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DIY invitations have been one of the biggest projects I've tackled, and I'll be happy once every single one is sent out. Each step was more time consuming than I ever thought, and since I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, having people help kind of made me nervous. Of course it's very much appreciated and I couldn't have done it without the help of my family! Thanks Mom! Total invite's made: 110. Now I'm off to the US Post Office to mail them out across the world.

We ordered all the black cardstock from a craft supplier, and cut each piece to size. Each invite then had to be scored down the centre and assembled.

DIY invitationsDIY invitationsWe bought ivory pearlized paper and hand embossed each piece.

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DIY invitations

DIY invitationsDIY invitations We had personalized faux wax seals made for the envelopes.DIY invitationsDIY invitationsAll DIY invitations were imaged by me.

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About Leah

Leah is a Toronto Bride planning her Spring 2012 wedding with a $20,000 budget. She is looking forward to marrying her sweetheart of 7.5 years and moving to the big city. She loves fashion, has a slight obsession with organization, and loves spending time with her family.

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  • Sarah

    Hi Leah! These are really great. They look beautiful and much more elaborate than the typical DIY. I’m curious about more of the details. How do you hand emboss something? What were your parer sources? How did you attach the inside parts to the card or make the pocket? Also, being budget savvy . . . could you please share app. how much you spent per invitation.

    Thanks so much! I love this post.

  • Emily

    They look great, and not your typical DIY invite! I love the wax seals.

  • You can see more detailed info. on my blog if interested.

    @Sarah: We hand embossed the paper using a Die-Cut machine with our preferred pattern that my mom had from Stampin’ Up. The black cardstock and tape adhesive was also from there.
    The ivory pearlized paper and envelopes were from a store in Toronto called “The Paper Place”. And white light weight cardstock (info. cards) is from Michael’s as well as the ribbon. The pockets are just made from the excess black cardstock attached with the tape adhesive.
    Ways to save:
    -Use supplies you already have (die cut machine) or talent from people you know.
    -Consider the size of the invite. Measure everything out and figure out the exact amount of pages you will need so you aren’t spending money on wasted paper. Oversized/overweight will cost you more in postage.
    -Print them yourself on a good printer.

    -Wax seal: $0.50 ea.
    -Design (inside): $40

    Total cost: $2.25 ea.(excluding shipping)

  • Tzigane

    Hey, I am working on making my own invites as well and trying to figure out embossing. I looked up how to do it online and tried, and failed horribly but your invitations look fantastic. So, do you mind my asking how did you do it?

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