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So We are doing a CD of Music - the theme of our party is Nightmare Before Christmas, so we are doing a CD of music inspired by our party. Remixes, Mashups of songs, and some that we just plain love.

My problem isn't the CD, that's easy enough to handle, and I got that all covered.

I need some opinions on the INSERT, which is going to be the invitation to the party. I saw another one of here that was simple with a single page pullout, and it looked nice and to the point.

I created something along those lines thinking that would be the BEST way to do it, and having gotten NO info on what should be included, I did my best. I presented it to the other 2 people I'm doing the party with, and got the following feedback:
Well we thought it was going to be a booklet that gets stapled together, and at least 6 pages on the inside. We wanted to add information about the movie, our inspiration for doing the party, photography information, food information, and possibly a map to the party.

My question that I pose to you all here on the forum is this:

Would you read a 6 page invitation to a party, and is all of that information really necessary?

We DO have a website where ALL of this information will be posted as well, including an RSVP form, Map, Inspiration info, photography links, etc. They are arguing that even if you tell people to visit the website for more information, that no one will. (If that's true, I'm not sure why they made me add the RSVP Form, and Map to the website this weekend...I really hate wasting my limited time)

HELP!! I'm quite desperate. I don't want to create this booklet if I can avoid it as the layout and design of it will be incredibly time consuming. They don't care about budget concerns (even though the booklet is going to double our budget for invites) so I can't even say anything to them about that.
 

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I personally don't think that you would need to do a 6 page insert. As long is the information is on the website, that should be all that is needed. If I was invited to a party and I was told that I could get all of the info from the site, I would check out the site if I really wanted to go.
 

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I would read 6 pages for Halloween. Besides, if it's a cd insert the pages are 1/4 of a normal page of paper. Maybe try shortening whats on the insert so far. Just put in the main ideas, and then say details at the website. (Does everyone you're inviting have access to the internet?) If you want to have a 6 page booklet maybe put in more photos of Nightmare before Christmas cast or something else related to Halloween.

As for people not checking the site, unless they're a Hallow addict they may not check it til October or a time closer to the party...
 

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You may have seen my CD invites. I didn't think my guests would read much more. I wanted to keep it to the basics. I think if people want to know more, they'll check out the website. Probably closer to time. Not surprising no one has gone to it yet.

Expense is also a concern. My single fold inserts for 30 invites was about $30 in high resolution printing. Also, if you are using jewel cases you may not be able to fit something too thick in there.
 

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I think I finally convinced them not to put all that other extra stuff in the invites. I had several real life people weigh in on it, and convince them that it isn't necessary.... just my opinion didn't seem to be enough to convince them.

the attached files are my working files... not quite completed.... but close.
 

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I think I finally convinced them not to put all that other extra stuff in the invites. I had several real life people weigh in on it, and convince them that it isn't necessary.... just my opinion didn't seem to be enough to convince them.

the attached files are my working files... not quite completed.... but close.
Really Nice! Great invite!!
 

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That's a great invitation, I can see how it would suck your printer dry.

I would definately read through a 6-page booklet, especially as small as a CD case. Each page can have special markings, quips, jokes, sayings, or things that make the person think, "I wonder what's on the next page?"

I made a single fold invitation for our annual Christmas Candy House Making party that looked like a construction permit and had lots of hidden "Easter Eggs" on it. Stamps, typwriter font with off axis red type, dates, markings, symbols, Santa's signature, etc. I got everything from the web.
 

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so I finalized our invitations today.... took the printout down to kinko's to get a price for the printing of them...and BAM Denied by Kinko's.

The lady working there refused to even give me a price. She said my invitations "Could possibly be infringing on some copyrighted work somewhere" and because of that she completely refused to help me. She even told me I couldn't use their self-services and print them myself. Basically I was told to leave their store.

I wasn't even rude or anything. I just walked up and said "hello, I need a price on getting aprox. 100 and 150 of these printed." and I showed her the home-printed version of our invite. She totally became rude and in a condescending tone said "do you own these images?" and I said "well I created this invitation on my computer at home, and it has all my information on it." and she said "this looks too professional, and must be a copyrighted work". I tried to assure her that one, it was an invitation for a party, and two it wasn't copyrighted, but she absolutely refused to help me and shoved my homemade insert back across the counter to me.

I then wished her a good afternoon and said thank you and turned and left.

Has anyone else ever had problems like this? I think I just got a person who's had some sort of negative bad day. I have had quotes from online companies who have seen my invite artwork, and none of them have said they couldn't print my invites.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to apply for a license to use Jack Skellington-like images in my invitations... It's not like I'm selling these things, or even have a large budget to play with... As is, it looks like it's gonna cost about $120 for these complete invites for up to 150 of them.

On another note, I created this REALLY awesome wallpaper (I actually hand drew it from 3 different versions of the wallpaper that I had seen) that I was going to have printed at Kinko's too... It's very similar to the one found in the hallway of Doors at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland... Should I even bother trying to get this printed? It was going to be taped onto the patio walls at our house for the party.
 

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so I finalized our invitations today.... took the printout down to kinko's to get a price for the printing of them...and BAM Denied by Kinko's.

The lady working there refused to even give me a price. She said my invitations "Could possibly be infringing on some copyrighted work somewhere" and because of that she completely refused to help me. She even told me I couldn't use their self-services and print them myself. Basically I was told to leave their store.

I wasn't even rude or anything. I just walked up and said "hello, I need a price on getting aprox. 100 and 150 of these printed." and I showed her the home-printed version of our invite. She totally became rude and in a condescending tone said "do you own these images?" and I said "well I created this invitation on my computer at home, and it has all my information on it." and she said "this looks too professional, and must be a copyrighted work". I tried to assure her that one, it was an invitation for a party, and two it wasn't copyrighted, but she absolutely refused to help me and shoved my homemade insert back across the counter to me.

I then wished her a good afternoon and said thank you and turned and left.

Has anyone else ever had problems like this? I think I just got a person who's had some sort of negative bad day. I have had quotes from online companies who have seen my invite artwork, and none of them have said they couldn't print my invites.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to apply for a license to use Jack Skellington-like images in my invitations... It's not like I'm selling these things, or even have a large budget to play with... As is, it looks like it's gonna cost about $120 for these complete invites for up to 150 of them.

On another note, I created this REALLY awesome wallpaper (I actually hand drew it from 3 different versions of the wallpaper that I had seen) that I was going to have printed at Kinko's too... It's very similar to the one found in the hallway of Doors at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland... Should I even bother trying to get this printed? It was going to be taped onto the patio walls at our house for the party.
Well, they could get in trouble if it ever got out that they printed them. Grocery store chains won't do character cakes either because of this (unless it's already approved to be in their assortment). If I were you, I'd try another kinkos. I think you may be able to find someone to do it for you. You probably came across a manager- you need to find a kid that's working there on the weekend. LOL
 

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LOL. she was most definitely NOT a manager, she was just a mean lady in a bad mood who didn't want to do any work. I think she hated Halloween or something. Probably one of those religious nuts who would rather halloween didn't exist and it was just "fall festival" time instead. She really seemed like she truly hated the work I had done and wanted nothing of it. I mean she wouldn't even let me print them myself. She flat out told the other girl working there when she said "can't we help her so she can print them herself?" "absolutely not. She cannot print anything here".

I talked to my partners last night, and we are going to order the inserts from online at cdpostershop.com They seem to have decent pricing (a little high, but what can you do), and then take our CD of the Wallpaper to a different Kinko's where they actually know someone who works there... Everyone online seems to have a release form you agree to when you submit your artwork so they can't be held liable for what is printed... I don't know why Kinko's couldn't do the same.
 
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