Something I dragged my feet on forever. We went back and forth--to spend the money or not? How to make our save the dates creative but inexpensive. The end product? A beer coaster that incorporates our accidental theme of wood. I ordered the coasters via For Your Party and the square envelopes from Envelopes.com. After checking with our local post office on size and price, addressing, stamping and dropping them in the mail I was finally ready to cross "send save the dates" off our giant to-do list. Or so I thought! My dad called me a few days later and said all of our save the dates had been returned to their house (in which the return address directed). Furious, I stormed into our local post office and told the clerk what had happened he assured me that it was mailable but needed extra postage for being 4.25x4.25 inches. I explained that I had put two stamps on each envelope and he again assured me that they should have been mailed out.
After some calling around to other post offices I learned that the clerk was mistaken. They were considered unmailable. In order to be mailed one dimension must be a at least 5 inches.
Lesson: the smallest size envelope that can be mailed is 5x3 inches.
Design challenge: Make the solution look like I had planned it to be that way from the beginning.
Solution: Cut out 5x5 inch pieces of cover stock, stamp all of them with the wood grain stamp, cut 3 slits at each corner of the square paper so that 3 of the 4 corners are secured to the piece of cover stock (I decided to leave the top right corner exposed so that the stamps would not be covered up--leaving no room for them to be returned again), adhere with adhesive dots and fini! Up next...invitations.