With my daughter’s 5th birthday rapidly approaching, I finally buckled down and put together her party invitations. I’ve made her birthday invites every year, and every year I say I will never do it again. Yet, here I am. Truth be told, I actually enjoy doing it. It gives me a project with clear starting and ending points, and when I’m stressed, making cards/invites gives me focus.
So, a few weeks ago, I posted a sort of round-up on the idea’s I’d found that I want to incorporate into her Ariel themed party, including an invitation I planned to use as inspiration. Here’s what I ended up with…
The invitations fit perfectly in 5.5″ x 5.5″ envelope and were really simple to make. The body of the invitation is a 5″ x 10″ piece of scrapbook paper (I have an awesome Fiskars cutter I use to cut my paper to size). The orange band is a 1″ strip cut the full 12″ length of the scrapbook paper. The Ariel silhouette… That was fun. Having Photoshop made it pretty easy. I was able to set up a template to print 12 of them on a standard 8.5 x 11 sized sheet of paper, but I didn’t want white, so I trimmed a piece of scrapbooking paper to 8.5 x 11 and printed directly on to it. (If you’d like the template to use, just email me and I’ll be happy to send it to you – firstname.lastname@example.org ) I also have another great Fiskars cutter with shape templates that I used to cut them into circles.
Inside, the invite is very simple. Again, a sheet of scrapbooking paper cut to 8.5 x 11 is perfect for printing the details and a punch form Creative Memories worked great for the ‘bubbles’ I added on the side. Stars or seaweed would have worked great too.
My favorite part of making our own invites is the ability to customize them to match the colors we’re using. The blue, green and orange are all colors that we’ll be repeating through the party theme. And, I’ll have a neat little keepsake to go in Addison’s scrapbook. Assuming I ever finish it.