Eyelets and Wraparound Labels Made Easy

Mr. Tartlet and I absolutely wanted our guests to have a means of displaying our save he date cards once they were received, and ours were inspired by these adorable save the date luggage tags:

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At first, I was hesitant to adopt this idea because of countless stories describing sore fingers as a result of poor aim when hammering the eyelets into place. I’ll try to explain:

in their unaltered state, eyelets look like little hollow top hats that just sit loosely in a hole you punch in the paper. They have to be “set” or locked in place somehow so they don’t fall out. Many tutorials suggest a hammer and a setting tool to squish the neck part of the eyelet flat, turning it into a bottom ring with the paper sandwiched in between it and the top ring.

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This method sounded noisy and complicated. All my reservations disappeared, though, once I come across a handy all-in-one tool called a Crop-a-Dile. It not only punches holes of the appropriate size for the eyelet, but also “sets” the eyelet in place with a simple squeeze of the handles. No muss, no fuss. We collected our rounded save the date cards, 1/4″ gold-colored eyelets (purchased off eBay), the Crop-a-Dile, and began!

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First, we used the Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole of the appropriate size in the card:

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Next, the eyelets were inserted into the holes and set using the same Crop-a-Dile gadget:

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Once the eyelets were set, we tied a 3 mm satin ribbon through each hole so the cards could be hung!

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We also made our own address labels using a Xyron, which is essentially a sticker-making tool. The model I have, the 2.5″ create-a-sticker, applies a layer of adhesive to the back of paper (or other materials) up to 2.5 inches wide without the need for heat, batteries, or electricity. Being a gadget geek, I decided to invest in one because of this nifty idea from Martha Stewart:

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I love how sleek and clean these labels look! Rather than using her provided template, I designed my own address labels in Adobe Illustrator and cut them to size. I placed the trimmed address label on the feed tray of the Xyron:

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Turned the handle to feed the address label through:

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And the label is spit out the back end, complete with an even adhesive backing. There’s a nice serrated tear strip on the back of the Xyron, so no need for scissors, even.

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I peeled the label off the backing to place on the envelopes:

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And ended up with this finished product, ready to be stuffed, stamped, and mailed!

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As an alternative to the Xyron, you can purchase sticker sheets for your printer. However, since the Xyron 2.5 only cost a few dollars more than the sticker sheets, I decided to make the investment and have definitely gotten my money’s worth from it.

Were you inspired by a project that you just had to incorporate into your wedding? Anyone else out there love random gadgets that make your life soooo much easier? Which gadgets are your fave?

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Mrs. Tartlet

Location:
Rochester, MI
Wedding Date:
May 2011

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    Mrs. Meerkat 3249 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:15 am

    Love the crop-a-dile! I used it for my ceremony programs. :-P

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    Mrs. Husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:34 am

    Job very well done! I love how these turned out.

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    Mrs. Elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:50 am

    That Crop-a-Dile sounds like a neat tool!

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    Miss Oatmeal 221 posts, Helper bee @ 11:06 am

    These are gorgeous! I love how you made them, and I’m sure your guests will be wowed :)

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    Mrs. Brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:29 am

    I used the sticker machine thingy too!! Great minds think alike!! Wee!

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    Mrs. Lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:36 am

    I am borderline obssesed with the idea of wraparounds for our invites (etiquette be damned!), but I can’t find a template I can manipulate into working for me because I don’t want the return address on the back. I know I know, that’s the point right? But I kind of wanted our monogram there instead.

    All of that to say I’m totally jealous of your awesome looking labels. ;)

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    Mrs. Scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 11:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to use a Crop-a-Dile. Everything looks so amazing!

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    pinkpaperbride 680 posts, Busy bee @ 12:02 pm

    I just decided that I officially want/need/deserve/can justify a xyron for our labels. So for that, I must say THANK YOU!!! Your STDs look amazing!!!

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    Mrs. Tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:19 pm

    @Miss Lox: I had trouble finding just the right template, too. Are you looking for a wider wraparound label so you can fit both return and deliver to address on the front?

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    Mrs. Bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 12:28 pm

    Love the wraparound labels! I might need to get myself this Xyron thingy.

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    Mrs. Glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:07 pm

    Ohhhhhhh my god. Your STDs are FREAKING FABULOUS! Love the look. You are crafty!

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    Macy, Guest @ 3:10 pm

    Did you print those at home?
    How did you get this gold color? I want my invitations printed in gold but I’m not sure how to get the right color.

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    Mrs. Tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:14 pm

    @Macy: We screen printed these at home using a Gocco (partly because I was set on having the metallic gold ink!). I didn’t get into the printing details because it’s sort of been replaced by the Yudu, but please feel free to PM me if you’d like to learn more! I’ll keep the screen printing process in mind, too, for a future post. :)

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    Mrs. Giraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:21 pm

    I’m with you on my Crop A Dile. I’ve had it like 3 years now and I use it allll the time!

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    Emily, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    I was wondering what kind of paper you used to put in the sticker machine? I just the one you show pictures of. Also, what were you dimensions of the labels? Same as the martha stewart ones?

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    Mrs. Tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:05 pm

    @Emily: Hi! I used regular ol’ printer paper and cut it to size before feeding it through the sticker machine. I don’t know what the MS label dimensions are, but mine ended up being 5-1/8″ x 1-5/8″ to fit on a 4 Bar envelope!

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