We really started working on these over our Thanksgiving break when Ryan & I made a little assembly line of cutting the white cardstock, cutting the pink cardstock, rounding the corners, etc. We finished most of that part over Christmas break, and at that point they just needed to be assembled. For this part, I used Therm-o-Web Tape Runners to secure the white card to the pink, and then to secure the top of the second white card. I used some other tape runner brands when I would find them on sale, but I would not recommend anything but the Therm-o-Web. The others were not as permanent as I would have liked, and the tape would get caught up and ruin the whole roll. After all 200 were assembled, it was time to apply the ribbon. We used green satin ribbon in 5/16" size. We went back to our assembly line technique for this part, and Ryan would measure & cut the ribbon and then I would apply the ribbon to the program, again using the tape runner. This process took forever. But each time I would finish one, I would tell Ryan how I was madly in love with these programs, so it was definitely worth it. The cost breakdown went something like this:
- 100 Sheets Pink Azalea 105# Metallic Cardstock from Paper & More : $32.99
- 200 Sheets White 100# Paper Company Cardstock from Michaels : $20.00
- Therm-o-Web Tape Runner & 12 Refills from Michael's : $67.00
- 6 Spools Offray 5/6" Green Satin Ribbon from Hancock Fabrics: $2.12
Total= $122.11, or about 61 cents per program.
Was this process headache-inducing and seemingly neverending? Yes. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I am SO happy with the result of all our hard work... and even happier to mark a BIG project off of the to-do list!