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« on: March 18, 2008 12:53:20 PM »

My fiance and I can't afford to spend much on our wedding invitations (and that's putting it mildly).  We really want to make our own, and we are probably going to print them ourselves, but we'd like to do something with more of a personal touch than a store-bought DIY invitation kit would have.

I found an article online recently with an idea that sounded really appealing: using a maple leaf paper punch (we're getting married in November) to cut out leaf shapes on the invitation cardstock, and then putting colored paper (probably red, in our case) underneath.  I stupidly did not bookmark the site, and now I can't find the article again!  Any ideas on how I can do this, or something similar?  We want something pretty simple--no bows, no frilly stuff, just a nice Autumn theme.

If we go with the paper punch idea, how should we glue the 2 pieces of paper together?  Should I use a glue stick, or something else?  I don't want these to fall apart easily.  And what's the best kind of paper punch to use?

Is there anything cool we can do with the envelopes?

Any recommendations as to a good little calligraphy set with instructions, for addressing envelopes?  (My mom and I are going to try to do these...heheh...)

I have never done ANY kind of paper crafting before, so any tips would be much appreciated!


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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008 02:06:03 PM »

I'm doing the same invites!  I'll take some pics right now and post them asap!
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2008 03:05:11 PM »

Here's a link to my post
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008 04:22:07 PM »

if you dont want frilly stuff you could always attach the paper by sewing. thats how I did mine. I'm getting married in september... also tree/fall/leaf theme. haha I guess its popular! don't use a glue that may warp your paper. a glue stick may work but really sticky double sided tape is a good choice, lays flat no warping. if youre weary of the hole punch thing try embossing powder. super easy and looks way elegant.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2008 05:05:39 PM »

we did something similar with our invites, but we used a corner punch.  the top layer is cream colored and the one that shows through is a metallic copper. 

we do have the same leaf punch that all cut up used and i want to try to find a way to work that one in as well.  i might use it on the programs or something.

As for how to stick the layers together, the woman paper store recommended these.  so far they have worked great.  we got a bunch of multipacks at the craft store.

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008 05:39:59 PM »

woman paper store recommended these.  so far they have worked great.  we got a bunch of multipacks at the craft store.

I used the same stuff but I just bought the refill and press them on myself.  They work well but you have to make sure you press hard or they sometimes come apart.

zarafa- I love your invites!  If had seen yours before I started mine I would have rethought my plan.  What did you use for the gold leaves?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008 05:50:31 PM »

thanks!  the gold leaves are stickers from martha stewart.  i originally found them at Michael's craft store and when i needed more i ordered them from her website here

« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2008 08:03:09 PM »

I designed mine in powerpoint, and typed up the text of the invite in Ruritania font (essentially old english) and since we are having a fairy themed wedding, I found a more grown up outline of an awesome looking fairy.  I printed it on white paper, colored the faery in our colors (purple and black) and then took it to the printers and had them printed on parchment.  We then trifolded the parchment and sealed with wax and an imprint of my husband's ring, and addressed them, and mailed them off.

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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008 08:18:32 PM »

And what's the best kind of paper punch to use?

the regular leaf punch i have, as well as the corner punch (which has three different corner punches in one) are both fiskars and they work great.  i would recommend checking out the scrapbook section of a craft store or going to a scrapbook store and looking at their punches.  there are all sorts that do all kinds of neat things.  corners, borders, punching, embossing... punching AND embossing combos.  its really kind of crazy, all the options that are out there.

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