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DIY Invitation Help
Are you announcing or inviting? And how’s doing the inviting or announcing? Look over our wording styles page for standard wording to match your special day.
Traditional wording styles
There are hundreds of websites with countless fonts available for download to help you create your perfect announcement. They’re easily searchable by category to help you narrow down your choices and most are free for personal use. Here are a few of our favorites:
Instructions for installing a new font on your system are available on each site.
Page Setup and Layout
You can use almost any program to create your announcements. Some are easier than others, but do the best you can with what you have. First determine which size paper you will be printing your invitations on. If you have pre-cut invitations, measure their size and change your page size using the “Page Setup” dialog box in your program to match. If you are printing on sheets, determine the size of invitations and inserts you want and proceed creating a new document with the size of your paper. Now the creation begins. Use the Align functions built in to your program to help line everything up and get it centered. Think for a few minutes about the placement and how you’re going to cut it to save you time after they’ve been printed. Here’s a sample of how to layout a 5×7 invitation with a bleed and a page of inserts with a bleed.
To print at home, or not to print? That is the question every DIYer will ask after creating their invitations. The design of the invitation, the paper you want to use, and the type of printer you have at home all contribute to whether or not you are bound for success, or failure. Find your invitation style and what method of printing you need to use below.
Invitations with a bleed
Invitations with a bleed require printing on a larger sheet of paper and being cut down to size. If you’ve purchased pre-cut paper, you will not be able to print all the way to the edge so this design option would not work. Layout your files with multiple elements on each page that you will cut down after printing.
Invitations with a white border
Invitations with a white background and no graphic elements that touch the edge of the paper can be printed on larger sheets of paper and cut down as well as printed on precut paper. The alignment of your text is critical to make sure everything is centered properly. As with any project, always print a test and adjust as necessary, especially when using precut invitations.
Cutting your invitations is not a daunting task if you’ve setup your files correctly before printing as outlined above. Your invitation templates are saved with a bleed and crop marks. The bleed is additional color that extends past the finish size of your document. If your invitation is 5×7”, your template will be 5.25×7.25” to accomodate an 1/8” bleed on all 4 sides. Once printed, you cut along the crop marks removing the excess 1/8” on all 4 sides to achieve the correct finish size of your document.
Many print shops have large capacity cutters that can cut up to 300 sheets at once. They typically charge per cut and if you setup your files properly, you will minimize cuts and costs. Simpy take your printed materials in and within minutes you can have perfectly cut invitations for a minimal cost.
We hope you love your invitation template and can’t wait to see what you come up with
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