How To Print Your Own DIY Invitations

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I am in full party planning mode for my daughter’s upcoming 6th birthday. Since she is in love with all of the I Can Read Fancy Nancy books, we decided to host a Fancy Nancy theme birthday party for her this year. It is going to be one posh party and I can’t wait!

My friend told me that she saw cute Fancy Nancy invitations on Etsy, so I headed over and checked them out.

Oh la la! The perfect invite was found by Party Invites, designer printable event decor & more.

How it is possible I have not used Etsy before for party planning, I am not sure. The options are amazing!

When I ordered it, I was sent two files by the seller, a .JPG and PDF to download with our invitation for printing.

I had never printed my own before so I put it out there on Facebook to see what you party savvy mamas have done for printing, and the response was so helpful, I thought I should do a post on it.

By the way, if you don’t already “Like” TO on Facebook, you really should. My mommy readers are soooo helpful!

Here is how you print your own DIY invitations:

1. At Home – Several mamas suggested printing on matte photo paper or card stock at home, with your printer set to the highest quality setting.  Another said she printed on card stock, and mounted on another card stock. C’est chic!

2. Costco – One mom mentioned that they give free envelopes with invitations, worth inquiring.

3. Target – Another person mentioned the same thing about free envelopes. But I found out they only print on photo paper. Just FYI.

4. Zazzle.com – You can order on matte paper if you order through Zazzle.

5. Snapfish.com

6. Staples – But one mom warned when printing in store, they did not come cut and there was not a cutting option. Hmmm…

7. FedEx Office (formerly Kinko’s) – We have one of these super close to us, so I chose this route. I called the store and they gave me an email to send it to. I emailed the PDF, which was 2 per page, and they turned out to be super reasonable. But I did spring the $10 they charged me to cut them. Worth it!

Anyone have any other DIY invites tips?  Do share!

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Lil Bean Sprout Giveaway!

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For those that have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably already know I am a stationery fanatic.  I get giddy when I receive cute invitations in the mail, and don’t even get me started on photo cards at the holidays…MY FAVORITE part of the season!   That’s why I am excited to share a giveaway from one of my amazing sponsors, Lil Bean Sprout!  Make sure to read the last paragraph on how you can enter to win 24 CUSTOM printed pieces! Yippee!

Lil Bean Sprout is also offering Tiny Oranges readers a special Lil Bean Sprout coupon code for 20% off all orders over $15.00 today through July 18th, 2010, so if you have a special event coming up, take advantage and use discount code “TINYFANS” at check out!

Lil Bean Sprout offers something for every occasion…either in her pre-designed cards or she can create a custom design just for you.  Announcements, party invitations, thank you cards, stationery, mommy cards, YOU NAME IT, she can do it!

What I love most about this company is that with Lil Bean Sprout you get a CUSTOM creation but then have two printing options {totally unique!}

DESIGN ONLY: Once the design is completed, you can take the emailed high res jpg file and print at any location of your choice or even do it yourself! No waiting and no shipping fee, how great is that?!?! This is a more affordable way to get the custom look you want for a great price and fast turnaround. If you are printing in a pinch, this is the way to go!  You can even opt to go GREEN this year, and save money by sending your photo card through email, post it on facebook or even your blog. Click HERE for some FAQs on how this works!

Or, if you are looking for EASE and convenience, you can also opt for Lil Bean Sprout to print your creations with their affordable printing.

PRINTING SERVICE:  Lil Bean Sprout offers Professional Printing on 5×7 Flat Card Stock in 4 finishes: Standard/Matte, Linen, Pebble and Pearl. You can click here to check out her Printing Prices.

Something important to note: when you purchase a custom card, Amy gives you one-on-one attention and will make changes until it is perfect.  She also offers customization with her pre-designed cards.

What is great about customizable stationery is that you have OPTIONS. Things like wording, for example. You can add a verse to change the Holiday to the one that you celebrate, or even turn a holiday card into an invitation or announcement if you like the design.

Or, if you see a font on another card that you like better, you just let her know and she can change it. She can even change colors to match your clothing in your photo or just change it to your favorite color combination.

Number of photos. This is a BIG one to me! With Lil Bean Sprout, you can have up to 5 photos on any design!!!  Amazing!  I love multi-picture cards – so cute!  Or, if a design has multiple photos and you only want one she can change that as well.  She can also change your photo in black and white at no extra charge.   Again, so much flexibility!

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 24 pieces of a Custom Designed Printed Card!  She will design you a brand new card design to fit the colors and theme for any occasion *! And, if the winner needs more than 24 ea cards she will generously offer 20% off the additional sets.

Contest runs through July 11th, 2010 at 5pm PST.   Here are the entry options, please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for your entries to be counted!

1. Click HERE, visit the Lil Bean Sprout website, and tell me the design that caught your eye! – 1 ENTRY
2. {Like} Lil Bean Sprout on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
3. Follow Lil Bean Sprout Blog – 1 ENTRY
4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
6. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges email updates – top right column – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

{Disclosure: Lil Bean Sprout is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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