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Make your own invites

In DIY, Stationery on March 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Home-made invites don’t have to look like a sad child’s attempt to copy Blue Peter, full of splodgy glitter and badly cut out stars. OK, you’re not going to get letterpressing on your Epsom printer, but with a little bit of imagination and thought, they can look mighty fine. Here’s how to create that a non-rubbish DIY invite:

1. Create a moodboard of invites which tickle your fancy.

Invite moodboard by Credit Crunch Bride

Invite moodboard by Credit Crunch Bride

2. Question your abilities. Take an honest look at your design abilities. If you’re a bit wobbly on design, then use the K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple Stupid.

3. Buy a border. Istock does all sorts of cute vintage borders.

Delicate scroll and leaf set from Istock

Delicate scroll and leaf set from Istock

3. Choose a typeface. Dafont.com is where all the beautiful free fonts go to hide. Pick up some beauties there and download them to your computer.

The King & Queen font, from DaFont

The King & Queen font, from DaFont

4. Choose your paper wisely. Atlantis art supplies, in London E1, has a big rainbowfest of colours and stock. It’s about 30p per page or envelope. Or, order colour envelopes from UK based Colour envelopes.

5. Get printable wedding invites. If, after hours of trying you realise you’re not the next Saul Bass, you could get an invitation template designed  for you at this Etsy shop to print out yourself. It’s kind of like half DIY invites.

Printable wedding invites

Printable wedding invites

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