Invitation Folders

As I talked about before, T & I are drawing from two sources of inspiration for the invitations – a project I found at michaels.com and Indian wedding invitations.  The first part of this is to create a decorative folder that will hold all the components of the invitation packet and be held within the envelope.

Materials

Materials to Create Invitation Folder

Two sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper (I am using “Translucent Brocade” and “Stripe Ivory,” both by The Paper Company and available from A.C. Moore)

A paper trimmer

A pair of good, sharp shears

A small pair of non-stick scissors (I have a pair by Honey Bee)

Ribbon stitch punch (I used one made my McGill)

Bone folder

Pencil

Ruler

1/8-inch ribbon

Decorative paper punch (I used one by Martha Stewart)

Spray adhesive (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive)

Steps:

1. Measure one piece of paper to find the midpoint length-wise (4.25 inches) and fold, using the bone folder to create a crisp line.  Fold the paper so the design will be on the outside.  You can rub the bone folder along the folded edge to make the fold sharper if necessary.

Step 1a - Measure center point at 4.25 inches

Step 1b - Fold

Step 1c - Use bone folder to make fold even sharper if necessary

2. Trim one inch from one side and two inches from the other side.

Step 2a - Trim off 1 inch

Step 2b - Trim off 2 inches

3. On the shorter side (where 2 inches were trimmed off), measure and mark in pencil the 4.25 inch mark.  Mark close enough to the edge that the mark will be removed by the decorative punch.  Line up the center mark on the punch with the pencil mark.  Make the first punch.

Step 3a - On the shorter side, measure and mark the 4.25 inch point

Step 3b - Line the center point of the punch with the pencil mark

Step 3c - Make the first punch at the center point

4. After punching across the entire edge, working out from the center, use the non-stick scissors to trim any small pieces of paper left over by the decorative punch.  These will occur where the punch was not perfectly lined up, and will not effect the overall look so long as the gap was not so large as to affect the appearance of the design.  The first piece of paper is now complete.

Step 4a - Use small non-stick scissors to trim any small pieces of paper left by the decorative punch

First sheet of paper completed

5. Fold the second piece of paper, following the identical instructions above.  Again, fold at the 4.25 mark of the long side, and use the bone folder to create a strong, crisp fold.  Fold the paper so the decorative side is on the outside when complete.

Step 5a - Measure and mark the 4.25 inch point on the sheet lengthwise

Step 5b - Fold the paper, using the bone folder to create a crisp fold

6. Trim one inch off of one side.  On this shorter side, measure and mark with the pencil the 4.25 point.  Line up the decorative punch with this mark, and punch the edge, starting at the center and working outwards.

Step 6a - Trim one inch off from one side

Step 6b - Measure and mark the 4.25 inch point

Step 6c - Line up the center point of decorative punch and punch the edge, working from the center and working out

7. After shaking the can, apply the spray adhesive to the stripped paper on the side that was not punched with the decorative punch.  Adhere the translucent paper, so that the two sides attached to each other are the ones with the straight edges.  The punched edges will be free.

Step 7a - Apply spray adhesive

Step 7b - Attach the two sheets of paper

8. Find the 4.25 point on the brocade sheet.  Measure up from this point approximately one inch and mark with a pencil.  Punch this point with the ribbon punch.

Step 8a - Measure to 4.25 inches

Step 8b - Measure up approximately one inch and mark

Step 8c - Punch with the ribbon punch

Punched brocade paper

9. Gently erase the pencil mark from the brocade paper.  Close the folder and mark the hole marks through the brocade paper on the stripped paper.  Line up the ribbon punch with these pencil marks and punch the stripped paper.

Step 9a - Erase the pencil mark on the brocade paper and mark the location of the holes on the stripped paper

Step 9b - Punch the stripped paper

10. Tread the ribbon through the stripped paper from the back to the front.  Thread the ribbon through the brocade paper.  Tie the ribbon in a bow, and use the sharp shears to trim the ribbon at an angle.

Step 10a - Thread the ribbon through the stripped paper from back to front

Step 10b - Thread the ribbon through the brocade paper

Step 10c - Tie the ribbon and trim it down with the sharp scissors at an angle

Finished Project

Completed invitation folder

Final project

Time Spent: This took me a while to figure out, because I had to determine where to fold and how much to trim the sheets of paper.  I also made some mistakes while executing this project the first time, making it take even longer.  I think that the project should take about 10-15 minutes for each envelope, and it is of medium difficulty until you get a handle on how to use the various tools, especially the paper punches.

Final Cost: Approx. $1.79 per folder

Paper: $0.89 per sheet (x2 sheets per folder)

Ribbon: $0.50 per roll (bought on clearance) (approx. 39 folders per roll)

This project cost more than I had hoped (it wasn’t in the original invitation budget at all but added in for T) – I would recommend trying to find the paper from one of the wholesale online suppliers.  Because this project was added after the rest of the invitation components were designed, it was not included in the original designing and finding something that would match our overall theme was difficult.

For our folders, we thought the use of the brocade with the stripe drew together the Indian influence of the wedding and the Victorian  look of our wedding site, combining these into one project that really sets the stage for the entire wedding.  Had this project been in the original planning, we probably could have completed the project for less by finding something that worked and working it into the overall scheme instead of being stuck with one particular look and feel and trying to find two papers that would work with that.

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