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Easy Invitations: Use Your Home Computer to Create Stylish Stationery for Weddings, Birthdays and Other Occasions Paperback – March 1, 2005


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About the Author

Patty Hoffman is the director of Communications at Mountaincow, a software maker that specializes in customizing invitations and stationery using a home computer. She has written about crafts, lifestyle, and entertaining for numerous magazines, including Seventeen, Family Circle, and Details.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Pap/Cdr edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592531644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592531646
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The accompanying cd has almost nothing on it, just a few borders and pictures.
bookworm
I have learned some very helpful things about using my computer to expand the possibilities for making cards that end up looking extremely professional.
Sarah OBrien
The purpose of this book is to inspire your creativity for designing your own invitations and stationery.
Diane Cipollo

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Krasilnikoff on April 23, 2006
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They should have added to the title, "With our software that you can purchase seperately." There's a cd included, big deal, just gives you a taste of what you can buy. I ended up downloading a program for free to make my invitations. There is some info on paper, styles, etc. that may be helpful, but oh, why am I trying to be nice? The title is misleading and this was a waste of money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah OBrien on August 30, 2005
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This is an awesome book. I've been making cards on my computer for years, and I found this book very helpful. After reading it, I purchased the Mountaincow Printing Press Platinum CD. They are both fantastic. The fonts are the best, and I also like the graphics. I have learned some very helpful things about using my computer to expand the possibilities for making cards that end up looking extremely professional. I'm a perfectionist, and this book and CD met all my expectations.

Sarah
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cara Birnbaum on May 9, 2006
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I designed my wedding invitations using this book. I have almost no artistic talent, so I had my doubts. But this book is filled with so many great ideas and simple instructions that I was able to put together a beautiful design in an afternoon.

I wound up with invitations that were more original (and much less expensive) than anything I could've bought at the stationery story.

Since then, I've given this book to five newly engaged friends--they're thrilled!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ted Kord on May 9, 2006
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Now, I'm just a dude... metrosexual maybe, but still just a dude. So I don't know my @$$ from my elbow when it comes to making invitations. But this book made everything very accessible. I see some complaints about the need for additional software, but I found I could implement a lot of the suggestions using apps that I already had on my computer.

Bottom line: Friendly, well-written and full of ideas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on February 14, 2006
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This is just a teaser to get you to buy the more expensive book. The accompanying cd has almost nothing on it, just a few borders and pictures. Fonts are supposed to be available for download from the website, but they offer nothing substantially different from the Word fonts. A waste of time and money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cipollo on May 20, 2005
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Whether you want your wedding to be traditional or nontraditional, you want it to be personal and one way to achieve this is to design and print your own invitations, thank you notes and stationery on your computer. This book written by Patty Hoffman, Megan Eisen and Josh Eisen is just what you need to inspire and jump-start your creativity. But this book is not only about weddings.

The book is sectioned by topics covering the most important events in our lives including weddings, births and birthdays, seasonal and celebrations. Each section begins with a case study and personal story about the real people that are the inspiration behind the sample projects. Each section has sample projects which are discussed in depth explaining what type of papers, inks, images, fonts and design layouts were used and why. Although the authors are associates of Mountaincow, a software and stationery company; the book is written so that you can use any software you might already own. This book does not have step-by-step instructions for using graphic and printing software. The purpose of this book is to inspire your creativity for designing your own invitations and stationery.

Throughout the book the authors show you how to decide on a theme for your special occasion and how to apply that theme to everything including invitations, place cards, party favors and thank you notes. They place special emphasis on designing your own monogram with or without their company's PrintingPress software and choosing the perfect graphics and fonts to include in your designs.

Besides the eighteen projects, the book also has a Tools and Techniques section that covers everything from choosing paper, inks, and a printer to how to compose the message for your invitations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JKO on April 13, 2005
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What a great book. Easy to follow, full of original ideas and examples, and it makes a perfect gift for friends into scrape booking, entertaining, and basic design. I've already bought four extra copies - to my friend's delight!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LK on September 7, 2005
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Interesting and informative, but I thought it would have had more ideas. Have not tried the software yet
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