- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Maybe I’m not the first person to have thought of this, but I have been at a loss for what to do with all of the beautiful wedding and shower cards that we received. I’m certainly not a pack-rat, but I hate the idea of throwing them out!
Necessity was the mother of invention, when, after ordering a whole bunch of vistaprint personalized thank-you cards, I realized that due to an unfortunate error on my part, we couldn’t use 60 of them, but still had the blank envelopes! (Size A2)
I discovered that by taking an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock (which I have plenty left over,) cutting it in half, those can then be folded in half to make a perfectly-sized card that fits into an A2 envelope! (If you don’t already have envelopes, you will need to order them online, like from somewhere like paperandmore.com, and I will need to order more anyhow, since I got so caught-up in this project!)
So, I went through our cards, and cut out bits and pieces of them to glue to the front of my blank pieces of cardstock, to make thank you cards.
I realized as I was doing that, that I could use parts of the cards not only for thank-you cards for my own wedding, but also general note-cards for the future, and even wedding cards for upcoming weddings!
These ones are probably the hardest to make look good; they’re just part of the picture that was on the card. The key to them is making sure you have a perfect square or rectangle. If I’d had more time, I think they would look a lot better if they had another piece of paper behind them as edging/background:
These are more general designs, like the entire front of a notecard. I’ll probably use these ones mostly for future, notecards, not as much wedding thank-yous. (except the fancy one with the ribbon!) I love being able to make use again of the cards with textures and raised designs:
You can’t quite tell from the picture, but these already had a border in the card they were taken from, so I think they look the best (most professional) in person:
And then I even found I could cut out the words from ones like these, which I might end up using as wedding cards for other people.
I know not all of them are perfect…some look better IRL. (Maybe I’ll just use the not-as-nice ones for people I don’t care about …)
A few more hints:
I want to make sure to not give people their same card back, so as soon as I cut them out of the card, I divided them into piles of my friends/family, or DH’s, so I will keep them separated and labeled as such, and only “re-give” them to people in the other group.
Like I said above, cutting neat/straight lines is essential to giving them a “not-homemade” look.
And don’t use too much glue. Just a tiny dot, and then flatten a pile of them under a heavy book or something.