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Free Garden Stripes Invitation Suite

From my black & white Kimballs to my flutter sleeve dress.  From my fave bateau top (yes, I’ve  thrown away all caution against wearing horizontal stripes while, gasp, pregnant) to paper straws, I just ADORE anything with stripes!

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Imagine my delight when I came across this Garden Stripes Invitation Suite by J. Bartyn (via dognbird) in my recent search for some stripe-y goodness.  The stylish suite– a collaboration between Annie at Marry You Me and former Martha Stewart art director and designer Cambria Evans— is amazingly FREE (!) and comes complete with invite, favor tags, table numbers, etc. in various yummy colors.  The robin’s egg blue is definitely calling my name.  Quick, pop on over J. Bartyn’s and download yours!

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April 22, 2010   3 Comments

Download & Print: Invitation Templates

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One word.  SPLENDID.

Okay, two. FREE.

Yes, believe it. These pretties are all FREEBIES — printable invitation templates you can personalize to your heart’s content. And yes, you need to go and check ’em out.  New templates are added each weekday.  So what are you waiting for?  The name says it all… Download & Print.  You’re most welcome. 😉

A little love note: To our blogging friends, it would make me really happy if you could link back to iDiY when you re-blog about stuff you saw over here.  Thank you! xo

April 14, 2010   69 Comments

DIY Stitched Invitations: Nicole & Tyler

You might remember her from her fab tute on DIY flower cones. Well, the ever talented Nicole at lillyella is back and I’m so thrilled to have her share with us her DIY wedding invites.  That’s right.  She’s getting married– this Saturday! Hooray!

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From Nicole: I knew I wanted to go with a long skinny format (to mail in a #10 business envelope), so that was my starting point. Next I worked on the wording, which may have been the hardest part of all. I wanted to keep it casual and light hearted, but still appropriate and sweet.

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My favorite part:

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Yard games, merriment, dinner, dancing, sinatra and an overabundance of cake to follow.”

I next focused on the physical format of the piece and, initially, all I knew was that I wanted to somehow stitch the invitations together!  I decided on a little ‘booklet’. The back piece was a heavier weight paper with a little ‘tab’ that wrapped around the front over a lighter weight top sheet. We stitched them together on the sewing machine.

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And actually, when I say ‘we’, I mean Tyler – he stitched them all! Ain’t he great :-)

The invites were printed digitally at a company I used to work for. Digital printing is a good, affordable option for printing in full color. The quality is not as good as when you print on an offset printing press, but the cost is about 1/8 or so in comparison, especially when you only need a small quantity of something.

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For the RSVP, I created a small card which included an email address and phone number for responding. Since things are on the casual side, I thought this was an appropriate option. It also saves money on an rsvp envelope and postage, and also saves time.

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I designed a wrap around label for the mailing envelope and printed them on my inkjet printer. The return address is on the same label and wraps to the opposite side of the envelope. I found it to be an easy way to print the labels and I really love the look of it.

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Thanks Nicole for sharing such lovelies with us and all my best wishes for the Big Day! xo

September 9, 2009   14 Comments

DIY Invitation: Jill & Matt

No fancy graphics nor multi-color ensemble here. But by golly this has gotta be one of the most brilliant, creative, darling, type-a-licious, as-unique-and-personal-as-it can-get invites I’ve ever seen. Yeah, I could go on… but I’m gonna stop here and let you guys soak it all in. Swoon!

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Wedding invitation designed by the groom himself, Matt Dorfman.  See the rest of the suite here.

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June 11, 2009   48 Comments

DIY Wedding: Catherine & Hans’ Invitations

Part 2, as promised!  An inside peek into the making of Catherine & Hans’ amazing invitations.  Yes my dears, all DIY!  Designed by the groom and handcrafted with love.  Take it away, Hans!

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The Blue Piano. The blue piano was an old piano we found on Craigslist, we picked it up, drove it out to my grandfather’s house, placed it in his field near the river bank painted it blue and then shot a million photos. I then picked out the best one and did some touch up in Photoshop, color saturation and such. But the camera was on a tripod and my Dad was clicking the button. Bless his heart. Also note it was about 35 degrees outside, and my wife’s dress had a zipper that broke, so it was extra cold for her. Also the paint on the piano was wet, so she sat on a little foam pad and a t-shirt…

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The Invitations. [ed. note: any emphasis on “done by hand,”  “all hand typed”  below is from iDiY].

The actual invites were old player piano rolls, with an RSVP postcard, map, directions, menu glued to them. Our “blue piano” photo was then inserted into the roll and it was all rolled up, reinserted into it’s box and wrapped.

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The RSVP postcard was perforated on the glue line and on the map/directions line, so that you could detach the RSVP and mail it back.

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The stamp on the RSVP was designed by me and printed at Stamps.com. All of the perforations were done by hand with my sewing machine.

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The announcements were all hand typed with my typewriter.

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Everything was then wrapped in vintage maps that I found at my Grandfather’s house when he passed away a year ago. The maps are old blue and white land survey maps of the area around his house out in North River Washington, which is actually where we took the piano photo at, so it all has personal significance.

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Sigh. What’s not to love about this amazing wedding?  Thank you so much Hans and Catherine for sharing your very special day with us.  All my best wishes to you two DIY rockstars! :-) 

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May 15, 2009   70 Comments