I have finally found the time to post pics of my Passport Invitations.
First off, I want to thank all of the BDW brides who have shared their advice, pictures, templates etc. SO many inspiring, talented ladies on this site. I could never have done these without you guys!! Especially Steph's thread (skp1)...so much helpful information. Her passport thread is AMAZING. Anyway, I think I underestimated how much patience, time and hard work actually goes into these. I'm glad I did them on my own. If I had to do it all over again there is definitely quite a few things that I would change. But I am happy with the outcome and my guests LOVED them! So hopefully this thread can help future DIYers as well.
The cardstock, metallic text sheets and envelopes were all ordered from papercircle.ca. They have fantastic prices for Canadian brides. I priced out other online Canadian sites and local stationary shops and papercircle's prices were half of what these other places were asking.
Fiskars Round corner punch/ hole punch/ paper cutter from Michaels.
Pink, Purple and raffia ribbon from Michaels
Permanent Double bond Aleene's Glue from Michaels....this is the only glue that I found would stick to cardstock.
Starfish Charms: A Canadian seller on Etsy.
After getting great advice from fellow BDW brides, I bought a Canon MX890 printer. It works awesome!!
I used the Aylee Bits passport template in Word which worked great. The design was the hardest part of this process. I changed the cover to the Canadian coat of Arms which was a pain. Once the design was complete, it was pretty easy to print it all out and figure out the format. After I cut all of the passport sheets, I sewed the pages together and glued the outside pages to the cardstock . I tried to staple them together and tried ribbon but I didn't like how either of them looked.
For the luggage tag RSVP, I created my own template in Word. Again, Skp1's passport thread has some great info on the luggage tag RSVP... I borrowed that idea from her as well....
Those were really easy and fun to do. I printed the addresses on the front of the envelopes and the return on the back. It looked so sharp! I wanted to do a pocket fold to hold the Passport, RSVP and return Envelope but I didn't order the folders in time and I tried to make my own but gave up. So I ended up tying them together with raffia ribbon and a starfish charm. I was worried about it but everyone raved about the raffia and cute charm. I guess when you work on something for so long, you get really critical. I noticed wording mixups and little errors on my invites after I had already sent them out. And I wish I hadn't ended up with so much pink :/ Oh well! But other than that, they turned out better than I expected. This was the first invite I put together. As with anything, they got much easier the more I did
Here are the pics: