Printing Wedding Invitations

So as most of you know I have an etsy site where I have some custom Wedding invitations.

If you don’t know already it’s here.    www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings  You can also click on the light to the right of this post.

Anyway a friend at work is getting married and found an invitation that she liked and asked if I could do something like it for her.   I of course said “No Problem”.  We then got into the discussion of printing the invitations.   Initially we were going to have them printed by a third party but then wasn’t sure if we could get the envelopes to look right and she couldn’t have all of the size cards that she wanted.

 

Envelopes.com came to the rescue.   I could get all of the sizes that she wanted for her cards and have envelopes that coordinated perfectly.   All I had to do was make sure that…

  1. I could size the pieces accordingly so that they printed nicely
  2. My printer actually was ok with such heavy cardstock.

#1 wasn’t a problem.  #2 was a different story.  Thank goodness I still had my backup printer for the cardstock.

So I printed everything using one printer for the cards and the other for the envelopes.   Because everything was one color and I used the color of the card to supply the background it didn’t use a whole lot of ink so that was super exciting.

 

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Using an Excel template I printed all of the guest envelopes as well so there was no hand writing involved.  I also did the return address on the flap of the envelope so all the bride had to do was put them together and put stamps on.  She also added a ribbon to the invitation to put them all together.

The best part about this was that the total weight of the invitation was light so she only needed one stamp on the outside envelope.

The other upside for the bride was that it turned out that she needed more than what we initially had thought and because I ordered extras it was no problem to print more for her. A task not so easy if we had used a commercial printer to print everything.

This was a super fun project and I hope to help other brides with their invitation in the future.

Also if anybody needs envelopes printed for anything please reach out.  I charge $0.25 per envelope, FYI way cheaper than Envelopes.com does.  🙂

Thanks for checking out my post!!!

Have a great week everybody!

-Stefanie

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s been crazy around here

We made it.  Two days and fourteen hours in a 16 foot truck later, we are here.  I thought I was going to be nervous driving a huge truck with all of our belongings in it, but I wasn’t.  Maybe I am destined to be part of the trucking industry.   We stayed in Toledo Ohio night one.   The hotel was scary so needless to say we didn’t sleep very well.  However, they did have a Texas Roadhouse next door so we went there to get something to eat and we at least got to watch the Brewer game.

We headed out early the next morning to assume our fate of driving through both Ohio and Pennsylvania.   Fun fact about Ohio is that their gas was really CHEAP.  I got gas for $3.01 I almost fell over.   For Pennsylvania, I would recommend just eating in the car and try to get through as quickly as possible.  For me, it was very scenic, especially over the mountains, but stopping anywhere was kind of shifty.

My Truck companion Otto the dog, was fantastic on day 2.  Eventually he just slept on his seat, trying to avoid the sun and just did his own thing.  It was a lot easier keeping him in the truck with me than I thought it would be.

Once we crossed the boarder into New York it was awesome, knowing that we were almost at our destination and thinking about how far we had come was amazing.  I wanted to look at everything, but of course I couldn’t because I would crash the truck so I will have to take a drive to that spot again just to see it for all of it’s amazingness.

We had to be to the apartment complex by 6pm and we made it with a half hour to spare.  We got our keys and went to the new place.  We started unloading the truck and got the bed in and some other things, ran out to the store to get some essentials and then called it a night.  9 hours of driving was enough and we knew we had a lot to do the next day so we planned accordingly.

So since getting here on Wednesday; we bought a car, a couch, met up with my in-laws to collect our kid (thanks to the for flying him out so he wouldn’t have to ride in the car) and we managed to get the truck unpacked by Friday so we could return the truck on time.

Today we went on a drive to my new office and to figure out the commute.  photo (34)

There were some other pretty spectacular shots, I will share more when I can get some.

So tonight after getting the toddler to bed for the first time in his new home, it was time to get some more unpacking done.   This is what I got accomplished tonight.

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I know it doesn’t look like much but seeming as if 90% of my clothes are hung, and I have to start work on Monday, this is a big deal.  I know that this was a really long post, but here are some other pictures.  These were taken from the Grocery Store Parking lot.

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I ❤ Mountains!!!!!

Have a great rest of your weekend everybody I will post more as we are organizing the new place.

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey: We get the truck in a week

So…Much…Purging.  It’s crazy to think about how much stuff we have accumulated over the course of 15 months, how much stuff we moved the last time and now much stuff I REFUSE to move again.  Needless to say, black garbage bags are my friend the last couple of days, that and my shredder.  I have also come to terms that I am a bit of a notebook hoarder!!  It’s sad, but it’s true.  It goes along with the name of the blog after all, but I really need to stop moving so many notebooks, just so then I can go and buy more.  Is there a meeting for Paper Hoarder’s Anonymous ??

Ok so here is where we stand on the AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

I have a couple more projects I want to get through the next couple of days.  Such as “Operation, get the paper onto my computer, it’s lighter” and “Operation, I’m not a traditional crafter so I don’t need all of these supplies”.  The latter is underway and some great ladies I hooked up with may be buying most of my stuff.  I would rather get it to somebody cheap and know they are going to use it than throw it out so I don’t have to move it.  Scrapbooking and Card-making is an expensive hobby, so if I can help somebody else out it’s totally worth it.

Today I sold my Sizzix, remember I was going to make it big with my jersey cards.  Yeah that didn’t work by the way.  But the lady that bought it off me, for a great deal, is using it at her crop events in McHenry IL, where they supply all of the equipment and all of the proceeds from the event go to Relay for Life.  It’s awesome and I am so happy that I could contribute!!

Okay going to go and throw out some more crap before we have to go and get the kid.   Also hoping to get some new wedding invitation designs up early this week on my Etsy shop (CLICK HERE) Have a great Sunday everybody.

-Stef

1,000 mile journey: 2 weeks to go

Big milestone today, WE HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE!! You have no idea how short my nails are. I figured we would get it, but it’s the unknown that is so crazy. So now it’s time to make lists. Who am I kidding I actually did this over the weekend. Lists for everything we have to schedule, to get hooked up, and to turn off. I feel like I have done this enough that it should be easier. Don’t worry for everybody moving I will share my lists and post them so you can use them as reference.

So now because we have an apartment We got the truck scheduled and got some boxes so now we can start. :). Two weeks is going to go by fast so it’s going to be really important to stay organized!!!
So excited about our journey!!!!

Until later
-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – Our days are numbered…FINALLY

Well, here we go.  After a couple of months of plotting and planning and a hundred of resumes later, we are finally making the big move to New York.  No we are not moving to the city, that’s just crazy.  But, believe me we will be visiting there often.

So the point of this series is to chronicle our move.  Partially so that I remember everything that happened while we were moving for scrapbook purposes.  Also, to show that as long as you are organized it doesn’t matter how far you are moving or the fact that you have to do it in about two weeks.  🙂

The Agenda:

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – well…waiting until after the holiday weekend to see if we got an apartment.  FINGERS CROSSED!
  • Schedule moving truck – will do once we know for sure we have a destination, but quotes have been done.
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk.
  • Start Packing
  • Keep Packing
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

So then while doing all of this stuff, don’t worry I will keep you updated on the progress.  There are all of the other things that I want to try to get done before we leave so then I don’t have to worry about it when we get out there and I have to start work.

Things like

  • Find a Daycare for kid
  • Pediatrician
  • Vet
  • Car insurance
  • How to get our leased car registered
  • Sell my car before we leave

I already have a written list for this, I will keep you updated on this one too.

I am always up for a good challenge.  Hoping that this will translate into some weight-loss too.  🙂  I like to forget to eat when I am in a zone.

If there are any readers out there that have any tips for long distance moves PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!   I will take all of the advice I can get!

Will send an update soon!!!!!

-Stef

Free Photo book Revamped

Hi everybody so sorry that has been a while since I have been crafty.  There has been so much going on, but I have my list of things that I want to post so I should be around a lot more.  I know you are excited!!!!

So I got this free photo book from CVS and I wanted to give it to my Mother-In-Law for her birthday and well it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be  Continue reading

Small Business Saturday = Etsy Sale

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In honor of small business Saturday (and me trying to boost sales) I am offering a 10% discount on my ENTIRE etsy site now until July 15th.  Coupon Code:  SMALLBUS10

This includes custom invitations.  When I say custom it means you have a design in your head and I bring it to live to you.

Digital Cards

  • $5 Birthdays, Graduations, Announcements: (4×6 or 5×7 size)
  • $15 Weddings/Big Parties are $15 (1 5×7 invitation, 1 double sided post card).

Printed Wedding Invitations

$150+ $10 shipping: Includes

  • 100 5×7 invitations, 100 double sided post card RSVPs, 100 White Envelopes.
  • All creative and customization
  • Shipped Directly to your door via UPS

All prices BEFORE discount

Check out my site for what I have already created.   If there is something you like from one and would like to blend it with elements from another one.  No problem!!!!

All colors, embellishments can be custom to your specific event.

Let’s get started TODAY!!!!  Ok here is the website (the link is to the right too)

www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings

 

How I bring my designs to life…Etsy life

I wanted to take a quick minute to explain how my invitations for the Etsy site WarmTidings to life.  I’m not always able to get a my laptop the minute I think of something new so I have to “write it down”

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I don’t know if I will ever get away from using paper at some point in my creative process and that’s ok.   I have a number of sketches and if I draw it out then it’s faster for me to create something exciting if I see a “template”.

The biggest hangup I have is when I have a design idea and then once I get to a place where I can write it down I can’t remember what it is.  It’s so frustrating.

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My laptop is always on and I am creating every chance I get.  This will help me keep my site fresh and exciting!

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Now this is dedication, I am creating and fufilling orders while I’m cooking dinner.  If that’s not dedication I don’t know what is.

Latest Etsy site updates:

I created a second set of listings for each of the Wedding invites.  If you want just the digital copy and you are going to get them printed yourself then there is a listing for that.  What’s new is that if you want me to print them for you in sets of 100 then I have a specific listing for that as well.

I am so excited about this venture and I am hoping to really get some momentum!  If you have a minute please go and check out the site WarmTidings and please leave a comment to let me know what you like and don’t like.  What can I do better to be more appealing to customers?

I am creating some more things and will be sharing throughout the weekend and next wee so watch for those. 🙂

Coming up tomorrow a Bistro/Coffee shop Save the Date.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Stef

Managing an Etsy Site…What it takes to make it successful

I am still trying to get my Etsy site up and running.  I have had orders but would love to have orders for some of my higher ticket items.   I don’t want to give them away but at the same time, I don’t want to break the bank for my customers.  I wouldn’t spend a ton on this stuff so I can’t ask my customers to.  At least, not at this point because I am just starting out.

As you have seen in previous posts I am now creating custom wedding invitations.   I have some new examples below.  Be sure to check it out and if you know ANYBODY getting married or getting engaged please forward them to me.  I would be happy to create all of their invitations, place cards, etc.

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Wedding Invitation - Multi Color Chalkboard

Now for a little bit of fun…

I even have a helper helping me create some of these new creations.

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I’m even creating projects in the kitchen while making dinner!!!

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NEW Custom Wedding Invitation now posted on Etsy – Fall Tree

Hi everybody,

I just posted another wedding invitation design onto Etsy.  I’m so excited about these creations and being able to take something that’s in my head a bring it to life.  I hope you like them.

Fall Tree Wedding Invitation Presentation

 

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I believe that custom things don’t have to be expensive.    Designed wedding invites that you print yourself are $30.  If you want me to get them printed for you then it’s $1.50 per invite, which includes, invitation with envelope and RSVP as a post card.

Hope you like the design, would love any feedback that you have!!!

See you later in the week with some more creations!!!!

-Stef