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Our Invitations| Do It Yourself | Part 2 | One Month to Go!

06.18.2009

Time passes in a flash.

Seriously.

Today marks the one month mark from our wedding. Considering that Cent popped the question on March 1, 2008, the momentous occasion has been a long time coming. I kind of can’t believe that it’s almost here, but it is! I picked up my dress last week from the alterations lady, all the invitations have been sent out and the last of the RSVPs are trickling in, and work has started on the escort cards. Yeeeeeeeee! So exciting. Lots to do, but each and every little step makes it more real.

Here are the insides of the invitations.

The invitation section was printed using an InkJet printer on Stardream Metallic paper – Champagne color – from Paper and More. I learned this trick from a lady at Paper Source that if you print on Stardream Metallic paper using an InkJet printer, it won’t dry. That’s when I got the idea to emboss!

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After feeding each sheet of paper into the printer, my sister and I sprinkled clear embossing powder and shot it with a heat gun. Voila raised lettering!

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I was so excited to find a way to get raised lettering without going the letterpress or engraving route. Plus I wanted to do these invitations myself. It worked!

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Finally the inserts. These were printed on Champagne colored Stardream Metallic Cardstock from Paper and More using a color laser printer.

To save paper, I printed front and back. That’s right I painstakingly stood in front of the printer to feed each side.

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Here’s the reception card, single-sided, as well as the RSVP card. I drew the little icons in Illustrator. My icon for chicken? A drumstick, love it!

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I’m really pleased with how these turned out. It was totally worth the self-inflicted sweatshop! Thanks to my sister, Stephanie, for all her help!

All these photos were taken using my trusty point & shoot camera.

Happy Thursday!

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

06.08.2009

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 Cardsandpockets.com and Paperandmore.com, 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 Paperandmore.com:

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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Et voila!

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

Happy Monday!

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