|I pretty much backed up into the design for my reception programs
when I saw this absolutely stunning paper in the scrapbook section at
Michaels and just had to come up with a reason to use it. The silver
with a cream/off white floral design were a perfect combination for my
color story and complement to the pearls.A heads up: these are very labor intensive to make, so if you have a die cut machine use it. If you don’t have one, your bridesmaids, several scissors and bottle/s of wine are the perfect supplement!
|Photo: Choco Studio; Florist: Floramor|
|Programs were tucked in to napkins and topped with macaron giveaways|
What you’ll need:
- 9×9” designer paper of your choice – each one will yield 4 programs. I ended up using the plain silver ones (below) on 1/4 of my programs because my first choice was sold out at all of the locations. It worked out fine, since I instructed the day-of event coordinators to use one design – either print or plain – on specific tables.
- flexible art ruler
- scissors or die-cut machine
- parchment paper – I used the leftover paper from the Refined Wedding Ceremony Programs with Embossed Back (see post)
- rubber cement for paper
- rhinestone or pearl embellishments of your choice – mine were Brides Pearl Embellishments (brads) that I later used on the Menu Holders
- if you are using brads like I did, you’ll need a screw hole punch like this Martha Stewart one that is available at most craft stores; if you are using rhinestones, you’ll need hot glue and a gun
- paper cutter
1. Cut all of your designer paper in half and then in half again, leaving you with 4.5”x4.5” sheets
2. Using a flexible art ruler, trace a design onto parchment paper. You’ll want to create something with a centered peak at the top and smaller than the designer paper. Since the ruler isn’t flexible enough to work a small design, you’ll have to play with it a bit. Start on one corner by creating a curve, fold the paper in half and trace so that your curves are symmetrical (folds and dents are fine with this sample piece). Rotate it 90 degrees and repeat as necessary on another corner.
3. Once your design is symmetrical, cut it out and place on top of a designer sheet to test if enough of the paper is showing around the edges of the parchment paper. If it’s too large, repeat Step 2 until you have it right.
4. Create the program on MS Word. You can find tons of examples of text on Google.
5. Print it and be sure the text fits in your sample stencil.
6. Once you have text that is the right size and look, copy and paste it onto a document so that 4 programs fit on one sheet of paper. Print out a test sheet and trace around the text with your stencil so that there is enough room around all four. Adjust the placement of your text if the traces overlap.
7. Print out the text on parchment paper sheets according to however many you need
8. Trace the stencil design around each program text. You will be able to cut out several sheets at once so you don’t have trace the stencil on each sheet if you use a traced sheet on top as your guide.
9. Cut out each one by hand – (bridesmaids and plenty of wine!)
10. Using rubber cement for paper, adhere each cutout onto the designer sheets and allow several hours to dry thoroughly.
11. If you have brads, use a screw hole punch to cut out a small circle in the peak of the parchment paper.
12. Place brads through holes or hot glue a rhinestone instead.