February 3, 2009

Making Pocketfolds

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 4:53 pm by Dory

I’ll have to admit that I’ve been swept up in the pocketfold craze. I love that the guests will have this nice bifold to open up and see the invitation and all the inserts in a nice, neat, orderly fashion. Maybe it’s the teacher in me that has to have organization, even with my invitations.

That being said, as much as I love pocketfolds, I did NOT want to pay for them. If you were to buy them from a professional, they could cost from $3-10 a piece for the invitations. That’s $300-1000! No thank you. If I bought the pockets from Cards and Pockets, it would be $1 a piece- $100 just for the folders. Plus I’d still have to get the paper, print the invation and the inserts, cut them, and attach it. Nope.

So what did I do? We made the pocketfolds from scratch. I’d seen some places online where you can get oversized paper and fold it and cut it to make the pocket, but that was too difficult for me. So we bought 500 sheets of black paper from ThePaperMillStore.com for about $30 (that’s 6 cents a sheet), and scored the paper, so it would fold in half.

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Then we cut out strips of black cardstock that was 2″ x 5.25″ and glued it on the inside of the folded paper.

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Once the glue was dry, we put the invitation printout on the inside with photo squares and then lined the inserts up and put them in the pocket.

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The final touch was our monogram, which we printed onto sticker paper, cut out and stuck onto the front.

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After we counted up the printing and cutting costs (we used Kinkos and an office printer for this), each invitation was about $1. And we still had enough paper left over (white and black) for all of our ceremony programs.

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7 Comments »

  1. Ashley said,

    So you used a regular size sheet of cardstock and just made a bi-fold invitation instead of a tri-fold? I’m trying to figure out how much it’s going to cost me to do my invitations and whether just buying a box from Michaels would be cheaper.

  2. Dory said,

    Exactly. When it came down to it, I wanted to save the most money, and that was going to be the easiest way to do it. I haven’t seen any pocketfolds at Michaels, so I don’t know what they look like (sorry I can’t help you there), but it really was quite easy to make ours. We just got an assembly line going to score, fold and crease.

    How many invitations do need to make?

  3. Amanda said,

    I love your monogram. What program did you use to create it?

  4. Dory said,

    Thanks, Amanda! I just used Microsoft Publisher to make the monogram. I actually had another girl make one first, and then I needed to redo it when a program wouldn’t accept the file. It took a little time to get the font and size and placement just right, but I’m very happy with the results.

    If you’d like for me to make one up for you, I’d be happy to do it. Let me know, and I’ll email you privately to get your information.

  5. Trisha said,

    Great idea! What size envelopes did you end up needing after you were done? Also, did you end up making a template for the invitation and inserts or did you just play around til it fit right? Thanks!

  6. Dory said,

    We used just a “greeting card envelope” from Office Max. They were nothing pretty, but we ran them through our laser jet printer to make each address, and it looked very nice (not totally following etiquette, I know, but it worked).

    The size of these envelopes is 3.75 in. X 8.75 in. half-fold. They came in a box of 100 count for about $10, I think. You can always dress them up by lining the inside with nice paper.

  7. sandra said,

    I love this post, it is the best and easing description i have seen so far. I need help doing my monogram, please let me know if you can help. My e mail is attached
    Thanks


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