Griffin’s first birthday is quickly approaching – as in next week. (Yep, that’s right, his birthday falls smack on Thanksgiving this year.) It turns out all of those cliches about how fast time passes are completely true.
With his birthday coming up fast, it was high time to get some invitations to his birthday party sent out. I knew I definitely wanted photo invitations. I love photos. Plus, Griffin is just too stinking cute not to stick his photo on there. There are tons of adorable photo card designs out there, but since we are on a tight budget right now, I decided to make invitations for his party on my own. (Anyway I can’t bear to buy something if I could make it myself. It’s like a weird sickness I have.)
(Address has been blurred to prevent any crazies from party crashing)
So I turned to my favorite free photo-editing site, www.picmonkey.com (affiliate link).
- Download a free chalkboard background. Mine is from here.
- Go to Picmonkey and choose create a collage. Choose “Ducks in a Row” with two sections.
- Upload your chalkboard background and your photo of choice and place them into the two sections. You can adjust each side to be the size and shape you want.
- Once you have your basic layout, choose edit at the top. Before you do too much else, go ahead and crop your invitation to work with the size you intend to print it.
- Now it is time to add all of your info. You can use any fonts or colors you want. For a more authentic chalk look, white is the obvious color choice. To make your words look even more chalk-like, fade them around 20%.
- And you’re all set. Just print and mail them.
- Now all that’s left is planning the entire party. Umm, I guess I’d better get on that.
- Any tips for throwing a first birthday party that is enjoyable for both the grownups and the birthday boy? They would be greatly appreciated!