Wednesday, July 24, 2013
create an invite: kitchen themed bridal shower
Some of my fav craft projects are paper projects. I am an avid scrapbooker! We all loved paper crafting as a child, bringing home our kindergarten painting made with all sorts of random stuff. And then sometime in high school I learned about scrapbook, and my heart be still I was in love with paper crafting again. Last year, I had so many parties to plan. My two besties were getting married, and I was maid of honor for BOTH. Life changing in so many ways. But that is for another time. So, on with paper crafting… after learning how expensive fancy invitations were, can I just say I am obsessed with letterpress, I decided to attempt to create my own. My heart pounded again. Making invitations is so much fun.
So, of course planning starts early, umm, say from the moment I was asked to be MOH! I used pinterest to collect ideas for my fav invitation designs (check me out here). Then started working with the tools at hand. First the best tool is google. I did font searches and image searches and searches of searches. Using Mac’s word processor Pages, I divided the page into 4 rectangles, like a large table that was 2x2 cells. It was actually sometimes easier to start with a template for labels or cards. The 2x2 layout is just about perfect size for a standard card envelop, which was an unplanned bonus. For editing software, I used Pages because I didn’t have as much movement flexibility with images in Microsoft Word, which I use on a daily basis and am very comfortable with. May just be user error though.
With the template for boxes, I worked to fill in the first box, starting with text layout. This was my very first attempt at crafting invitations, so I didn’t deviate too much from my inspiration. Once the text was mostly in position then I worked with some images. I used Microsoft Powerpoint to recolor my images and set a transparent background. This is how I know to do it. I don’t have Photoshop –maybe someday, and I’m not a common user of the Mac office products, so I went with what I knew. Once all the images and text boxes were aligned as desired, I just selected all the contents of the first box and copied it to the other three boxes on the page.
With the page full with four finished invites, I saved my file as a pdf, took my fancy cardstock paper and jump drive to Kinkos –nope, don’t have a fancy printer either. After printing four invites for like 50¢, I cut them out and was very satisfied with my time well spent. The additional mini-cards state the registry, which were just text repeated, spaced out, and cut to size. Check out the comparison. Mine was about $2 per card +many hours creating; the professional, and still way cuter LETTERPRESS! one, about $10 per card.
Paisley Quill's hardwork...
You know how letterpress gives texture to a card, well, I needed that aspect too. So, I used my silhouette machine to cut out the bride’s name for the invite. It added a pop of color and good, wholesome texture.
Other details included the banner labels for the envelopes and matchy stamps. For the address labels I used Avery shipping and address labels printed (at kinkos, of course) with a solid color background and the names in white font. To make them “banner” like, I just cut out the shape. It was easy, no designing or perfecting. Just addresses typed on a colored background. Oh and same thing for the return address labels. The envelopes are from staples and the stamps were scouted from the USPS online store; there are so many more options and shipping is $1.
And because I had so much fun crafting these invitations, I made the bride matching thank you cards.
This project was worth every penny saved, the long hours of crafting, the hassle of kinkos slow machines, and that joyous, loving smile on my bestie’s face!
I highly recommend creating your own invites! And this fun time spawned an invite crafting fool, so I’ll be sharing some of my other invite crafts.