Anna Griffin Printable Invitations: How-to

by John DeMerceau

Anna Griffin is a graphic designer who offers a full line of invitations and custom stationery that you can fill out and personalize using your home printer and word processing software. Purchase the invitations from local or online retailers that stock Anna Griffin stationery products. Each style of invitation includes a test sheet that you can photocopy to test the size and format of the text you compose, before you print it onto the actual Anna Griffin invitation stock.

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Launch your word processing software. Click the menu where you set the dimensions of your document, such as "page layout." Change the dimensions from the default setting as follows: 5 inches by 7.75 inches if you are using cardstock invitations (item numbers TW111 or TW112); 4.5 inches by 7 inches for vellum overlay invitations (item numbers TW103 or TW104); 4.75 inches by 6.75 inches for your response card.

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Set the side margins of your document by dragging the left and right margin guides at the top of your document to the position indicated on your test sheet or by entering the values in your "margins" menu prompt. For example, for an inner sheet size of 5 inches by 7.75 inches, drag the left margin and right margin to the 0.5 inch mark or enter 0.5 inches for both the left and right margin.

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Set the top and bottom margins for your particular invitation by setting the top and bottom margin guides at the right and left sides of your document or by entering the values in your "margins" menu prompt.

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Use your text font and size drop-down menus to select any font and size that you want to use for your invitation.

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Type the text of your invitation in the document. Save your document to a convenient location on your hard drive.

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Adjust the text font and size if you wish by highlighting the text and selecting a different font and/or size from the dropdown menus. Run a spell check on your text and make any necessary corrections.

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Photocopy or scan and copy your test sheet. Preview your text with the print preview command on your word processing software.

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Insert one copy of your test sheet in the manual feed tray of your printer. Print a test copy of your text onto your test sheet. If it meets your needs, adjust your printer tray, insert the invitation stock and print your invitations from your saved document.

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Open your document and make any necessary corrections to the text, font or size if you are not pleased with the result of your first test print. Save the document again. Print another test sheet and repeat until you arrange the text exactly as you want it to appear and are ready to print the actual invitations.

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Assemble your gatefold vellum invitations (item numbers TW11 or TW12) by placing each printed cardstock part of the invitation inside the folded vellum sheet provided with each invitation. Wrap a length of ribbon around the vellum and then tie it in the front with a bow.

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Place the printed vellum invitation of your vellum overlay invitations (item numbers TW103 or TW104) on top of a patterned cardstock sheet as supplied with the invitations. Carefully align the holes on the top of the invitations with those on the top of the cardstock. Insert each end of a length of ribbon through each set of aligned holes. Take the right ribbon end from the back side of the invitation and thread it up through the left hole and then repeat with the left ribbon end through the right hole. Pull the ends tight, and trim away any excess ribbon.

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Carefully insert each invitation into a large mailing envelope. Then, insert the response card into the flap of the response envelope with the text facing up. Insert the envelope with the card into the mailing envelope so that the envelope faces down and the card remains facing up.

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Take the invitations to the post office four to six weeks before the event and have the post office weigh them and put postage on them.

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About the Author

John DeMerceau is an American expatriate entrepreneur, marketing analyst and Web developer. He now lives and works in southeast Asia, where he creates websites and branding/marketing reports for international clients. DeMerceau graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

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