- Mrs. Pomegranate
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2018 - R.H. Phillips Winery
Whew! With only a few weeks to go, things have been uber-busy in the Pomegranate residence! I’ve been working on finishing up a few big projects – namely our CD favors – and I’m rather excited to show them to you. Our Jewelboxing kit definitely made a complicated project much less difficult to complete – but I must warn you, before you take on creating 150 of these puppies, I will say it’s not for the faint of heart. Let’s just say I could really empathize with Miss Shortcake and her Letter to the Printer.
Our CDs are finished!
Printer-hating aside, it’s been a really fun project and I’ve been able to watch many of the movies that I’ve been dying to catch up on while punching out the pre-perforated templates that Jewelboxing provided. Sadly, I managed to skip taking any photos of the printed templates, but I assure you, for an Illustrator-friendly person, they were super easy to use. For those unfamiliar with Illustrator, they do provide you with templates for InDesign2, InDesignCS, PageMaker, Photoshop, iWork Pages, Freehand, QuarkExpress and PDF as well. Just keep in mind, they are truly blank slates that will allow you to make sure your designs fall within the perforated boundaries – because honestly, do you really want to be cutting out the corners, curves and slanted edges yourself? I think not!
I created a design for the front-to-back piece that fit underneath the CD, peeked out on the side of the spine and when flipped over, itemized the song list. You could really do some fun things with the interior of this piece – the templates are so exact, you could easily hide a photo of a pet or secret message to be revealed when the CD is removed. We chose to use our favored damask pattern in moss green to create a contrast with the bold stripes of the booklet cover.
The fun pattern in the tray beneath the CD.
You have to press the side of the case to open the CD. As this technique is not very mainstream, we chose to put “PRESS TO OPEN” on the side – but you could put a fun message here.
The back of the booklet provided us a nice space to explain the story of the song lists. We placed our two-page Liner Notes section inside, explaining why we chose each of the songs and what they meant to us. We also highlighted the songs that would be used in our ceremony. I had originally intended on using this space to thank our guests for coming – but to avoid clutter or too small fonts, I found a way to incorporate that into the CD label design.
The interior of the CD.
A close-up of the outside of the CD booklet that explains the story of why we chose to give CDs.
The CD labels were the last to be completed. We decided to hire out a local company (recommended by our resident media expert Mrs. Penguin) to duplicate the CDs for us, instead of burning all 150 via our laptops. This would have proved to be a lengthy task, so when we found out how economical it was to hire it out ($126 for 150 un-labeled CDs with shipping) we were sold. Once we received them – in record time (3 days) – labeling them was a snap. We used a Memorex label applicator – and after two episodes of Monk, we were done!
The labels are super thin, so they almost look like professionally printed CDs. To add a splash of fun here, I used the lyrics to our song, “Brighter than Sunshine” by Aqualung, along the curve of the CD.
These CD organizing boxes were purchased at Ikea for a mere $6.99 per pack of two. I snagged two boxes of each to hold the favors that will double as our escort cards. I’ve purchased these CD dividers to help organize the favors by last name.
Pretty CDs all lined up in a row!
Once our seating chart is finalized, the final transformation will commence. I’ll create seating card semi-permanent stickers using vellum and my Xyron. They will be applied to the CD spines and will guide each guest to their seat. Hopefully, I’ll have some final photos for you soon!
If you’re interested in making similar CD favors, beginning tomorrow September 16, Jewelboxing is offering weddingbee readers their friends and family discount when you check out using the code “ISAWTHEBEE”!
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