When we got engaged, I started perusing wedding blogs for ideas and one of the coolest DIY things I discovered was Gocco! Gocco is a self-printing press that was invented in Japan. It's small and self-contained so it's good for small spaces (like our apartment). What's cool about it is that you can create your own designs and then make multiple prints by putting ink on the design and pressing it onto the paper.
Here are some pretty examples...
(Image courtesy of Lizzy Stewart)
(Image courtesy of kelicatalano)
There are some great FAQs and How-tos online. I read about how to make invitations, thank you cards, and even customized napkins!
I decided to splurge and buy a Gocco. This came all the way from Japan!
The seller did a great job packaging everything up.
Here's the box of supplies (Surprise!) all opened up. See the tubes and pots of ink. Those are screens on top.
Here's everything laid out. The yellow boxes on the side contain the lightbulbs that you need to flash your image onto the printing screens.
Thank goodness there are instructions. And they come in English too!
I'm excited to use the Gocco for wedding stuff - like thank you cards, programs, place cards, and even maybe the invitations (if I feel especially ambitious).