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Should I “DIY” my Wedding Invitations?

February 10, 2017

As couples work through their list of wedding plans, they often find it necessary to pick out certain items and projects to tackle on their own. Understandably. Perhaps because they can’t find what they’re looking for, or more so, because after awhile it becomes WAY too expensive to purchase every little thing “ready-made.”

So what about your wedding invitations and stationary?

As a graphic designer, I work with bride and grooms all the time who come in wondering about professional invitations vs the process of DIY. Because I’m a designer AND a crafty person ((who LOVES to DIY)) I can usually help them sort the pros and cons pretty quickly. This short blog is the process I go through with my clients to hopefully help YOU decide your best option, as well!

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SCHEDULES.
The very first question I ask couples is what their weekly schedules are like. If you’re someone with a full time job, lots of hobbies and\or a busy home life then “DIY invitations” are likely not for you. Like starting anything from scratch, it takes up a ridiculous amount of time. So if you can’t do the time, don’t do the craft!

TIMELINE.
Even with a light – moderate schedule it’s important to consider the amount of time you have before you need to SEND your invites. Typically invitations should be to your recipients no later than 3 months before your actual event. Decide if the amount of invitations you can get done {daily\weekly\monthly} will produce the amount you need and still be done in time to mail.

If you only have a few months to produce 100+ invitations it’s probably best to leave the designing and printing to the pros, and focus your attention on other details. That close to the wedding it’ll be nice to have extra time for “emergency planning” situations that may arise, instead of still worrying about such an important aspect of your event.

QUANTITY.
Before I start any craft, I like to consider my attention span and patience. If you need more than 100 invitations ((plus RSVPs, ceremony programs, or additional stationary for wedding info)) the process of creating them is going to become monotonous, boring and even frustrating. Resulting in the potential of your invitations becoming sloppy, in-cohesive, or worse, not done! Save yourself the frustration when the quantities become very high and avoid DIY.

MATERIALS.
Sometimes we like to fool ourselves into believing that DIY is always going to save us a buck. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Buying all the individual materials can quickly stack up your bill! Especially because you’ll want good, “sturdy” materials to keep them together. So the next thing you know you’ve spent $150 on craft items and a new $200 printer, when you could have potentially found a professional option for less than $100 and no hassle.

Before you dive in, list out all the materials you’re going to need to buy to get the job done RIGHT. Not to mention, the real possibility you may make a mistake at some point and have to redo something – requiring extra materials and money. Compare the cost of materials vs. the cost of having them professionally made. The outcome may just answer your question for you.

PERFECTIONISM.
Lastly, I like people to consider how much of a “perfectionist” they are, as well. That sounds silly, but it goes two ways.

One, depending on the style of invitation, it’s reasonable to guess your 80th invitation may not be as perfect, or as exact, as your 1st. Which may just drive your OCD over the edge.

Two, on top of inconsistency, it’s important that your invitations don’t fall apart before your guests get them. Which means no cutting corners when you’re getting burned out, or run out of glue, so you start using tape. If they fall apart, your money’s down the drain and your chairs at the wedding are empty.

In the end it’s a commitment that must get done. If you’re up for the challenge gather as much help as possible and get started as early as possible! If you’re not up for the challenge (IT’S COMPLETELY OK!!) just put the craft scissors down and walk away!


 

Did I get you towards your decision, or are you still unsure? Whether professional or craft questions, drop them in the comments and I’ll give it my best!

If you enjoyed this post, remember to follow me here on WordPress by blog or email. Plus, hit “LIKE” on the Facebook page for a regular feed.

On the off chance you now need invitations, check out my online store (more designs on the way) by clicking here —> {SHOP} OR contact me to start a custom project! Until next time…

Happy Creating!

Noel

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Announcing “Craft with a Creative” Workshops by Noel Photo. and Design!

November 15, 2016

Though against my nature, I’ve been waiting patiently to announce yet another branch of my business. But the wait is over!

That’s right – I have added yet another side called “Craft with a Creative,” and let me tell you I’m pretty stoked about this. Those who follow the blog and know me personally, know I have creativity coming out of my ears. So when my studio finally opened how could I just stop at graphic design and photography?! I mean there’s so much room for activities!

Now you’re hopefully wondering WHAT IS “Craft with a Creative?” Well…

Public Domain Image

Public Domain Image

How many times have you browsed through Pinterest and other sites thinking “Wow, I wish I knew how to dive into that project?!” Well if your answer is, “All. The. Time.” that’s what Craft with a Creative is meant to do:

Take your doubt away and let your creative side play!

Noel Photography and Design will host “Craft with a Creative” sessions throughout the year, featuring a new creative project each time. It will be a time for friends to hang out, learn a new artsy craft, and maybe even get a bit messy.

Included with a varying, small fee for each session will be tasty refreshments, the instruction of an artist (yours truly,) and all the supplies you need for the project. You only need to bring your friends, occasionally special items to personalize your project, and YOURSELF! It’s that easy.

Workshops will typically take place at the studio in downtown Hebron, NE and will have an average run time of 1-2 hours. However, to keep things crafty each project will differ in time and difficulty. Participants will need to sign up and make their session payments by the deadline given with each project.

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Craft with a Creative © Noel Photography and Design

So, are you ready to get crafty!? Good, because the first workshop is coming up in December and I’d love to get enough people to get started! Find out what we’re making and sign up to reserve your spot by visiting me in store {Tues. – Friday between 12p and 5pm} OR by CLICKING HERE.

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Thanks for reading and please drop me any questions or comments you have about Craft with a Creative! I look forward to crafting with you, but until then: Follow me here on WordPress by blog or email, and give the Facebook page a LIKE.

Happy Creating!

Noel

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DIY Tree Skirt

December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope your Christmas season is going great, because mine sure is. One of my struggles this Christmas was finding a tree skirt in a “young adult’s budget.” So being my crafty self, I decided to make my own. It was so simple that I wanted to share. I know this is some what last minute, but it is so easy you could finish in one today, or be ahead of the game for next year! To begin, here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 Yard of your fabric of choice. (I have a 6ft tree. One yard should be ok up to a 7-7.5 ft. tree- otherwise just more fabric.)
  • Good pair of scissors
  • 3-4 yards of frill edging, lace or whatever you want around the edge.
  • Glue gun
  • Sewing machine (optional)

 

STEP ONE:

Find the center of your fabric and cut a hole big enough for your tree post\stump. This is also going to help you make a perfect circle out of the fabric later. (TIP: Remember to keep the center of the fabric, the center of your circle you cut out for the post.)

STEP TWO:

Make sure the fabric is upside down so you are not marking with pen\chalk on the good side of your fabric. Using the edges of the center circle you just cut, use a ruler to make marks all the way around. (One end of your ruler at small circle’s edge laying straight out and make a mark. Repeat all the way around. TIP: The closer your marks are together, the easier it will be to cut your circle evenly.) Cut out the circle carefully using the marks as guides.

STEP THREE:

Cut a straight slit, by using your ruler and pen, from the outside to your center circle. Again, make sure you are drawing on the backside of your fabric

STEP FOUR:

This step will vary for everyone, depending on if you have a sewing machine. (Which, I did not.) For those who have a sewing machine, hem all edges of the fabric, including your slit, about 1\4 inch. This will just help in case you decide to machine wash the tree skirt. However, your fabric shouldn’t unravel terribly if you can not hem the edges. If you do NOT have a sewing machine, feel free to skip this step 🙂

STEP FIVE:

After you have cut the large circle (or finished hemming the edge), now sew OR hot glue the fringe to the edge of the fabric. You will want to attach the fringe\lace\decor to the back of the fabric again, so the front will look perfect!

 

Five easy steps and your done!

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If you have questions or (positive) feedback, please feel free to comment. Enjoy your cool, new, but CHEAP tree skirt & remember to share!

Noel

 

 

 

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