12-rotary-trimmer/prd23986/. One blade got me through cutting all of the pocketfolds and most of the inserts. And it was remarkable accurate. I had started with a plain, cheap Fiskars “razor” paper trimmer and it was a joke. I literally made 8 pocketfold and it was dull.
Rounding the corners on the inserts was well worth it in my opinion, although splurge for a nice rounder—ours is now held together with duct tape because it cracked.
I ran out of time for seals, but I didn’t hold that as a high priority anyway. I don’t really understand the gorgeous “stamping” that everyone is able to do, or I would have done that.
Finally, we printed on the envelopes at home with our inkjet. For the return address we used this: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/return-address-stamp. One tip: our inkjet combined with the metallic envelopes took forever to dry. And it would still smear when wet. Solution: ~$4 for Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating ( found in the spray paint section at Joanns). It dried clear and only smelled bad until it was dry.
65 cent stamp + 32 cent reply postcard stamp
18 cents / sheet for 12×12 green scrapbook paper to make pocketfold
8 cents each for Silver Envelopes found on craigslist
12 cents/ invite for Cardstock from Anchor Paper
12 cents/ invite for Printing at Office Max, 9 cents/sheet
5 cents/ invite for Krylon Spray and Rubber Cement—although we have a ton of Krylon left
TOTAL: $1.52 / Invite!!! (55 cents without postage)
Also had to buy (but things I don’t mind having)—
Ink cartridge for home printer $22
Carl Paper Cutter ~25
Paper scoring board ~15
Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle cutter ~15