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Showers &
Parties.........66

Introduction

Weddings in
Purgatory......6

Accordion Invitation ..................................... 69
Flag Book Cookbook .................................... 70
Liquor Shower Variation ............................... 73
Garland Guest Book ..................................... 78
Table Runners ............................................... 81

Chapter 4

Prologue

Ceremony..... 82

Proposal........10

Paper Flowers ............................................... 84
Headdresses ................................................. 88
Paper Veil ..................................................... 90
Paper Dress .................................................. 91
Program Fan ................................................. 94

Secret Hidden Ring Box ............................... 12

Chapter 1

Chapter 5

Engagement..14

Reception......96

Paper Pocket Planner .................................. 16
Save-the-Date Postcard .............................. 22
Self-Mailer .................................................... 26
Refrigerator Magnet .................................... 29
Interlocking Announcement ........................ 31
Make Your Own Envelopes ......................... 34
Envelope Linings .......................................... 36

Place Cards .................................................. 98
Napkin Rings ................................................ 99
Paper Lanterns ............................................. 100
Cake Toppers ............................................... 102
Cake Boxes .................................................. 103
Coasters ....................................................... 104
Thaumotrope ................................................ 106
Pamphlet Guest Book .................................. 108
Coptic Photo Album ..................................... 114

Chapter 2

Afterword

Invitation .....38

Paper
Anniversary..120

Message-in-a-Bottle ..................................... 54
Pop-Up Invitation ......................................... 56
Wraps with Paper Buttons .......................... 58
Pop-Up Map ................................................. 60

Memento Accordion ..................................... 122
Appendix ................................................... 128
Paste + Paste Paper ................................. 128
Handwriting Guide ................................... 130
Templates ................................................. 132
Resources ...................................................... 140
Index ............................................................. 144
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Self-Mailer
If you would like more privacy than a postcard, but don’t want to get involved with envelopes, consider
a self-mailer. This could be as simple as a business-size paper flyer folded in thirds and stuck shut with a
sticker or piece of tape, stamped and addressed on the outside.
But there are some nicer variations.

Materials
Foldable, heavy-weight paper—big enough to fold into
thirds to make into its own envelope—even lettersize paper can work for this
Scissors
Tape, glue, or sticker for closure
Printer or photocopy machine
Bone folder

1

Start with the paper—it does need to fold, so
check the paper to see that it folds across the
horizontal without resistance. To test this, you
need to test the paper grain. Bounce the paper in
both directions—fold the paper the way it wants to
fold—take the path of least resistance—and that’s
the mystery of figuring out the paper grain!

2

To design, fold your paper so that the top and bottom overlap. Then think about how you’d like to
shape the paper. You can cut the corners off the
top to make an envelope-style flap. If you make
the flap sharp enough, you may want to cut a slip
in the bottom flap so that the top flap fits in—but
unless you shape the flap to lock into a slit, you’ll
need to stick it shut with tape, glue, or a sticker.

{Lissi Erwin designed these; Dikko Faust hand set the metal type.
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3

You can print your information on the inside, or
add a photo or a card for your text—“float” it
on a piece of double-stick tape—or cut slits for
the corners to fit.

B

A

C

4

If you are printing the inside, you need to use
paper that will work with your printer or photocopier—a standard size and texture. If you
are inserting a piece that has all the info on it,
instead of printing on the mailer, your mailer
can be a nonstandard size or of a less even
texture. You can cut slots in both the mailer
and the piece to be added, and thread them
together with a strip of paper “ribbon”—cut its
corners at an angle for easier threading—this
paper strip could be in a third contrasting color
as a nice design element.

Seal the top and bottom flaps with a glue stick (burnish well with
your bone folder!) or double-stick tape or close with a sticker.
You can print or photocopy your return address on the sticker or
directly onto the mailer, or put it on with a rubber stamp. And
for the mailing addresses—you may want to make a simple computer database and print that out; alternatively, you can type or
handwrite onto labels that you will photocopy for various mailings
relating to your wedding. We handwrote a mailing list on some
interesting labels that we pasted up on a business-size piece of
paper. Whenever we needed the addresses, we photocopied the
list onto pressure-sensitive sticky-back paper, cut the addresses
up, and used them. It has a much more personal look than typical
printer labels—and it’s only a little more work. Your own handwriting (if it’s legible) can be a nice touch because people will recognize it and have an immediate warm response to its familiarity.

Refrigerator Magnet
A refrigerator magnet is a great save-the-date. There are many options for magnets—you can buy
pressure-sensitive sticky-back magnets that are easy to cut and can be stuck to anything. There is
also magnetic paper now that you can run through a computer printer. You can do a photocopy
transfer onto mat board and stick a magnet to the back. Or use balsa wood (though this is the Paper
Bride, not the Balsa Wood Bride!). You can even collage or hand-color these.
Photo-transfers reverse your picture—words show up in a mirror image (though you could send your
magnet with a pocket mirror. . . ). So flip your picture before you print out. A good copy shop can do
this for you—or do it on a computer. Photocopies and laser printouts transfer best when they are hot
off the press—the fresher the better.

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Liz Zanis printed the top and middle on magnetic computer paper. Lissi Erwin laser-print transferred her design on the D+E.

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