Post # 1
Also known as my OOT bag booklets. These are a labor of love, for sure. I say “are” instead of “were” because I’ve only finished one. They are 8 pages, front and back, and time consuming… to say the least. But boy am I pleased with how it turned out!
I printed the pages on white card stock and trimmed each page to 5.25″ X 7.25.” Then I mounted each page (front and back) on dark brown card stock, trimmed to 5.5″ X 8.5.” I cut a small piece of red card stock to wrap around the front and back of the booklet. Using a small finishing nail, I pierced 2 holes through all the pages. I used silver brads to hold the whole thing together.
Due to the thickness of the completed booklet, I wanted to add a ribbon tie to keep the booklet closed. To secure the ribbon, I attached it to both covers, between the card stock and printed pages.
The entire booklet consisted of the following pages:Welcome Postcard Photo Welcome Message from Bride and Groom Description of Contents Schedule of Events Directions Local Map Things To Do Places To Eat Photo-sharing Information Explanation of Local Landmarks Crossword Puzzle Word Search Maze Sudoku (2 Puzzles)
Here are some highlights:
Scanned image of a Weeki Wachee mermaid postcard:
Welcome letter from us:
Schedule of events:
One of the Sudoku puzzles:
Although it will take me a big chunk of time to finish 15 of these lovelies, I think our guests will really appreciate the personal touch. And if our guests don’t notice, then at least it was a fun project to work on!
Post # 3
Well if they don’t appreciate it, I do! These are great! Good luck on the rest!
Post # 4
these look super polished! Nice job
Post # 5
These look fabulous!! What did you use for the cover and the binding?
Post # 6
Wow. Amazing. Makes me wish I was having a smaller wedding so I could try my hand at something like this. At 120 people however, that is a non.
Post # 7
This would be a ton of work with my 60 plus out of ton guests. If you don’t mind me asking how much did each book cost? I would love to do this but need to see if I can afford it.
Post # 8
To be honest, the actual cost is pretty low (financially speaking). To do 15 books, I needed 120 pages of white card stock and 120 pages of dark brown card stock. I bought bulk card stock from Cards and Pockets.
White: $3.50 for 25 sheets ($17.50 total)
Brown: $4.50 for 25 sheets ($22.50 total)
Red ribbon: Approximately $2.00
Silver brads: Approximately $4.00
Plus, I’ll need to replace my printer ink, so that will cost about $20. All in all, I’m guessing it’s around $4 a booklet. The real cost, however, is time. I spent countless hours designing all the pages. It takes about 20 minutes to print one copy, and then you factor in trimming, gluing, and binding. It will probably take over an hour per booklet.
I would be a weeping puddle in the corner if I had to do 60. Is that 60 rooms or 60 guests (which would be closer to 30 rooms)? I’m doing one OOT bag per room, not per person so we have about 35 OOT guests, but it equals about 15 rooms max.
Post # 9
You did an incredible job on this! Looks Professionally done.
Post # 10
Hi! This is great! May I use your idea? I’m having a destination wedding next September. This would be a great project for me to calm my nerves 🙂
You have the best ideas!
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Post # 11
I sent you a private message but wanted to post here in case you see this first. How did you find or create your design? I love this, but can’t figure out how to create the borders, etc.
Post # 13
Great idea and you did an amazing job. Your guests are really going to feel special.
BTW…make sure you tell one person you made those or someone will mistake them as professional! THAT’S how beautiful they look!
Post # 14
That’s so sweet! I do have a small stamp that says “handcrafted by Jen” that I put on the back 🙂
Post # 15
OMG- I think all of the stuff you’ve created is absolutely amazing and I can only hope that “When I grow up, I can be just like you”!
I would absolutely love any templates or directions you would be willing to share…
Post # 16
I joined this site JUST because of your stuff. omg I’m so impressed. Could you share your templates with me? [email protected]. Thank you so much!