If you have a color printer and a computer, you can make your own amazing party invitations at a fraction of the cost of buying them.
Recently we got the news that our first grandchild is on the way and it’s a boy! Since new babies need baby showers I volunteered to throw a Backyard BBQ Baby Shower! I promise to post party updates on the blog, so stay tuned!
When I started planning for the baby shower, one of the first things I did was start searching online for the perfect invitations. I could not find anything I really liked or could afford, so I decided to make my own. Picmonkey is the tool I use to design place cards for parties, so why not invitations too! The free Picmonkey version worked for me for a long time. I eventually upgraded to the full membership to get access to all the options.
To create 20 Invitations you will need:
10 sheets 8.5 x 11 card stock (2 invitations per sheet)
20 envelopes size 5 x 7
computer and color printer
scissors, X-ACTO knife and cutting mat, or other paper cutter
FREE Picmonkey membership
Pick a background for your invitation. There are tons of textures available online, but instead of using one of those, I took a photo of fabric I had, loaded the photo onto Picmonkey and used the color saturation tool to brighten the color. The event for the invitation pictured was a BBQ Baby Shower for a boy, so I chose a blue gingham background. Then I saved the photo of the texture onto my computer.
Next, go to Picmonkey’s Design option and choose 5 x 7. This is 1500 x 2100 pixels if you want to size that way.
Leaving the canvas white, choose the Overlays option on the left, then go to the top and choose Add Your Own. Upload your texture or background photo and overlay it on the white 5 x 7 canvas, covering it completely. Then, choose the Geometric option in Overlays, pick the rectangle and stretch it so it is just framed by your background. Make the body background white or any color you like. Next, design your invitation body.
Note – I saved the design on my computer as a photo after each step.
*When you are ready to print the invitations, I suggest previewing and printing on plain paper first to test the layout before printing to card stock. Use a ruler to make sure both invitations are exactly 5 x 7.
To print the invitations using Picmonkey, go into the Design option. Leave the canvas White and size it to 8.5 x 11, which is 2550 x 3300 pixels.
Choose the Overlays option, and Add Your Own. Upload your final 5 x 7 invitation design onto the canvas. Position it on one side of the canvas, right click on the mouse and choose Duplicate Overlay. Now there are two invitations on the canvas, position them as you want them to print, and then save the photo to your computer.
Print your designed invitations and then cut them to size. If you like, add embellishments to add even more flair!
So, there you have it. A super easy way to make your own individualized invitations for far less than you would pay for retail.
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