Our Wedding Invitations | Do-it-Yourself | Part 1


With just about 40 more days to go, our invitations out in the mail, I figured it was time to share these beauties!

One of the things I knew that I wanted to do for our wedding was the invitations. I had seen a lot of gorgeous stationery online, but none of it really spoke to me. I love the look of letterpress. I love the look of engraved invitations. I love the look of pocketfolders. But, it wasn’t really in our budget.

I knew I wanted something totally unique and something that I could craft myself. So I designed. And planned. And drew in Illustrator. And stared at the screen for weeks. I ordered samples from and, and bought some from Paper Source. I printed out a couple of prototypes and asked for opinions. Finally, after some serious deliberation, a decision was made.

I’m really pleased with the way they came out! My self-inflicted sweatshop was worth it. Big thanks to my sister for all her help in the production of these puppies! These were also all taken with my point & shoot camera :)

Here is the front of the DIY cardfolder, made from Aqua Stardream Cardstock from


On each cardfolder, since I didn’t make a pocket (that seemed like waaaay too much work), my sister and I sliced a slit in the middle of each folded card in the crease. Then we slid the 1.5 inch wide grosgrain Chocolate brown ribbon from JKM Ribbon through the slit.


Then the ribbon was glued to the outside of the front cover, with a tape runner.


The mini seals on the front were printed on Opal Stardream Cardstock and punched with a 1.5 Circle Punch from Joann Fabrics.


After punching out all of the circles from the cardstock, I rolled them through my Xyron 900. Love that machine! It’s seriously the best way to apply adhesive.


With the adhesive applied on the circles, I stuck a circle on each cardfolder.


Et voila!


Next, I’ll share the insides of our invitations!

Happy Monday!

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  • Reply Bethro 06.09.2009 at 7:30 am

    Crafty with a capital C

  • Reply Camille Elise 06.09.2009 at 9:59 am

    LOVE these Catie, so excited to see all the insides. I can’t believe how much work you and your sister must have done, they turned out fabulous!!!

  • Reply Lisa 06.09.2009 at 10:12 am

    Color me impressed – they look fabulous, and I LOVE the colors you chose for your wedding!

  • Reply denise olson 06.09.2009 at 12:43 pm

    Catie, these are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love all the ideas that you shared. You’ve solved my dilemna with finding circle thingys!!!!! Congrats on your upcoming adventure. Little pieces like this will make your day that more special!!!

  • Reply Rosaura 06.09.2009 at 1:12 pm

    Wow, so beautiful and unique. Loved that you photographed the process! Way to go!

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