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Paper Source

Berkeley

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Berkeley , US
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Morgan
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.9/5.0
We used Paper Source for save-the-date cards, return address labels, invitations, programs, and a stamp with a motif from our theme. We worked with a representative in the store for each item, which was then finished via email from Paper Source's main office. Both in-person and virtual representatives provided invaluable assistance and advice. In preparing the program, we were able to deviate substantially from the stock format. And they provided a great solution with the stamp so that we could prepare other materials on our own.
We used Paper Source for save-the-date cards, return address labels, invitations, programs, and a stamp with a motif from Read more...
We used Paper Source for save-the-date cards, return address labels, invitations, programs, and a stamp with a motif from our theme. We worked with a representative in the store for each item, which was then finished via email from Paper Source's main office. Both in-person and virtual representatives provided invaluable assistance and advice. In preparing the program, we were able to deviate substantially from the stock format. And they provided a great solution with the stamp so that we could prepare other materials on our own. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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kyaiko
Wedding:
7/3/2011
3.3/5.0
The editing process was painful. I feel that for the amount I paid (average, not cheap or super expensive) that I should have at least got editors that would make the corrections I request.
The editing process was painful. I feel that for the amount I paid (average, not cheap or super expensive) that I should Read more...
The editing process was painful. I feel that for the amount I paid (average, not cheap or super expensive) that I should have at least got editors that would make the corrections I request. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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beautifulday78
Wedding:
6/2/2011
5.0/5.0
I'm a pretty crafty arts and crafts dork. I told my fiance recently that if he gets his man cave, I want my crafts room with hundred of drawers containing embossers, embossing powder, glitter, ribbons, paper, paper cutters, punchers, etc.

My first trip to Paper Source was to put together thoughtful, handmade thank you cards for friends and family who attended our engagement party. Thinking I'd pay an arm and leg for paper that required a specialty store in Berkeley's poshest neighborhood, I assumed I'd be better off buying cards than trying to make it myself. Boy was I surprised!

First off, the store is every crafty girl's Barbie playhouse. Paper in every color and texture imaginable, ribbons, markers -- it went on an on. They even have a corner dedicated to craft lessons.

I found my blank cards and learned about embossing and added a new gizmo to my arsenal. Service was swift, friendly and more collaborative than sales-oriented. What resulted were beautiful cards that guests were shocked to learn were homemade. The most shocking thing was that these keepsakes were created for a price that was comparable to generic store-bought cards.
I'm a pretty crafty arts and crafts dork. I told my fiance recently that if he gets his man cave, I want my crafts room Read more...
I'm a pretty crafty arts and crafts dork. I told my fiance recently that if he gets his man cave, I want my crafts room with hundred of drawers containing embossers, embossing powder, glitter, ribbons, paper, paper cutters, punchers, etc.

My first trip to Paper Source was to put together thoughtful, handmade thank you cards for friends and family who attended our engagement party. Thinking I'd pay an arm and leg for paper that required a specialty store in Berkeley's poshest neighborhood, I assumed I'd be better off buying cards than trying to make it myself. Boy was I surprised!

First off, the store is every crafty girl's Barbie playhouse. Paper in every color and texture imaginable, ribbons, markers -- it went on an on. They even have a corner dedicated to craft lessons.

I found my blank cards and learned about embossing and added a new gizmo to my arsenal. Service was swift, friendly and more collaborative than sales-oriented. What resulted were beautiful cards that guests were shocked to learn were homemade. The most shocking thing was that these keepsakes were created for a price that was comparable to generic store-bought cards. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Risha
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.0/5.0
The invitations were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding. My brother, a very talented graphic designer and illustrator, created my invitations, which we then took to a professional printer in Berkeley. For envelopes (invitation and reply) and address labels, I used Paper Source. They have the most incredible, inviting selection of paper, and I found a color scheme I adored, as well as some of the most beautiful lining paper I've ever seen. I hand lined every envelope using their plastic forms (a very long process), and punched the return address using a personalized embosser. To save time, I used their fancy address labels and printed out the guests' addresses onto each one--this was really a huge time saver, and an attractive and different way to address envelopes. The end product was, if I dare say, absolutely perfect. I was so proud of myself.

The only caveat: it was really, really expensive. Much more than I thought it would be. But once I was in there, I just couldn't stop buying things! It turns out I could have gotten letterpress stationery from Mercurio printers (invitations and envelopes) for about the amount I spent at Paper-Source. True, I wouldn't have loved them as much--but aren't you supposed to spend a fortune on other people doing the work for you?
The invitations were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding. My brother, a very talented graphic designer and Read more...
The invitations were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding. My brother, a very talented graphic designer and illustrator, created my invitations, which we then took to a professional printer in Berkeley. For envelopes (invitation and reply) and address labels, I used Paper Source. They have the most incredible, inviting selection of paper, and I found a color scheme I adored, as well as some of the most beautiful lining paper I've ever seen. I hand lined every envelope using their plastic forms (a very long process), and punched the return address using a personalized embosser. To save time, I used their fancy address labels and printed out the guests' addresses onto each one--this was really a huge time saver, and an attractive and different way to address envelopes. The end product was, if I dare say, absolutely perfect. I was so proud of myself.

The only caveat: it was really, really expensive. Much more than I thought it would be. But once I was in there, I just couldn't stop buying things! It turns out I could have gotten letterpress stationery from Mercurio printers (invitations and envelopes) for about the amount I spent at Paper-Source. True, I wouldn't have loved them as much--but aren't you supposed to spend a fortune on other people doing the work for you? Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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Christine
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.0/5.0
I really wanted to have copper foil printed invitations (even more awesome than gold foil and letterpress), but after getting slapped by a $7 per-invitation quote at an invitation vendor, I decided I needed to get creative and imitate copper foil for a buck or less a pop. And I wanted tea-length because postage is the same as a standard letter size envelope instead of the more expensive greeting card-size postage rates.

So after designing and planning with my awesome graphic designer friend, I went to Paper Source to find some suitably beautiful shimmery copper cardstock that I would printed the design OVER, so the lettering would show through as copper. Yes, genius, I know ;)

I found Stardream shimmer cardstock, coordinating envelopes, postcards, letter-weight paper, and many other paper products in various forms at Paper Source. They had tea length envelopes - two kinds, one with awesome old-school inter-office style button and string closure, and then the standard sealable flap. I opted for the standard flap because a) it was cheaper, and b) the staff told me the button/string closure type are not able to process through the post office's equipment without getting ripped, so I would either need to tape it down (pointless because it ruins the design), or put it inside another envelope (which is just a waste).

They don't have tea length paper, but I bought the letter sized cardstock and cut it in thirds - fits perfectly, and saves a lot of moolah. I got postcard sized cardstock for reply cards - postcards are cheaper postage than little reply cards too.

Now the hard part - figuring out how to print on this pretty but finnicky paper. It's coppery because it has a plasticized coating, which makes it difficult to print on. You need to use a color laserjet printer to accomplish this (no inkjet and no color copier, I tried both), and try to adjust the ink color based on the the paper color, because the ink will behave semi-transparently, so copper paper made my ink color look warmer than I liked, so after adjusting the design to be more blue, everything came out perfectly.
I used the same copper paper for table numbers, placecards, reserved chair labels, and favor labels.
I loved my invitations and everything that coordinated with them, and saved a ton of cash.
Note to fellow diy brides: make sure you write something to the effect of "Please RSVP by ..." otherwise people are amazingly flaky and you will need to make way too many phone calls chasing people for rsvps. I learned this the hard way! And triple check that everything is correct before printing, else you have re-purchase all your paper over again. Yes this happens and it's so stupid but it really does happen, the details are so easily overlooked when you have a million other things to do.
I really wanted to have copper foil printed invitations (even more awesome than gold foil and letterpress), but after Read more...
I really wanted to have copper foil printed invitations (even more awesome than gold foil and letterpress), but after getting slapped by a $7 per-invitation quote at an invitation vendor, I decided I needed to get creative and imitate copper foil for a buck or less a pop. And I wanted tea-length because postage is the same as a standard letter size envelope instead of the more expensive greeting card-size postage rates.

So after designing and planning with my awesome graphic designer friend, I went to Paper Source to find some suitably beautiful shimmery copper cardstock that I would printed the design OVER, so the lettering would show through as copper. Yes, genius, I know ;)

I found Stardream shimmer cardstock, coordinating envelopes, postcards, letter-weight paper, and many other paper products in various forms at Paper Source. They had tea length envelopes - two kinds, one with awesome old-school inter-office style button and string closure, and then the standard sealable flap. I opted for the standard flap because a) it was cheaper, and b) the staff told me the button/string closure type are not able to process through the post office's equipment without getting ripped, so I would either need to tape it down (pointless because it ruins the design), or put it inside another envelope (which is just a waste).

They don't have tea length paper, but I bought the letter sized cardstock and cut it in thirds - fits perfectly, and saves a lot of moolah. I got postcard sized cardstock for reply cards - postcards are cheaper postage than little reply cards too.

Now the hard part - figuring out how to print on this pretty but finnicky paper. It's coppery because it has a plasticized coating, which makes it difficult to print on. You need to use a color laserjet printer to accomplish this (no inkjet and no color copier, I tried both), and try to adjust the ink color based on the the paper color, because the ink will behave semi-transparently, so copper paper made my ink color look warmer than I liked, so after adjusting the design to be more blue, everything came out perfectly.
I used the same copper paper for table numbers, placecards, reserved chair labels, and favor labels.
I loved my invitations and everything that coordinated with them, and saved a ton of cash.
Note to fellow diy brides: make sure you write something to the effect of "Please RSVP by ..." otherwise people are amazingly flaky and you will need to make way too many phone calls chasing people for rsvps. I learned this the hard way! And triple check that everything is correct before printing, else you have re-purchase all your paper over again. Yes this happens and it's so stupid but it really does happen, the details are so easily overlooked when you have a million other things to do. Read less
Services Used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations, Unique Services
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Liz
Wedding:
5/1/2010
4.2/5.0
We made our own invitations from paper source, saved a lot of money and our guests loved them! Be prepared to spend a lot of time though if you want to do it right, plan ahead so you aren't stressed out getting them made because it is fun to do and you don't want to remember it as a stressful time.
We made our own invitations from paper source, saved a lot of money and our guests loved them! Be prepared to spend a lot Read more...
We made our own invitations from paper source, saved a lot of money and our guests loved them! Be prepared to spend a lot of time though if you want to do it right, plan ahead so you aren't stressed out getting them made because it is fun to do and you don't want to remember it as a stressful time. Read less
Services Used: Invitations
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