Tuesday, February 7, 2012

DIY Save the Dates

Putting together a wedding on a rather small budget is a definitely something that isn't easy. Especially when you consider the cost of paper goods you'll be mailing out. Invitations and save the date magnets are something you want to look great because they will ultimately represent your wedding, but they can be extremely costly.

I had envisioned splurging on magnets, because I hadn't really looked at the cost. You think, "oh, a dollar and fifty cents per magnet isn't that bad". Then you factor in postage, size, and design. I wanted to still do magnets because they are so much easier for people than postcards or anything else. I know personally, I would lose anything else and thus forget the date.

I decided to look up the materials, and brainstorm an idea in Adobe Photoshop. My original idea was to do just a simple writing design without an image, because I intended to print these at home. After, fighting with my printer quality I decided it would be best to use image and order matte prints. When you actually think of the price of printer ink, it was definitely cheaper this way.

So they came in wallet size, two to a sheet, on 4x6 paper. I purchased adhesive magnet sheets from Michaels. They were about 10 dollars a pack and are much cheaper in store than online. After cutting out each image with a paper cutter for precise lines, I attached them to the magnet sheets and just cut them out as best I could. I did not, use the Fiskars paper cutter on the images after they had been adhered to the magnets. Due to the thickness it will tear your image and leave very uneven edges.

In the end the finished product was just what I wanted. They turned out to be a little keepsake our family could keep on their fridge.

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