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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. πŸ™‚


Lauren wrote:
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.


Jess wrote:
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. πŸ™‚


Yaila wrote:
What font did you use for your invites?

The monogram is Delouisville. I found a free download on iDIY. πŸ™‚ The other two fonts are MrsEaves and Bickham Script Pro.


Jessica wrote:
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.


Marcy wrote:
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!


KoandPo wrote:
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

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  • Amanda

    They are beautiful! I can’t wait get mine!!!

  • Julie

    I have one more DIY question …

    I love the swirl that you use on either side of the “and” in your invites. Where did you get it? Is it clip art or dingbat or something else?

    LOVE your work!


  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet


    So, this is kind of crazy, but four years ago when I was planning our wedding, your blog was a HUGE inspiration to me. Of course, these were the days before Pinterest, but who needed Pinterest when you had The Budget Savvy Briday? πŸ˜‰ I remember following along with your journey, feeling so inspired because I felt our styles were so similar. Thank you for your generosity in sharing so many photos, tips, and tutorials back then….I was delighted to see that years later, you’re still going strong! And T.B.S.B. has blown up into a business! Way to go.

    I started blogging a year ago, and this summer, I decided to tackle a retractive series on Our DIY Wedding. Just recently, I shared the story of our wedding invitation disaster story (don’t worry, it has a happy ending), but I gleaned so much inspiration from your wedding invitations (fonts in particular), I’d love to give one of your posts a shout-out in my post! I noticed that some of your older posts are missing photos, so would you like me to link to this one or do you have a post that does have some visible photos of your beautiful invites? I’d love to send my readers your way as a small thank you for all your help.

    Anyway, here’s the link to my invitation post so you can see for yourself. And happy Friday to you!

    The Thinking Closet

    • Hi Lauren!!

      Thanks so much for your fun comment! It made my day πŸ™‚

      That’s so exciting about your blog and your DIY Wedding series! I’ve had some photo loss over the years in transition to different hosting servers but I’m slowly trying to get all of that old stuff fixed!! Just fixed the images on this one if you want to link to it:

      Thanks for thinking of me and sharing some link love! xo

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