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Designing Our Save The Dates – My Inner Cartoonist

2011 February 10
by Chris

photo of my work in progress

As Katy recently posted, we have decided to make our own save the date cards.  While this is a great way to save some money, it is also time-consuming and more labor-intensive.  However, now that we’re nearing 6 months from the wedding, it is time to get to work.

The first step was to head out to Raleigh with our mothers so that they could help guide us around the craft store, Archivers.  After several hours of being overwhelmed, we finally came up with some great ideas and headed home inspired.

The next step put the pressure on me.  I had volunteered to draw the main element of our save the date cards, a bride and groom literally “tying the knot” – except that we’re going to use an actual piece of twine for the knot.  Easy, right?

A few weeks and a dozen balled up pieces of paper later, I was about ready to give up.  However, with a little encouragement from Katy, I gave it another go and finally drew a design that we both liked.

the groom drawing we chose

We then scanned in the pencil drawing and touched it up in Photoshop.  After adding a few splashes of color, we dropped in the text and ta-da, a home-made save the date card, ready for production.

Now we’ll head back to Archivers to order the rest of the supplies, recruit some friends to help cut and paste, then assemble and attach the knots, address them and send them out.  Look for yours in the coming weeks!

**UPDATE: Check out the finished product here!

final DIY save the date

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3 Responses
  1. Kelsey Butler permalink
    February 11, 2011

    Absolutely adorable. Well done with the drawing, Chris! Everything’s looking amazing so far, you guys are the greatest :)

  2. February 16, 2011

    Thanks, Kels! We miss you and are loving catching up on your blog!! I finally put it in my Google reader, and it’s helping me keep up :)

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