I've gotten lots of questions in comments and emails about my DIY Invitations so I decided to share them here with you as a bit of an FAQ. Please feel free to ask whatever you'd like- I'll try my best to answer them. 🙂
Where did you find the design for your invitation?
I scanned in the swirly ornament from a stamp I had and then repeated it to make the pattern.
Do you use a certain program on your computer?
I laid out the invite in Adobe InDesign. You can get a free trial here.
I have no idea how to create a invitation template. Where should I start?
I started with knowing that I wanted a layered invitation. I created boxes in InDesign at 3 different sizes in my colors to make the 3 layers. Then I centered them to see how it would look once printed.
How did you come up with the cut guidelines?
To make the cutting templates, I just created a box the size of the layer I needed cut. So for instance, the backing layer was 5×7. I created a 5×7 box and then replicated it to make as many 5×7 boxes that could fit on an 8.5 x 11 standard sheet of paper. That number ended up being 2, but I had lots of scraps left over. Thinking about using them to make a belly band. 🙂
What font did you use for your invites?
The monogram is Delouisville. I found a free download on iDIY. 🙂 The other two fonts are MrsEaves and Bickham Script Pro.
What kind of printer did you use?
I used my HP Photosmart C6380. However, I'd recommend using a laser printer if you have access to one. I had some problem with my ink smudging while assembling invites/stuffing envelopes.
Do you have some kind of secret to share about how you stacked the layers so evenly?
I wish I could tell you some magical trick, but honestly I can attribute it to precise cuts by Kinko's and eyeballing it when taping them together. It was actually pretty easy!
Did your printer enable you to print right to the edge of your top layer?
Yes, I was able to print to the edge of the pieces on the top layer of the invite. However it took quite a bit of time and lots of scrap paper to figure out how to make it do that on a custom size. In the future I would either print on 8.5 x 11 and then get them cut or I would chose a standard size like 4