Tag Archives: handmade invitations

Baby Shower Invitations … & Tealights!

30 Jun

Well, it’s been a very long time since I posted here … so sorry about that! We have been very busy moving house and setting up new internet arrangements, etc. I think all is finally in order and things can return to normal … *crosses fingers*.

Anyway, enough about that. Continue reading

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2012 New Ranges – Kids Party Invites & Accessories, New Wedding Stationery and Palm Wax Melts

11 Jan

Hello, and welcome to Just Jane in 2012!

For some time now I’ve had some printable kids party invites and accessories available in my store, but I thought I’d try my hand at printing some myself and seeing how people like them. I have printed out a couple of ‘fill-in’ invitation sets and accessory sets in a new range I plan to introduce this year. These items will be offered at my next market stall – 20th January, Central Walk Markets, Joondalup, WA – for customers to buy at a price they feel is fair for the quality. This is all in the name of market research … I’m a little bit scared but hope the results will give me good feedback. Continue reading

It’s August already! (and new Collections for 2011)

1 Aug

Well, here we are starting the 8th month of 2011 – where has the time gone?

Just Jane has undergone (yet another) facelift and my entire branding has changed. Hopefully it’s an improvement but only time will tell. I’ve done it all myself – websites, facebook welcome pages, Facebook profile pictures – so no doubt there will be lots of little hiccups as time moves on!

I’ve still managed to get some fresh designs launched for this year. I’m particularly loving the black and white one, and hopefully so will my clients! Here are the piccies of all three for you to check out

No Strings Collection

Love's Dream Collection

Gilded Cage Collection

I’ve got some other news too, but will save that for another day.

Jane x

Wedding Inspiration Board

31 May

Generally when someone comes to me for their wedding stationery they already have an idea of colours and what they like and don’t like. Usually they have seen pictures of my work and that’s why they’ve come to me. What intrigues me is how they came to this point.

I love to know how peoples minds work!

vanessa from brisbane

A wedding inspiration board is a great way for the bride to gather all her thoughts together in one place. Your board can be a real board where you stick pictures and thoughts or it can simply be a folder on your computer. By keeping everything together it makes it easy to see whether that dress you had really set your heart on actually works with those flower arrangements you quite liked for the venue, or whether the colours you like actually do go together!

There are some super tools available on the internet to help you pull together a wedding inspiration board, below are just a few:

Project Wedding

Flickr

Pinterest

Have fun creating your own and why not post a link below so we can all share in your creative process?

Jane x

To DIY or not to DIY – Your Wedding Invitations

15 May
Your wedding invitations are the first introduction to the day that your guests will see. They set the scene, give your guests a taster of the colour swatch, provide useful information and generally introduce your guests to the proceedings. Quite an important part of the wedding then, wouldn’t you say?

So how much should you spend and can you ‘do them yourself’?

Well, the answer to the first part is more about your budget than anything else. However, you can have your invitations made for you for as little as $8.00 each – to include all your inserts, personalisation, envelopes, etc. For 45 invitations that’s just $360 – hardly a Kings ransom when compared to the entire price of your wedding!

Can you ‘do them yourself’? Well, of course you can! Most large craft/stationery stores these days will give you different options for DIY. The cost will vary depending on how much DIY you want to do. For example you can start with just the raw materials and do all the cutting, printing & sticking yourself, or you can have most of the materials cut to size for you. Some stores will even do the printing for you! The cost though can still be in the region of $5.00 for each invitation and then you have to factor in your time to assemble the invitations and whether you need to purchase/hire specialist equipment.

Let’s look at the process (& costs) of making an invitation. Why don’t we look at my Seashell Collection and start with the materials needed (I’ve given approx retail prices on the photos to help you work out your budget):

Seashell Collection Supplies

  • White shimmer cardstock (to make the outer card and possibly for inserts) – this can be purchased pre-cut and scored or you can purchase card and cut and score yourself
  • Green shimmer cardstock (for the elements) – this will need to be precision cut into 3 different size squares to make the ‘pyramid’ effect on the front and also into small rectangles for the element at the bottom
  • Seashell design quality linen paper – individual shells need to be cut from some sheets & printing required on others
  • Self adhesive pearl elements
  • White shimmer cardstock pockets for the inside
  • White shimmer textweight quality paper for the inserts
  • White organza ribbon

If you are doing the full DIY job then you need to consider your equipment also:

  • Word processing programme
    Basic Equipment

    Colour laser printer – most quality cardstock and paper will not print well in inkjet printers.

  • Steel ruler & scalpel (or good cutting system)
  • Cutting mat
  • Sharp scissors (they must be sharp for cutting ribbon without fraying)
  • Glues, tapes
  • tweezers (for fiddly bits)

Now you need to consider the time element. Making up the invitations once everything is printed and cut will probably take around 10-15 mins per invitation. Not bad, but consider how long it will take to measure, cut and print everything … This is the longest and fiddliest part of the job. The laying out of the printing and making sure that the wording is absolutely perfect takes time – you don’t want to print out all your invitations on your best paper, only to discover that you’ve misspelt the venue! Measuring each of those squares and cutting them out, then attaching the glue/tape, sticking them together and placing onto the card front – takes time, and lots of it. Cutting out those seashells – painstaking!

There’s no denying the sense of satisfaction you get from seeing 45 completed invitations laid out in front of you ready to go – it’s my favourite part of the job! But do be sure that the work involved is not going to become too overwhelming for you before you leap in.

My best tip? Take your time and practice, practice, practice with plain white paper before you start on the good stuff.

Oh, and if you’re one of those who rings me up and says “I’m not paying $7.00 for something people are just going to throw away”, then you should probably go straight to K-Mart and buy a set of preprinted invitations! Before you do that though I’d just like to say that I have kept every single wedding invitation that I have received (along with the thankyou’s, bonbonniere tags, etc) – they come from my friends and family, people I love and value, who want me to share their special day and I cherish that.

Whichever option you choose, enjoy the process and take your time making sure you get that first impression exactly the way you want it. After all this is your special day and you deserve it  🙂

Here’s a useful link for a DIY invitations and paper stockist:

http://www.dizzidezine.com.au