First some basics, most of our items are set up to print on basic 8.5x11 paper/card stock. Invitations print 2 per page as does our banners' letters. Our cupcake toppers, goody bag toppers, 2x2 tags, those all vary depending on size, but they still all print on standard size paper/card stock.
It's not mandatory, but it's highly recommended that when printing up your package, you do so on heavy duty card stock. Below is a list of supplies you'll need:
- White Card Stock (I usually print on 110# bright white to Office Depot)
- Scissors/Heavy Duty Paper Cutter
- Colored Card Stock (Optional)
- Glue/Other Adhesive
- Hole Punch
- Coordinating Ribbon or Tulle (for banner and Welcome Signs)
- Toothpicks or LolliPop sticks for CupCake Toppers.
You can bypass the printer, white card stock and scissors, by having your items printed at Office Depot, Staples, or any other print shop. For a small fee, they'll even cut it for you.
If you received a jpg file for your invitation, you can send it to Walgreens, CVS or Wal-Mart's photo centers to be printed.
Now for the detailed instructions:
- Print files. The beauty of the DIY Packages are you can print exactly what you need as far as invitations go.
- Once printed you can cut out your items, this is where paper cutters come in handy. Sure scissors can do the trick, but a paper cutter, is definitely a God send for cutting multiple sheets of paper at the same time or just cutting straight. Look at the variety you can find at Michael's Craft Stores.
- If you chose to matte your invitation or banner or welcome sign, your items will be .25" smaller around than the suggested size. So all banner pieces measure 4.75x6.75, 5x7 Invitations same thing.
- What is Matting? It's a way to add a little personal touch, because the possibilities are endless.
- Notice the pretty colorful border around? That's matting. On the left you have a coordinating blue matte. On the right, since it's a graduation invitation, we went with a double matte, in school colors.
5. If you are working on invitations, you are done at this point. For the banner, measure about .25 on an angle from each of the top corners. Mark it and this is where you'll hole punch.
6. Once all the pieces are hole punched you can either use tule or ribbon to string it together. Alternatively, you can use two different colors, and use smaller pieces of ribbon and tule to tie each piece together individually. (Pictures will be posted soon!!)
7. For the food tent cards, you may be wondering why the matte size is 5x3. The reason is, you'll be folding the matte pieces in half to form a 2.5x3 piece. You'll then adhere the print pieces to the matte, leaving .25 inch border at the top and bottom. If you would like a border all the way around then when you cut the matte pieces, they should be 5x3.5.
If you have any questions, or you are having any difficulty, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll be happy to assist you in anyway.
Of course, if all this is too much, don't forget you can always just purchase the ADD Print Option, and I will do all the work for you.
Thanks for your purchase I hope your event is a success!!