DIY Invites

I;m starting to think about invites that I need to mail out this summer, and I am doing DIY invites. I would love to see other peoples for inspiration!

People who made their own invites - what size did you make them, what size envelopes did you use etc? I am looking into paper but want to make sure the size will be a good one to cut in half or thirds or what!!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 4:55 am
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and what size envelopes are typcially used for the rsvp's!

Prob is easier to do a post card RSVP huh...
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 5:06 am
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they sell wonderful kits...start looking at micheals...even if you want to make them all yourself it could give you ideas.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 5:11 am
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I bought a kit from Michaels and it worked wonderfully. I added a belly band but I'm switching out the paper currently. I tried to DIY a few using Photoshop but I'm not very good at using that program. They turned out alright but not exactly what I was going for... I'm really terribly picky (part of my problem!) Have you thought about using a postcard for the RSVP? You can print one yourself using Microsoft Publisher or zazzle.com. I would make the RSVP's about post-card size even if I were using an envelope. Depending on your colors/look you may be able to find complete kits (RSVP cards and envelopes too) at Target. They have some very nice ones.
Personally, we are doing online RSVP using geocities.com scripts (sends automatic form emails to your yahoo account). So along with the invite we're sending a business card sized thing that tells them where to RSVP.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 5:32 am
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I'm making my own pocketfold invitations. I'm using stardream paper and making them to fit the A7 size envelopes. Our response cards are small...I can't remember the exact dimensions, but they are just the right size for the smallest envelope (tip: make sure that whatever size you do, there's a corresponding sized envelope; also, if you're using response envelopes, don't go too small b/c the U.S. post has a size minimum)If you want to go DIY all the way (as opposed to the kits), check out a scrapbooking store for inspiration...stamping is an easy way to embellish...and embossing the stamps makes it even fancier.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 6:07 am
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Originally, I planned to DIY the entire invites (pocketfolds and all). After finding a resource online for pre-made pockets at a reasonable price, I have reconsidered. Buying them pre-made will save me loads of time and in the end...$$$. I ordered my paper and pocket folds from CardsandPocketsStore.com. They have a great selection, good prices, and excellent customer service. The quality is very good.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 7:48 am
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I DIY my whole pocketfold. I got Alphagraphics to cut and score the cardstock for the pockets. ($20 for all 100 invitations!) I only need to glue down the ends (which will probably take the most time, I'm guessing). I am doing response postcards. The whole thing will fit into an A6 envelope. I got the directions from PW Abattyref. She sent me very detailed instructions. I took out a center page (as hers was bilingual), but it should be awesome! (My mom is sending our mock-up to me this week.)
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:27 am
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We were going to do the pocketfolds, but decided against it. I have to figure out something quickly!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:33 am
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We DIY-ed our pocketfolds, pics in my bio. The finished size fits into an A6 sized envelope (4 3/4 x 6 1/2). From what I've seen, popular sizes are 5x7 and square 6x6 or 7x7. I highly recommend picking envelope size first and then making your invitations about 1/4" smaller. It'll save you the headache of searching for an odd sized envelope or having to pay for custom envelopes. If you want to make pocketfolds, there are a few places that sell the pockets already made like www.cardsandpockets.com.
I ordered my paper and cardstock from www.thepapermillstore.com

RSVP envelopes are typically called "4 bar" sized and are 3 5/8" x 5 1/8". Lots of places sell them like www.paper-source.com. Postcards are another option that can be a lot of fun.

Things to keep in mind: some odd shapes including a square invitation will cost more postage. An invitation that the post office deems "too rigid" or more than 1/4" thick will require extra postage too.

Good luck!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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