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#1 rodent

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    Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:41 PM

    UPDATE 01/14/10: You can read through this thread & see how I managed to make the brochures I wanted for my wedding. I tried several ways to share the template with others, but it wasn’t easy. As you can see below, I was still figuring out photoshop back then.

    I wanted to come back to this project and make an easy to customize template for these programs. I’ve learned so much more about working with photoshop & knew I could do a much better job now. The template is so much easier to work with than before. I even recorded videos to walk people through it.

    That’s how DIY wedding kits was started. Visit this link to learn about my much improved brochure template.
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    I used the vista print templates to make this. I didn't want to work in photoshop, because I use powerpoint more often. So I opened the pdf file, flattened the layers, and saved it as a jpg. I then made a powerpoint file that was 11.1 inches by 8.63 (File--> Page setup). I inserted the template jpg onto a slide. I then right clicked to change the color to washout.

    It also helps to trifold a piece of paper to determine what page is what.

    I plan on making brochures like this for a welcome letter & a meet the guests letter. As always, I'll post pictures of the real deal when they are done.

    UPDATE Here is the new version. I put a step by step guide with pictures for making the background on post #46, page 5. If you aren't that computer savy, I don't recommend trying to make the dark/light background- it's a little tricky. Just make the whole picture light so you can still read the text. If you want some premade backgrounds (you' will have to make your text fit in the boxes available) download it here Click the image to open in full size.

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    I ordered them on Feb 10th. Only $7.45 shipped from vista print. I love vista print! I'll let y'all know how they turn out.

    They came in! I couldn't be happier. I love them! I can't stop looking at them. Mike teased me because all 25 are the same, but I've read them each. I stuffed some in envelopes today to send to our family & friends who have booked. The quality is great from vista print. Probably my favorite vistaprint project so far.
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    #2 LadyCheese

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      Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:47 PM

      Wow!! The brochure looks great!!! Can't wait for a template :)

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        Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:51 PM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by LadyCheese
        Wow!! The brochure looks great!!! Can't wait for a template :)
        It's now on my 3rd post.

        #4 MsShelley

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          Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:58 PM

          looks really great, Morgan, you are becoming MS. DIY these days!

          #5 LadyCheese

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            Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:59 PM

            Cool thanks Morgan!

            #6 KarmaB

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              Posted 02 February 2008 - 06:42 PM

              They look great so far! Reading your's made me realize that I should probably make one too! :-) "Adding to my to-do list now!"

              #7 Rache1124

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                Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:04 PM

                Morgan - it looks GREAT!!! I just love seeing all that you've put together! I get so many great ideas on this website I LOVE IT!!!

                Anyway, I had a quick question for you - or anyone else out there...how did you find information on your excursions...the deep sea fisihing trip and the trip to the ruins I am also getting married in the Riviera Maya and we want to put these two outings together for our guests and I just feel lost trying to find information on them. ANY SUGGESTIONS/ADVICE Thanks!!!

                #8 Jenn3878

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                  Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:04 PM

                  Great work Morgan!!

                  #9 Stormsong

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                    Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:07 PM

                    This is a wonderful idea! I am going to send one to my guests too! Thanks for the great idea!! Keep them coming!!
                    Lisa

                    #10 Rache1124

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                      Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:07 PM

                      [QUOTE=Morgan;248696]I have started working on a brochure to mail our guests a couple months before the wedding. Thanks KellyMN for the ideas & inspiration.

                      This is still a rough draft. I plan on working on this more later. I'm tired of messing with it any more today. If you catch any typos, let me know.


                      Hey Morgan - found a typo for you - under currency: "Do not count ON being able to withdraw..." you just left out the word "on"

                      It looks soooo good though!!!




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