Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Gocco: Size does matter.

Dear Shayne,

Just as you were making your Yudu post, I was busting out my trusty Gocco to print our Save the Dates (Wedding = definitely Gocco-worthy!) I feel like I am always pushing the limit with my Gocco aaaand... usually failing.

For instance, the little pad that you are supposed to put your paper on when you print is just shy of 4x6 inches. My design is less than 4x6, but the envelopes I wanted to print on are 5x7.

How did that work? Yeah. Not great.

Here are my printed envelopes:
Save the Dates = Gocco-worthy

The one in front of that photo actually printed fairly well, compared to the others. Many of them turned out far worse.

For comparison, here is one of my envelopes (5x7), then a "correct sized" (4x6) index card, then the very next envelope that I did (click to see the details):
Gocco: size matters

You can see that I am losing the definition at the tops of the 07 and most of the 09 on my envelopes, but everything looks great on the index card, which is the size of the pad.

According to my copy of The New Gocco Guide (great resource, by the way), I should be able to use a piece of cardboard on the 4x6 pad that is larger to support my 5x7 envelopes. I tried this and, well. Fail.

So I decided to go ahead and embrace the "distressed" look, but I was wondering if you have experience with this? Or do you always use the correct sized material? And why can't I just do that? Oh, who knows.


PS -- I'll post more photos of my Save the Date Crazy Craft Weekend (oh, I am totally nuts) after they have actually arrived... we mailed them out today. Whee!


Dawn said...

I actually thought you did the distressed/vintage-y looking effect on purpose. It looks good!

Andy Darling said...

I like the distressed look looks amazing, go with it ! No one will know (well, unless they read this blog ;)) and they'll think you did it on purpose !

Good job, & I hope to see the Wedding Invitations :)

Shayne said...

I think they look great, but I know what you mean. I don't think I've ever made anything bigger than the sticky pad, myself, and I still get lots of "distressed" prints. Can't wait to get mine in the mail :)

j0zzzz said...

They look great! And the envelopes are awesome!

My mom saw the save the date you sent us last night and kept exclaiming about how pretty it is and how impressed she was about your attention to detail!

Shayne said...

I got mine yesterday - completely awesome. You did such an amazing job! I can't wait to see the invitations.

Shayne said...

Or maybe it was Thursday. Hmmmm...