Passport Save the Dates

I was soooo glad to be done with these when I put them in the mail back in July!

This is the first thing the recipient sees when they get their Save the Date in the mail: Custom Zazzle stamps. You can set up an account on and sell images to be used for custom stamps, note cards, mouse pads, etc. You get royalties for what you sell. I sold enough products that I got my custom stamps for FREE! woot woot! Hopefully I sell more products before I need to get postage for our wedding invites.

The cover was 12×12 linen cardstock I got from a scrapbook store; I was able to get 2 covers from one 12×12 sheet. I gocco’d the image on the cover.

This is the first page of the passport.

The cartoons were computer illustrated by my wonderful friend, Jon. I Heart Him! He’s a full-time graphic artist and illustrator.

“Stamps” on this page were made in photoshop using a photoshop tutorial.

Other pages of the passport included:

  • “welcome/hello” letter
  • “Getting to Oahu” info, including what airport to fly into and things to pack
  • “Staying in Oahu”aka hotel recommendations
  • “Traveling on Oahu”, which included a map of Oahu (above) and different ways to get around the island (bus, rental car, etc.)
  • “Things to do on Oahu”, list of sites to see, so guests could have a head start on researching their Hawaii destination.
  • Hawaii FAQ, ie. time difference, weather, and a note that passports are not needed if you are traveling within the US. Ya, know someone would ask!! LoL.

STD Budget Breakdown:

TOTAL $29.33

I made 44 STDs, which breaks down to about 67 cents a piece!

These were a labor of love… and I’m sooo glad they’re done!


Mrs. Sushi

Wedding Date:
March 2009
Party Planning
Oka B. Sandal Giveaway
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Nstar, Guest @ 4:50 pm

    These are sooo creative!

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    QuirkyParsnip, Guest @ 4:53 pm

    First of all those are so amazing. Everything about it rocks. I love love love the “stamps” page. I am shocked they are so awesome and cost you so little! Also, My friends name is Mariko and she is half Japanese. just had to mention that. Its such an awesome name.

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    Ada 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:54 pm

    Oh my god…these are amazing!! You are so creative Miss. Sushi!

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    lucy, Guest @ 5:00 pm

    those are the most creative and clever things ever!!! super cute and super non-expensive!! great job, chica!

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    floopy 21 posts, Newbee @ 5:02 pm

    These are so perfect for a destination wedding!!

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    kj1025, Guest @ 5:09 pm

    Those are fantastic! I can’t even believe they only cost you $29.33!! You should set up shop on Etsy.

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    Emma, Guest @ 5:11 pm

    HOLY CRAP those are AMAZING!

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    Lois Jeffers, Guest @ 5:12 pm

    This is AMAZING. I’m hoping to try some DIY projects for my wedding. Your STD’s are inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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    Melissa, Guest @ 5:13 pm

    Ahh is your name Mariko? That’s my middle name! So cute!

  10. misscookie Member
    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 5:15 pm

    A-MAZ-ING! Love them!

  11. penguin Member
    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:15 pm

    I don’t know what to say. These are OUT of this WORLD! I’m bowing down to your awesomeness. I would freak out if I got one of these in the mail!

  12. jasmine Member
    jasmine 1170 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:16 pm

    Those are the most amazing STDs I’ve ever seen!!!!!!

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    BaghdadBride 352 posts, Helper bee @ 5:16 pm

    Super Creative. Your guests will be amazed.
    You are lucky you already had a lot of the supplies you needed like a gocco machine and I’m assuming a printer and the ink cartridges to print all the text. That would probably bump the price up a bit for most people.

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    ErinMarieMack, Guest @ 5:21 pm

    Wow! These are incredible! I know you sold stamps, but you could easily sell these too! I am sure you would have flocks of people lining up to buy them:)

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    J-VO, Guest @ 5:31 pm

    What a piece of art! Your guests will be speechless when they receive them! Congrats!

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    mrmek, Guest @ 5:34 pm

    You know what I like about these? They get the recipient in the spirit of the wedding immediately! They would totally get me excited about a destination wedding and I’d be begging the hubby to book the tickets immediately. Really nice!

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    ankile, Guest @ 5:34 pm

    These are AMAZING!!! Something like this was my pipe dream for our Maui semi-destination wedding (we live here) but I am nowhere near as creative as you are. We did vintage Hawaii postcards, but they are nowhere as cool as yours!!

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    Tea, Guest @ 5:42 pm

    holy swiss cheese! these are fantastic. i’d be so stoked to get one of these in the mail. good job miss sushi!

  19. cherrypie Member
    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:02 pm

    These are AMAZING! I love them so much!

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    Vic004, Guest @ 6:22 pm

    OMG they are soo awesome!!

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    RenaissanceTrophyWife, Guest @ 6:30 pm

    Gorgeous! I am blown away.

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    pgv, Guest @ 6:41 pm

    holy smokes. those are absolutely phenomenal.

  23. tiramisu Member
    tiramisu 390 posts, Helper bee @ 6:55 pm

    Wow! I love these- and would be so psyched to get one in the mail!

  24. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:29 pm

    So cute and creative!

  25. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:58 pm

    Did I miss the DIY Friday memo? LOL. This project is awesome. How could one NOT go to a wedding that looks so fun, creative, and personal?

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    littlefoot, Guest @ 8:18 pm

    Mariko and your beautiful paper :) I love it all girl! Double woot woot for free zazzle stamps!

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    Sherry, Guest @ 8:34 pm

    those are amazing. hands down, one of the BEST diy projects on weddingbee! i’m excited to see what else you come up with!

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    Vanita, Guest @ 9:28 pm

    If you decide to sell these I want to be your first customer! They look amazing.

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    Heidz, Guest @ 10:07 pm

    Wow. I am so amazed! I plan on doing something very similar with our actual wedding invites with the whole passport idea but the price to have it made for us is pretty steep. If only I wasn’t so diy challenged. Thanks for sharing, I may try this!

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    Amy, Guest @ 10:16 pm

    WOW! I would be so excited if I received one of these in the mail.

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    Tosha, Guest @ 10:21 pm


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    bugaboo 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:40 am

    wow! I think you should start an etsy store and sell these for other brides doing destination! They are so adorable!

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    Kimberly B., Guest @ 11:23 am

    Those are amazing…………If I received something like this, I would definitely make it a priority to go to the wedding no matter what, you make the event look totally worth any trouble or amount of money. You are my new favorite Bee, So cool!

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    bellenga 7536 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:07 pm

    I agree with Kimberly B. There is sadly a “marketing aspect” of planning an out of town wedding. Destination weddings not only take longer than a few hours as opposed to the more traditional wedding but take more $$ to get there.

    I believe in making everything fun for your guests. A wedding is your day but it is a celebration of your love and life together and shared by friends and family too. I think her std’s are incredible and i’d definitely go to a wedding if I had that kind of heads’ up notice.

    Now I am gonna rethink my postcard STD from zazzle. Maybe go back to the zazzy drawing board and come up with some new stuff!

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    megsher 5 posts, Newbee @ 8:24 pm

    Those are amazing. Every guest is so going to appreciate them, and they will be sure to be a fabulous memento of your wedding planning.

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    Nicole, Guest @ 9:36 pm


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    lilac, Guest @ 2:26 pm

    I know that this is absolutely crazy to ask but would you consider making a tutorial for the beehive? We love this STD, if you can’t already tell. :)

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    lilac, Guest @ 2:27 pm

    BTW, where can i find newsprint paper?

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    E, Guest @ 4:38 pm

    I second lilac’s request. I would love a tutorial. Sadly, I fear that even with a tutorial, I would never be able to master Gocco or photoshop. But I’m planning on doing something similar for our seating cards, so I would love your words of wisdom, because these are the most amazing save the dates I’ve ever seen!

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    hawt691 15 posts, Newbee @ 7:53 pm

    Miss Sushi, that looks great. do you a template?

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    missteaberry, Guest @ 9:27 am

    This are amazing! Wow!! Good job!!!!!!!

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    Stephani, Guest @ 9:54 am

    did you know on the first page you spelled “plunge” wrong??

    you typed it as plung….hopefully no one notices!

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    Vee, Guest @ 11:50 am

    Wow, those are AWESOME STDs!

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    Passport Save the Date Follow-Up » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 12:47 pm

    […] everyone for all the great comments on my save the dates post! I can’t take all the credit for our passport save the dates. When I first saw Knottie […]

  45. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:42 pm

    HOLY MOLY those are incredible!

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    Linda, Guest @ 8:01 pm

    omg please put on a tutorial these are soo amazing

  47. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:40 am

    beyond amazing. seriously. you could probably get through customs with that thing. they would just be so blown away by it’s creativity.

  48. Guest Icon Guest
    Invitation to Paradise » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 3:57 pm

    […] The luggage tag in the back is Goccoed with a passport stamp I created using the tutorial Mrs Sushi’s used for her Passport Save the Dates. […]

  49. Guest Icon Guest
    Personalized with Passport Stamps | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:15 am

    […] be more consistent and probably much easier. If I remember correctly, Miss Piglet used a Gocco and Miss Sushi printed travel stamps in her passport save the dates, but has anyone done old-fashioned rubber […]

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    Catherine Matthews, Guest @ 5:14 pm

    Did you use a template for your save the dates? If so, can you share?

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