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Make Magnets as Favors for Your Wedding


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    T H E   C O S T   E F F E C T I V E   B R I D E

    Vol 2, No. 7                       July 16, 2001

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Kelly Kons, Editor, kelly@bwedd.com

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               MAKE MAGNETS AS FAVORS

When I was planning my wedding and trying to decide
what to give as favors I started to think about the
concept of giving out favors at weddings.  The
conclusion I came to in my thinking was that favors are
a small memento to give to your guests as a
remembrance of the day you got married.  My problem in
choosing what to give our guests was that I wanted the
favors to be practical, inexpensive, and yet remind our
guests of our day.

Around that time I heard someone say that the
refrigerator is the communication center of almost
every house.  It was then that I began to think about
making magnets as favors.  My fiancé and I hoped that
our guests would put our magnets on their refrigerators
and use them to hold up drawings and the like, and
every now and then would see the magnet and think about
us.

So, here is one way to make magnets for favors at your
wedding.

You will need:

- Photograph of you as a couple. (Or a poem or quote
that you really like.)
- Scanner (if you use photo - obviously, I do not
recommend that you go out and buy a scanner, so ask
your friends, church, library, or try your local
printing store.)
-  Computer with publishing program (again, please do
not go out and buy a computer, but ask if you can
borrow someone's, or try the library.)
- Paper cutter (most churches or schools have one of
these)
- Business Card-sized magnets (found at Office Supply
stores.)

Okay, here is what you do:

After scanning your photo into the computer, open up
your publishing program - I am going to describe how to
do this in MS Word 97, but it should be fairly similar
in other versions.  (If you have MS Publisher, you can
also use their wizard to help you out.)  Open up a new
document.  Go to "Tools" in your toolbar and choose
"Envelopes and Labels".  Under "Labels" click the
"Options" button.  Scroll down under "Product Number"
until you get to "5371 Business Card".  Click "Okay".
Now click "New Document".  This should create an entire
sheet of business card-sized spaces for you to create
your magnet in.

Next, in the toolbar under "Insert" choose "Picture"
and then "From File".  Choose the picture that you have
scanned into your computer and click "Insert".  You may
need to adjust the size or crop your picture a bit to
get it just right on the first of the business cards.
Once you have it in place, you can "Copy" and "Paste"
the picture on the rest of the cards.

OR, if you would like a fast online method of making your 
"business cards" check out 
http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click?bfmid=36985903&siteid=38529041&bfpage=homepage
 - this site allows you to make 250 business cards for free - 
but you do have to pay for shipping and handling 
(usually between $5-$10).  They also allow you to upload 
photos or graphics, but on your first order with the 
photo or graphic you have to pay $4.99 per graphic.
I think this is a very cost-effective way to go when 
you factor in the quality of the business cards you will 
receive.  You can get 250 business cards with a photo of 
you and your fiance (or whatever) shipped to you within 
2-3 weeks for less than $20.00.  So, if you don't want 
to make the "business cards" yourself, this woudld be 
a great way to go!

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Then, choose "Insert" and "Text Box".  Place the text
box wherever you would like it to go, and type your
text into it.  Matt and I wrote, "Thank you for making
our joy complete," at the top and "Matt and Kelly Kons
July 22, 2000," at the bottom.

Once you have them looking exactly how you would like
them to, save your document to a disk.  Then head to
your local QuickPrint or Kinko's.  They will print as
many copies as you need in high quality color or black
and white for a fairly decent price.  They may offer to
cut the cards for you, but this is usually pretty
expensive and we chose to cut them ourselves (Kinko's
had a fancy paper cutter right in their store that they
let us use.)

After cutting the cards apart, we had Kinko's laminate
each individual card - this can also get expensive and
is not necessary, so you can skip this step if it is
not in your budget or not important to you (or you can
attempt to do it yourself at home with lamination
paper).

Last, take each of your cut cards and carefully attach
them to the business card-sized magnets (which should
have one sticky side to them).

Make sure to make a few extra in case you accidentally
make a mistake and for you to plaster onto your
refrigerator!

And, as always, don't forget to be creative.  Just
because I did it one way doesn't mean that you
shouldn't try it another way.  Give your ideas a try!
You never know how awesome it may turn out.

For example, Pamela wrote me a few weeks ago to tell me
about the magnets she is making for her wedding and I
am going to share her ideas with you next time (July
30, 2001)!

Until then, take care and remain sane.  Your wedding is
just a day, but your marriage is for the rest of your
life - always remember that!


Sincerely,
Kelly Kons, Editor
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