Passport Save the Date Follow-Up

Thanks 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 AmyInSydney make them, I thought they were a cute, cheeky way to send everyone some basic travel information.

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Knottie eyeheartmike made her passports about the same time I made ours. She used them as her welcome letter in her OOT bags. Her passport pages included her wedding day time line, information about optional activities she had planned for her guests, a section where the guest could write notes and their trip highlights, and my favorite part: she had a map listing where all her guests were staying.

eyeheartmike

While our save the dates were definitely cost efficient, they were very time consuming. What we saved in dollars, I paid for in time. Not only did designing the the layout take time, but printing and assembling the passports were time consuming as well.

Here are some tips and suggestions for those who want to attempt to make their own passports…

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I had to layout the pages “book” style. I had to make sure that the pages corresponded, i.e., page 1 would be printed attached to page 10 (when folded in half), and page 2 would be print attached to page 9.

Make sure you PROOFREAD! In fact, I suggest having someone else (or two or three people) look over it for you, as you tend not to notice your own errors when you have been staring at something too long.

I already owned newsprint paper, which I believe I originally purchased at Pearl. Do a test print when printing on different types of paper. Originally I printed on the newsprint paper with a laser printer; not only did I have trouble feeding the paper through the printer, but the ink wiped right off the paper when touched. An ink jet printer worked wonders, though.

You don’t have to have a Gocco to make the passport cover. You could do what eyeheartmike did and print on card stock, or you can order a custom made stamp and just ink and stamp the cover.

My passport details:

  • The page size is approximately 8.5″ x 5.5″ folded in half, with each page being double sided (except the first page, which was printed with the last page)
  • The first page was taped to the inside cover
  • The corners were rounded with a round corner punch
  • the cover and pages were attached together by one staple

Where did you find inspiration for your save the dates?

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Mrs. Sushi

Location:
Hershey/Hawaii
Wedding Date:
March 2009

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    hawt691 15 posts, Newbee @ 2:06 pm

    thanks so much miss sushi, i love what you did. I got inspiration for this through amyinsydney as well and aylee. Where can I find linen cardstock though, I’m in the midst of purchasing a gocco. Which model do you have? I’m thinking of getting a pg-10, is this a good choice? thanks

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    boomie, Guest @ 2:59 pm

    Can you please send me the template for the passport save the dates.

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    That Perfect Something, Guest @ 4:07 pm

    I’m thinking of using the passport STD for my wedding. If you have a template would you mind sharing with me? Thanks so much.

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    hawt691 15 posts, Newbee @ 5:54 pm

    i’m not sure if you’re sharing your template, but if you are would you email it to me please? thanks ms sushi

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    katie, Guest @ 6:17 pm

    wow that’s the cutest idea EVER! it totally looks like a real passport and everything. love it!

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:33 pm

    @hawt691: I have the PG5. I was too cheap to spend the money on the PG-10, but if you can afford it, by all means get it! I wish I would’ve invested in the “bigger” model.

    @boomie: @That Perfect Something: @hawt691: I apologize, I don’t have a template for my passports. I did the layout in Illustrator and PhotoShop, so unless you have those programs, I won’t be much help.

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:39 pm

    love them:)

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    hawt691 15 posts, Newbee @ 11:30 pm

    Ms.Sushi, I have photoshop, do you have a layout to share with me then please? Also, i can get illustrator. thanks so much.

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    hawt691 15 posts, Newbee @ 11:43 pm

    btw ms. sushi, i found a pg-10 refresh kit for 280? is that a good deal? I’m sorry to ask but is the pg-10 better than the pg-5? I’m thinking of buying it online.

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    craftsyguru, Guest @ 1:07 am

    hi ms sushi! do you mind sharing your template with me as well? i have illustrator and photoshop :) my email address is craftsyguru@gmail.com. THANK YOU!!!

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    Katie, Guest @ 3:25 pm

    HI Ms. Sushi,

    I know you got a million requests, but could you send the template to me as well. I actually want to use it for an international education event on my campus. Thanks!! My email is katie.aiken@sfcc.edu

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    andrea, Guest @ 7:40 pm

    I would love to have the template too.

    Andrea
    andrea.puckett@gmail.com

    I am having a destination wedding and I would love to do this

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    Toolie Shutter, Guest @ 1:52 pm

    Hello Ms. Sushi,

    Would you send me the template for your STDs? Thanks so much.

    My e-mail is tools_sd@hotmail.com

    What a great idea!

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    kaitlin, Guest @ 11:49 am

    These save the dates are AMAZING!!!! I would love to attempt to make them!!! Would you please send me the template for photoshop/illustrator??

    I would GREATLY appreciate it!!!! Thanks, Kaitlin

    kmartinovich@yahoo.com

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    Frank, Guest @ 8:31 pm

    Nicely done. Could you please send the passport template. The link provided doesn’t seem to work.

    All the best,
    F

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    elezajle 6 posts, Newbee @ 8:31 am

    Hi Miss Sushi! Is it possible for you and I to work something out and pay you to make these up for me? You did an AMAZING job and I definetly don’t have the resources to do such a thing!

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:12 am

    @andrea: @Toolie Shutter: @kaitlin: @Frank: I really appreciate how much you like my work; it took me months to get it right! Because I designed it from scratch, I don’t have a template I can share with you. They were designed in Photoshop and there are a million layers involved. There are some tips in this post to make your own passports and if you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to PM me and ask. I hope you have fun playing with these like I did; I wish you the best of luck on your own DIY projects!

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    craftsguru, Guest @ 10:34 am

    Why are you on this site if you don’t want to share? Most of the bees are much more helpful and it took you forever to respond to our post. Shady!

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    cheese 801 posts, Busy bee @ 10:20 pm

    @craftsguru: Hmmmm, your response made me think about whether or not you had a point. In actuality, I think that this site is for inspiration, in which case Miss Sushi ROCKED. I mean, don’t we all want to do a passport now? If instead this site was supposed to be “the place to go for templates” or something like that, you might have a point.

    And, as the errant bee who disappeared for two weeks, I understand not getting back to respond to comment. I mean, y’all must understand that in addition to our real jobs and blogging, we have this big thing called a wedding to actually plan!

    If you get a passport done, though, shoot me a PM and I’ll share your template on a post — full credit going to you!

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    Mandy, Guest @ 5:40 pm

    Hi, working on a wedding with a destination themed reception. Would you share your template or give a quote for making 200 of these for the wedding? Thank you, Mandy

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    abby, Guest @ 9:10 pm

    i tried using powerpoint for passport invites.. but having trouble printing them back to back since they are not aligned..

    there’s a link for a powerpoint template from ayleebits.com however the size is a bit bigger

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    Andrea Puckett, Guest @ 9:24 pm

    I noticed that alot of people were interested in the template. I actually hired someone to make mine at a reasonable price and I was really pleased with the customer service and final product.

    If anyone wants some recommendations on a designer that I used for these and a few other designers that I found that do passport invitations, please e-mail me at andrea.puckett@gmail.com and I will send you the recommendations and others that I found.

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    sheila8777 13 posts, Newbee @ 12:56 pm

    I don’t know why people just say I don’t share. You (meaning anyone) works hard on a project.

    Here’s a passport template though:

    http://www.gnyc.net/senseless/2009/03/09/passport-invitation-template/

    Mrs. Sushi’s passports look amazing! You can definitely see the labor of love in its complexity.

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    Theresa Sarra, Guest @ 1:00 am

    Can you share your template for the passport “save the dates”? I love the dark blue ones. Do you have instructions on how to make them, like paper style? Also, do you recommend a paper stock store to purchase it from?

    Amazing save the dates!

    Thanks so much! My email is theresa.sarra@gmail.com

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    JohnBenjamin, Guest @ 2:32 am

    That’s really good topic. I am having a destination wedding and I would love to do this.

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    24 Months & 5 Days | A Day in the life of…, Guest @ 6:03 pm

    [...] ADD medicine, I’ll be able to make those really cool boarding pass invitations and maybe a passport for the save the [...]

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    denielle, Guest @ 1:12 am

    Hi i was wondering if you could send me a template of this! it would help me out so much!

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    jackie, Guest @ 12:20 am

    I WOULD LIKE THIS TEMPLATE IF ANYONE COULD PLEASE EMAIL IT TO ME FOR PSD

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    michelle123, Guest @ 12:28 am

    I am trying to convince my fiancé to use these invitations

    could you possibly help me to let me know where I can find this template

    my email is dupreezijz@@gmail.com

    thank you sooo much

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