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Posted 1/21/2013 by stwa in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:00:03 AM
I scrapbook and card make alot and almost every person I know has recieved a handmade card from me. I'm getting married later this year and it's time for me to put together my invitations and I am feeling very stressed about it. I feel like I have to wow everyone and do something beyond what I usually do because everyone knows I papercraft.

I'm finding it tough to change my thinking from an individual card to something that has to be mass produced. I can easily put a fancy embellishment on one card to make it pop but I certainly can't buy 60+ packets of embellishments to make the invitations.

Have you tackled this problem? What did you do?

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PeaNut 87,591
May 2003
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:29:49 AM
My wedding was very simple, so I did a triple layered card
(Grey, yellow, white) with printing on the top layer. Used some digital scrap software to make a pattern so I didn't have to embellish each one.

But....I did baby shower invites with punched butterflies and flowers and rhinestones on every one. Ditto for a friend's shower invites and another friend's rehearsal dinner because that's what they really, really wanted.

Bottom line: even if you have to buy a bunch of packages of embellishments and they take forever, if that's what you want and what fits the style of your wedding, I think you'll be happiest if you go for it.
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PeaNut 449,226
December 2009
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:42:33 AM
Do you like flowers? You can buy regular stems of silk flowers and take them apart, add a gem or pearl in the center, a tiny tail of ribbon and "done".


PeaNut 471,601
June 2010
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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:57:10 AM
Why don't you have a look at some mass produced ones at online stores to get some ideas about what can be achieved 'production line style'. I would suggest keeping it simple with punched shapes and embellishments that can be bought in large packets but go a long way (like gems or pearls etc.).

Make 2-3 prototypes and see what works - what starts out as simple, can end up taking a long time once you get going, and there is lots to do for a wedding. Will you also be making RSVP cards, place cards, menus, table plan? If you want it all to co-ordinate, think about those things now so you can plan it together.

You could also choose a design that is simple enough so you can enlist a few girlfriends to help you put it all together - turn it into a bridal event!


PeaNut 82,637
April 2003
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:32:54 AM
Look at Silhouette on Pinterest. Their DIY Party section. They show wedding invitations and have a tutorial on how to make some.
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PeaNut 567,577
September 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:57:10 AM
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PeaNut 547,025
March 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:18:43 AM
Because I knew I had to mass produce my wedding invitations, I kept mine clean and simple. But that's pretty much my style to begin with, so I didn't have any extra pressure to impress.

Definitely look into Pinterest for inspiration. I'm sure something will wow you AND will be fairly easy to reproduce..

Good luck!


PeaNut 566,536
September 2012
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Loc: Land of Eternal Snow aka MN

Posted: 1/21/2013 9:27:41 AM
Mass producing invitations for 100+ guests is a completely different ball game than making 1 or 2 personalized cards.

Look at some professional wedding invites and see what appeals to you. Remember that you have to mail them and adding a bunch of layers and embellishments means more $ for higher postage.

There's enough stress that comes with planning a wedding. Don't put pressure on yourself for something that most people will look at strictly to get the details (date, time, place) vs. admiring your craftsmanship. Yes, YOU will look at your invites and probably want a few photos but in the end most people won't pay as much attention to them as you're worried about. They're certainly not going to take it out of the envelope and think "well that's disappointing."

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PeaNut 292,577
January 2007
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:44:55 AM
Okay, here's something it has taken me a long time and a lot of money to learn: it's okay to buy things already done. Seriously. Being a papercrafter sometimes means you have the ability and taste to simply choose well from a selection of premade items.

Order yourself some pretty invitations, and apply the time and money you save to the rest of your wedding, or just pampering yourself and enjoying this stage in your life.

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PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:56:34 PM
Hilsmom, you couldn't have said it better! I completely agree!


PeaNut 527,866
November 2011
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:58:35 PM
I made maybe 20 for my sisters wedding for just close family and the rest were premade that we bought- noone ever knew that there were 2 diff invites sent out- maybe you could do something like this?
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PeaNut 508,490
May 2011
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Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/21/2013 8:08:19 PM
For my wedding, I just bought wedding invitations but then I spent a lot of time on the rest of the papercraft items. Like the programs, table numbers, name tags, etc.


PeaNut 577,834
January 2013
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:12:11 PM
Hi I am a newbie here but I still want to help. Hehe but I hope this really can help. When I made an invitation for my mom's friend wedding last year, it was about 50 and digitally printed. I lay out it on an photo editor and print them all. On the envelop thing, it was the one I did handmade. Congratulations to you and best wishes


PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
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Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Posted: 1/22/2013 3:17:07 AM

They're certainly not going to take it out of the envelope and think "well that's disappointing."

This is so true! I hadn't even thought about that

it's okay to buy things already done.

Thanks for this. I needed to hear it

Probably alot of the pressure was what I was putting on myself.

Thanks everyone for the feed back. It's given me some good ideas

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PeaNut 553,867
May 2012
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Loc: Colorado Springs, CO

Posted: 1/22/2013 6:05:43 PM
Mine were super simple - I bought printable invites from target (they were cream colored with a torn edge that had been tinted gold) and I just printed the text and added a fake oak leaf I had spray painted copper to the top with a glue dot. I spent maybe $30 before postage? And no one mentioned how simple they were.

I still love them (except the part where I referred to Ft. Riley as an army base and no one corrected me during spell checking - oops)

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PeaNut 252,090
March 2006
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Loc: Beautiful South Orange County, CA

Posted: 1/23/2013 9:19:01 AM
When I got married, I bought card blanks from a stationary store. My friend had a very nice copy machine. She printed out the invites and I attached velum to the top and did a two hole punch and threaded some very nice ribbon through the holes to make it "look" like a bow. They were very simple, yet elegant. If I were to do it again, I prob would have just ordered them. Getting all the wedding preparations done is stressful enough. I'd let someone else do it.


PeaNut 486,481
October 2010
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Loc: SF Bay Area, CA

Posted: 1/23/2013 9:28:49 AM
Yep, I'd buy them. We had over 300 invitations and I went through the simplest online company. They were ivory with some shiny embossing. Very pretty, but simple, affordable and no stress. There will be other opportunities to showcase your skills without it adding to the stress of planning a wedding.
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