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#1 cherany

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    Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:36 PM

    So excited to show my save-the-dates off!  I designed (and redesigned and redesigned!) myself & somehow managed to pull it off... almost can't believe it!  I'm someone who is always full of amazing ideas for craft projects, then has quite a bit of trouble executing them.  In other words, my brain is more talented than my hands are! ;)  But this time I really did it! =)   DSCF9872.jpg   Started with sticker paper, magnet paper, yellow note cards, gold eyelets, & green ribbon.   DSCF9882.jpg   Designed a sticker for the outside of the card & did a luggage tag design for the magnets.  Printed out 20 of each, then promptly decided I hated the flamingo on the stickers and just couldn't live with it (hard to tell here, but it was clip art & looked low quality, at least to me).  Wish I'd trusted my gut before printing out all those stickers, but I decided it was better to reprint and waste the ink & paper than to be unhappy and less than spectacularly proud to send these out.   DSCF9897.jpg   Card with sticker applied.  Much happier with this flamingo!   DSCF9898.jpg   I cut slits in the card for the luggage tag.  The cards we've handed out so far, I've had to tell friends to lift the magnet out... hope the people who get them in the mail figure it out!   DSCF9899.jpg   std.jpg   This picture is from my scanner, so the tag looks a bit blurry, since it wouldn't lie completely flat in the scanner bed.  It's perfect in person, though.      So stinking proud!  We've been handing them out in person to local friends, and I'm beaming as they open them up!  I've stood in front of friends' fridges and just stared with a silly grin on my face. =D

    #2 MissBubbles205

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      Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:44 PM

      OMG!!... Those are amazing!!!  To bad you don't still live in GA, I would probably be paying you a visit!!... lol :o)

      Your colors look awesome! What type of printer did you use?



      #3 ChocoTaco7568

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        Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:03 PM

        Cherany, these are fantastic! I want one for my fridge. You should be "Stinking Proud" big grin and all!



        #4 cherany

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          Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:30 PM

          Thanks, ladies!   I designed these in Photoshop and printed on the highest quality settings to get those vibrant colors.  My rough-draft prints with normal ink settings were not as colorful.

           

          I used our new Canon MP495, which I got for $49 at Wal-Mart.  I'm so glad it was cheap... We have a running joke that every time we need to print something, we have to buy a new printer.  Seriously, we'll buy one, use it for a couple small things, and then something will happen to it between then & the next use.  When I went to print these on our almost-new, barely-used HP, I discovered it was broken.  We have a dog who loves to be ascloseaspossible to me at all times, and I guess when he climbed under the desk (to be on top of my feet, of course), he broke pieces off the printer we had stored down there.  I can't remember what did the one before that in, but it was also barely used.  This time, I placed the printer as high up as possible, away from the dogs, away from fish tanks, away from human hands, even!  I have to climb up on a chair just to feed paper in and push buttons, but if it lasts through all the wedding printing, it'll be worth it!

           

          I plan to make our invitations, as well.  We're doing the message in a bottle ones, and since I had trouble choosing between luggage tags & boarding passes for stds, I'm going to do a boarding pass reply card inside the bottle invitation.  I'll get everything I want that way!  (Except the passport design.  I love those, too!  Ah, too many awesome options!) 



          #5 cindy2013

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          Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

          Those are awesome!!!  Such bright and lively colors...those would totally get me in the mood for your destination wedding as a guest!


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          #6 mzthan6

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            Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:24 AM

            These looks great!!! where did you get your envelopes?



            #7 2ndtimesacharm

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              Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:54 AM

              Love 'em!!!!  I agree, you should be stinking proud!!!!  I'm laughing about the dog because we have a couple of those.  One is super attached to my fiance and the other to me.  Sweet but sometimes VERY annoying!  Can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve for the rest of the wedding planning.


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              #8 cherany

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                Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:13 PM

                Originally Posted by mzthan6 

                These looks great!!! where did you get your envelopes?

                 

                The cards and envelopes came together in sets of 8.  They were $3/pack at Target!  Took me forever to decide between yellow & pink (in fact, I went back to the aisle to trade the color so many times, an employee started following me around, thinking I was suspicious ), but I'm so happy I went with the yellow!  Went through the same thing when it was time to buy ribbon; switched from pink to green 3 or 4 times before grabbing the green and forcing myself to get off the ribbon aisle!  I'm frequently indecisive with color, but it's only because I know how amazing it feels to have made the "right" choice and how awful it feels when you wish you'd gone the other way!  What a relief that I was pleased as punch with the yellow cards & green ribbon and did not miss the pink in either case! 

                 

                It might not be obvious, but the cards are yellow on the outside & white on the inside.  The sticker I added to the front of the card has a yellow background, too, but that was to avoid having to cut out an intricate shape.  Easier to slap a rectangular sticker on a rectangular card! 



                #9 cherany

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                  Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:15 PM

                  Originally Posted by 2ndtimesacharm 

                  Love 'em!!!!  I agree, you should be stinking proud!!!!  I'm laughing about the dog because we have a couple of those.  One is super attached to my fiance and the other to me.  Sweet but sometimes VERY annoying!  Can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve for the rest of the wedding planning.

                   

                   

                  Yep, super sweet AND super annoying!  Totally feel you! 

                   

                  Thank you very much!  I can't wait to see what else I have up my sleeve, either!    Wedding planning is so much fun! 



                  #10 cherany

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                    Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:17 PM

                    Originally Posted by cindy2013 

                    Those are awesome!!!  Such bright and lively colors...those would totally get me in the mood for your destination wedding as a guest!

                     

                    Thank you!  After agonizing over the design and changing it several times, I'm so happy the final product looks as nice as it does!  Friends are already excited, but this really puts a concrete piece of the wedding in their hands, which is doubly exciting! 






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