Thank you for your interest in Three Little Monkeys Studio. Below you will find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about ordering printables from my Etsy shop, assembly, supplies and so much more. Please take a look!
I am interested in placing an order. What do I do next?
Visit my Etsy shop and purchase the listing you like. There are some instructions for getting your information to me in the listing.
During checkout, place all of your details for personalization (name, age, party date, time, location, rsvp info, etc.) into the “notes to seller” section at checkout or send them via a convo.
If you are ordering a photo invitation, you can send your photo and details via a convo or email. Click on the “Contact Shop Owner” button to start a convo with me!
IMPORTANT: Before ordering, please make sure your email address is correct in your Etsy profile. All convos go to the email listed in your account, and that is how I communicate with you. If you have an old email address in there you will miss your previews. It happens.
I have placed an order. Now what?
Once you have placed the order, payment has processed, and you have provided the necessary information to complete your order, you will receive your order in around 1 business day. Yippee!
Please note that paying by eCheck takes 3-5 days for payment to process and may delay your order until funds have been confirmed.
How do I get my files?
Once your previews have been approved, your files will either be emailed to you or sent via a file-sharing service at my discretion based on the size of the order.
I need an invitation right now. Can you rush my order?
I make every effort to turn orders around quickly, but orders can be rushed for a fee. Rush orders are subject to a $10 rush service fee.
Can I have text added to the food labels?
Yes. The food labels are fillable by you, but if you would like me to style them for you, the charge is $5 for the first sheet of four labels, and $2 per label thereafter.
How long are quotes good for?
Quotes are good for 72 hours.
Will my files be JPEGs or PDFs?
Invitations are 5×7″ or 4×6″ JPEGs, except for the train ticket invitation which is 8×3.5″ and will come to you as a PDF with three tickets per page.
Other files, such as party circles, banners, etc. will come to you as 8.5×11″ PDFs, with 1-12 items per page depending on the size of the design.
Why are the invitations JPEGs and the printables are not?
Not all clients who purchase invitations purchase printables, and many clients who purchase invitations like to have their invitations professionally printed. The majority of affordable and quality printers accessible to the average home printer accept JPEGs over PDFs. So it gives you more options for invitation printing, and that first impression (the invitation) is what most clients are concerned with.
Whether you print professionally, at a local copy center or at home, I provide a ton of instructions on turning that JPEG into a PDF if you wish, where to print, how to print, and supplies to get the job done. I strive to make sure that you have a number of options available to you no matter where you go or how you print.
I love this invitation but I would like it in a different color. Can you change it?
I can sometimes modify colors for a fee if my schedule allows, but any request needs to be confirmed by me prior to purchase. Otherwise, all items are sold as is in the colors described and pictured in the listing.
My child wants a character invitation. Can you design one for me?
I’m sorry, but I cannot design an invitation that contains licensed characters. I am happy to create an “inspired” invitation and use similar colors and fonts that you can round out with your own character items like stuffed animals, toy figures, etc., but I cannot include the actual character.
I have a specific design in mind but I do not see it in your shop. Will you take a custom request?
I love custom designs! Please email me for a custom quote for this service.
What paper do you recommend for printing?
I recommend matte photo paper or white card stock, available at office supply stores. Matte photo paper is what I use. Colors are more vivid and graphics are crisper. It has a similar weight to card stock.
Can you print my invitations for me?
Absolutely! You can purchase professional press printing in increments of 25. You can select your paper, double-sided printing, and square or rounded corners. Envelopes are included with the purchase of professional printing.
Can you print the rest of my printables too?
Yes! Contact me for pricing.
I’m worried my home printer won’t do a good job. Can I get good results from my printer?
Yes! I always recommend printing as a photo for the highest quality. Go into your advanced printer settings and select Photo Printing Borderless > Letter 8.5×11″ > Print Quality: Best. I have a fancy laser printer and an inexpensive inkjet printer, and my inkjet does an amazing job.
Can I print at OfficeMax, Staples, etc.?
Yes you can! But, please take your Etsy receipt in with you just in case, as copy centers have a bad habit of hassling clients about copyrights. The copyright on your printables gives you the right to print for your own personal use, but sometimes (rarely) employees will turn people away instead of reading the fine print that gives you the right to print for your own personal use. Many employees are very poorly educated about copyrights, if at all. Having your receipt and the copyright release in hand will help in case that situation happens.
What type of printer do you use?
I recommend using inkjet printers. I will send you some printing tips to make the most of your home printer. But laser printers work great too. Use what you have!
Should I print these myself or send them to a printer?
Whichever you prefer. You could print one out at home and if you aren’t satisfied with how it turns out take it to a print shop or a copy center, such as OfficeMax, Staples, etc.
The colors look different on paper than they do on the computer screen. Can you adjust the colors?
Because the colors on my files do not change from order to order, this is likely a printer issue or differences in the way colors are displayed across monitors and mobile devices. Colors displayed vary widely among devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops and such. Even the printer and materials (papers used) can affect the output. I am not responsible for any color variations.
Some of my files are secured and require a password, can you change that?
Like most designers out there, all of my designs are copyrighted and files are locked to protect again copyright infringement (you would be amazed at how often it happens!). What that means is that you can use your files for your own personal use, print as many copies as you need, etc., but you cannot alter them in any way EXCEPT for the files that have fillable fields, such as food labels/tent cards. That’s why I personalize everything and take care of it for you. So, as long as you are printing and using your files correctly (not resizing them, copying graphics, etc.), you will have no problems at all. If you have any questions or concerns about it, please contact me and I will be happy to help!
What size envelopes do I need?
It depends on the size of your invitation, but you can find envelopes to accommodate a 5×7″ or 4×6″ insert at hobby stores, office supply stores or online at Paper-Source.com.
5×7″ invitations require an A7 envelope, which is 5.25×7.25″ to accommodate your insert.
4×6″ invitations require an A4 envelope, which is 4.25×6.25″ to accommodate your insert.
The train ticket-style invitation requires a No. 10 long envelope.
What supplies do you use?
I provide tips and a helpful list of supplies with every order that includes suggestions such as:
- Matte photo paper (my favorite) or white card stock.
- Craft punches available from hobby stores.
- Tape or temporary glue dots.
- Lollipop or popsicle sticks to make cupcake toppers.
- Ribbon, baker’s twine, etc.
- Full sheet sticker or label paper (OnlineLabels.com is my favorite brand)
These are all recommendations to make the most of your printables, but they are not absolutely required.
How do I assemble all of my printables?
There are a variety of ways to assemble your products, and I provide instructions on every printable, but here are a few tips on how I like to put them together.
- Party circles/Toppers should be printed on matte photo paper, card stock or sticker paper, if making stickers. I use punches available in the scrap booking sections of Hobby Lobby, Micheals, JoAnns, etc. I use a 2″ circle or scallop punch. To make cupcake toppers, tape or use a glue dot to secure the circle to a lollipop stick, found in the baking section. To make gift tags, use a small handheld punch and tie with ribbon. To make stickers, print on sticker paper and punch.
- Banners typically have two flags on each sheet. Print on matte photo paper or card stock, trim and punch a hole in each corner and tie the individual flags together with ribbon or string the flags together on one piece of ribbon, using a glue dot to secure if they slide.
- Water Bottle Labels can be printed on full sheet sticker paper, matte photo paper or card stock and trimmed to fit your beverage.
- Mailing Labels should be printed on sticker paper and wrapped around your envelope, with the return address on the back and delivery on the front.
- Tent Cards can be edited within the PDF and printed on matte photo paper or card stock.
- Photo Props should be printed on matte photo paper or card stock and trimmed. Tape to a wood dowel for a handle.
- Candy Bar Favor Wrappers can be printed on matte photo paper or card stock and fit standard flat chocolate bars. Wrap around and seal closed. Trim to fit.
- Straw Flags are by far my favorite printable. You can, of course, wrap them around straws to add some fun to your beverages, but you can also make cupcake toppers out of them and food flags. Just print on matte photo paper or card stock.
- Cupcake Wrappers accommodate large and regular cupcakes. If you need to trim them to fit, just trim from the top. Just print on matte photo paper or card stock.
- Signs are formatted to print as 8x5x11″, but there is extra space you can trim away if you wish to frame them as 8×10″s. On the 5×7 signs, just print and trim. Print on matte photo paper or card stock.
- Party Hats/Cones should be printed on matte photo paper or card stock and trimmed. Embellish with ribbon, pom ribbon, poms or tissue to create a fun and festive hat. Or, use your party hat as a cone to hold popcorn, cotton candy or other treats.
- Mini Cake Bunting should be printed on matte photo paper or card stock and each flag trimmed. String each flag together with ribbon or twine, and tie to bamboo skewers or pretty paper straws to make a gorgeous cake bunting.
- Thank You Notes are 4×6″ with two cards on each PDF. Print on matte photo paper or card stock and stuff into envelopes that accommodate a 4×6″ insert, available at hobby or office supply stores.
Can you assemble and ship items to me?
No, I am sorry that I am not able to assemble and ship finished projects at this time. Maybe when my little ones are all in school.
However, I do provide a ton of instructions, tips and a list of helpful supplies with every order. It’s easy. I promise!
Do you work regular business hours?
I am a work-at-home mom, so my hours are highly irregular though I typically shoot for 9am-5pm. I do take weekends off to spend time with my family. I work very hard to make sure that everyone is satisfied with my products, timing and service.
If you don’t work weekends, do I have to wait until Monday to get my file?
I work very hard to try and get all orders finished by 5pm Friday, including any orders purchased on Friday. However, because I have no control over the volume of orders that come in, sometimes orders will roll over to the next business day. I understand that invitations are very time sensitive, and I do my best to make sure you are taken care of. As always, if you have questions about the item or delivery, it’s best to email before you buy.
Can I submit my party pictures to you?
Of course you can! Please email 4-5 party pictures, details of your event, and any DIY details. I would be happy to share your party on Facebook and my blog.
For any questions not answered here, email me.