So… you can imagine what it’s like to have a person such as me as a friend, right? Well, here’s a bit of insight for you! My husband’s long time friend, Jesse and his wife Renae are expecting a baby boy this September. Renae is from Bakersfield and her family had planned a great baby shower up there for her, but Jesse’s mom and I really wanted to celebrate in Jesse’s home town with a co-ed bash for guys and girls alike. Seeing as Jesse is a very social person- I knew the guest list would make for a great soiree. I went with a cowboy theme [cuute] and gave them a great monogram for the event- a C, for their last name, that looks like a horseshoe. Too cute, right? I know. Here’s a glimpse at my hub and I making their invites on our screen printer [the two inner pages for the invite were just printed on a color printer and cut at Kinko’s]. This project has been an emotional roller coaster for me [I’ll give you some other details farther down on that] and the event isn’t even until August! Since my August is so crazy with weddings [which I love!], I want to get as much done for it now as possible! So, here you go…
This is the FRONT of the back page of their invite. The back of this card also, eventually, gets printed. The top half is their registry info and the bottom half is a postcard RSVP [which I hand-perforated…. shoot me for my brilliant ideas!].
Before I forget, here are pages 2 and 3 of the invite [these are 5″x7″ so they aren’t huge. I put them in paragraph form to get down with the western feel and lingo. They’re pretty cheesey, I’ll admit, but they were a darn hootin’ good time!]
[Thank you, thank you for HAND drawing that map in Adobe Illustrator!]
And, at this point in the evening, I realize we are out of flash bulbs. So, I’m left waiting for my shipment to arrive and the ink to dry. It took the bulbs an extra 5 days to make it so these things were annoyingly sitting all over my condo and I was annoyingly waiting to finish it [you know when you find your momentum and then loose it?]. Anyway, here’s Round 2 [and yes, it involved screening onto fabric…]:
This is the back of the postcard. Since I kinda sorta forgot to put a place for them to write their names and number attending… I just ammended the design to make it work [not my ideal- remember, I said it was an emotional roller coaster] and it took me an extra two days to get my butt to Kinko’s to print this new design out, yadda yadda. Anyway, I perforated right above this so they can rip it off and mail it back! Here’s me on Night 2:
And, last but not least, the FRONT page of the project. I thought it would be super cute to use red canvas material, to make it earthy an a little cowboy-y, so I used Gocco fabric paint to complete the project:
And the final product [dun dun dun!!!]:
[Just a close up for you of the back- unfortunately that’s a mark in the actual SCREEN itself so the white box was never perfectly filled in… which, I am so so so anal about. But, I am letting it go. I promise!]
Here were my hang ups with said project [and thus reasons for my emotional breakdowns in the course of]:
1. Had to order more masters and fabric paint before the initial process began [took 2 weeks for shipping]
2. Ran out of flash bulbs on first night [another 3 day hang up]
3. Had to change the back of the post card to accomodate my incompetance, oh me! [2 days]
4. Lost 5 casualties when perforating… sometimes a straight line is harder than we think.
5. The rope for tying- it took me one FULL night to tape the ends of the rope in order to pull it through the holes, because the rope kept seperating and not all of it would make it through.
6. Did I mention I had to hole punch through 4 layers [one of them a canvas?] talk about hurting my hand.
7. The post office was KILLING me. I went in to mail the darn things [and to check postage- good thing I did because I was just going to throw a stamp on ’em]. The first guy tells me it’ll be $.94 to mail them [because the rope knot prevents them from laying flat- but they’re STILL a 5”x7”!!], the second guy tells me it’ll be $1.19 a pop [um, times 52 of them that I’m mailing YIKES], then asks the manager who tells me it’ll be $.58- thank goodness. But, that in and of itself was a roller coaster.
All in all, I’m happy with the product and can’t WAIT for the shower. I love being able to be a part of things for people who I care deeply for. Jesse and Renae know I am SO excited for their lil sweet patater to arrive!!!