Oh Weddzilla – I’m not proud of the story I’m about to tell you. Let me start by saying I still don’t regret my decision to DIY our invitations. Yes, the project has turned into quite the thorn in my side, but had we chosen to just purchase them we never would have been able to afford the invitation suite that I can’t live without. I know it’s a silly thing to care about, since most people just throw them away, but what can I say? Stationary is just kind of my thing.
My plan all along had been to use my Cricut to cut out the different inserts for the invitation suite as well as the cardstock that I’m mounting them on. I love my Cricut more than anything, but it is not meant to be used in mass production. Making a birthday card, heck yes! Making 20 simple invitations to a birthday party, sure thing! Making 85 wedding invitation suites that include the main invite as well as 4 inserts – it just can’t be done.
But I should really start at the beginning of the story. Last weekend I was totally amped up and ready to go printing, cutting, and assembling our invitations. I had already designed them and I was ready to go. It looked a little something like this:
I figured as I was printing out our inserts I would start the Cricut on cutting the cardstock that the inserts would be mounted to. Pretty soon the scene looked more like this:
Paper was flying everywhere, the Cricut was cutting, and to top it all off the dogs were going NUTS downstairs. And then, because apparently I have the worst luck ever, it happened…
As more paper flew out of the printer and the dogs sounded like they were trying to murder eachother downstairs, there was a loud ::POP:: from my Cricut. I HADN’T EVEN GOTTEN THROUGH CUTTING THE CARDSTOCK FOR ONE FREAKING INSERT YET!!!! I was livid – and I turned into…
I was seriously ticked off. Dogs barking, paper flying, Cricut popping…My Cricut wasn’t broken, but in all honesty I didn’t want to risk actually breaking it so I realized I had to move on to Plan B. And just like that, in a DIY Bridezilla state, I basically yelled at Bryan, “Where are my coupons?! I’m going to Michael’s!” And since I’m pretty sure I had actually developed horns and a tail, Bryan didn’t question me, he just let me go on my merry way.
Luckily, Michael’s isn’t that far from me. And as I was driving I was trying to figure out how the heck I was going to execute my plans without the Cricut. When I got there, I was still livid, and thus still looked like a monster.
By the time I was done shopping I had developed a decent plan and didn’t have to spend that much money so I was feeling a little bit better. But the amount of manual labor that I knew was coming up was keeping me pretty upset (thus, my tail had disappeared, but I still had horns):
Then, as I was on my way home, a nail salon caught my eye. I figured it wasn’t fair to Bryan for me to come home and still be part monster, so it was better for everyone if I stopped and got a manicure and pedicure, and just the thought of the relaxation power of a nail salon made my Bridezilla horns disappear…
Now, I had never been to this nail salon before, so I was kind of taking a risk. But let me tell you – it was amazing. It must have just opened because everything was brand new, most of the decor was purple (and you know how I feel about purple), the mani/pedi was amazing, AND it only cost $35 in all! I’ve paid $35 for just a manicure before, and I got BOTH for that amount! So, needless to say, by the time I was leaving, I was almost completely back to normal.
During the car ride from Nails Time (yes – the nail salon is seriously called “Nails Time”) back home, there happens to be a KFC. And after stopping there to get some popcorn chicken and a biscuit, I was 100% back to being my happy DIY Bride self and ready to get to work.
When I got home Bryan and the dogs cowered a little before realizing I was no longer a monster, I ate my artery-clogging fast food, and I was ready to get to work. And although I’m still not going to show you what the invites look like (you just have to wait until all the guests get them in the mail first) I will show you the tools I’ve been using. I went from super high-tech Cricut Expression to a paper cutter and an assortment of hole punches:
The blue handled contraption is a Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper (used to round corners of paper), the green handled guy is actually a Crop-a-dile eyelet setter but it has two different size hole punchers and I used the larger of the two, then the little blue guy is a little kids’ hole puncher with two different size circle punches (I used both), the orange is another children’s hole punch and the largest one I used, and finally a super old-school style hole puncher that makes very little circles (and I actually punched 7 holes in each of the 4 inserts for all 85 invitations with that one). Then, they’re all on top of my beloved guillotine paper cutter. To say that my hand got a workout would be the understatement of the century. I have hands of steel from this project!
But despite the simplicity of the tools I’m using they’re actually turning out pretty darn awesome! I can’t wait to show them off to you, and hopefully I’ll be able to next week!
That’s all for now Weddzilla readers, H