Tuesday, March 17, 2009

[Some of] You are Invited!

And Here they are!!!

A crooked close-up of an invitation with one of my favorite papers:

A hodge-podge, if you will. This gives you an idea of what they look like completed:

Examples of the 2-sided Amy Butler papers used:

Another example. Pictured on left is the print on back:

Same story:

What each guest will receive in the mail:

I handwrote these, and should have taken a photo of a better envelope to show, because they actually turned out pretty neat:

The back of the green paper is this dark floral, and Cheryl used the stamp kit I purchased for CD cases in this post to stamp the Reply envelopes:

The whole shebang:

Ok, the important part: How much did I invest for the sake of these papers that will be quickly trashed? Well, I MUST give serious credit to our university's Print Shop. They sold me most of the materials, and did the printing and cutting work!
  • 2 packs of Amy Butler double-sided, recycled papers on sale at Michaels for $7 each.
  • 100 invitations (includes cost of fine cardstock, cutting, printing) for 7 cents each.
  • 100 rsvp cards (includes cost of fine cardstock, cutting, printing) for 3 cents each.
  • 250 invitation envelopes (had to buy whole box since custom size, but can return what i don't use!) for $14 total.
  • 250 rsvp card envelopes (again with the whole box thing) for $7 total.
  • Print Shop's charge to cut all printed papers (and give me scraps) was a whopping $2.
  • 2 glue sticks for 40 cents each.
  • Stamps of bird and "reply" previously purchased.
That's a grand total of $47.80, which boils down to 48 cents A SET. This does not include the solitary postage stamp that is required. Really?! The Target set we planned on was $35 for 50 unprinted boring ones, seen here.

Granted, I really, really, really had a strong desire to do a straight-stitch across the top and bottom in ivory, but decided that the fuss wasn't worth it. (By "decided" I mean that Brandon and Mom were awfully convincing that it was going to be a serious hassle. Ha.)

Have a favorite paper?


live compassionately said...

Wow Ashley - those look great! I love the paper in the first picture:)

Anonymous said...

Those look great! I am partial to the blue and gray combinations, but they're all pretty!! I can't wait to get the real one in the mail. I AM invited, right? :-)

Anonymous said...

Ooops, didn't mean to leave an anonymous comment. Clicked the wrong circle. :-)

Cindi said...

Twice!! I'm crazy!

Jessica @ budgetsavvybride said...

loooooooove them! great job!!!!! you're so thrifty!

realolivegreen said...

i believe you mean, "that will be recycled." I would never throw away such art!