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#1 AtoZ

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    Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

    Here's my quick and easy

     

    What I needed to make them and the lined envelopes:

    • White linen card stock from

       

      I added the travel agent's and our wedding website's information to the back. It took about 10 minutes to mock up -- I should have spent more time on it, but I was satisfied with the result.

       

       

       

      Making my own envelope liners:

       

      The envelope liners were really easy to make. There are a ton of how-to tutorials out there, but this one is helpful and includes free templates and patterns, as is this one which has over 100 envelope liners and templates.

       

      The pattern I used is "tiny pieced chevron" in light grey from Melstampz's Flickr. She has hundreds of free digital paper patterns to choose from. I printed them on plain computer paper. I was able to cut two liners per page (they were slightly smaller than the envelope, but you can't see to the bottom of the envelope when you open them).

       

      Some tutorials recommend you cut an envelope to trace a pattern. I simply measured from below the envelope's glue line and cut a square template from a piece of thin cardboard. I trimmed the excess paper around the angled sides of the envelope flap afterwards. 

       

      Once cut, slid the paper into the envelope below the envelope's glue line. Secure with double-sided tape on the envelope flap. 

       

       

      The breakdown:

       

       

       

      Time: 3 hours to make and assemble 64 save-the-dates and lined envelopes -- minus the printing time, during which I watched TV and drank wine.

      This was spread out over four evenings, but easily could have all been done in a day. We left the paper to dry overnight before running it through the printer again.

       

      Cost:

      • .20 per white linen envelope = $12.80
      • .28 per white linen card stock = $4.48
      • $40.32 in domestic (Canada) postage

       

      GRAND TOTAL: .90 per save the date, postage included

       

      *Note: I'm not including the price of the computer paper and some supplies because we already had them and will be using them in future projects.

       

       

      Future paper DIY projects:

       

      As I mentioned, we're going to be doing the invitation suite, so we ordered all the card stock and envelopes at once to make those plus programs, welcome letters and luggage tags for the invites. This saved us shipping costs.

       

      Some of the future costs will be slightly higher because we are using Tiffany blue metallic card stock for the envelopes and luggage tags, which will hold together the invitation suite along with teal and white Divine Twine we already purchased from GreenMunch.ca.



    #2 AtoZ

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      Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:50 PM

      Forgot to mention: 

       

      We're also purchasing CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90



      #3 lyna89

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        Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:11 PM

        They came out really nice and I think it's super cute that the save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, bags, etc are going to match! I love matching! :D



        #4 MrsWWhite

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          Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:03 PM

          Forgot to mention:  We're also purchasing Wedding Chicks welcome tote bags. They have three different chevron patterns, which tie into our invitations, but we're going with this Bienvenidos option in Tiffany or aqua blue.  The bags come in groups of 20 for $125 -- but are often on sale for $100 for the lot. They ship to Canada for a low cost, fellow Canucks! CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90

          Thanks!

          #5 CAKnight

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          Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

          Hi AtoZ,

          I noticed you are my wedding date twin! The first one that I have found on this site! I'm so excited...less than a year to go!!! 

          Here's my quick and easy

           

          What I needed to make them and the lined envelopes:

          • White linen card stock from

             

            I added the travel agent's and our wedding website's information to the back. It took about 10 minutes to mock up -- I should have spent more time on it, but I was satisfied with the result.

             

             

             

            Making my own envelope liners:

             

            The envelope liners were really easy to make. There are a ton of how-to tutorials out there, but this one is helpful and includes free templates and patterns, as is this one which has over 100 envelope liners and templates.

             

            The pattern I used is "tiny pieced chevron" in light grey from Melstampz's Flickr. She has hundreds of free digital paper patterns to choose from. I printed them on plain computer paper. I was able to cut two liners per page (they were slightly smaller than the envelope, but you can't see to the bottom of the envelope when you open them).

             

            Some tutorials recommend you cut an envelope to trace a pattern. I simply measured from below the envelope's glue line and cut a square template from a piece of thin cardboard. I trimmed the excess paper around the angled sides of the envelope flap afterwards. 

             

            Once cut, slid the paper into the envelope below the envelope's glue line. Secure with double-sided tape on the envelope flap. 

             

             

            The breakdown:

             

             

             

            Time: 3 hours to make and assemble 64 save-the-dates and lined envelopes -- minus the printing time, during which I watched TV and drank wine.

            This was spread out over four evenings, but easily could have all been done in a day. We left the paper to dry overnight before running it through the printer again.

             

            Cost:

            • .20 per white linen envelope = $12.80
            • .28 per white linen card stock = $4.48
            • $40.32 in domestic (Canada) postage

             

            GRAND TOTAL: .90 per save the date, postage included

             

            *Note: I'm not including the price of the computer paper and some supplies because we already had them and will be using them in future projects.

             

             

            Future paper DIY projects:

             

            As I mentioned, we're going to be doing the invitation suite, so we ordered all the card stock and envelopes at once to make those plus programs, welcome letters and luggage tags for the invites. This saved us shipping costs.

             

            Some of the future costs will be slightly higher because we are using Tiffany blue metallic card stock for the envelopes and luggage tags, which will hold together the invitation suite along with teal and white Divine Twine we already purchased from GreenMunch.ca.



          #6 AtoZ

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            Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

            Hi AtoZ, I noticed you are my wedding date twin! The first one that I have found on this site! I'm so excited...less than a year to go!!! woot.gif Thanks for sharing the envelope liner tutorial! In your honest opinion, do you think it was worth the time, effort and expense of doing them? I've been thinking about doing them, but I can't make up my mind...confused.gif

            It took me no time at all to line them once I had a template (which also only took a minutes). I was averaging 10 in about 4 minutes and received a lot of compliments -- people thought I bought them lined. The only annoying part was printing the paper. That took a long time but I was able to do other things while the printer chugged along.

            #7 CAKnight

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            Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

            AtoZ,

            You must have really influenced me because I haven't been able to stop thinking about doing liners. I actually have kind of a funny story.

             

            My wedding colors are pink, orange and yellow. Basically, my wedding is based around my profile picture.

             

            So I went to Dollar Tree and found some yellow wrapping paper. I bought it and did 2 envelopes and they look nice. But, I kept wondering if I could find something that wouldn't clash with the colors and the hibiscus flowers. Anyway, I went to Walmart, Michaels, Target, Big Lots (and I'm sure random other stores that I can't remember, including multiples of each). Today, I happened to go to a Target today. Jackpot! I found something perfect. It is shades of pink, yellow and oranges water-colored chevrons! I LOVE it! It compliments my boarding pass invitations well!

             

            Sorry for the long story! Just thought I would share! :) 



            #8 AtoZ

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              Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:08 PM

              That sounds great! You'll have to post a photo once you've done them.

              #9 CAKnight

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              Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

              Oh yes, I definitely will! Hopefully I will be able to post one in the next couple of days! :)

              Originally Posted by AtoZ 

              That sounds great! You'll have to post a photo once you've done them.


              #10 mellie818

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              Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:04 PM

              They came out really nice and I think it's super cute that the save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, bags, etc are going to match! I love matching! :D

              great job!






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