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Friday, September 19, 2008

Our Wedding DIY: The Save the Dates part 1, The Card

From Save The Date Progress

Ok.. I probably did 1 too many things for this project that my Mr. Mad can testify. Poor thing. He DIY'd 100 of these for all our guests. This is before we discovered the squeeze corner puncher... so he tells people his thumb suffered a great deal. Ohhh boo hoo!

We are doing this in 3 segments (maybe even more):
1. The card
2. The accessories
3. The package

Part 1: THE CARD
So what I did was look around for a design inspiration. At the time the forum boards of were really hot on these boarding pass. I'd thought... with our theme "Tropical Zen" or "Pacific Asian" this would be cute to let our guests think they are going to a destination.

Plus we love traveling! Wheras driving or flying we traveled alot in the short amount of time we knew each other. The distance between our parents home alone is an hour drive. There's so much more to why we've decided to go with the boarding pass save the date cards.

I’ve seen different variations of cut for this but I think Alyee Design has by far the best in shape and design. She provides the best amount of space for a design and wording for an invitation/save the date. Click here for her instructions and template.

The template is free but I paid a donation because it’s just way too perfect to use. People please pay your dues to those who provide free services. A tip, a mention, anything will help them keep in business. It’s a competitive world out there. Help those who help you.

Ok enough of that. So I got the template and these are the tools I used to create mines:

1. Design editing software, I used Photoshop CS3
2. Color palette to work with
3. Cover paper (110lbs weight-I used office depot's brand it was cheap and readily available)
4. Scissors/rotary cutting board
5. Corn paper punch (We didn’t use this but I recommend: Fiskars Squeeze Punch Corner Round the Bend 5/8)
6. Stapler
7. Bone Folder Tool

My Instructions if you dare to read:
1. Decide on how you want it laid out. We decided on a two card layout. The front is to have the basic information and the 2nd card will have our greeting

2. I create whatever design I want on Photoshop. There’s two things to consider when doing this:

      a. The size of the design. How much of it I want to take over the card
      b. The color. I kept it as light but still keeping the shape intact and visible.
The reason is because I’m going to transfer this design to a Word document. When that happens the colors change and if you resize within MS Word sometimes the integrity of the design is compromise. I did a lot of trial and error during this portion to get the colors and size corrected. So on that note keep the design simple and 1 to 2 tones.
3. Move your design onto MS Word template Alyee has designed by
      a. opening the template
      b. select “insert” at the top tool bar
      c. go down to “picture”
      d. select “from file”
      e. browse your folder
      f. select image

4. Place the design where you want it.

5. Depending on your design concept (do you want the words to wrap around your image or to over lap it) do the following:
      a. Click on image so the black border wraps around it showing it’s selected
      b. Right click so a drop down window pops up
      c. Select “Format Picture”
      d. Out of the tab select “layout”
      e. Test each option by typing on your document to see where the font lands and/or if it moves your image. This could take some times as well.
You’ll find you might have to readjust your image again after doing this.

6. After the layout of the image is placed type your wording.

7. Make all the final edits of the font (size, color, and style), the adjustment of your image, and any added design (ie. I added a text on the side panel, a seat number, dotted lines on the left tabs).

8. You’re ready to print.

9. Test print on regular paper first to see how the colors come out.

10. Then try the cardstock and see if you need to make adjustments to your printer setting. Some printers like to know what kind of paper you’re putting in. Adjustment of printing could be found when you’re printing window pops up for options. Sometimes you have to go in further on that window than it allows by clicking on “Property”.

11. So you are ready to cut. We started with all 4 sides of the cards.

12. Then we use the corner punch on all 4 corners.

13. We scored the tiny left tab (over our dotted lines) with bone folding tool and fold in that tab.

14. Then we took the corner punch again and cut twice at the top corner of the fold, then the bottom corner of the fold.

15. Unfold and there you have it… 1 complete card.

Ugh, Imagine doing 200 hundred cards. Labors of love. I will post over the weekend photos to go with these instructions.

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