DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part Three: The Boarding Pass

5 Oct

Boarding pass ticket

Life is busy isn’t it? Here is the long-awaited part three. I will add a part four soon… I wrote this relatively quickly and it ended up being fairly long…. so please ask questions if you have any!


  • Aylee’s Boarding Pass Template (If this link breaks, email me & I can send it to you)Tools used
  • Rotary Cutter with perforator rotary blade (From Michael’s)
  • Scissors
  • Round corner punch (From Michael’s)
  • Utility Knife with lots (and I mean lots) of blades
  • Metal Ruler
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat (Michael’s, Wallack’s or another art & drafting supply store)
  • Computer with MS Word, Photoshop is a bonus.
  • Good Printer with Lots of Ink!

Here we go (this is LONG):

  1. Download Aylee’s Boarding Pass Template – easy peasy! Now thank Aylee for making this template possible.
  2. When you look at Aylee’s template, there are quite a few pages. The first page is sharing instructions, the second is a blank template (if you are savvy with MS Word you can create your own template), the third page is the one you want to use if you are following these instructions. The fourth page is the back of your boarding pass.
  3. There are three passes that can be printed per page, so whatever you do, you will need to do it three times! Start editing the template with text in your fonts (we used Joe Hand 2 for our names & accent fonts and Nyala for the body).
  4. To add in the dark blue bar at the bottom of the page: Using MS Office 2007, simply click on INSERT tab, then select the rectangle shape from the drop down menu. Draw the rectangle where you want it. Adjust the color, fill, outline, etc. from the Drawing Tools Format tab. Keep in mind that depending on your colour it may be tough to see your rounded edge. TIP: I would suggest that you right-click on the rectangle that you just created, then select Order, then click Send to Back. Now you will have a faint outline of the rounded corner. This will come in handy when you are cutting the edges.
  5. Here comes the tricky part… Importing Images. If you have a logo or image (like my chrysanthemum) now is the time to insert it. Go to INSERT tab, then click on Picture, find your image on your computer, click the Insert button. If your image wasn’t sized to fit your invite exactly, chances are your page looks really wonky right about now or it did not end up in the spot you wanted. Don’t panic, have a glass of wine (or a shot of vodka) and play around with it…  Argh, I know.
  6. Try to resize your image by clicking on one of the corners and dragging it upwards. Play with the image until you can move it to the location you want it in. TIP: Right Click on the image, then click on Order, then Send to front.
  7. Repeat the same thing on the other two boarding passes. The hard part is done!!!! WOO HOOO, way to go!
  8. Depending on the number of pages you are going to have in your invite, you will have to copy the page you just completed, and paste it into a new page. Ta Da! Another easy peasy step.
  9. For the next page: change any parts you need, add in your remaining text. You are now ready to print!
  1. I printed my invites on Canson Effects paper, regular weight. I didn’t use cardstock for the boarding pass – keep in mind “real” boarding passes are pretty flimsy. The Canson Effects paper has a slight shimmer to it so it added to the quality and professionalism. They discontinued my colour but I think you can still find it in art stores or specialty paper stores.
  2. Print off the number of copies that you need.TIP: Adjust your printer’s settings to print as “best” and depending on your printer, you can also indicate the type of paper you are using.
  3. Flip your pages over and print the “This is not a Valid Travel Voucher” page (Aylee’s page 4).
Oh my gosh this is so exciting! You are almost there!
Perforate where the green lines are
  1. IMPORTANT: PERFORATE your paper BEFORE you cut out your passes. Trust me this will save you hours of work.  Tools you need: Self Healing Cutting Mat, Rotary Cutter with perforator rotary blade and Metal Ruler.
  2. Aylee’s template has two little red dashes, at the top and bottom of each page. Place your printed template onto the self-healing cutting board. Align your metal ruler with the two red dashes. Hold the ruler down firmly then use the Rotary Cutter to perforate the edge. For your reference: in the image above, the green line shows where you should perforate. I also perforated the close the left edge.
  3. REPEAT with every page.
  1. Cut! Cut! Cut! Place your page on your self-healing cutting board. Start with one edge of the template and line up your ruler along Aylee’s guideline.  Using your Utility Knife cut the 4 outer edges. TIP: Remember the sharper your Utility Knife Blade is the better it cuts, so be sure to change your blade about every 15-20 pages.Template Boarding Pass, Cutting
  2. Then make two cuts in the middle. Now, you should have 3 rectangles without rounded corners.
  3. Repeat for all of your printed pages… YES this takes quite awhile. Now would probably be a good time to fill up your wine again – but not too much, we do want straight lines…lol
  4. Cutting Corners – No! we are not cheating! If you are going to use the Round Corner Punch, spend some money and get a good one. Otherwise, you may as well just use scissors. Insert the corner snugly into the corner punch and press down. TIP: To sharpen the edges of your corner punch, punch a couple of pieces of tine foil and wax paper. Repeat for each corner and each boarding pass.
  5. Use your scissors or your utility knife to cut the little area that dips in. Repeat.
  6. Staple your pages together where it says “Staple here”. YOU ARE DONE MY FRIENDS!!

Second page of Boarding Pass

More to come…Final touches… I think we just have the outside left!

16 Responses to “DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part Three: The Boarding Pass”

  1. Karen Buckshi October 6, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    you’re so clever!

    • lifeofkle October 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      Thanks Karen! More to come, stay tuned!

    • courtney January 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      This is a really nice invite. Where did you find the flower art?

      • lifeofkle January 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

        Hi Courtney! Thanks! I actually scanned the paper that the pocket fold is on and created the graphic from the paper using Photoshop.

  2. No Name October 6, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂

  3. anna March 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    this is awesome !!!

  4. Jeanne December 3, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Hello, I am trying to download your template but the link keeps breaking. Please help! Thanks,

  5. Melissa January 3, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    This is a great tutorial! How did you use Photoshop to create the image? We decided to go this route and have various ideas about what image to put on the card, like a cruise ship (destination wedding) or a masquerade mask (reception theme). As of right now I don’t have any specific images I’d like to use.

    • lifeofkle January 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      It’s been a few years since I played with the image but I think I took it from a piece of paper, scanned it then just stripped it down to a line drawing using the magic wand tool. Then I played with the colour values.Sorry that isn’t very helpful.
      Are you familiar with Photoshop? If not I’m sure you could purchase an image that you like.
      Good luck.

  6. Julia Hall January 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    OMG Thank You SSSOOOO much now I don’t have to break the bank just to get some invitations made. Your a life saver.

    • lifeofkle January 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      No problem! Glad I could help. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer. Good luck.

  7. shane March 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    hey there! ive been looking for an idea for my mom’s 50th birthday.. she travels a lot so im thinking of “travel/around the world” theme.. i tried downloading the template but unfortunately, i cant. can u please send it to me? this is such a great idea. thanks in advance.

    • lifeofkle September 26, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Oh no!!! I just saw this comment now. I am so sorry i missed this. I haven’t been very active on my blog (wedding, baby, raising baby seems to be very busy…lol). I hope you found the remplate on google. I’ll try to update the template link.

  8. Kimberli Doby September 26, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    This is great! I’m on a very limited budget for my daughter’s wedding with medical expenses from breast cancer so I found sketchbooks at the dollar store that work as paper for the inside tickets. Blank index cards make great luggage tags for the RSVP’s, and if you print the directions directly onto the inside of the cardstock, it saves a lot of steps. I got a bulk pack at Michael’s with their 40% off coupon. I was able to find matching notecards and smaller envelopes for the RSVP’s at the dollar store which saved $10 and the rest of the colored envelopes at Hobby Lobby, also with a 40% off coupon. If you have time and go back to the stores often, use a coupon and get one thing each time and you can really save a bunch!

    • lifeofkle September 26, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      These are terrific ideas!! I love those Michael’s coupons.

      I’m sending positive thoughts to you too. Fight that d@*m cancer and show it that you are stronger and braver than it is.

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