So my mom got me thinking about wedding invitations. I started looking online, but I'm very picky. I'm having a very casual wedding next June (got plenty of time), but I still want nice invitations, not just a flat piece of paper that you stick in an envelope and call it a day. But invitations are expensive!! I mean whoa!
So.... I decided to see if I could make some. After a ridiculously long trip to two Michaels stores and a Hobby Lobby, I finally found -almost- everything that I needed.
-White card stock
-Yellow card stock
-Brown card stock
-Yellow paper flowers
-Corner slot cutter (this was my adventure. I had NO idea what I needed, and almost cried when I found this, I was that excited)
This is the front. It's a tri- fold card. The brown ribbon is glued all the way around the front flap, and the flower on the ribbon is actually a cover up for where the two ends of the ribbon meet. The third color for my wedding (the colors are yellow and brown) is turquoise, so I'm thinking I might add a few little turquoise gems if I can find the right ones. The flowers are actually confetti paper flowers that I found in the bridal section at Micheal's.
Here's the inside of the first flap. I took off one of the flowers, the one on the far left, and I'm going to put a stamp of a Bible verse or something there to take up more space. Ink will be brown. I'm having a lot of trouble finding "the" stamp, so it's a good thing I have a long time.
Here's where things got tricky. I had seen another set of DIY invites on Craftster where they had done the photo edges like this. I dunno, I never do scrapbooking or anything like that so I had NO idea where to start, and the woman at the store looked at me like I was nuts when I tried to describe it to her. So.. I ended up on my own. I was so lost and confused because I couldn't find something that didn't just make the corners look pretty, I needed something that made a slot for the paper. I bought a punch from Michael's that looked promising, but it let me down when I got out to the car and tested it. I took it back about five minutes after walking out of the store. Hobby Lobby, however, came through for me by even having descriptive labels on the punches to say what they were for. Information about the wedding will be on the yellow piece, and directions as well as RSVP information will be on the brown. All the text will be in brown, except for important words like our names and the name of the church will be in turquoise. I have it on my computer, but my printer was taking a lunch break and didn't tell me when it would be back. Jerk.
Anyway, we crunched some numbers, and my fiance and I came to the conclusion that to make the 125 invitations that I want to make, it would only cost about $100 plus or minus a few. I told him that since I'm making all these, he gets to write on the envelopes.
Oh! The actual card, when folded up, is 4x6, the yellow and brown borders are 3.5x5.5, and the little tiny space for words is 3x5.
Yay for being crafty!