Sea Monkey Invites: All the Insides

In the last post, I shared about how I made our pocketfolds. After finishing them, it was time to fill them with the invitations and inserts. I am no graphic designer. I am terrible at using Paint on my computer, let alone professional editing software. No, it was time to call the awesome Mr. Sea Monkey in. He makes graphics for work sometimes, so he was really experienced in this area.

I knew the idea I had in mind, but I needed help executing the design. Mr. Sea Monkey was awesome and got exactly what I was saying. He left a huge space in the middle so I could add this ribbon and starfish. We actually made the invitations removable from the pocketfolds by putting on Velcro dots.

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Instead of buying the mats, we bought a pack of card stock and made them ourselves. One sheet could be used per invite.

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Mr. Sea Monkey even went as far as making a map. He actually used Adobe Illustrator and drew his own map. He got the little road signs from Wikipedia. This was my absolute favorite piece, and he had so much fun making it, he said he should make a business out of it.

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The only thing that we didn’t do ourselves was the printing. We sent that in to the Cards and Pockets Print Shop. They did amazing and so did Mr. Sea Monkey. They looked beautiful.

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And that’s all she wrote. I am so happy with the way these turned out, and I can’t believe we got them done. I never would have thought I could make something as major as wedding invitations, but I set my mind to it and got it done.

Did you make your own invites? What was the hardest part?

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Wedding Date:
June 2015
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    Lbeebride 2 posts, Wannabee @ 12:52 pm

    Pretty invitations! Curious why you decided to make the pocketfolds? Seems like a lot of extra work when you can order those from Cards & Pockets in the same color and style for only 0.80 a piece.

  2. msseamonkey Bee
    Mrs. Sea Monkey 12 posts, Newbee @ 5:37 pm

    @Lbeebride Thank you so much! This one wasn’t a money saver. I loved making all my wedding crafts myself. Just gave them more meaning and I basically wanted to prove that I “could”. 🙂

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    Mrs-mcm-0507 260 posts, Helper bee @ 5:59 pm

    I saw DH used adobe for the map, but what about the invitations.. They are so beautiful who would have thought DIY is so effective! You get exactly what you envision!!

  4. msseamonkey Bee
    Mrs. Sea Monkey 12 posts, Newbee @ 8:08 pm

    @Mrs-mcm-0507 Thank you so much! He used Illustrator to create all of it. I was amazed myself. Lol. We sat down and I explained what I wanted and he drew out a rough draft based on the details I gave him. He got exactly what I pictured in my head, but was unable to actually translate IRL.
    I agree that DIY is good if you have a specific vision. We had so much fun making all of it AND got exactly what we wanted. They are also unique to us. 🙂

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    NardaM 1 posts, Wannabee @ 9:29 pm

    how much did each invite cost to make. i want to do the same idea. thanks

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    Mrs. Goat 18 posts, Newbee @ 7:10 am

    These turned out beautiful. Did you hand deliver or mail them?

  7. msseamonkey Bee
    Mrs. Sea Monkey 12 posts, Newbee @ 8:46 am

    @NardaM When all was said and done, we paid a little over $100 for all the materials and for them to be printed out. It’s well worth it, because you get your exact vision. The only thing we paid for was the paper and the print shop to print them. You could find cheaper places, I just love C & P, so I wanted them to do it.

    @msgoat We mailed them out. Since I had the seashell, we had to use boxes, but that only cost $1.99 or so. Not bad at all!

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    JNDtheBrideToBe 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:29 am

    I just love the final look of these and the idea to make the invitation removable via velcro dots is ingenious! C&P has great quality paper and it gives your invites a nice shimmer! Great job!

  9. msseamonkey Bee
    Mrs. Sea Monkey 12 posts, Newbee @ 4:07 am

    @JNDtheBrideToBe Thank you so much! I know I like to take the actual invite out and hang it on the fridge as a reminder, but most people glue them down and then it’s impossible to get them out without breaking the folder, or the folder is the invite and it’s too bulky to hang up.

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