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The Coolest, Easiest-To-Make-Wrapping-Paper in the World

As you know, I'm half-assed crafty and will only embark upon a DIY project if it's exceedingly easy, doesn't require too many tools and doesn't make a huge mess. That's why I came up with this last-minute idea for DIY wrapping paper. All you need is a roll of craft packing paper - the kind you can get at the drugstore or the post office, some white acrylic paint and a Sharpie or any other kind of black marker or pen. Here's what you do:  1. Roll out the paper on surface. I did it on a small dining table. 2. Paint basic Christmas/Holiday shapes like stars, boxes for gifts, snowmen, snowflakes, etc. You don't have to create technically perfect...

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How to Make A Wedding Save the Date Email

It seems like every time I turn around there is a new digital wedding stationery and website service. I'm a traditionalist and still think wedding invitations should be on actual paper sent in the actual mail, but I get why some couples go the online route. Sending wedding stationery via email especially makes sense when it comes to save the dates for a couple of reasons. There is urgency; you need to get on your guests calendars, you also need to get an idea of how many guests you'll have.  It's true the official wedding head count comes with the return of wedding RSVPs, but informally, once you send out the save the dates, you'll find out which potential guests...

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e.m.papers in Real Life: Calligraphy Monogram Wedding Invitation

I love it when customers send me images of their e.m.papers wedding printables! Todays lovely example comes from Jillian, who used the Calligraphy Monogram printable wedding invitation. She printed the invite out on cream/ivory paper and mounted it on black card stock. I think it looks really elegant. Creating a high class wedding invitation like this is deceptively easy. You may need to print the invitation a little smaller (or make the overall invitation larger). Then, just purchase the black card stock backing at a craft store (it's often pre cut, but you can purchase larger sheets and cut these yourself too). Just make sure you find envelopes that fit.  You can use spray glue or just a couple of...

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Can you print gold on a home printer?

Can you 'print gold' on your home printer? Yes, sort of. You can get a 'gold effect' using an image that mimics the appearance of gold like the the pattern on the Glamorous printable thank you note shown above. This will work on any printer, laser or ink jet. To make the gold actually shiny, you need to use gold foil. But you only accomplish this with special tools like a laminator machine or gold foil sheets, and often these only work with a laser printer. Fortunately, you can try out all of our designs which use the gold effect technique before actually making a purchase. Just click the sample download link under 'Try it out First' I've also got a few direct...

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Real World Tips From APW readers Who Printed Their Own Wedding Invitations

If you're getting married and you don't know about the blog, 'A Practical Wedding' it's high time you discovered it! Not only is it full of practical wedding advice, it offers a unique feminist perspective on all things wedding, marriage and life. A few posts on the site that talk about printing your own wedding invitations. Within the extensive  comments you'll find some very happy e.m.papers customers (hey!) but also invaluable insights from people who have actually printed their own. I encourage you to take a look, but look at the posts and the comments in their entirety, but I've picked out some of the most helpful nuggets here. From 'How to Print Your Own Wedding Invitations' From Another Alice:  "1)...

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