Project 3: Paint Chip Moving Announcements
October 7, 2011 20 Comments
If you happen to be one of the lucky few, then you’ve already received our moving announcement (yeah, it’s a few weeks late, but having guests every weekend since moving in kind of put a hindrance on the whole letting-everyone-know-our-new-address thing. Ooops.):
Note: That is NOT our real address. So no–we do NOT have a death wish and therefore we are NOT posting our address for all to see. I mean, we don’t even use our real names on here–do you honestly think we’d use our real address?! Please–be serious. So, friends and family, if you somehow lose our moving announcement, don’t send anything to the address pictured here. Because we won’t get it! And then we’ll be sad. So, so very sad.
And since some of you have asked how to make your own paint chip moving announcements, I thought I’d give you the skinny on what I did. But first, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not particularly creative. Instead, I’m particularly good at copying other people’s creativity. So to give full credit, I got the idea from here:
Step 1: Get Paint Chips. Go to your local big box home store (I went to Home Depot) and get yourself some appropriately-sized paint chips. The ones I chose were from Behr and measured 5″ x 6″.
Step 2: Create your design. I’m not a designer, so I have no idea how to use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or any of those other cool design programs out there. I don’t even own a Mac! Nope, I’m just regular. I own a PC. I have Microsoft Word. So that’s what I used to come up with my layout. Within MS Word, I changed the document size to 5″x6″ and then I just played with different fonts and layouts until I found a combination that I liked:
In case you’re wondering, here’s a breakdown of the fonts I used:
- We’ve Moved! = Bernard MT Condensed
- 92 = Burnstown Dam
- East Elm Street = Amienne
- Amherst = Baveuse
- New York = Broadway
- 14228, This is our new address. = Gill Sans MT Condensed
- Mr. & Mrs. Bunches = Blue Highway Condensed
Step 3: Print Depending on your printer, you’ll probably have to set it to some sort of manual feed, but other than that, just print each one using only black ink.
Step 4: Affix Postage Meter Tapes to Backs Since the backs of paint chips are filled with all sorts of random writing, you’ll need to cover them up with some sort of mailing label (of course, that’s only if you want to send them as postcards. If you want to put them in 5″ x 7 ” envelopes, then you’re basically all done). I found that postage meter tapes were perfect–they’re super sticky, so you don’t have to worry about them coming off in the mail, and they’re ~1.5″ x 6″, so they fit nicely on the paint chips. Just overlap them to cover the backs and then trim the edges on the curves. It will take 3 tapes per postcard, so plan accordingly. You can just barely see the overlap in this picture:
Step 5: Print backs of postcards. Again, using Microsoft Word, I made a template for the back of the postcards. It’s available here:
Just use your printer’s manual feed and repeat the same thing you did in Step 3 (although be sure to print on the other side this time).
Step 6: Address the Postcards and Mail! Yep, that’s all there is to it. Of course, depending on how many friends and family you have, this could be the most time-consuming part of the process . . .
And just for kicks, here’s a cost breakdown for this project:
- Paint Chips: FREE
- Postage Meter Tapes: (already owned–again, sometimes it works out that I’m a closet hoarder; but, if you have to buy them, looks like you can buy 60 for $7.74 on Amazon, which would be enough for 20 announcements)
- Postcard Stamps: $0.29 each
So there you have it–moving announcements for only $0.68 each! And finally–a use for all those extra paint chips!