Thursday, February 3, 2011

Invitation Mock-Up

I didn't want to DIY my invitations. Seriously. I didn't. I didn't even know where to start. But after looking at what seemed like a million invitations, I couldn't find anything I liked for the price I wanted to pay. Classic conundrum.

{FYI: My budget is $3.00 per invitation suite.}

I saw a bunch of girls posting about Cards and Pockets on TK, so I thought I would check them out. While browsing photos on their facebook page I came across this invitation suite.
I loved the paisley patterned paper!

I decided to order some samples from them to see if I liked everything. I ordered the Signature PocketFold Mock-Up Kit {$10.50}, Panel Card Mock-Up Kit {$5.00}, One Custom Pattern Sample in Candy Pink Paisley Floral {$3.99}, and One Custom Pattern Sample in Candy Pink Swirl {$3.99}. They have free shipping on samples.

I ordered 2 different types of green paper-- matte {medina green} and metallic {fairway} and only one type of pink paper-- matte {candy pink}. I decided to go with the metallic green pocket folder.

I decided that a pocket folder would be best since 95% of our guests will be traveling from out-of-town. I thought that a pocket folder would help them keep all of the information together.

I designed everything in Photoshop Illustrator and Photoshop.

The script font is "Feel Script" and the sans serif font is "Print Clearly".

So how much are these bad boys going to cost?

Well, I broke down the costs and looked into other paper suppliers. I discovered that 100 metallic fairway pocket folders at Cards and Pockets costs $110. However, they cost only $83.98 at Paper and More. So I plan on getting the pocket folders at Paper and More. Everything else will come from Cards and Pockets.

According to my calculations, each invitation {not including postage} will cost around $2.00.
Woohoo, under budget!

I'm trying to get the invitation and inserts fit onto one 8.5" x 11" page. Then, I'll have them printed at FedEx Office on the card stock that I purchase. They charge $.09 per black and white print. They charge $1.49 per cut, but they can cut up to 100 pages at a time. {FYI: They charge $.63 per color print, which is what I'll be doing for our table name cards.}

Now, the fun/interesting/stressful part will be assembling all of these!

Any volunteers?



  1. Love them!!! Your guests are going to be thrilled! Yeyy!

    We're sending ours mid February. I haven't even begun addressing which I need to do very soon! I'm getting some help from my girls to help stuff and stamp them!

  2. I'm glad you found some under budget! That's awesome news!
    I would try bribing people with wine and non-greasy food. That's my plan. Although I believe I'll only be bribing FI.

  3. I love them! So glad you came in under budget! I would love to help, I am not making my invitations, a BM is. Enjoy it!

  4. Count me in for making invitations! I will be requiring wine however, and can I have greasy food if I supply my own wet wipes? ;)

  5. How cool! I had to DIY the invites. Our budget for everything was $0 so DIY won. We just spent $time.

  6. Hi, I found your invitations on pinterest. I'm also using pocket folds from paper and more and they look like they're the same size as yours. Could you possibly tell me the dimensions of your pocket fold pages? Thanks!!!

    1. I'm not sure I understand your question. I can't reply to this comment via email because your email isn't linked to your blogger account. If you see this, email me at chelsea(dot)twotwentyone(at)

  7. Hi Chelsea,

    What were the sizes of your directions, accommodations, and map inserts? Also what color green did you use for your font to match the fairway green.


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