Aug 24, 2013

DIY: tiny newspaper
save the date cards

time : minutes...hours
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

sorry for the lack of DIYs lately! here's a fun one for you though...

i was recently asked to make Save the Date cards for two journalists that met while working for a newspaper. i was given free rein - the only request was that a specific quote appear on the card.
perfect for two journalists, right?

these are the cards i printed, leaving space for the tiny newspaper:
they measure 2" x 3.5".

i used an old scrapbooking stand-by of mine to round the corners:

now, time to make the little newspapers! i tried to model it on an actual paper and i filled it with pictures and newsworthy items about the couple.
each individual newspaper page is 1.5" wide and 2.5" long. i was able to fit four copies of five pages onto one standard 8.5" by 11" piece of paper.

i wanted to make the tiny paper look authentic so it needed tiny text, right? if anyone feels like whipping out a magnifying glass, this is what they would see:
...and a whole lot more blabbering about...breakfast food? apparently i was hungry when i made these little papers. :)

i printed my tiny paper onto newsprint, which i just happened to have on hand. doodling on newsprint with a ballpoint pen is one of my favorite things in life.
i don't remember where i got my newsprint, but i believe craft stores such as michael's or joann fabrics carry it. you can also check office supply stores.

p.s. newsprint is very thin, which makes it difficult to cut.

here are my five pages, all cut and ready to be assembled:

i folded each in half, then glued the blank side of each tiny newspaper page, one at a time, into the empty spot left in the middle of the cardstock:

i ended up with this adorableness!

if you want to finish them off a bit more, you can dye the edges like so:
a little gilding never hurt anybody...

i'm insanely happy with how these turned out -- and i'm glad i got the opportunity to flex my creative brain in a way i normally wouldn't. :)

* mari

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  1. this looks like such a cute sweet idea! they came out great!

  2. I can't even put into words how flippen adorable these are! First off, I had no idea you could buy newsprint paper, second I have no idea how you got your fonts and everything so tiny with it still looking nice, and third how many of these did you have to make? I bet the bride-to be was impressed!

    1. thank you! i only had to make 50, so it wasn't that terrible. it was pretty labor-intensive. :) she loved them!

  3. PS. These could also make for cute baby announcements and put all the news that happened on the date they were born;)

  4. AMAZINGLY CUTE. Oh I would love to do this for my save the dates but it doesn't make all that much sense for my love story. haha.


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