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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!

DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part Two: The Insides

16 May

Well it’s about time that I gave you the details about creating the inside. It’s easy peasy! Keep reading for instructions and some helpful tips. Please be sure to leave me a comment or question if you need clarification – I am happy to help.

Inside of invitation

  1. First you will need a computer with MS Word and a good printer (with LOTS of ink!). It is helpful to have Photoshop if you want to create the graphics yourself. TIP: To create the chrysanthemum flower, I scanned the paper from the pocket fold (Click here for my instructions to make pocket fold) and manipulated it in Photoshop to get the desired colors and effects.
  2. In MS Word, create a template with 2 copies of the invitation wording and 2 logos (these will go on the front of the pocket fold) at the very bottom of the page. You can download my MS Word template sample here.
  3. 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 that the paper is card stock.
  4. Cut Cut Cut… hours of fun really – like I said before, good company and a bottle of wine helps! Cut the paper into 8-1/4” x 4” using your utility knife and cutting mat. Use your metal ruler as your straight edge. When complete put this stack aside, we need to prep the pocket fold before we glue these in place.
  5. Get the following supplies: your pocket folds, 8-3/8” x 4-1/4” blue card stock (I think they were called envelope postcard inserts), spray glue and old newspapers.
  6. In a well ventilated room, place a layer of newspapers down to protect the floor. Then place the blue card stock on top.
  7. Spray an even layer of the spray glue over all of the blue card stock. Wait about 30 seconds.
  8. Pick up the blue card stock from the edges and place it directly onto the pocket fold and rub out any air pockets with your fingers.  Repeat steps 6-8 until you have completed all of your invites. TIP: Each time you lay down a set of the blue card stock to be sprayed, remember to put down new newspaper and get rid of the old. This will ensure that you don’t get glue on the “good side” of your card stock.
  9. Get your stack of paper with the invite wording and go through steps 6-8 again for this layer.

The inside of your pocket fold is done!!! Give yourself a pat on the back!!

For part three we will focus on the final touches and the template for the boarding pass.

DIY Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations – Part One: Pocket Fold

2 May

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