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DIY: Custom Return Address Labels

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While we’ve decided not to DIY our invitations (more on that later), I do want to add some sort of personalized touch to our mailing. I recently received a package with the coolest mailing label. That inspired me to create one of my own mailing labels. I knew I could buy the label paper online, so I went into Photoshop and created a label of my own using the measurements for the Avery mailing labels: 4″ wide by 1 1/3 ” high and set them up for 72 dpi resolution. I figure I can always adjust later if I don’t like the way it looks with the envelope dimensions.

I ended up downloading a few cool fonts from FontSpace, I’ve used them in the past and they make it pretty easy. You hit the download button on the font you want, it will download a zip file, then unzip/extract and copy the .ttf or .otf file into your Fonts folder on your computer (for my old XP, that is located in C:\WINDOWS\Fonts. (Please note that fonts on FontSpace are for personal use only, not commercial use. I believe that since I am not making money from my invitations that this would not be considered commercial use). I downloaded a few different fonts, but ended up using these on my label (click on the image to go to the FontSpace download page):

Return Address Labels

In Photoshop, I create a file using my dimensions above and then inserted each different font using a different layer. I then used Edit > Transform > Scale to resize/rotate to fit nicely on my label and line things up the way I wanted them. When I finished, this was my label. There will not be a green background, that was just to set it away from the background of the page. However, if you wanted to add some color, you could definitely do that! (Obviously, I’ve changed my info for privacy).

Return Address Labels

I am really happy with the way it turned out and I look forward to using it on our invitations as well as my thank you notes for my bridal shower. I will most likely print it on pre-made labels or label sheets and then cut. Below, I’ve labeled it to tell you the fonts that I used for each part in case you decide to make your own.

Return Address Labels
Return Address Labels

Another option would be to do a wrap around label and add a little monogram on the wrap-around to make it more for both you and the groom. Nick and I don’t live together which is why only my name is on the return address labels.

Return Address Labels
custom Return Address Labels

So, what do you think? I am happy with how they turned out, I’m looking forward to printing them and seeing them on our invitations!


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Erin Zimmerman

is a teacher living in Baltimore, MD. She got married 2012 in Ocean City, MD. You can read her wedding planning posts here.