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Chapter 3

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

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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 www.PotterCraft.com


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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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The Paper Bride by Esther K. Smith - Self Mailer Project