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DIY | Perfect Match – Save the Date Invitations

October 17, 2014

I am completely obsessed with today’s “perfect match” project!!! See, I have a huge thing for mermaids… and so the hubby bought me these awesome HomArt mermaid/neptune matches with blue tips. I loved them so much I refused to use them. Then a while later while shopping around one day, I found a shell matchbox from anther company called Michel Design Works (almost identical matches) with turquoise match tips! OMG – talk about not wanting to use them. So now I had both turquoise and blue tipped, gorgeous long matches. Since I couldn’t bring myself to strike, I had to work them into a project somehow. So today I bring you the “Perfect Match” Save the Date invitation! Both companies make matches with many different color tips, which will make it easy for you to find the right box to fit your wedding color scheme. Another fun thing to mention about today’s project is the new design template I’m sharing below! Today is just loads of fun…

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations
DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

SUPPLIES:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ cover weight cardstock
  • 8.5″ x 11″ text weight cardstock
  • A2 sized envelopes (4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board
  • color tipped matches (see credits below for the deets!)
  • Glue Dots
  • washi tape
  • stapler
  • scissors/paper trimmer
  • our FREE template below
DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

NEW!!! I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while now and I hope that you will share your honest feedback with me. My ultimate goal with Something Turquoise is to make and share DIY wedding tutorials that you, the reader can actually use customize for your wedding. Which is a big task, especially with so many wedding themes. I’ve tried generic downloads and editable downloads (that pose their own issues) and I haven’t been thrilled with either. So, today I am sharing a new idea – a template. Download the template below. Import to your favorite design software and design your invitation within the boundaries of my design boxes. Hopefully this will give everyone the freedom to create a truly unique design, simply based on this idea. Design tips included on the download. Again, please let me know what you think – if you like this template I will definitely create more!

—–> “Perfect Match” Save the Date Template

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitation

After you’ve downloaded and designed your invite, print onto text weight paper – not heavy cardstock – and cut along the lines. You’ll get two invites per 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitation

Next cut your 8.5″ x 11″ cover weight carstock down to 3.25″ x 11″. You can get two from each sheet of paper.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Now to score and fold your paper into a “matchbook”. Score at 4.75″ from one end and 1.5″ from the other. This gives you two sides that are 4.75″ and one 1.5″ flap.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Add your “Perfect Match” design to the front of each invitation with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive, mine is Glue Dots.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Finish the edge with a piece of washi tape.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Add the inside card on the right hand side of your matchbook with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Fold up the bottom ‘matchbook’ flap and add your date – then staple.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Add two long stemmed matches underneath the stapled flap – these measure 4″.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

Finish with another piece of washi tape.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

If the flap is popping up away from your matches, add a little extra adhesive.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

There you have it. In just a few simple steps you will have an incredibly personal – “perfect match” save the date invitation that your guests will swoon over!

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

I can’t wait to see what colors and designs you guys create!

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

You will need to include your names, the city and the date at the very minimum. You might also want to include your wedding website url.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

If I got married again – I would totally send these out! I’m kinda jealous that I can’t.

DIY Perfect Match Save the Date Invitations

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and it will show up on our Get Social page. Happy Crafting!

DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Something Turquoise Photography // DIY tutorial + template: Jen | Something Turquoise // blue tipped, HomArt Mermaid/Neptune Matches: Amazon // turquoise tipped, matches: Michel Design Works // cover weight cardstock in Pool and Night, text weight paper in Superfine Soft White, and envelope in Paper Bag: Paper Source // font used: Showcase // washi tape: Michaels // Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board: Amazon // Glue Dots: Amazon // nail polish: Essie – Mint Candy Apple


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