Totally free, totally rockin' DIY vinyl record wedding invitation from Download & Print #Sponsors: Invitation Designers#discount#diy invitations#diy wedding#invitations#printables#rock 'n' roll wedding#tutorial April 1 | Guest post by Anna Skye This business paid a fee to be listed on @offbeatbride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Hey, Offbeat Brides! My name is Anna Skye, and I love helping couples save a ton of cash by DIYing their wedding stationery. At my website Download & Print, you'll find hundreds of printable wedding stationery templates, like the exclusive free template below. If you want your big day to be a "solid gold hit," I have just the invitation for you. Check out this vinyl record invitation. "Side one" uses fun retro type for your names plus date and location details, then flip the record over to "side two" for details about the reception. The record sleeve, inspired by a 1979 Van Halen design, has your names on the front and RSVP and event details on the back. If you and your partner are music purists, and have a shelf loaded with vinyl, then be sure to grab the free template downloads and follow along with the photo tutorial below to create this fun invitation at home. Note that you can make this invite in any color scheme by simply selecting different color paper to print on. Supplies: Templates Printer (or get photocopies) Scissors Double sided tape Two colors of card stock (I used brown kraft and razzle pink) Metallic black card stock (faux vinyl record) Martha Stewart Circle Cutter (optional, saves time) Circle Punch (I used 2.5" but you could use any radius) Making Memories Instant Hole Setter Fine tip silver paint pen (optional) 5.5" square envelope The Collection: Instructions: Step 1: Download and print Download the template files. You will end up with four files… The record sleeve Front record label Back record label The template for the record Open the first three files in MS Word and add your wedding information. The fonts used in the sample are Forque for the names, Pacifico is the script font, and the information text is in Gill Sans (available on most PC's and MAC's). If you don't have these fonts loaded on your PC, Word will substitute different fonts. Use any fonts that you like, or download them for free using the links above. Open the record label template in Acrobat. Print all four files using your colored card stock and a plain white sheet of paper. TIP: Before committing to print all your invitations, print one copy of each file and check for spelling errors, correct dates, layout, and grammar. Have a second set of eyes check over your work. Check twice, print once! Step 2: Trim the sleeve Cut out the sleeves along the trim lines. Score the sleeve down the center line and along the flap lines using a scoring tool or the back of an X-acto knife. Be careful not to accidentally cut through! This will help produce a nice, crisp edge. Fold the sleeve in half, design side out, and the flaps in. Step 3: Tape the sleeve Apply a strip of double sided tape to each flap and fold the sleeve in half, pressing down firmly with the heel of your hand to secure in place. A glue stick will also do the trick, but is a little messier. Step 4: Notch the sleeve Take a notch out of the top of the sleeve with a circle punch (much faster), or plain old scissors. Or skip this step if you are out of time or out of patience. Step 5: Cut records You have two choices in cutting the records. Option 1: Grab the Acrobat record template included in the printable files. Cut out the circles and punch a hole in the center using your Instant Hole Setter. Use this paper template to trace onto your black card. Don't forget to mark the center hole. Cut out the black circles and punch the center holes using the hole setter. TIP: The trick to cutting smooth circles with scissors is to use long sweeping strokes with the entire length of the blade. Don't make little snips as your circle will end up with many edges. Hold the scissors still, and move the card. Option 2: If you like gadgets and want to save a ton of time, get yourself a circle cutter and set it to 4.875". Simply hold the cutting template to the card and run the included cutting tool around the edge. Hey presto, a perfect circle. You will yield two records per sheet using the circle cutter tool. You will still need to punch the center hole with the hole setter. TIP: You will find this entire process much easier if you engage the help of family and friends (even a scissor wielding-fiancé has no excuse to not pitch in), and form a production line. Give each person one task and work down the line. Have wine and cheese, or beer and pizza, on hand and make an afternoon of it. Perhaps have all the circles cut before too much wine is consumed though, or you may end up with some odd-shaped vinyl. Step 6: Cut labels Cut out the front and back labels and punch the center hole. Step 7: Attach labels Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, attach a front and back label to each record. Use the center hole as your guide. Step 8: Add glare (optional) Embellish the records with the silver paint pen by adding "glare" lines. The records are now ready to insert into the sleeve. The whole invitation fits into a 5.5" square envelope for mailing. And there you have it. A no-treble tutorial with a rockin' result. And to thank you for putting up with my puns, below is a coupon for Offbeat Bride readers. Take 20% off any template purchase at Download & Print when using checkout code: OFFBEAT. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Anna Skye Enjoys all things paper crafts and digging thru antique stores. Painted her own glasses teal. Latest kick: crape paper flowers. http://downloadandprint.com PREVIOUS We're off to see the wizard for this Sonoma wedding NEXT Kristina & Matthew's steampunk and science bookish wedding Toggle comments [ 25 ] Goddamit could've done with this a few months ago… Guess what we did for invites, spent hours designing them and they didnt look anywhere near as awesome as these! 3 agree Reply These look fantastic, but that tutorial reminded me why I'm staying away from the DIY (i.e. it looks like a lot of work, I'm not especially crafty, my wrists cramp easily, and I don't have a lot of friends)! Reply funny I was just think that as someone who's pretty craft-deficient, this looks like something that I could actually do! stoked to try this out… 3 agree Reply Using this for our engagement party!! We are having a vinyl party with a B&W film rolling on our projector at home. These are perfect! 3 agree Reply Now, that's a lot of work, but it looks like it really paid off! Very cute idea! Reply I'm planning a music themed wedding and these invites would be absolutely perfect. It would be a lot of work and I'm not the most crafty person, but I'd have my lovely crafty sisters to help me 1 agrees Reply Thanks for your very generous sharing. I will be using these for my wedding in July. So have saved us lots of time!! Reply Thanks for the positive vibes everyone! I hope these invites help you rock out on your big day! Reply Thanks for this awesome idea! My mum and I are having a joint 21st/50th at the end of the year and its a grease/1950's theme! Tweaking this just a tad and they are going to look fabulous! Thanks again! x Reply I can't seem to open the front and back record label in Microsoft Word. The other 2 do however. ??? Are you able to attach it so I can open it in Microsoft Word as it's asking for winzip and I don't have that on my computer. Many thanks! Reply Hi Jessica, Lisa here from Download & Print. Can you please email me through the website and I'd be happy to send you the templates. http://www.downloadandprint.com/support/ Reply Thanks Lisa, Have emailed you Thank you so much! Jessica Reply Oh no, I haven't received the email! Please try writing direct so I can email you the templates: lisa @ downloadandprint.com Reply Done : ) Thank you so much! The Vinyl Record invitation template is perfect for what I am after. Many thanks!! Please let me know if you get my email. I love this idea! I've been searching for a diy invite for my daughter's 9th music-themed/rock star/pop singer/karaoke party! I CAN do this!!! Would you mind emailing the template to me? So excited to get started! BUT I don't have access to Microsoft Word. I've got a Mac. Reply You can personalize the template and add your text with Mac Pages or Microsoft Word for Mac. Reply Hi Melody, this invitation will be so cute for your daughter's music themed birthday! The template will work on a Mac in Pages, and you can download all the files here: http://www.downloadandprint.com/free-vinyl-record-invitation-template/ Good luck with it! Reply Hi! This is exactly what my fiancé and I were looking for! Thanks so much for providing the templates. However, I had a question regarding the size. I see you require a 5.5" square envelope- the post office rate is more expensive for square envelopes. I was wondering if it will fit in a 5.25" x 7.25" rectangular envelope so we can pay the regular postage rate? We may need to make about 200 invitations, so we are trying to budget everything we can. Thanks again! Reply Hi Cher, I'm glad you love it! The finished invitation will fit in a 5.25" tall envelope as the record sleeve is 5" square. The thickness of the card you use will also play into this a little. Just download the free template and give it a go before you print off 200 copies to make sure you are happy with the result! Reply Hi! I had a question and request- do you think you can send me the templates that are completely blank? We want to use the size of the templates, but redesign the sleeve and labels with our own designs, pictures, etc. I can only delete the text, but not the image design on the front sleeve. Thanks so much! Excited to get started on this fabulous DIY project! Reply Hi Cher, you can download PDFs of the blank templates at the links below. If you would like a different file format just let me know what program you plan on using to create your graphics. Record – https://s3.amazonaws.com/dnp-72062841/record-blank.pdf Sleeve – https://s3.amazonaws.com/dnp-72062841/record-sleeve-design.pdf Reply Hi, in sorry, would you be able to send these files in PowerPoint format? We can't easily edit with PDF. Thank you!! We are excited to move forward with this project! Reply Hi Cher, I don't have the template in PowerPoint, but you can download the Word files at the links below. You should be able to do everything in Word that you can in PowerPoint, and the Word files will print high res. You can add text boxes and insert graphics. Record – https://s3.amazonaws.com/dnp-72062841/record-blank.doc Sleeve – https://s3.amazonaws.com/dnp-72062841/record-sleeve-design.doc Reply Hi Anna, is there a way that you could supply me the indesign-document? My friend wants to have your brilliant invitations for her wedding, with a little bit of extra-things … Best Ruth PS: Great artwork!!!!! Reply Hi Ruth, Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately we don't use inDesign. The files were created in Illustrator. If these files will help you I'm happy to provide them. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.