DIY Printer Question

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2010

MissPunkin,

I printed all my invitations, response cards and envelopes on my printer at home without too many issues! I had bought a set at Target and then designed the invitation on Microsoft Word. I had to be really careful to set the paper sizes, margins and print out a few trial runs so everything lined up right, but they were perfect in the end!

The biggest issue I had was that because the invitations had a design printed on them when I bought them, the invitation paper was sealed. This “sealing” made it really difficult for my printer feeder to catch the paper to pull it through and I ended up with too many invitations that were only partially on the paper. In order to fix this I had to run a damp sponge along the top of my paper where the printer feeders would have to grab it. I let the papers dry and they all turned out aligned the right way 🙂

It defintely took longer than I expected, but in the end I had exactly the invite I wanted and including invites and black ink for my printer was less than $100 for 100 invites, response cards and printed envelopes for both!

~MissFaith

Post # 4
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t outsource – just do it on your home printer 🙂 Just make sure to do a test run (or a few) on scrap cardstock first, to make sure your margins and paper feed type are set correctly with your print options.

Tip: if you are doing envelopes, and printing your return address on the back of the envelopes, tuck the flap inside before printing, so it feeds nicely into your printer. I learned that the hard way, as my printer “ate” several of them. Grr…

Also, I also recommend using Publisher (comes with Microsoft Office, with Word, etc) rather than using Word. It gives you a better design flexibility & is more printer-friendly, without having to purchase another design program.

I did/will do all of my invites & the inserts, including smaller 3×5 blocks, all the menu cards & escort cards, as well as all the envelopes using my home printer & Publisher.

Have fun!

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