Post # 1
For those that had a backing layer (whether a pocket fold design, as I plan, or regular free standing invite), how did you avoid crooked adhering?!
I am just getting all my printing down, and will start my cutting soon but I keep having dreams of applying the backing layer on crooked and I how everyone who did their invites avoided this? Any tips/advice for smooth days of putting together invites?!
Post # 3
Oh, I don’t have an answer for this but I would LOVE to hear any advice that any bees who have done this could share! 🙂
Post # 4
Try using a precision mat. You can get them at JoAnn or similar stores.
Post # 5
If you have a cricut mat (or access to one) they work well, especially if they’re older and aren’t as sticky. That’s why I used for mine. The invitations that I did after that came out way better than the ones I tried to eyeball.
Post # 6
Well, I bought a package of linen cardstock from paperandmore.com. They will cut the entire package to any one dimension for $5 or $6 – so I had them cut it where you would see 1/8 in of the pocketfold and then had the invitations cut where you would see 1/8 inch of the cardstock. So, cutting straight was not an issue for me.
As for adhering, the biggest problem that I had was the adhesive that I first used – it was some double stick roller adhesive I picked up in the scrapbook part of Michaels. – it seemed fine at first, but a few days after I had put on the backing of ALL 150 of my invites, all of the backing started coming off….GRRR. So, I went back to Michael’s and got Zip Dry glue – that stuff will definitely make them stick!
To get them straight, I just sat at a clear table and would make sure my head was directly over the invites. I was really worried about them being crooked, too – but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be – all but 2 or 3 were fine!
I’ve attached a couple of picks so that you can see what I’m talking about.
Post # 7
I too struggled with this problem, no matter how steady my hands where they always came out crooked…. Untill I found the Jigster!!!! Ladies you have to have one of these, my backers came out perfect every time with this magic tool.
Now I know the $70 price tag is a little much! How to make your own Jigster at home.
So I made my own version using layers photo frame mats.
1. Buy one photo frame mat (Michaels framing department).
2. Cut in half to form 2 “L” shaped pieces
3. Glue the “L” shaped pieces together stacking them in a stair step. The distance between the steps is how much of the backer you want to show. I did mine in 1/8″
4. Now glue your jig to a pieces of paper, and use like the video instructs.
How to use the jig to glue backers perfect each time:
Post # 8
Wow! Great idea!!! I had never heard of a Jigster. Thank you for the DIY hint with the photoframe mats.