40 days and counting from today and I realized as the RSVP’s are pouring in that I never posted my glorious job of Do-It-Yourself wedding invites. Prior to wedding duties, buying a house and dog I was an avid scrapbooker and I made lot of cards with rubber stamps. So the idea of making my own invites sounded fun, and in all honesty, it really wasn’t that bad.
While looking through a magazine I found an ad for mygatsby.com with an invite that provided my inspiration for the layout I planned on using for our invites:
I was researching some website to buy my paper and I found the best deals at The Paper Mill Store. I just bought the Ivory Linen 8.5 x 11 paper (500 sheets) with matching A2 Ivory Linen Envelopes (250) for under $50. There was plenty of paper to use for the program and who know what else, and I figured the extra envelopes would come in handy for thank you or just making card in general. I was pretty psyched when the package arrived, only to be completely bummed when I realized the envelopes I ordered were going to be too small for my inspirational invite. So…I played around and got it to work out.
while I’m on the topic of paper, I ended up orderring 4 packs of 12×12 Chocolate Chip Cardstock from Stampin up ($7.50 for a pkg of 20), and 40 pieces of Archiver’s Blush Pink and Old Olive cardstock ($0.29 each, however if you get on their mailing list you get coupons for 5 free pieces every month, I only ended up buying 20 pieces of each). I had most of the funky scissors and paper cutters already, the stamp pads to match the colors I had chosen, and anything else I’m forgetting to mention at this point. Along the way I did end up buying a corner punch with embosser for $7 (with 30% discount coupon of course) and 2 stamp sets from Archiver’s- an alphabet, and Basic Grey’s two scoops/flower swash, both were $14.99 ($10.50 after 30% coupon- I might have paid full price for one of them?!?!). I also picked up a few rolls of ivory organza ribbon when ever it was on sale, which I think I ended up using 4 rolls of ribbon ($1.99 each) I also used 2 cartridges of ink…although I printed much more than just wedding invites in the 6 month time frame that this project was spread. I have an Epson Stylus R300 so each cartridge is replaced individually and they run about $12 a piece, in all fairness I likely spent over $80 on ink for the invites, since only a few needed to be replaced more than once. The final expense for making the invites was adhesive, which I use TOMBO permanent refillable adhesive, which I buy in bulk (I seriously use it that much for scrappin and stampin) so they run about $2 each, and I went through 5.
We’ll see how that all pans out in the end…here were the results