Monday, February 9, 2009

Best Wedding Product Ever

Okay, so it really isn't intending for weddings and I am sure there are tons of other "best wedding products" out there. But for a DIY bride like me you can't live with out these:

They are 8 1/2 x 11" stickers that you can feed through your laser printer. I think that Avery also makes some for Ink Jet printers as well. It is only about $13 for a pack of 25 sheets and are avaiable at Office Max and Staples. They are intended for shipping labels but can work for som many other things. Maybe they are not as cool as having a Xyron Sticker Maker but I feel they work just a good, if not better, and more economical. The sticker is very thick and easy to work with.

I have been printing labels galore and cutting them down to whatever size and shape I need. I have used several craft punches like pictured below to keep consistent with our papel picado banner theme. These are way easier to use than printing something out on paper and then gluing/taping to another piece of paper. It is also much more secure. For some earlier projects I did without the stickers, I had problems with the corners sticking down, etc.

I originally got the labels to make our invitation address labels to go on our black envelopes. They worked like a charm. Matt did all of the printing, punching, and adhereing to the envelopes.

I have found many more uses for them and they will pop up in a couple of more DIY projects I will feature over the next few weeks.

I have found that searching the aisles of office supply stores has provided me with several shortcuts for my wedding decor. Craft stores are great of course, but the office supply stores also have products you can make work for your DIY projects. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

Anyone found their own "best wedding product ever' and want to share?


AmyJean said...

Those are great ! I may have to go get me some! :)

Caitlin said...

Oooo, what a great idea! Where did you get your little border cutters? And how did you get your man to help?!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Great idea!

Once A Bride said...

I am now officially obsessed with that craft punch you have pictured. I'm running off now to go buy it!!

p.s. thx for the compliment on my new 'digs'. :)

Jenn said...

That's an awesome tool. Lots of times office supply stores are cheaper than craft stores too!

How nice that you had fiance jokes that he 'slaved over our STDS', when in reality he quit after cutting himself while slitting corks. Oh well, you can't win 'em all! :)

melissa said...

@ Caitlin I got the border cutters from Micheals and Walmart. All of the ones I am using are from Martha Stewart Crafts. The Walmart versions are the same designs but a few dollars cheaper. Although I found that they are slightly less sturdy. I recommend getting the 40% coupons from Micheals. Then they are only about $8 each.

katie said...

i'm doing my address lables very similar to this! glad to see i'm not the only one!

MY said...

I was LOOKING FOR THESE! No lie. We're new homebrewers and we're planning on using our deliciously brewed homemade beer as wedding favors, but were without labels for our bottles! I'm going to have to go out to OfficeMax and get some. Thank you thank you thank you for blogging about these!

(Incidentally, we're another M&M couple - Matt & Meredith. Melissa's my sister's name.)