The inspirations

"Island Orchids" by Wedding Paper Divas.  $2.14 per invitation for 50.  FYI, this design is discontinued.

The thank you card

1.59 per invitation for 50.

The finished product

I was inspired by redshoegirl and lisakeiko's awsome invitations.  mr. clessy was so wonderful to help me and designed the invitations to be similar to the wedding paper divas' ones, but with my changes.  The color is a bright pale green, but for some reason, it is not photographing true to color.  The paper is white linen cardstock.

maybe a pic from the Word document will help show the color better?  I can't tell, colors come out weird on my home computer.

The map I created using

The inner and outer envelope.  The outer envelope has an envelope label with a more intense green orchid color than the invitation, to complement the brightness of the inner envelope (color Aruba from envelopments).  Belly band paper from papersource.  Name labels printed onto white linen paper.  I made the little shape in Word and used a punch holer to cut the corners properly.

This was the original idea for the invitation, but I could only get 3 12 x 12 sheets of this paper.  It came in a huge mixed kit of scrapbook paper, and it would have cost too much to keep buying the kit.  The store only had 2 of the kits anway... it was just a hassle.  I tried making color copies of this paper, but it came out too shiny, like magazine paper, and it didn't look right for the invitation.  The belly band was designed by mr. clessy, heavily inspired by redshoegirl's design.  Unfortunately, the belly band didn't look right with the paper I ended up using.

Another paper I considered from the scrapbook paper kit.

All together .... The light green of the invite is just a paler shade of the green on the envelope, but darn it, it won't photograph that way!  You get the idea.

I loved the pastel and bright colors of these tropical fruit postcard stamps.  I most likely put more postage on each invitation than necessary, but it was worth it to me for the prettiness factor.  And the tropical fruits like papaya and guava remind me of Hawaii.  If the Hawaii Statehood stamp had already been issued, I would have used that one.  It's being issued summer 2009.