Who doesn’t love stationary? Especially personalized stationary. Don’t spend tons of money on stationary when you can follow these steps for DIY personalized stationary. Sure, it won’t be as fancy as engraved or letterpress stationary, but it is a hell of a lot cheaper. If you aren’t trying to impress anyone with the raised ink, why not make it yourself on your own printer?
My inspiration for stationary comes from Crane products. I love all of their stuff. If I had endless amounts of money, I would have tons of personalized stationary, all engraved. Side note: I always know I’m going to a fancy wedding with good food when the invitations are engraved. Engraving means that the paper is pressed onto an engraved metal plate so you can feel the words on the front and the back of the paper. I just love getting fancy stuff like that in the mail. I hate buying it for myself because I consider it to be a complete waste of my money. Ok, back to my inspiration. Look at this beautiful stationary from Crane:
Can you believe that this card costs $18.56. Not $18.56 for a pack of 25, but actually $18.56 each. Yup. Pretty crazy! If you buy 1000 of them you can get the price down to $2.59 a card and pay $2588 for your pack of 1000 note cards. Why pay that much when you can make them yourself?
Follow these steps to make your own personalized stationary.
- Buy a pack of standard size note cards from any craft store. I usually get my packs on sale and get 10-12 for $1. Here is a link for 50 at $9.99 from Michaels.
- Open Microsoft Word and search for Avery 33793266
- The Avery template will open up and you can print directly onto your cards. The Avery template is the same size as the ones from Michaels and most other craft stores.
It takes a few times to get it just right. Make sure you have a few cards to spare.
I always do my drafts in black and white and low quality printing so I can save a bit of money on the ink.
I also try it out on regular printer paper instead of my extra cards.
This can be a little time consuming to get it just right, but it beats paying a lot of money for letterpress or engraved stationary.
Have you ever made your own stationary? What tips can you share?
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