I guess I have kept you waiting long enough. I’m a bad little bee for taking so long to write this, so I will cut straight to the chase. Here is the finished product:
Everything from the pockfold to the boarding passes in the pocket was made by us. Here is the step-by-step of how we did it.
We found the Microsoft Word basic template for the boarding passes at iDIY.com. The design was created in Photoshop using palm-tree-silhouette brushes from phatbrush.com and the hibiscus-flower dingbat font from dafont.com (all for free, I might add). Everything else on them is just a basic square or rectangle with some coloring and text. Pretty simple, huh? If you don’t have Photoshop you can do almost this same design using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.
We made six different boarding passes that contained a letter to our family and friends, trip information, at-home-reception information, and RSVP card. We printed them onto linen paper from LCI Paper and cut them out. (Sorry for the blurriness of the image below.)
Next we made the pocketfolds. We used 8.5″ x 11″ textured scrapbook paper from our local Joann Fabrics. Each pocketfold was made by dividing one sheet into thirds with the pocket portion glued to the bottom of it. To create the pocket, we cut pieces of the same type of paper to 9.5″ x 3″, folding each of the three sides at the half-inch mark.
To make the pocket, we glued the front side of the three half-inch flaps onto the sheet we folded into thirds.
We finished off the pocketfold portion with a Fiskars corner rounder to give the top two corners that rounded look.
The main invitation was also designed in Photoshop using the same elements as the boarding passes. The light and dark brown borders around the main invitation were simply more of the textured scrapbook paper cut into different-size rectangles. The dark brown layer measured half an inch less on each side than the light brown, and the main invitation was a quarter inch less on each side than the dark brown layer. Once they were all cut out, we centered them, glued them onto each other, and then glued them onto the pocketfold.
For the belly bands, we used the same linen paper as the boarding passes and main invitation. Using PowerPoint, I typed our saying onto one-inch sections, printed them, and cut them into strips.
The final step was to wrap them around the invitations, gluing the two ends of the belly bands to each other.
The hardest part of the whole project was figuring out the dimensions of each piece to make sure they all fit together, while giving it the overall look we were going for.
If you made your invitations, did you have a hard time making sure all the pieces fit together?