I wanted my contribution to be something really special, so I designed these invitations. Then I made 30 of them. Whoo! I've been making lots of things at scale (as we used to say in my old job) recently, and thought I'd share some learnings from my experience with you.
Baker's secrets for creating beauty in volume
- Create your model completely before you start cutting anything else. You'll be tempted to just "cut a few more" card bases or layers, but resist. Inevitably, you'll want to mix something up later and it'll go to waste. Focus on getting ONE model exactly how you want it before you do any more.
- Take advantage of cutting tools. Punches are your friend when you're crafting in volume. Your Big Shot is your next-best friend. I try never to hand-cut ANYTHING at scale.
- Make sure you have enough of everything before you get started. This design required DSP with Early Espresso in it. I didn't do the math, and ended up having to do a couple of cards with Chocolate Chip patterned paper. Perhaps nobody but me could tell, but I sure could. Take the time and measure things out.
- Take advantage of My Digital Studio. This is the best bargain out there -- $20 for the base software, which will give you access to all the Stampin' Up! ink colors and a nice set of background papers and punch shapes. I used it here to create text for the inside of the card in Early Espresso. I then printed multiple copies per Whisper White sheet and die cut the "insides."
- Don't use fussy techniques. These invitations were designed to be keepsakes. Every single piece here is sponged. That took me and a couple of teenage helpers HOURS. The other element here that took hours is the little tag, which had to be punched, pierced, and then tied on. Use good judgement!
- DO create in waves. Once you get your design sorted, use sticky notes for each element. I put the color of cardstock/paper, the dimensions, and the number I needed of each. Then I delegated some of the cutting to my helpful minions (also, good to get some minions!). I broke the card creation into several steps: Digital prep, cutting, inking (sponging and stamping), piecing, fabric, and final assembly. Then I did the envelope addressing and stamping on a different day entirely.
- Take breaks! This is fun, not work. My elder teen turned on some music while we were doing the cutting. I'd forgotten how much that adds to the joy!