Thank you all for your kind words! I've been slaving over these invites all weekend and it made me happy to know that people liked them! I've had alot of people emailing me about the cost of creating my invitations so here is the invitation cost breakdown folks!
Here's what I ordered:
100 sheets of SeaGlass Metallic Cover= $54 = .54 per sheet (papercompany.com)
100 sheets of IceBlue Metallic Cover= $54 = .54 per sheet (papercompany.com)
Total: $167.85 for all the papers
I took the papers to Kinko's with the templates I created and they did a great job cutting them. Their industrial paper cutter can do exact measurements and cut 100s of sheets at a time. It cost me $16 plus tax to get the paper cut. It was so worth it- imagine cutting 100s of pieces of paper and trying to do it accurately!!! Save yourself the headache and take your paper to Kinko's!!!! I cannot stress this enough.
I got 2 pieces (5 x 7 inches) of SeaGlass backing out of each sheet so that is
.54/2= .27 per piece
I got 2 pieces (4.5 x 6.5 inches) of Opal middle layer out of each sheet which is
.22/2= .11 per piece
I got 3 pieces (4.25 x 6.25 inches) of IceBlue top layer out of each sheet which is
.54/3= .18 per piece
For the reply cards (3.5 x 5 inches) I got 5 pieces per IceBlue sheet which is
.54/5= .11 per piece
Envelopes were .19 apiece
.27 + .11 + .18 + .11 + .19=
.86 PER INVITE!!!!!
As far as printing, I printed them myself on my home printer, the HP Photosmart C6380. COST= FREE! My printer kept telling me the ink was low but I printed 100s of sheets with no quality loss so I didn't replace the original cartridges.
Supplies to assemble the invites:
I used to LOVE to scrapbook but I always used those yucky, messy gluesticks. Things always came unattached. THIS product is amazing- the Scotch Tape Runner. Got it in the craft/scrapbook section at Wal-Mart or you can order it on Amazon. I got one of these and 2 refills… they cost around $5-7 for the dispenser and the refills are a little less, but it was so easy to use and works GREAT. I cannot recommend this enough! I used every bit of all three of them.
If you factor in the cost of cutting and the cost of the tape runners, it adds up like this:
$16 for cutting + around $15 for the tape runners= $31. Divided by 125 invites= an added .25 per invite. So… add that to the .86 and that's about $1.11 total, with assembly costs. That's it folks!!! And they are under the weight limit so I assume I won't have to pay extra postage!
Grand Total: $1.11 per invite (plus postage)
I still have tons of the paper left over to use on other crafts- Menu Cards, Signage for the wedding, etc. I am so thrilled with my accomplishments… I can't even tell you. 🙂
Hope this has been helpful for you all! If you have anymore questions, please don't hesitate to ask.