Handmade wedding invitations are a great way to add that special touch to your wedding and gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want. As a longtime scrapbooker, I knew I had the skills and desire to make my own wedding invitations, and after searching around for styles I decided on DIY pocket fold wedding invitations.
Being that we planned on only 80-100 guests, I figured it would be do-able to make about 60 invitations by hand without going too crazy. If you as insane as I am and decide to undertake the process of making this many invitations, my advice is get started way before you plan on sending them out. I thought they would go a lot faster and was quite stressed working on them each night to get them in the mail in time.
After looking at hundred of invitations online, I knew that the pocket fold look was exactly what i wanted to go with. My main inspiration for this style and look came from Little Spark Creations. I loved the Mr & Mrs theme and insert cards, and was able to create mine in Illustrator. Since I wanted my cards to be horizontal, I had to redesign the look a little and I added an outside decorative wrap on my cards as well. Wondering how it all came together? Here is my pocketfold card tutorial:
12″ x 12″ Craft Paper
1. Take a piece of 12″ x 12″ paper. Cut one inch off the bottom and then in half, so that you end up with two 6″ by 11″ pieces of paper. Each piece can be used to make an invitation.
2. With one piece of the paper, measure along the 11″ side and measure out 4.5″, then fold and repeat for another 4.5″ then fold so you will have 3 sections (4.5″, 4.5″ and 2″) as seen in the image to the left. You can use the edge of a metal ruler to help create crisp fold lines.
3. Now on to creating the pocket. On the 2″ section, measure to center, 3″, and mark the paper. Measure from the crease mark 1.5″, and mark your spot. Use scissors to cut a V into the edge of the paper as seen in the image to the left.
4. Apply adhesive onto the inside of the 2″ section and glue down to create the pocket on your invitation. I used 2 different adhesives on each to assure they would stay attached, since a couple of them started popping up after a few days.
5. Now you have your first pocket fold ready to go. Repeat this process for as many invitations as you need. I found it quickest to cut all pieces first and then assemble, being that I am really task oriented. Next assemble the inside information as you see fit. I glued a piece of pink 5.5″ x 4″ into the upper inside and then glued a slightly smaller piece of cream paper with our wedding info on it on top of the pink.
6. I then created 2 inserts for each card. The larger one “celebrate” with information about our reception was 5″ wide x 4″ tall and included gift registry on the backside. The second card was our RSVP card and measured 5″ wide by 3.5″ tall. It was pre-stamped and addressed on the backside for our guests to mail back in. Doing it like a postcard saved lots of money on envelopes and it only took one stamp to send. I was super nervous about it, but not a single card got lost in the mail!
7. Last but not least, I added a handmade wrap to the each card to give a finished look to the outside and a great first impression when opened. To attach each A&H card to the ribbon I used a glue gun. I was able to add in the country orchard theme, by using pink gingham ribbon and I just loved how the turned out!