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Half-Assed How-To’s: Program Fans

February 5, 2011

So, since I made my program fans back in June, I don’t really have a great step-by-step guide complete with pictures for everyone, thus, this is kind of a half-assed tutorial.

So, my starting off point for my program fans was this tutorial from weddingbee.  Mine were signifgantly less involved than the ones from that tutorial because I knew there was no way I was going to drill tiny holes in hundreds of tiny pencils.  I just don’t have that kind of dedication.

What you will need:

8 1/2 x 11 cardstock,  double sided tape (or other strong adhesive of your choice), Jumbo craft sticks, squeeze punch corner rounder

Step 1: Go to Paper-Source, where you are rapidly becoming a familiar face as you continue to come in for more paper/stamps/cards/sealing wax, and pick up a package of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock (or cover paper, as they say at PS) in the appropriate color (mine was lake).  I am sure that you can find suitable cardstock much cheaper at pretty much any craft store, but the Lake color was perfect for what I needed.

Step 2: Fire up MS Word and “design” your program.  Again, I went pretty basic here.  I am sure I could have done something much fancier and more elaborate with lots of beautiful design work in illustrator of Photoshop (if I had owned those programs at the time and had any idea how to actually use them effectively), but I kept it simple.

  1. Set up your page layout to “Landscape” and  “2 pages per sheet” so that you will have the front and back of your program print out on one side of your cardstock
  2. My layout had the information of our parents, the wedding party, and the outline of the ceremony on one side, then information about the reception, ice breaking questions, as well as a thank you message from D and I on the other side
  3. Print your programs onto your cardstock.  Jam your printer several times before realizing that you are going to need to hand feed the each piece of cardstock through the bypass tray since your printer can’t handle thick paper.  Realize you should have known this was going to happen, since, if your printer was a person, it wouldn’t be able to walk and chew gum at the same time

Step 3: Flatten your stack of printed out programs under some massive grad school text books (since you’re not really using them to do any reading) so that they aren’t so bendy from going through the printer

Step 4: Use a ruler (or a bone folder if you’re fancy) to carefully fold all of your programs in half.  Spend time on this step so that your creases are straight, otherwise, your programs will look like crap.

Step 5: Buy extra large craft sticks for the handles (or you can buy actual fancy fan handle sticks, but they are more expensive)

Step 6: Use double sided tape to glue your program sides together and affix the handle in between the 2 sides of the program (make sure the handle itself has plenty of tape on it so that it doesn’t move around).  My programs had about 2″ of the handle inside the folded part of the program.  Make sure to use strong adhesive here– glue sticks will not cut it

Step 7: Use a squeeze punch corner rounder to cut the square edges off of the program

Step 8: Look at your programs and wonder… “do they look too plain?  Do they need ribbons around the handles or pretty stamps?”

Step 9: Decide NO ONE will notice if they have little ribbons or special decorations and that you do not care anywhere near enough to tie 100 tiny ribbons around stupid wooden handles

Step 10: cross another item off the to-do list and pour yourself some wine!

Cost Breakdown:

100 sheets of cover-weight paper from Paper-Source: $26

Jumbo Craft Sticks: $8

Corner Rounder: $12 (but I borrowed the one I used from a friend)

Total Cost: $34 for me, $46 if you buy a corner rounder

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