As you may have guessed, I am DIY-ing the hell out of my upcoming wedding. Chalkboards? Yep. Favor bags? Check. Table Numbers? Working on it. Invitations? Totally, and completely taking over my apartment right now. On the bright side, they are very close to the final stuff, stamp and lick!
I’ll show more of my DIY invites in future posts, but I wanted to start with what I am most proud of: my invitation enclosure. This is a folder of sorts, that the invitation is mounted to and the enclosure cards (directions, rsvp, etc) are kept together in. While I really liked the A7 Folder Enclosures from Papersource (where I got all of my paper needs), I didn’t like the price (1.25-1.50 a piece) and I didn’t like that it would add extra weight to my invites (really trying to mail these with 1 stamp–less than 1 oz). So my task was to design an invite enclosure that could be made for a single 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper. It had to be the mount for the invitation itself, have a small folder for enclosure cards, fit in a 5 x 7 envelope and weigh as little as possible. A tall task not even Pinterest had the answers too.
So when I did come up with this design, I was pretty darn excited. Like, super excited. I just invented something! I need to tell people! (FYI, people don’t care much about inventions in paper products. They also don’t know what invitation enclosures are).
So here it is, an invitation enclosure made from one 8.5 x 11 sheet. I used Papersource Cover weight paper in “Pool”. Other tools you’ll need will be a paper cutter (I borrowed one from work), scissors, a ruler, a glue stick (Staples brand tested best), and optionally, a paper scorer, which will really help with clean folds on think paper. I bought this Martha Stewart bone folder and use it on a cutting mat with a ruler. An inexpensive handy little tool that I’ve already used for other projects.
This enclosure works perfectly for a 4.75 x 6.75 invitation and you can find my Template here. I tried to use the least number of cuts possible, starting by removing a 1/2 inch from the short side, followed by the outer cut of the long side (CUT 1). Now comes the tricky part. Because we need small flaps for our folder, we need to make partial cuts for CUT 2. Starting at the top of the sheet, cut down on either of these cuts to the perpendicular FOLD 2 line, (going over a little is fine and better than not making it to the line). After each CUT 2 is complete, take your scissors and cut the angles of CUT 3. If you’re using a scorer, line up a ruler for FOLD 1 and score the paper. Repeat for FOLD 2. With your lines scored (or not), you are now ready to fold, starting with Fold 1. I like to used the end of scorer to press the fold into a clean line, kind of like ironing in a fold. Make your fold along the scored FOLD 2 line and iron out the side, make any adjustments so that your folder is centered. Finally, apply your glue stick to the top side of each of the two flaps that were created from FOLD 1, so that you are gluing them to the MOUNT.
And there you have it, an invitation enclosure made from a single 8.5 x 11 sheet. The next step is to mount your invitation to the front and put your cards in the back folder. How much did this cost? I bought this cardstock in bulk at Papersource for $29/100 sheets. Add in the cost of the $5 scorer (used for other projects) and the $0.75 glue stick and my final cost comes to $0.35 per folder. Saving $1 for a DIY project may not be worth it for some but consider this: With ~75 invitations being sent, I’ve just saved myself $75 by taking the time to do it myself. You know where that money is going instead? The candy/sweets buffet. Obviously.