After the big announcement last week of the complete Wedding Invitation Template System, bringing unprecedented ease and affordability to brides wishing to DIY their stationery, you'd think I would take a breather before springing any further bigger than big news on you. Well, I'm bursting at the seams and can't contain my excitement any longer. I am tickled pink to announce my collaboration with Jessica Bishop, the Budget Savvy Bride, and introduce DIY brides worldwide to the Budget Savvy Bride Collection on Download & Print.
To kick off our collaboration, Jessica and I are giving to you a gorgeous pin-striped invitation and RSVP card in preppy blues from Jessica's first collection, named Amber. The invitation features the stripes and scalloped frame encasing some beautiful typography. The mixture of fonts definitely gives the collection a designer look, but we won't tell anyone that you were able to DIY this at home. You'll need to download all four fonts to recreate the look, details are listed in the tutorial below. As with all Download & Print template collections, the full 15-piece coordinating Amber ensemble is available for you to download in a range of colors.
Along with the free templates I created a simple pocket out of a 4-bar envelope that you'll be able to DIY faster than you can say Show Me The Wedding Hack. Follow along with the video tutorial below, or jump down to the pictorial and step-by-step instructions. Read more details on the exciting collaboration between Download & Print and the Budget Savvy Bride here.
- Printable templates
- White or cream card stock
- Paper cutter and/or scissors
- A7 envelope (to mail the finished invitation in)
- 2 x 4-bar envelopes (one for the RSVP, one to create the pocket hack)
- Bakers twine or ribbon (optional)
Step 1: Download and Print
Download the invitation and RSVP card and save the file to your computer in an easy to find place. Download the font collection from the links provided and install the fonts on your computer. The fonts used throughout the collection are Rosewood Standard Fill , Mrs Eaves Small Caps, Bickham Script and Ecuyer DAX .
When you visit the free font websites only click on the font download button. You will see other download buttons that are ads and will lead you somewhere you don’t need to be! Install the fonts on your computer, then open MS Word and the template file. Enter your wedding details, save the template, and print one copy.
Check, check and re-check for spelling, grammatical, and date errors! Have a second set of eyes check for you also. When you are 100% happy with your invitation, print all your copies either on your home printer or at a copy shop.
Step 2: Trim
Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the dotted lines.
TIP: A paper cutter will produce straighter lines and will allow you to cut several sheets at once. You can find these for under $30 and are well worth the investment if you plan on DIYing all your wedding stationery.
Plain old scissors will do the trick too.
Step 3: Mark Pocket
Find the middle of the long edge on the back of a 4-bar envelope. Decide how far up toward the envelope flap you want to create the opening. This will depend on the brand of envelopes you have on hand. I measured up 2” from the bottom of the envelope on the brand that I had, which put me just below the envelope opening. Mark a dot here. Draw a line from the top corner of the envelope to your dot. Repeat on the other side. This forms the cut line for you to make the V on the pocket.
Step 4: Cut Envelope
Cut along the line you just marked, cutting through both layers of the envelope. To get a crisp angle at the bottom of the V, cut in from one corner on the envelope, then cut in from the other corner, finishing each time at the bottom of the V.
You can use this first pocket as a template to mark the remaining pockets rather than measuring each one.
Step 5: Insert Cards
Insert the cards into the pocket. The invitation goes on the bottom, followed by the RSVP with RSVP (4-bar) envelope.
Step 6: Wrap Twine (Optional)
You can add twine or ribbon as an embellishment. I thought the twine played up on the nautical theme, but if you used ribbon in your accent color this would give the pocket a completely different look and feel. I wrapped the twine around twice before securing with a knot and trimming the tails.
TIP: If the twine feels a little loose, spread it apart at the edge of the pocket.