Reading Cards

Here’s one last thing I came up with for our wedding. This is the last project, I promise! For the convenience of our readers, I made a card with the reading printed on it. Our readers wanted to practice the reading before the wedding, so I sent them a copy of our program. At the rehearsal dinner, I am going to give them these cards to tuck into their purse or pocket.

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First, I typed the reading in Microsoft Word. For this particular reading, I divided it up into 2 columns, so that the card can fold like a envelopement. I didn’t like the idea of index cards that could get lost or dropped. The font is large and bold for easy reading. I printed the text on cream paper (same as the programs). The dimensions are approximately 5″x6.5″. Then I punched the corners with an punch called “Imperial” that I bought for $2.49 at a Rag Shop Store Closing Clearance.

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Using the text paper as a reference, I cut a piece of 6″x8.5″ pink cardstock. Reader Amy asked how people get such crisp folds on their programs. Here I am demonstrating what to do to get a crisp clean fold using the Making Memories Tool Kit. With a ruler to act as you straight edge, scratch a line along the ruler with the stylus where you want the fold to be.

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Use the bone fold to fold the edge down nice and flat.
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Adhere the text paper to the cardstock. I recommend glue dots over double stick tape because double stick is unforgiving and the paper will bubble.
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Then fold. I folded it like a little “purse” and made it small enough to fit into a small clutch.

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Here’s the other one I made which folds up in the vertical direction.

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Then I rounded the corners with a pair of scissors. I rounded the corners, so that the point doesn’t catch on their clothing or poke a kid in the eye. Now I haven’t figured out how to keep the flap closed over the card. I was thinking of lacing a ribbon through, but I haven’t figured out how yet so that it can open easily.

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Mrs. Snow Pea

Location:
New York
Wedding Date:
August 2007
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    Laura S, Guest @ 7:06 pm

    You are crazy, but I mean that in the best way possible :) These are so pretty!

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    HamiHarri, Guest @ 7:10 pm

    LOVE it! I’m going to copy this idea for my two readers. Also, thanks for the “boning” tutorial :) I just purchased a boning tool yesturday for my programs…I wasn’t sure how to get the straight line – now I know THANKS!

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    Moi, Guest @ 8:12 pm

    Put. the. punch. down.

    :) Super cute, just don’t drive yourself crazy!

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    SeptemberBee, Guest @ 8:25 pm

    At Hobby Lobby, or any other scrapbooking store, you can buy tiny magnets that work great to close a flap like that. They’re cheap and effective. They look great!

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    Moi, Guest @ 10:32 pm

    SeptemberBee has a great idea! (Considering recent news, is there any way to check that those tiny magnets are not contaminated with lead — all those Chinese lead-magnet toys were just recalled…)

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    aoedorothee, Guest @ 12:04 pm

    For the Catholic weddings I’ve planned, I simply make a regular sized 1/2 inch reader binder that stays up at the ambo. This way, no one has to carry anything with them. I also make the font in the largest size possible for ease of reading. 1.5 or double spacing also helps. I bring this binder with me to the rehearsal so that the readers can practice with it.

    Yours are suuuper cute! but as a reader, I think I might want the text to be larger, for functionality’s sake.

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    Renee, Guest @ 12:07 pm

    How about white cord elastic, kind of like those accordian file folders at office supply stores? You could then embellish the elastic with a small sewn on flower or button. good luck! This was a super great DIY idea! If your readers give them back to you, you have ready made readings for your scrapbook, too.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 12:28 pm

    I just want to say, for anyone thinking this might be overkill, I’ve got about twenty pictures of each reader fiddling with a much-folded printout of the email I originally sent them, and I would much rather have put in the time to give them something more substantial. Like this. This would’ve been good.

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    snowpea 469 posts, Helper bee @ 12:59 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    For our 3rd reader who is far sighted, we printed it real big. He’ll have his glasses anyway. The church showed me the binder that they are using which has about the same size font I used. (Still not big enough for our 3rd reader) But it’s nice and bold and clear. Either the binder or my cards will do. They approved it. This was more of a safety blanket for me and the readers.

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    Christine, Guest @ 3:38 pm

    Oh Miss Snow Pea, poor (dreadfully organized) thing! Go back to the salon and get a massage and facial. Stat. Relax.

    As always, your DIYs are great. Thanks for yet another cute idea.

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