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2.17.2009

Registry Cards... A Quick & Easy DIY!

I have a really quick, easy and inexpensive DIY project to share today! This project is making registry cards to include in shower invitations, or anywhere else that you see fit. I'm not sure why, but I know a lot of brides-to-be are uncomfortable with "advertising" their registries with their shower invites. Let's be honest... if you are inviting someone to a shower, they know that a shower is a party where you bring gifts, and 9 times out of 10, they want to know where you are registered so they don't have to go out on their own and try to find you something that you want. A lot of times, stores that offer bridal registries will give you pre-made registry cards to include in your invites. I didn't really like the idea of several little pieces of paper flying out of my shower invitations when they were opened, so I combined our registries on one small card. Here's how it went:

I purchased a pack of Avery Two-Side Printable Clean Edge Business Cards at Wal-Mart for around $6. This pack includes 120 printable business cards. When I got home, I downloaded the template to design the cards in Microsoft Word. Now, that step may sound a little complicated to someone who isn't computer savvy, but trust me, it couldn't be easier. You basically click the template that you need, open the file from your desktop, and you are ready to design your card. My design was very simple. The top line says "Angela & Ryan are registered at:" and then our registries are listed below. I used the same albemarle swash font that we have used for everything else for the top line, changed the colors to pink & green and voila! This literally takes about 5 minutes. Then, I just ran the sheets through the printer (be sure to only feed one sheet at a time, i.e. don't set the printer for 5 copies and put 5 business card sheets in the tray) and they came out looking like this:

The sheets are pre-perforated, so then you literally just fold the page slightly and your cards will pop out, each one looking like this:

And with that, you are basically finished. I, on the other hand, have an obsession with rounded corners, so I used my corner punch to round them out while watching the Bachelor (yay for Melissa being in the final 2!) so my final product looks like this:

These cards are printable on both sides, and I considered putting our wedding monogram on the other side, but um, I have a lot of shows on Monday night... and I just didn't have the time!

So there you have it.. about $6 and 30 minutes later, this project was finished, and I think it will be a nice touch to our various shower invites, as well as a big help to the invitees!

14 comments:

jane in the waiting line said...

such a great idea. plus, no cutting required. you can't beat that!

My Home - My Life said...

Very cute idea!

Mackensie said...

Great Idea!!

E said...

Very Cute!!!

Jenny.Lee said...

I am dying to get my flip flops out!

SweatPea said...

You are so creative, I can't wait to hear about your next DIY project

LauraAnn said...

Very nice!!!!

Dana said...

Great idea..I might have to use it myself.

Polos & Pearls said...

your projects are always sooo great!

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cj said...

Those DIY Registry cards are magnificent! Very skillful and artsy. I like it!

Aliya said...

Adorable Idea!

Lynsey and Brian said...

I love all your DIY ideas, especially this one. You do such a great job on all of them.

Zane said...

What a great idea! Thanks for this blog. you have done a great job.
Registry easy is really very useful software. When i use this product I thought i am using the new system again.