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Give it a try…DIY envelopes and labels.

There are three key ingredients that I believe should be in a DIY project:  adorable, affordable, doable.  If one of those elements are missing, I usually won’t touch the project.  Why?

If it’s not adorable then I won’t do it because I don’t want a lot of crap messing up my feng shui.

If it’s not affordable then I look for an alternative product because baby girl is on a buuuuuh-get!

And if it’s not doable then I find someone who has more talent than moi to take care of the whole she-bang.

This DIY is all three: totally adorable, completely affordable, and absolutely doable.  We are going to make envelopes from vintage book paper and use free label print offs from the internet.  

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Intimate Weddings blog featured this step by step how-to article  on transforming pages from a vintage children’s book into envelopes measuring 4″x5.5″ which is somewhere between standard 4-bar and A2 envelopes.  This template could easily be adapted to fit other sizes of envelopes.  

Theeeeeeeeeeeeen once you’ve got your cute lil’ envelopes, you could print of some cute mailing lables.  Here are a few examples that are free for the parusing or the printing.  The pictures are linked to the sources.

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So cute.  So cute.  I’m sensing some correspondance in my future.  I think snail mail is coming back in a big way!

And thanks to iDIY for links to more great free downloads!  I saw your post on the downloads this evening and thought…hmmm…I should add that to my post since I was thinking about the exact same thing this morning!


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Gocco, Glue, and Glitterati.

fontIn my fantasy, I always have beautiful stationery.  I write hand written notes by ink nub on spectacular paper.  People save these letters for years because they are handcrafted and lovely.  In reality, the only things that I handwrite are my grocery lists and the grades on my students’ papers.  Lately, I have been totally suckered in to stalking beautiful stationery for invites, table numbers, etc. etc…I know that my budget of 67 cents for our wedding will not allow much wiggle room for this fantasy to come to come to life.  So I will be Doing It Myself.  (Why do they call it a DIY project?  Are they trying to trick someone else to doing their work for them?  Clever little monkeys.)

Let’s start with what I already know.  I KNOW that I am not sure what a gocco is.  In my imagination, a gocco is a little dwarf that comes while you sleep to produce mass invitations.  Am I close?  I don’t even know how to pronounce “gocco”.  Is it a hard G like “gotcha” or is it a soft G like “giant”?  I prefer to pronounce it with the soft G because it’s more fun.  Try it.  Gocco Gotcha.  Eh.  Gocco Giant.  Brilliant!

I ALSO KNOW that I have issues with commonplace art supplies as well.  I am a horrible judge at how much glue to use.  You know the kid whose art projects were always bumpy because instead of unclogging the Elmers bottle they just squeezed really hard until it splurted all over their construction paper snow man?  You too?  Oh good.  Did you ever switch your bumpy snowman with your neighbors when they ran first out the door for recess?  No?  Shit.  I guess I’m alone here.

My point is here, folks, that my DIY supply experiences are limited.  I have these fantastic visions that start to come to life until I get bored or frustrated at which point, the piles of paper, ribbon, yarn, what have you go into a box somewhere until my FI finds them and asks me, “What the heck is this?” and I shrug and say, “Dunno, must have been something your nieces brought over”.  Having little kids around sometimes is really handy.

So when I read a blog yesterday about downloading free fonts, I was intrigued.  Here is a way to personalize things (sorta) without any mess at all.  Worst case scenario, I download a really pretty font that turns out to be a monster virus and we have to throw away the computer.  No biggie.  So I downloaded a font, followed the directions, opened a word document and gave it a go.  And……….it worked!  I am a DIY genius!!  Go ahead and worship me.  I have arrived.  I now have a word document with my name typed in forty different fonts.  THIS IS GOING TO BE SO HANDY….everyone is going to want my name typed over and over.  Maybe I could sell it.  I could start an Etsy store.  I can quit my job!  Someone take my picture!

The amount of free fontage out there has given me a little glimmer of hope that my beautiful stationery will come to life, but we’ve got miles to go before we sleep…

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