Dinosaur Birthday Invitations

I belong to an online fitness community where a fantastic group of women hold each other accountable in their daily workouts and fitness goals. I will admit, I am not great about logging my workouts in the app, but I do check in on the progress of the people in my group. They are so incredibly dedicated to their well-being. It’s pretty inspiring. However, we just started sleep training our son, and naps are super unpredictable at the moment, so my fitness goals have fallen to the wayside while we work out the kinks. While he’s napping, I’ve been focusing on my business and eating with two hands. You know, instead of a baby grabbing at my food. Priorities, right?

Recently, I got an email from a woman in this fitness group asking me to design her son’s fourth birthday party invitations. I love working with new people, and I love designing new things, so this project was high on my priority list. The theme was DINOSAURS! How fun?

I started my process. Typically my designs go through several different drafts before I finalize them. These drafts are sent to my most trusted advisors…. Or the people who still put up with me sending them screenshots of every little change I make… (sorry, guys). First, I started with gathering a set of fonts because I firmly believe that fonts can make or break your project. **Note: Comic Sans always breaks your project**

Next, I needed a picture of a realistic triceratops. This particular image went through several different stages before I ended on one with his mouth open so that it could be “roaring” the words.

I got super adorable wording from his mom, and we were off! I really love how it turned out, and I think it’s perfect for a 4-year-old boy!

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Custom Cricut Cuts

Last year, my friend organized a benefit in honor of her mom, who passed away from breast cancer. She donated most of the proceeds to Healing Strong, a non-profit organization that focuses on holistic therapies for cancers. You can read more about them here. The rest of the money set up a scholarship fund at their parish school.

Last year’s invites were a lot of fun to do. I embossed the words across the top in gold.

This year, we decided to change up the color scheme and try something new. The featured entertainment this year is a dueling piano group, and I really wanted to focus on that in the theme, so I decided to use my Cricut to cut out piano keys on the top of the invitation and mount it on cardstock. I searched the Cricut website for a piano keyboard template, but alas, none existed in the way I wanted. So I created my own image to upload into Cricut Design Studio. There was a lot of trial and error that went into this, so I’ll tell you the best way to go about creating your own image.

  1. Decide on the image you want to cut out. In my opinion, the simpler the better. This project lent itself easily to a keyboard, but you could also do this for cutting out big words! I knew that my invite was just under 5×7, and I wanted the white keys to be about an inch in height.
  2. Create your image, or upload a basic vector image.
  3. Make the image resolution as clear as possible.
    1. If you don’t know how to change resolution of an image, click here for my quick and easy tutorial!
  4. Save your image as a PNG file in a place that’s easily accessed.
  5. Open Cricut Design Studio and upload your PNG image.
  6. I knew I wanted the black keys to be the ones cut out, and the white keys to stay white, so I needed the Cricut to cut anything that was black.
  7. My image was “simple” because it was black and white. Then click “Next”.
  8. I got an image where the white keys were slightly greyed out. This is the part that threw me off and required a lot of trial and error. Cricut will cut out whatever you LEAVE on the page. I know, writing it down makes it sound way simpler than I made it out to be in my head. I wanted the black keys cut out, so I removed the white keys.
  9. After removing what you don’t want cut, click “Save as a cut image”.
  10. Your image should be loaded into Cricut Design Studio. Now all you need to do is adjust it to the size you needed it. Mine ended up being 1″x3″ roughly.

When I was done cutting out the piano keys, I mounted them on gold paper, and paired them with gold envelopes. I think the final result turned out very elegant. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Wedding Stationery Timelines

Planning a wedding is stressful. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this. And with the world of social media, everyone feels the “Keepin’ Up with the Jones’s” pressure to have the perfect day. Luckily, there are a ton of resources available to brides and grooms alike on how to keep everything organized.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many different types of brides: from the incredibly organized brides with a clear vision to the very laid-back brides who have only picked out wedding colors. Dress shopping, wedding band shopping, tux rentals, venue shopping, tastings – the list seems endless.

The one thing that sets the tone of the wedding before your guests even have their first sip of champagne at cocktail hour is the stationery. Wedding stationery lets your guests know what type of event they will be attending. An elegant invitation with supreme attention to detail tells the guests that you care about every aspect of your wedding. Guests will take note of this, trust me. An invitation with grammatical errors, crooked printing, or a lack of information can send the wrong message about the type of event they are about to attend.

Imagine this: You get a wedding invitation in the mail. Your name is printed on the outside of the envelope legibly. You open the envelope and inside is a beautifully put together enclosure with a pocket to hold all of the many pieces of paper that come with the actual invite. This has set the tone for the wedding. Your first impression is a positive one.

If you are looking to have a designer work with you on your wedding suite, there are two timelines you should be aware of. The first is the timeline of when certain wedding details should go out. The second is a timeline of when you should be ordering these details. It takes more time than you would think to solidify a design, have them printed, assembled, and delivered. This is one item that you certainly do not want to postpone. The more time you give yourself to deal with invitations, the better off you’ll be and the more relaxed you’ll feel!

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