Today was a mixed bag of good and not so good. You see, today was the day that I picked up my invites from the printer…well, actually I was supposed to pick them up yesterday (but that’s a story for another day). Today is also the day that 10 of my best girlfriends got together to cut, glue, splice, fold, stuff and wrap.
First the ‘not so good’…Despite supplying my printer with a complete disk of artwork, PDFs for design reference and printouts proofs to match for color, they still managed to misprint 1/2 of my invitations and destroy the majority of paper that I had shipped from the US. So, two days after my initial deadline to the supplier I still have no RSVP cards. I’ve also just found out that the reception cards were enlarged by about 10% by the printer (so they’re too big). What a debacle!
The ‘good’…my girls spent over 3 hours (that’s 30 total hours of work!) lining envelopes, creating double sided invites, labeling RSVP envelopes and wrapping fan handles. I am soooo proud of the end result!
Every envelope was lined with a damask wallpaper print. To do this, I created a simple repeat pattern on an 11″ x 8.5″ paper. I disassembled an envelop and measured the size of the base and the flap and overlayed this template on the wallpaper. I printed the finished templates on a soft gloss photo paper because nothing gives you a finer finish. Each of the envelopes were pulled apart and the cut paper was glued to the inside of the envelopes. The envelopes were reassembled by gluing the edges back. And, voila! Custom looking envelopes.
One step closer to the finish line!