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Vistaprint and Pocketfold Envelopes

I know a lot of ladies love the look of Pocketfold Envelopes and like to try to use the budget friendly Vistaprint invites.  The only problem people run into is the weird vistaprint invite sizes.  Here are a few tips to creating invites on Vistaprint that will fit your pocketfolds.

pocketfold - purple himalaya

**** Find the dimensions of your pocketfold.   *****
Some place on the envelope site will be a link that says “Sizing Guide.”  You will need to know what they suggest for your invite size and what size your inserts must be to fit inside  the pocket.  Compare that to the VP document sizes so that you know what will fit or how much you will need to trim off.

Card and Pockets Signature   –  $34.50 for 50
http://www.cardsandpockets.com/signature.aspx

4.5″ x 6.5″ suggested for the invite – centered
3.5″ x 5″ for the rsvp
3.625″ x 5.125 for the rsvp envelope (3 5/8 x 5 1/8 – 4 Bar Envelope)
3.5″ x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

pocketfold - signature

Signature cardsandpockets.com

* a Vistaprint notecard/postcard will be TOO BIG for the pocket.  A 5×7 invite cut in half will work for an rsvp with just a small trimming needed.  A 4-Bar envelope will fit in the pocket.


Paper and More  A7 Himalaya  – $36.99 for 50

http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-solid-himalaya-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
3.375  x 4.875 for the RSVP  (suggested so the envelope can fit too)
3.625″ x 5.125″  –  4 Bar envelope for the RSVP  (*A-2 envelope is too big)
4.25 x 6.75″ for an insert (can be cut to create layered look)

A7 - Himalaya paperandmore.com

A7 – Himalaya paperandmore.com

* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert as shown above, but the VistaPrint A-2 Envelope will be a “little” too big.  I’m not sure if you can squish it in by folding the envelope flap over a little? Perhaps only use this design if you are doing on-line rsvp’s.


Paper and More A7 Cascade  – $36.99 for 50
http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-cascade-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions and WILL fit.

pocketfold - cascade

A7 Cascade – paperandmore.com


Paper and More A7 Atlas   – $36.99 per 50
http://www.paperandmore.com/a7-atlas-pocket-invitation-cards

4.5″ x 6.5″  suggested for the invite – centered
4.21″ x 5.47″ largest size for rsvp
4.33″ x 5.75″ (A2 envelope) largest size that can fit
4.25″ x 6.75″ for an insert
* a Vistaprint notecard and Vistaprint postcard WILL fit in the pocket as an insert.
The A-2 Envelope also falls within the dimensions.

A7 Atlas paperandmore.com

A7 Atlas paperandmore.com

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Vistaprint Document Sizes

  • 5 x 7 INVITE

4.61″ x 7.17″
* you will need to trim a little off the top to make it fit a  5×7 pocketfold.  Trim a little more off the top and a touch off the sides if you wish to have an equal amount of envelope show around the invite when mounting it as suggested.

5x7 trimmed

  • 5 x 7 INVITE cut in half to make 2 inserts (to fit a CardandPockets Signature pocket)

(2)  3.59″ x 4.61″
* you will need to trim a little off the top/bottom to make it fit a 4-Bar envelope

Vistaprint 5x7 invite cut in half

Vistaprint 5×7 invite cut in half

  • 5.5 x 4 FLAT NOTECARD/POSTCARD  (both documents are the same dimensions)

4.21″x 5.47″

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

Vistaprint 5.5 x 4 notecards used as inserts

This design is compatible with the A7 Cascade
* the A-2 corresponding envelope is just a hair too big for the A7 Himalaya pocket, perhaps it can be squished in?  So, it is up to you if you wish to chance it and create your RSVP on the full notecard size if using this style pocketfold.

  • A-2 ENVELOPE

4.33″  x 5.75″

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6×9 Invites Dimensions and Pocketfold suggestions to come!  Please check for updates.

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Vistaprint FAQ

Thought I would start up a Vistaprint Frequently Asked Question section.
This also has a lot of my tips and trick to getting around VP if you plan to use their software to design you own creations.
Please feel free to comment below with any questions and I will try to respond asap.

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UPDATE:  Vistaprint seems to slowly be taking away all the deals that made using them such a deal for people on a budget.   First they took away the 10 free items and made it 2 free items.  They stopped the $70 groupons and have been releasing $45 ones.  (and even those are hard to find – no more daily groupons available)  When you get to your cart there is now a “promo code” box.  The site Never had that before.  We have yet to test a groupon and retailmenot.com sale double up.  They might finally be closing all of our loop holes.  Sorry to say, it might be the end of the Vistaprint Hauls.

On 1/9 it was observed that the Retailmenot 50% link has expired.
On 1/25 it was discovered that the giant list of always free items has been discontinued.   😦 

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Q:  CAN I DOUBLE UP MY LIVING SOCIAL DEAL WITH ANOTHER COUPON CODE/LINK?
A:  Right now it appears that they have fixed the loophole with the LS deal.  HOWEVER, you can still double up a $17 for $70 Groupon with another deal (retailmenot.com 50%)  ***Also, it appears the order you need to click the multiple windows to get the  Groupon loopholes to work, have been changed ***

Q: I’M FROM CANADA, CAN  I BUY A USA GROUPON?
A:  Yes.  
There have been a few Canadians that have told me they have done it.
Here some discussions where it is talked about.
Patty R – read what she did. 
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/my-very-first-vp-haul-thank-you-reenski-for-the-links/c77705ab3282ebfb.html

and Janessa D. said it cost about $4 more for shipping when compared to the Canadian site
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/psa-vistaprint-groupon/f6e8a360c9ea4832.html?page=2

and Janessa commented here too 
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/vp-help/c527c690c949ae15.html

Q:  HOW MANY GROUPONS WILL I NEED FOR MY ORDER?
A:    I suggest you click on your sale link that you plan to double up with to figure out the math.  HOWEVER, when you check out, you will need to click Groupon FIRST  and THEN the Retailmenot50% link.

 To use 1  – $70 Groupon:  Your pregroupon total should be at $95 – $135

  • (Your credit card will be charged $25- $65 during checkout)

 To use 2  – $70 Groupons:  Your pregroupon total should be at  $136 – $205

  •   (Your credit card will be charged $25 for the first order and $25-$65 for the second order)

Q:  HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY GROUPONS I’LL NEED?
A:  A groupon costs you  $17 to buy the $70 one and $25 to get the free shipping.  Each order should charge your credit card a total of $42.    Once your credit card is being charged more than $65 for the first order, you might as well get a 2nd groupon and split your items into 2 orders.  You will be spending about the same amount of money, but will get twice as much stuff.  $25 for the 1st order and $42 for the 2nd order .

Q: CAN I USE MORE THAN 1 GROUPON PER ORDER?
A:  No, you will need to split your order into 2 separate orders.  Each order should be $95 BEFORE the $70 Groupon code is put in to bring you down to $25 (to get the free shipping)

Q: WILL VISTAPRINT INVITES FIT POCKETFOLDS?
A: Only 2 sites sells pocketfolds that will fit with out trimming down the invite.
* Vistaprint “6 x 9” Size Invites can be used with pocket folds from

$1.96 per envelope – Sabrina Pocket Invitation 5.5 x 8.5

** OR **

$1.78 per envelope  — 6 x 9 classic landscape (6.25 x 9.25) Pocket folds 

* Vistaprint 5″ x 7″ Invites  are not really 5×7 and are too big for 5×7 pocketfolds and too big to fit many Etsy invites that you may find to download.    A little of the design on the right and left sides will be lost if you stretch the design to reach the top and bottom – OR – you will have some white empty space on the top and bottom if you don’t stretch the image.   More details HERE on how to do 5×7 pocketfolds with vistaprint.

Q: DOES VISTAPRINT SELL POCKETFOLDS?
A:  No, they do not.  The invites and notecards come with free Thin white envelopes.  If it is in the budget I suggest you get the matching envelopes when you are doing your check out for the invites.  My opinion is that the thin white ones are ok for rsvp’s.   If it is in the budget and you can get the nicer envelopes for the rsvp’s, go for it.

Q: HOW DO I USE MY ETSY DESIGN WITH VISTAPRINT?
A:  If you wish to use the Vistaprint invite in the size it is (and not trim any of it off) you would need to contact the seller and see if they can change the dimensions on the invite before they send you the file.

Size 6″x9″ invite is really 5.47″ x 8.52″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload
http://www.vistaprint.com/propath/prepare-files.aspx?pf_id=054

Size 5″x7″ invite is really  4.61″ x 7.17″
template can be downloaded here to create your own design to upload
http://www.vistaprint.com/propath/prepare-files.aspx?pf_id=AM2

Q:  I HAVE MY DESIGN, ANYTHING SPECIAL  I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I UPLOAD IT?
A:  You can find answers under the Vistaprint FAQ section.  Be sure you have the proper size for the document and at least a 300 DPI resolution.  Sorry, I am not an expert on uploading finished designs.   http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-subjects.aspx?link_id=5


Q:  AND WHERE DO I FIND THE DIMENSIONS OF THE VISTAPRINT INVITES?

A:  Yes, they make it VERY hard to find.  Click on the drop down “Invites.”  Then you are given options of different “themed” invites.  Click the “wedding” section.  Then you will see a small link “see full details and pricing”

details Pricing

You will now see all the invites available with the ACTUAL sizes in the parentheses.  There is also a tab at the bottom that you can click to get more detail on the dimensions, the suggested upload dimensions, and descriptions of the different types of paper weights available.details

It is also difficult to tell the size of the designs when you are looking at them all at once.  I usually like to click the “view all designs” and then use the drop down to select the size invite I wish to find.
INVITES

 invite size

Q:  I LOVE A DESIGN.  HOW CAN I FIND OTHER DOCUMENTS TO MATCH?
A:  OPTION #1: You can use the drop down menu on the design,  Matching Sets.

match dropdown menu

Option #2 : You can select a product, design it, and get it to your cart so it is saved in your Account.  The, go to “My Account” in the top right hand side.  Click “View Whole Portfolio”.    Find your document and you will see the link to “See Matching Documents”

matching
Option #3: You can search the Vistaprint image library and build your design over an existing design to try to create a matching set.  Once you are in the advanced edit screen, you can select “Insert Image” and search the VP image library.

adv edit screen

Search for key words like: “heart,”   “flower,”   “ornate,”   “texture,”   “purple,”  “white.”
I personally use “white” as a search word a lot for when I want to cover an existing design image.

images

Option #4: You can add any document that you wish to create to your cart.  Then get on the VP chat and ask a representative to move an image from one document to another.  Have your portfolio open so you can tell them the ID# of the item you are trying to match.  VP chat can be found under “Help.”   Under the FAQ section is a “Contact a Customer Service Representative”  link.

“Hi, can you please add the back ground image from the
invite ID#Fx7H8-92A39-714 to the flat notecard I have in my cart”


Q:  
I WANT TO SEARCH THE VP IMAGE LIBRARY AND ADD A DESIGN OVER AN EXISTING VP DOCUMENT, HOW DO I DO THAT?
A:  You can find a lot of images just by thinking of descriptive words and searching the image library.    i.e. “gray”

gray1

Then you can crop and stretch your images as needed.

gray2gray5

Q: MY DESIGN DOES NOT TOUCH ALL THE EDGES WHEN I UPLOAD IT TO THE ‘UPLOAD YOUR OWN DESIGN” INVITES.  WHAT CAN I DO?  (Same process if when you add an image to your document and it is too small or big)
A:  You can stretch the image once you get to the advanced edit screen.  After you upload the image to the invite it asks you to click “next.”   Click on it to get yourself to the advanced edit screen.  Once you are on the advanced edit screen you will need to right click on the image so that you can get the drop down menu.  Select “move/resize” and you should be able to move and stretch your image to reach all 4 sides of the invite.  If your design was not created  and saved in the correct dimensions, you are going to lose some of your design.  Notice how some of the design below will move off the sides document if the design is stretched to print all the way to the top and bottom.  *again, if you plan to use pocket folds, just leave the white space and use a paper cutter (or go to Kinkos/someplace) and get the invites cut down.

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Q:   I FOUND A DESIGN IN THE INVITES SECTION THAT I WISH TO HAVE RECREATED ON THE POSTCARDS  (to save money.)   HOW DO I GET THE IMAGE ONTO THE POSTCARDS?
A:   You get on the VP chat or phone a representative to move the design for you if you can not find the image yourself when you search the VP Image Library.

Q:  WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CMYK AND RGB?  AND WHY SHOULD I KNOW THIS?
A:  I’m going to pull this answer right from VP.   http://www.vistaprint.com/customer-care/service-center-faqs.aspx?faq_id=113    VP uses CMYK printers.  If you want your final document to look as close to the colors represented on your monitor, use CMYK when creating your designs.  This is really only important to those that are designing their own creations and uploading.

 

Q:  I NEED 150 ITEMS AND THE QUANTITY JUMPS FROM  50, 100 TO 250 (or some other number combination.)  CAN I DO IT?
A:  You can put in an order of 100 AND an order of 50 (or whatever number combination VP allows to get you as close to the needed amount.  To do this you need to make a “COPY” of your document.  Go to “My account” in the top right hand side.  Click “View Whole Portfolio”.    Find your document and you will see the link to  “Make a Copy.”   Give the copy a name.  Then add it to your cart.  You can order 100 of the “Original” design and 50 of the “Copy” design to get your quantity of 150.

copy

Q: I’M ADDING AN IMAGE TO CREATE MY OWN DESIGN, AND THEY ARE NOT STACKED IN TEH RIGHT ORDER.  HOW DO I GET AN IMAGE BEHIND ANOTHER  – Or  – HOW DO I GET A TEXT BOX OVER AN IMAGE?
A:  You would use the “copy/paste” feature in the advanced edit to add a new image on top of an old one.  If you find using the copy/paste for the text boxes is not bringing the text in front of the images, use the “insert text.”

copy:paste

Q:  WHERE CAN I FIND THAT FROSTED IMAGE TO PUT OVER MY IMAGES TO CHANGE THE OPACITY?  
A.  You will need to search the VP image library.  Search for the word “White”.  Flip through the pages until you find an image with a small faint ribbon image.  You will need to crop the ribbon out.  You might need to change the size of your cropping a few times until you get the right size.

frosted

Q:  I HAVE SELECTED A TEXT BOX BUT IT WON’T LET ME EDIT IT.  I CAN’T CHANGE THE FONT TYPE, THE SIZE, OR COLOR.  HELP! 
A:   Sometime VP just has a glitch.  Click on the “SAVE” link (blue floppy disk image)  next to “copy” to save your work.  See if that fixes the problem.  If not, try to refresh*  your page. *be sure to save your work first.

Love the Price of Vistaprint, but not their designs?

Any of you love the price of the hauls you are seeing, but can’t find any designs that you love on the site?  Well, you don’t have to use the templates you see while clicking through the pages.  You have a few options.

Option #1

Check the drop down menu next to the invites, some of them come in different colors.

match dropdown menu

Option #2

Download the blank template for the size document you plan to use and design your own invite.  Then upload the complete design.  – or –  Send the blank template to an etsy seller and have an invite designed for you to fit the vistaprint documents.

upload help

Click to Download templates off VP

Download VP templates is located at the bottom of their page under
“Services – Design Uploads”

**WARNING**  PLEASE READ*

Vistaprint has Very unusually sized documents.  Please be aware of the size of the document you plan to use when uploading a design.  Vistaprint invites will usually have a little area above and below the uploaded design that you will need to trim off if you wish to fit them in a pocket fold envelope.  Also, if you plan to upload a design but use the VP envelopes, be sure your design is created to fit the dimensions of the document.  If you do not design your invite on the template you might be stretching your design to reach all 4 edges and some of the original design may be be cropped off.

invite size

Option #3 –  

Check out the designs in the business section.  If you are trying to save money, you might want to buy the business products instead of the invites.  The XL postcards are the same size as the 6×9 invite.  The Rack cards are the same size as the 4×8 invite/menu/program.  The regular sized postcards are the same size as the 5.5×4 inserts.  You can look at the designs that VP provides on their business products and try to create invites on them.  Or you can have VP customer service help you out.  Put the invite design that you like into your cart.  Then put a blank postcard into your cart.  Click on the “help” in the top right.  Under the FAQ is a link is a “Still need Help” link.  You can use the chat feature to ask customer service to transfer a design from one document to another.  The customer service will also create matching documents for you if you can not find your design on all the products you wish to use.

When using the business products as invites, I suggest you upgrade your paper.  The business products come with a Free Premium, 80-lb.  glossy card stock.  For a small upgrade fee you can get the 100-lb. Premium Matte Recycled Paper.  It’s the same weight as the premium paper card stock used on the invites. The paper is smooth with slightly more visible fibers than traditional matte paper.   Even with this upgrade, the postcards cost less than the invites, but are the same size.

Option #4

Use Vistaprint’s “Get more Customization options” link located over the invite after you select a design. This takes you to the advanced edit screen.  Once you are at the advanced edit screen you can build your invitation right on VP with the add image and add text boxes.  You can hit the space bar to erase all the default wording, or use the drop down to actually delete the text boxes.  I personally do not like the spacing of all those little text boxes and put all of my invite wording in 1 text box with the names getting their own separate text box.

adv edit screen

You have a few options on how to “create your own” on VP.

A. Some items give you a blank template option in the top right corner.

blank template

B. You might need to find a plain white invite and start adding images to it.

blank

INVITES

If you are confused on what size the invites are that you are looking at, select “all designs” and then use the “Filter by” to select the invite size you wish to use.   Or place a keyword into the search (ie. white) and then filter by invite size.

You might notice that some of the invites have a fancy script font on the names.  For example “Spun Elegance” has a black background image with some white flourish around the names.  The names are in the font “AnnabelleJF”  This font is not in the normal drop down menu if you start with a blank invite.  You might want to create you invite Over this design just so you can take advantage of the font.

Hope this helps!  ~ Happy Planning ~
“Hayley C”
Read more in my “How to design invites only using the Vistaprint Software”  – coming soon

Ideas for Different VP Items

Did you know you can make a LOT of different things from the items VP offers?  Here’s just some of the ideas we’ve seen or come up with…

RACK CARDS  (3.74″ x 8.27″)

Rackcards

rackcard invites

Menu Cards

Wedding Libs

I-Spy

Programs (double sided or multiple made into a flip book)

boarding pass invites

Do Not Disturb Signs

BROCHURES (closed – 3.7″ x 8.5  — open – 11″ x 8.5″)

brochures

Programs

Itinerary for Out of Town guests or Destination wedding

BUSINESS CARDS ( flat or folded available — 3.54″ x 2.05″)

business cards

Monograms to be used on belly bands

Escort Cards

Favor Tags

Well wishes cards

Photo upload cards

LETTERHEAD (8.50″ x 10.98″ )

letterheads

Water bottle labels (use boxing tape to attach to bottles)

Kiddie Worksheets

SMALL WINDOW DECAL (4.50″ x 4.50″ )

decal

to personalize a vase

stick on rear car window “Just Married”

POSTERS (small – 11.50″ x 17.50″  or    medium –  18.50″ x 24.50″ )

poster

create table numbers to cut out

(use the ruler tool on the sides to crop your images to size)

create ANY signs needed for the wedding ceremony or reception

Mr. & Mrs. Chair signs

Guest book sign, Bride’s dressing room, bathroom baskets, flip flop basket, Free shuttle sign, signature drink, etc

Seating chart

LAWN SIGNS (small – 18.00″ x 12.00″   or  large – 27.00″ x 18.00″    )

lawn sign

Pick a seat

Thank You signs

Here comes the Bride

Unplugged wedding

Directional

POSTCARDS ( 4.21″ x 5.47″ ) – Don’t need to be mailed as postcards, can be placed in an envelope

postcards

postcard-magnet

Small postcard with Business Card Magnet

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VP Small postcard and Business Card Magnet

Directional maps

Bridesmaid Survival kit poem

Save the Dates (this example shows with a small magnet attached to the front or back)

RSVP cards

Reception cards (if location is different than ceremony)

Wedding Madlibs

Photo Scavenger hunt

Well wishes cards for the guests to fill out for the Bride and Groom

Welcome/Thank You cards to leave at each place setting

MC’s Haul

100 XL postcards designed as invites (Matte paper/Color background) w/White envelopes
20 6×9 Invites (same design at postcard) w/white envelopes
100 glossy front postcards (rsvp on back – color both sides)
20 rsvp invites
60 Wedding Announcements
100 folded Thank you (color inside)
1 small poster (with 2 reception signs designed on it)
1 small banner w/hanger
1 small lawn sign w/lawn stand
1 large window decal
100 Business cards (photo upload cards)
420 return labels
1 flip book (Table numbers 1-10)
2 Free flip books (table numbers 11-20)
2 Free XL Car Magnets (Just Married & To Do/dry erase)
2 Free hats
1 Free Mug
1 Free Mousepad (remove branding)
2 Free pen (remove branding)
2 Free notebooks
2 Free Tee
2 Free Sticky notes
2 Free totes (remove branding)
1 Free note pad
1 Free Keychain

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M’s Haul

Original Total: $384.71  + $44.46   shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $$55.84

Groupon/Living Social Amount Paid: $36

Actual Total Paid: $91.84  – 78% savings!

**This haul used a $17 for $70 Groupon and a $19 for $75 Living Social deal

with the Retailmenot50%

LW’s Haul

110 invites w/ white envelopes
110 RSVP cards w/ white envelopes
2 hats
2 mugs
2 shirts
280 return address labels
2 photo flip books
2 lawn signs with stands
2 rubber stampers
2 note pads
200 postcards
2 totes
500 business cards
20 folded note cards
1 car door magnet
1 mouse pad
1 banner with hangers

L's VP Haul

L’s VP Haul

Original Total: $329.74 + $51.16 shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $62.66

Groupon/Living Social Amount Paid: $36

Actual Total Paid: $98.66 – 75% savings!

**This haul used a $17 for $70 Groupon and a $19 for $90 Living Social deal

AG’s Haul

50 colored invitations front and back on linen paper
50 colored RSVP cards front and back on linen paper w/ white envelopes
50 colored envelopes
20 Thank you cards w/ white envelopes
1 notepad for alternate ceremony location if it rains
10 announcement cards w/ white envelopes
2 sets of address labels (one to put on cupcake boxes)
Thank You sign (to be photographed and sent as thank you post cards)
free address rubber stamp
free post it note
free keyring
free mug
free t-shirt
free car magnet
free tote
free notebook
free pen

AG Haul

AG Haul

Original Total: $225.33 + $20.03 shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $42.68

Groupon Cost: $17

ACTUAL TOTAL PAID: $59.68 – 76% savings!

Using a Groupon with VP – Step by Step

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UPDATE:  Vistaprint seems to slowly be taking away all the deals that made using them such a deal for people on a budget.   First they took away the 10 free items and made it 2 free items.  They stopped the $70 groupons and have been releasing $45 ones.  (and even those are hard to find – no more daily groupons available)  On 1/9 it was observed that the Retailmenot 50% link has expired.    Also, when you get to your cart there is now a “promo code” box.  The site Never had that before.  They might finally be closing all of our loop holes.  Sorry to say, it might be the end of the Vistaprint Hauls.

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First, know that there is pretty much ALWAYS a Groupon or Living Social deal available.  These sites list them everyday, so be sure to search through them when it’s time for you to get your Groupon:

www.dailydibs.com/topic/Groupon

www.daddyodeals.com/phpBB/today-s-national-groupon-deals-updated-daily-hot-t209855.html

Below we share how to get the best bang for your buck using a Groupon — please read ALL the way through and come back to reference it when you are building your cart!!  The importance of clicking links IN ORDER cannot be stressed enough!!

* It appears that the loophole with the Living Social deal has been discovered and you no longer can double up a Living Social deal with the Retail me Not sale links.  The Groupon/RetailmeNot (RTMN) CAN still be doubled up, for now…..  *******UPDATE at the bottom ***********

STEP ONE – RESEARCH

Sample Kit

First, be sure to get the free sample kit of their papers so you can see and feel what VP offers and decide which time of paper is best for your needs.

Build Your Cart

The best way to get started with your VP haul is to do research.  Look through the Vistaprint website to see what items you want and/or could use — think outside the box!  Rack cards as programs, I Spy cards or hotel “Do Not Disturb” signs; business cards as place/escort cards or favor tags; a lawn sign to direct people or inform them of your unplugged ceremony.

Also remember that some of the marketing materials are the same sizes as invites but will come out cheaper than ordering what VP calls invitations.

XL Postcards = 6 x 9 cards (invitations, save the dates, programs)

Regular Postcards = 4 x 5.5 cards (invitations, save the dates,  note cards, RSVP cards, invitation inserts)

Rack Cards = 4 x 8 cards (invitations, menu cards, programs)

These items have to be bought in higher quantities than invitations — they start at 100.  So figure out what you REALLY need.  If you need 80 invitations, it’s worth it to get 100 for less than 80 would cost you (even when you add in paper upgrades and envelopes.)  If you only need 30 invitations, we have other links for you to use.  🙂

Once you have figured out exactly what you want, put it in your cart!  But DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT check out!!  Don’t even worry about your totals just yet, we still need to click some…

Discount Links

The next step to your research is finding the best discount link for you.  Some discounts are better than others depending on your cart, but here are two popular ones to get your started:

try 50% off-free shipping – makes MOST items 50% off, but that discount does not apply to some paper upgrades and image uploads
www.retailmenot.com/out/2746533

spend more, save more – $5 off $25+, $15 off $50+, $40 off $100+
www.retailmenot.com/out/3231312

Or any other sale link that VP emails fairly regularly.  REMEMBER WHICH LINK GIVES YOU THE BEST DEAL!!  You’ll need to go back to it when you actually go to check out, so be sure you know which link is best for you!

You’ll want to click on these or any other sale link, which will take you back to your cart.  Your total will be changed, however, to much less than what it previously was.  Now, what you want to do is be as close to $95 as possible — your Groupon (assuming it’s a $17 for $70) will decrease the total you are actually paying for out of pocket to $25.  And that’s the amount needed to get free shipping.

Be sure to take a look at the Mega Hauls to see examples of carts that used these tricks.

STEP TWO – BUY YOUR GROUPON

The Right Deal

At the top of this post, there are links to look for existing Groupons.  Don’t worry about what city they are in — anyone can buy and use them, since VP is an online, national company.  Most of the deals are $17 for $70, but there are sometimes deals for lesser amounts.  If you get a smaller amounts, such as a $12 for $48, you’ll want to get your cart as close as possible to $73 to get free shipping.  For any deal, be at $25 above the deal amount for the free shipping.  The smaller deals are great if you don’t need a lot of items or are having a smaller wedding and the rare really large deals are great if you’re having a big blowout — but the $17 for $70 are the most common.

Shipping

Pay attention to how much your cart total is and how much your shipping is.  If your cart total is $11 and your shipping is $17, you are going to be charged $28 for your order.  You will actually SAVE money if you just add more items to your cart.  Once your cart gets up to $25, you get free shipping.  I always suggest you have your cart at $25 AFTER the Groupon and discount link is added to get the free shipping.  Why spend money on shipping when you can spend money on items?

**You receive FREE shipping when your cart is at $25 after the $70 Groupon is added.**   This shipping sale overrides any advertised sale link you double up with.  Even if you use the Retail Me Not 50% – $50 free shipping link,  you ONLY need to be at $25!  ****  The  $60 groupon requires $30 to get FREE Shipping ***

STEP THREE – STUFF YOUR CART

You don’t have a GREAT deal until you add some free items to your cart.  You can add up to 10*  free items to your cart, and they are limited designs but can make good gifts.  Here’s an example of how you can stuff your cart:

Free items

1. Free Car Magnet – Just Married
2. Free Father of the Bride/Groom hat
3. Free Mug  – $1.99 to remove branding
4. Free T-Shirt
5. Free NotebooK
6. Free Tote Bag – $1.99 to remove branding
7. Free Banner
8. Free Pen (keep branding)
9. Free Flip Book (upload pictures of table # or Reserved signs)
10. Free Notepad

Click the “free items” link above to get a list of links for these individual items (and more) and start adding them to your cart.  The best way to make sure you don’t override your other deal links is to add these items FIRST.  Once you’ve added your free items to your cart, you can go ahead and start getting to your best deal possible.

***VP has now limited FREE items to *2*  per order.  Yes, we were all very sad when this was discovered.

STEP FOUR – PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Apply Your Groupon

This will be the somewhat tricky part.  At this point, you should already have all the items you want to buy in your cart — your invites, thank you cards, programs, etc.  What you’ll want to do now is go to Vistaprint using the link provided by Groupon or Living Social  usually something like vistaprint.com/groupon17for70.  Be sure to look at your deal to see what the correct URL for your deal is —  different amounts will also have a different URL.

When you use the Groupon, it will automatically give you 30% off your items.  DO NOT FREAK OUT — you will get more of a discount in a minute.  At the bottom of that page will be the box for your to put in your Groupon code.  If you do not see that box, you haven’t gone to VP using the correct link — look at your Groupon and go to the specified URL and the box will appear.

Promo Code Box - Groupon/Living Social Deal Goes Here!

Promo Code Box – Groupon  Goes Here

Once you’ve typed in your code, click “APPLY” to apply your Groupon  discount — don’t worry, it hasn’t been used yet.  You’ll know it has applied the discount amount because it’ll list “$70 worth of Vistaprint products” (or whichever amount your deal is for) at the bottom of your cart, like the picture below.

Display When Groupon is Applied

Display When Groupon is Applied

Click Your Discount

Now that you’ve applied your Groupon, LEAVE THAT WINDOW/TAB OPEN.  You’ll want to open a NEW TAB and go to whichever discount link you’ve decided to use.  Go ahead and click that link in the new tab — this will take you back to your cart, which will now have additional discounts applied and the Groupon will still be applied!!  Your cart total should be around $25 since you’ve applied the Groupon deal and you’ll be getting free shipping with that!

STEP FIVE – ORDER!!

You should now have a TON of stuff that you should be paying close to $25 for and getting it all with free shipping!  Happy Vistaprinting!

*** MORE TIPS ***

Examples of Vistaprint Mega Hauls  –   and how much they saved
Making Items on VP  –  how to create custom invites, get free items, create invites that will fit pocketfolds

****************************************   UPDATE   ****************************************

The  $70 groupon has not been sold since July.  Rumor has it that you CAN get the $45 groupon to double up, but it is VERY tricky.   I personally have yet to walk someone through the steps to get it to double up.  However, I HAVE chatted with someone that did it!

I believe you need to start with the groupon link and put in your code.  Then you can open a sale link via a different window.  The sale link (RTMN or email) will bump out your groupon code but it will keep the promo box on the screen.  (*in the past it would bump out the promo box)   Now that your sale link is in your cart, you can enter in your Groupon code into the promo box and cross your fingers that it doubles up.

I bought a $20 for $60 groupon on Nov 14th and was able to get the RTMN code to double up with the groupon.  It was not in the same order that the $70 ones worked, and took a little clicking/refreshing and multiple windows open.  But I DID get it to work.   I opened the groupon link but didn’t put the code in. Then I opened a new window with a sale link. Then I went back to the original window and put in the Groupon code in the promo box. I might have clicked or refreshed something else, not sure.

I have just been told you can enter the $60 groupon voucher.  Then click a sale link (retailmenot.com) to open a new window to double up your savings. The $60 groupon requires $30 to get the free shipping.    Again, if it is not working for you, try to clear out your cache and open/refresh multiple windows.

Good Luck!!!  Feel free to friend me on facebook if you want to chat if you need help.
https://www.facebook.com/leximom.wwire

MK’s Haul

1 Free Car Magnet
250 Free Thanks for Attending our wedding cards (business cards)
420 Return Address Labels
1 Free Personalized Post It Note Pack (for me)
1 Free T-Shirt for my Flower Girl
1 Free Personalized Pen (for me)
1 Free Thank you Mouse Pad for a gift
1 Free Tote Bag for my Flower Girl
1 Free Wedding Banner for the reception
1 Free Personalized Coffee Mug (for me)
1 Free Personalized Notebook for my Flower Girl
200 Save The Date Magnets with Envelopes
50 Matte Sticker Stock Labels for Response Card Envelopes

MK's Haul

MK’s Haul

Original Total: $217.94 + $38.45 shipping

Shipping Cost Paid: $0

Product Cost Paid: $29.72

Groupon Cost: $17

ACTUAL TOTAL PAID: $46.72 – 82% savings!

TB’s Haul

This listing is 4 hauls listed all together — GREAT haul!!

200 4 x 8 invites
250 business cards
130 4 x 8 RSVP cards
30 4 x 8 rehearsal dinner invites
125 flyers for fan programs
100 4 x 8 invitation covers
3 men’s t-shirts for groomsmen
1 notepad
140 address labels (married name)
1 car door magnet (grocery list for fridge)

TB's Haul

TB’s Haul

140 address labels (no last name, for invitations)
100 standard postcards (thank you cards)
1 address stamp
100 4 x 8 cards (additional info for guests)
1 sticky note pad
1 mouse pad
6 small tote bags (bridesmaids gifts, with VP logo removed)
1 mug (usher gift)
1 notebook
10 invites (used as thank you cards)

TB's Haul

TB’s Haul

Original Total: $769.91

Shipping Cost Paid: $12.09 for 2nd order

Product Cost Paid: $152.58

Groupon Cost: $68

ACTUAL TOTAL PAID: $232.67 – 70% savings!

**Note: This haul used four Groupons, all $17 for $70