This week I’ve been figuring out design for the invites for Gavin’s birthday party in April. After looking through a lot of options I settled on a design with a die cut shape as the main element.
I used this great card sketch (#72) from Scrapbook Steals. Each week on Monday they post new card designs and there are some great ideas over there.
It was a lot of fun to create these cards because I have just about everything in Life of the Party (Basic Gray) line. Normally I don’t have this many supplies to select from so it was a treat. It really made it so much easier to have so many options for brads, buttons, stickers, etc. that could be added to each card.
I didn’t plan to do more than one design but I am excited to have three cards that compliment each other and gave me the option to use more of the supplies.
- Initially I planned to put the pennant banner on this first card but after using the paper with the gifts it was too much.
- This pattern is very busy it it didn’t look good with anything else added to the card.
- I definitely learned that less is more with all of these patterns. As I searched to find the right background for the banner, I realized I had to find one that’s very subtle for this design to work.
- Hand cut out the triangles for the pennant. Tried a few sizes to get the right fit for the card.
- Added the brown strip to the top so they would look strung up but then I couldn’t put them at the angles. So I added the yellow brads in order to pivot them, they really help make them look more realistic.
- Used a pinwheel “pop” sticker for the embellishment.
- I think it compliments the circles on the paper well.
- Because the pinwheel was round an oval shape for “party” worked best.
For the inside I am using a stamp that says “let’s celebrate” in the middle, the kids holding hands at the top and then the party details at the bottom.
In taking these photos I practiced a few tips that I got from Lynn Ghahary’s photo tutorial posted on her blog. Lynn thanks for the advice, I really appreciate you emailing me! I think these photos are better than what I was getting before but I’ll continue to work on it as I take more.
Tips I’ve applied:
- take photos during the day in natural light (my office floor works well if it’s the first half of the day)
- use foam core for background
- always straighten (I have a great program for this that’s super easy) and sharpen (didn’t do this before)
- turn off my top firing flash
Inside of invitation:
Which design is your favorite?