I FINALLY got done all my invitations. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that they ar...
Custom designed from scratch by yours truly and hand cut/glued/assembled/stuffed with help from the MOH.
Designed using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, printed on Quartz Stardream metallic 105lb cover weight card stock, stuffed into handmade pocketfolds made out of Punch Stardream metallic 105lb cover weight card stock. FINALLY they're DONE!!!!!
My invitations were kept under 6x6" (square) to keep postage costs down. Apparently they only charge double from 6x6" and up. The envelope was handmade by my paper/print shop out of Punch colour Stardream Metallic text weight paper to match the 105lb pocket folds also in Punch. They were done using a 5.75" x 5.75" dimension.
Because the envelope was 5.75x5.75" the pocket had to be slightly smaller to easily slide in/out of the envelope. So the pocket was done at 5.5 x 5.5". The invitation matted to the inside was a 1/4" smaller so it showed some of the cardstock behind it for a border, and its dimension was 5.25" x 5.25".
The inserts were:
-MAP 4.75" W x 5" H
-HOTEL 4.75" W x 4.25" H
-RSVP 4.75" W x 3.5" H
Each insert was 4.75" wide and each was 1/4" smaller than the next. (or larger than the next depending which way you're looking at it).
NOTE: These pics are taken using my webcam. It's a crappy camera and doesn't take great pics. My apologies but this is the best I can offer right now - can't find the charger to my Olympus digital cam. :(
The cost of this project was higher than it should have been for DIY because at the end I was pressed for time and couldn't find a print shop who could print on the heavy card stock I used for the inserts without major paper jams. Neither Staples or Kinkos could do it though both tried. The only shop I knew of that could was the shop I bought the paper from and their costs were pretty high and drove my cost per invitation up quite high despite the fact that I didn't even embellish these invitations with ribbon, rhinestones or anything else. Here were my costs:
$300 for cardstock including all inserts/pockets/envelopes
$155 for printing costs - 140 sheets of cardstock for all the inserts (in batches of 35/insert design with 2 to a page) + 19 sheets of the monogram squares for the front of the pockets (4 to a page)
Time time and more time (I started this design - this was one of many before it) about 4-5 days before the project was completed. Maybe a week.
Total: $455 for 70 invitations = $6.50/invitation NOT including postage. WAY. TOO. HIGH. I was not happy about that.