- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
I am not sure where I saw this idea first, but Mr.10 thought it was cool – so we just needed a way to incorporate it. We decided to put one on each table at the reception as a conversation piece. I had leading questions at the end of each fact, but Mr. 10 was against that – so we stuck with the facts.
Filling in the template and getting it aligned the way I wanted took the longest. For each major edit, I printed it again and folded it to make sure things were properly located. We used fun facts about how we met and things we had done on the inside, Scrabble letters for the flap parts where you usually find the numbers (it says “sweet” and “party”), and our names and date for the outsides. The fonts are Mandingo, Tilez, and Traveling Typewriter from DaFont.com. (My actual wording is not included on the template, so if you have any questions, message me.)
I decided also, that they needed to be a little bit more colorful, so I hit up the scrapbook paper in fun patterns that matched our colorful theme (or had buttons or cute birds). I trimmed it to 8.5×11, ran it through my printer and then cut it into a square to fold it. Beware of thick paper (as most double sided scrapbook paper is really thick and don’t bother with cardstock either) because thick paper is harder to fold and does not make crisp edges. For one paper type, it actually crackled a bit. Also for cutting: I would recomend folding a piece of regular paper into the right size square and using that as a template for cutting the square of printed paper to ensure it is the right size. I tried measuring it and could never get it right. And some papers ended up being smeary with my printer ink. So when you crease – use your finger nail or the flat edge of a butter knife to miniize smear.
Step1: Fill in template. Print a trial, fold it and make sure you like it.
Step2: Trim paper, print paper, trim paper. I also corner punched it to make it look a little more neat.
Step 3: Fold in half both ways and crease well. Don’t bother with the diagonal fold – one it’s hard with thick paper and two it then creases your main title area on the outside flaps.
Step 4: Fold in each corner towards the center lines (that you created by the previous fold) and crease well.
Step 5: Fold in each new corner towards the center line and crease well.
All in all, I am happy with them. I am a non-perfectionist, I think these are awesome, I think people will like reading them, and they only need to last one night. Will anyone use them properly like we did in elementary school? Probably not, but this project is worth the nostalgia. 🙂