Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DIY Photo booth Save The Dates

I appologize that my scanner is being a bit wonky and is casting weird rainbow colorings...
 Let me start this post by saying that I adore making things. I love handmade things and having a handmade wedding was important to me for a couple reasons. First, because I wanted it to be very me. Second, let's be real here, it's so. much. cheaper.
Case in point - my momma made my dream wedding dress for under $70.00.
Ladies, you just can't beat that. 

Now, like I said yesterday, I wasn't really blogging 2 years ago so none of my wedding preparations are documented. Sad times. But I DID recently make burlap boutonnieres for my friends wedding, check 'em here! and I can walk you through the process for our Save The Dates...
Please note that this is a walk through on how I made them, not a Photoshop tutorial. If you don't know Photoshop, I can be bought for cheap :)

 STEP 1: Sit against a white wall and have your sister take 100+ pictures of the lovebirds crammed onto a tiny bench. You must be crammed together to achieve the proper effect. You must also 'hold' up the words.
STEP 2: Sort through the overwhelming number of pictures and pic just 4

 STEP 3: Photoshop those pictures into photo booth strip format.
I made mine  2 5/8" x 8" so that 4 strips could be printed on a standard piece of paper.
STEP 4: Photoshop the letters into your hands.
* No, we weren't holding anything in those pics. Yes, we felt really dumb while those pics were being taken. I'll go ahead and pause a moment while you scroll up and scrutinize our fingers ;)
Continuing on... 

STEP 5: Go to Staples (or do it at home) and print those out! Remember! You are getting 4 on a sheet. 
STEP 6: Swing into Hobby Lobby and buy color coordinating card-stock to back the strips, cute little brads, and possibly glue dots.
STEP 7: Snip, assemble and mail! 
* Dainty envelopes were also purchased at Hobby Lobby but there are lots of shops online that offer adorable envelopes.

ALL TOGETHER, I printed and gathered enough supplies to make 100 Save The Dates and spent under $50. That's 50 cents an item! See how doable and affordable it can be? Hopefully, you are feeling inspired now, even though I didn't give you a step-by-step Pho-Sho tut.

NOTE: These look waaaaay better in person. Because of the brads, I couldn't get the photo strip totally flush against the scanner and therefore it is a bit blurry with those weird rainbow colorings. Printing from Staples is actually really great.


  1. Very nice and a great idea. I love them!

  2. This is SUCH a great idea! I'm getting married next year and I may just have to try this out. :)
    Thanks so much Shakti!

    1. I'm glad you like them! You'll have to be sure to post about yours whatever you do. :)

  3. Too too cute! Defiantly easy to make and much cheaper than the average booth. Also, those booth pics are as cute as above!

  4. Very cute!!! Your so creative :)


  5. I LOVE this idea! I'm going to bookmark it!