- Mrs. Sushi
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I was soooo glad to be done with these when I put them in the mail back in July!
This is the first thing the recipient sees when they get their Save the Date in the mail: Custom Zazzle stamps. You can set up an account on zazzle.com and sell images to be used for custom stamps, note cards, mouse pads, etc. You get royalties for what you sell. I sold enough products that I got my custom stamps for FREE! woot woot! Hopefully I sell more products before I need to get postage for our wedding invites.
The cover was 12×12 linen cardstock I got from a scrapbook store; I was able to get 2 covers from one 12×12 sheet. I gocco’d the image on the cover.
This is the first page of the passport.
The cartoons were computer illustrated by my wonderful friend, Jon. I Heart Him! He’s a full-time graphic artist and illustrator.
“Stamps” on this page were made in photoshop using a photoshop tutorial.
Other pages of the passport included:
- “welcome/hello” letter
- “Getting to Oahu” info, including what airport to fly into and things to pack
- “Staying in Oahu”aka hotel recommendations
- “Traveling on Oahu”, which included a map of Oahu (above) and different ways to get around the island (bus, rental car, etc.)
- “Things to do on Oahu”, list of sites to see, so guests could have a head start on researching their Hawaii destination.
- Hawaii FAQ, ie. time difference, weather, and a note that passports are not needed if you are traveling within the US. Ya, know someone would ask!! LoL.
STD Budget Breakdown:
- Blue Linen Cardstock (22-12×12 sheets) $13.00
- Newsprint Paper FREE! I conveniently had newsprint paper left over from a project I did for an ex-boyfriend YEARS ago. LoL.
- A2 Kraft Envelopes (50/pk) $7.99 http://www.paperandmore.com)
- Gocco Supplies $8.34 (http://www.northwoodstudios.tripid.com/)
I made 44 STDs, which breaks down to about 67 cents a piece!
These were a labor of love… and I’m sooo glad they’re done!
Thanks everyone for all the great comments on my save the dates post! I can’t take all the credit for our passport save the dates. When I first saw Knottie AmyInSydney make them, I thought they were a cute, cheeky way to send everyone some basic travel information.
Knottie eyeheartmike made her passports about the same time I made ours. She used them asher welcome letter in her OOT bags. Her passport pages included herwedding day time line, information about optional activities she hadplanned for her guests, a section where the guest could write notes andtheir trip highlights, and my favorite part: she had a map listing where all her guests were staying.
While our save the dates were definitely cost efficient, they were very time consuming. What we saved in dollars, I paid for in time. Not only did designing the the layout take time, but printing and assembling the passports were time consuming as well.
Here are some tips and suggestions for those who want to attempt to make their own passports…
I had to layout the pages “book” style. I had to make sure that thepages corresponded, i.e., page 1 would be printed attached to page 10(when folded in half), and page 2 would be print attached to page 9.
Make sure you PROOFREAD! In fact, I suggest having someone else (ortwo or three people) look over it for you, as you tend not to noticeyour own errors when you have been staring at something too long.
I already owned newsprint paper, which I believe I originally purchased at Pearl. Do a test print when printing on different types of paper. Originally I printed on the newsprint paper with a laser printer; not only did I have trouble feeding the paper through the printer, but the ink wiped right off the paper when touched. An ink jet printer worked wonders, though.
You don’t have to have a Gocco to make the passport cover. You could do what eyeheartmike did and print on card stock, or you can order a custom made stamp and just ink and stamp the cover.
My passport details:
The page size is approximately 8.5″ x5.5″ folded in half, with each page being double sided (except thefirst page, which was printed with the last page)The first page was taped to the inside coverThe corners were rounded with a round corner punchthe cover and pages were attached together by one staple.
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