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KCB2011's Passport Invites - finally! DIY info for Canadian Brides!

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#31 Bride2B2014

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    Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

    Originally Posted by KCB2011 

    I finally finished my passport invites and I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out considering how much work they were!  I should also mention that I am a very frugal bride so my goal with these was to save as much money as possible.  I used the free template from IMG_0306.JPG


    Cover Paper Stardream Fairway Metallic Paper - Text weight (81lb/120gsm) from pg1.png

    Page 1: I used the same palm tree graphic from our STDs and made it a watermark (Recolor - "washout" under Format Picture in MS Word)




    Passport Stamps:  I made a bunch of different ones on MS Powerpoint (using shapes and text boxes) and I made them personalized to our dates, location, etc.  I made these watermarked the same way I did for the palm tree on the first page and arranged them randomly on the pages behind the text.


    I made these Passport type stamps the same way - they just aren't watermarked.


    Last Page:  I printed the little note from us on linen paper (see below for brand etc) and glued (Elmers Craft Bond stick from Michael's) it on to the inside back cover - I tried card stock and it was didn't stick very well.  This actually made the back cover seem thicker.  (I used a page from the ayleebits template to get the correct size for the note and I just printed 4 per page)


    Paper for inside pages Staples Cover Stock AND Synergy Bond Linen finish paper (also from Staples) - I started with the cover stock but ran out and wasn't going to buy a whole package for 10 more invites!  FYI:  both weights of paper worked perfectly fine so whichever you prefer would work - if you had more pages than me, you might want to use the lighter/thinner paper.


    I used a cheap paper cutter (Fiskars) that I bought from Michael's on sale to cut all of the pages - then I used a corner punch (Marvy Uchida) to round the corners of all the pages - also bought at Michael's on sale.  I folded everything in half so I knew where the line was that I needed to staple and then I staple from the outside.  The last thing I did was stamp the front as the ink wouldn't really soak in to the paper so I didn't want it to smudge.

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    A few notes:

    - I would suggest leaving the finished invites out to let the ink dry on the cover as there were a few that I smudged because the ink hadn't had time to dry - It was never completely dry/soaked in but it was not a problem once I started letting them sit for a bit.

    - I printed everything on my home inkjet computer with no problems but it did take a couple trials (I just used grayscale printing on cheap printer paper) to make sure that the inside pages were perfectly lined up for printing double-sided.


    Hopefully this will help someone!


    I absolutely LOVE your invitations!!!  I have about 70 to do for our wedding.  How many did you do?  Were the stamps hard to do???

    #32 Bride2B2014

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      Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

      Originally Posted by KCB2011 

      I was trying to figure out a ballpark cost....


      Metallic Paper for Cover:  $0.20 per invite (~$0.40 per page and you get 2 covers per page)

      Inside Paper:  $0.10 per invite ($10 for 100 pk at Staples and you need one page per invite which is 4 passport size pages like mine)

      *If you use cardstock paper instead of the linen paper it is $8 for 125pk so a little cheaper*

      Note glued to back page paper: $0.02 per invite (used same paper as inside paper)

      Total Paper Cost Per Invite:  $0.32


      Staples/Stapler:  I used mine from work but you can get both of these at the dollar store for under $5

      Paper Cutter:  $12 (you can get more expensive, fancier ones if you want...)

      Corner Rounder Punch:  $8 (you can get more expensive ones of these too if you want)

      Glue: $5

      Computer Ink:  about $75  (I needed 2 colour and 1 black cartridge)

      Ink Pad:  $6-8 per pad (I only need one)

      Stamps:  about $35 for the stamps and shipping I think.

      Total Cost of Other Supplies:  $148.00


      Basically, I think it cost me approximately $1.50 per invite but that does not include my time - and they did take time!!  I made about 125 invites in case you want to compare the amount of ink you will need.

      I had written you before not knowing there was more to read LOL!!!  Thank you soo much for posting all of this! 

      #33 Bride2B2014

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        Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

        Originally Posted by KCB2011 

        For the alignment I found it helpful to turn on the gridlines on Word (under the View tab) - On my printer I had to do the double sided manually (wait for all the first pages to print, then re-insert the pages in the printer for the second page to print) so I had to check the "manual duplex" box on the print settings.  I know that some printers don't have this capability, but you can still specify only to print page 1, then go to print again and print only page 2.  Like I said, if you print a couple trials, you can see how far off they are from lining up, then go to the Home Tab and on the far right click "select" then "select objects" - make a box with the arrow around EVERYTHING on one of the pages (ONLY ONE PAGE), then hold down CTRL and use the arrows to move everything side to side (make sure you don't click anywhere after this or it will unselect everything and you will have to do the select objects thing over again).  Vertically, both pages had to be even when compared to the gridlines, but horizontally, both pages did not match up on the gridlines (one looked way further to the left than the other).  Does that make any sense or is it more confusing? haha.


        To get the right order, I printed the template with just page numbers on it, then I cut it out as though I was making the invite and that's how I knew what page I wanted things to be on - I made a print screen of the two pages that I printed back to back to get my inside pages if that helps:


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        Would you mind giving me your email address a I have a few questions.  I am soo amazed with your work.  I am going to attempt it myself for our wedding in Mexico June 2014

        #34 ABCDwedding

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          Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

          Love these !!! I really want to do DIY STD and invites !!!

          #35 breeo

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            Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

            Great job, well done.

            #36 blondi1029

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              Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

              Thank you for sharing and thank you for the exrta little tips :)

              #37 Pykx

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                Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:35 PM

                These are outstanding! Thank you for sharing! I really want to attempt my own invites and this is so helpful.

                #38 mormac01

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                  Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:28 AM

                  These are really great! Thanks for sharing!

                  #39 MayFlowers2014

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                    Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:52 PM

                    these are amazing

                    #40 Backy

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                    Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

                    thank you so much for posting this thread. it is so helpful for me as a canadian bride to be

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