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Friday, April 17, 2009

Craigslist to the Rescue

When I needed to furnish my first apartment after college, who did I turn to? Craigslist. When I needed to buy a new car? Criagslist (ok, ultimately went with CarMax, but I tried CL). When I need to be entertained by people’s rants, raves and musing on a slow Friday at work? Yes, friends, Craigslist.

When I need someone to bring my “monogram” idea for our Save the Dates, I went to Craigslist in search of a graphic designer.

Since I was looking for a small job, I thought Craigslist would be a good place to find a free lance graphic artist who would be interested in such a small project. I click on over to Craigslist DC and then clicked on the “Services” heading and typed “graphic designer” in the search bar. How did I pick someone? Don’t laugh, but I looked at the websites of a number designers and picked the company whose website I liked the best. Yep, maybe not the most scientific way to go about it, but it worked out ok.

I contacted Rori Bean Designs via e-mail and explained what I wanted. I also attached a mock-up of what I was looking for that I had created in Paint. It’s pretty sad. Ali at Rory Bean quoted me a price, drew up a contract, I signed it and she got started. Start to finish we probably exchanged about 10 e-mails and went through two drafts of the design. We didn’t even have to meet in person. The whole process was very simple.

I will admit that since we are on a tight budget this was definitely a splurge for us. We went in with the intent of purchasing a single graphic and then loved two of the designs so much I had to have both! When I do my break-down of process and costs on the STDs you’ll see what I’m talking about, it drove up the total cost of the Save the Dates a bit. It was important to me though, so we planned for it in our budget and I’m very happy with the finished product.

Our design was custom, what with the hand-drawn logo and our initials being incorporated. If you are looking for something a bit more basic, I would highly recommend visiting shops like Paper Source and The Dandelion Patch. Both stores have their own line of invitations and their own sets of motifs (think things like pretty flourishes, sail boats, trees…can’t think of any others) that could be used to create something similar to what our final save the date looked like.

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