• Caroline

Save the Dates

Today I am sharing how I made my budget-friendly save the dates. I wanted to challenge myself to spend under £5 as I want the majority of my stationery budget to go on the actual invitations. However, I confess I did cheat a bit, as I had the majority of the materials I wanted already in my craft stash! The only thing I spent money on was two packs of 20 Dovecraft white A7 cards and envelopes at £2 each, and 70p on getting some photos printed for the inside of the cards. Having said that, the cards could definitely still be recreated cheaply, even if you had to buy more of the materials than I did.

The theme of my wedding is green and gold with lots of focus on foliage, so I wanted this to be reflected in the save the dates. The First Edition 'Botanical Beauty' paper therefore an essential choice in fitting the cards to the theme - I chose 3 of my favourite papers from the pad to use: the fern paper, the iridescent butterfly paper and this gorgeous floral print which I think has a bit of a surfer vibe. I used the 12x12 pad so the prints would be big and bold.

I firstly added the 'Save the Date' words directly onto the mini cards. I drew this lightly out in pencil, with a rough circle so I could see where the die-cut hole would be - I drew around the 2.5 inch metal die for this. I then went over the words in gold paint using a very fine paint brush. Honestly this would probably be a lot easier using a gold brush-lettering pen, but I didn't have one of those so it would have taken me over budget! After the paint dried, I rubbed off the guide lines.

Honestly I think the gold on white looks simple but elegant at this stage and I could probably have left the designs like that, but I definitely wanted to bring the green in as its the main wedding colour (and my favourite colour).

Using a paper trimmer, I cut several pieces of the patterned paper. These were sized 4 inches by 2.75 inches, slightly smaller than the size of the cards in order to leave a small white border.

I then die cut a 2.5 inch circular hole in the centre of each, for the faux calligraphy to show through. I used some washi tape to lightly secure the die to the piece of paper and ensure it stayed exactly in place when going through my die machine. This needs to be peeled off really carefully, so it doesn't rip off any of the paper when being removed. I then adhered each piece to a card using craft tacky glue.

I'm left with a lot of the inner circles after this, which are too pretty to just throw away! I'm hoping I will be able to find a way to incorporate them into a scrapbook layout.

For the inside of the cards, I wanted to keep things relatively simple. I decided to include a photo of us to make them more personalised, and also as part of our wedding theme is our trip to Japan I thought this picture of us wearing our kimonos for our engagement photos in Kyoto would work perfectly!

The photos were printed to roughly 2 inches square, and I cut them with a small white border then adhered the photo to the inside of the card.

On the inside, I wrote the message using a fineliner. I am well aware having handwritten text renders the overall look very 'handmade' and far from professional, however printer ink can be expensive and this was all about the budget! I think I am happy with how they turned out despite this and I am hoping the handmade look gives the impression I put thought and care into these, rather than me being a cheapskate! Writing them all out did take quite a while, and with 40 to do and a painful wrist, I had to spread out the making of them over a few weeks, just doing a couple at a time. This wasn't a problem however as we're sending them out a fair time in advance.

Lastly, I included a 'knot' (which is really more of a bow) on the inside of the card so I could include this terribly cheesy pun, which I can't claim credit for as I've seen the idea done a lot before. I made two holes using a craft pick; these were roughly halfway up and 1cm in on each side of the card. I used a large needle to pull some green embroidery thread cut to roughly 40cm long through the holes, then tied this tightly in a bow. I used a few different shades of green for some variety.

And with that, my Save the Dates were complete!

Thanks for reading x

Products used:

First Edition 'Botanical Beauty' 12x12 paper pad - https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Botanical-Beauty-Premium-Sheets/dp/B079TX64B4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=botanical+beauty+paper+pad&qid=1573918991&sr=8-1

Dovecraft 20 A7 card blanks and envelopes - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EKJ90H6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Reeves gold acrylic paint - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reeves-Acrylic-Paint-Gold-200/dp/B06X42SG6X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2IO485JI561N7&keywords=reeves+gold+paint&qid=1573919067&s=kitchen&sprefix=reeves+gold%2Ckitchen%2C156&sr=1-2

Embroidery thread (multipack) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07567T1BS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Photo printing - https://www.photobox.co.uk/

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