Once more, its that time of the year.
When Mama drinks a little more cheap beer than usual.
When she may cry simply because the streamers aren’t twisting just right.
When she is hovering on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
That’s right, its birthday season around here.
Why I put this much stress on myself for the kid’s party, I do not know. I mean, let’s be honest. The minute the kid dropped her first cuss word, that mother of the year award was out of my reach.
As if a perfectly decorated birthday party would bring it back.
One thing however, that is going right in the birthday planning is this DIY party invitation using PicMonkey*.
Bless you, PicMonkey.
Bless you for helping me keep a little piece of what sanity I have left.
DIY Party Invitation using PicMonkey
These were really easy to make. I think I had it all done in about an hour – more time to make those streamers just perfect.
1. Select a background that you want to use.
I went with the different colored polka dots because the kid’s party is a Care Bear theme and ya know, there are lots of rainbows in Care-A-Lot and I didn’t want bears to be exploding from every surface. I just googled rainbow polka dots, or polka dots, or rainbow, until I found an image that I liked and was large enough to work for what I needed. And of course, that was free. When you have your image saved, open it up in PicMonkey*, and crop it down to an 8×10 size or a rectangle size of your choice. I do 8×10 and then print in 5×7 sizes. Doing the larger size just gives a better resolution – or I think so anyway. 2. Put an overlay on top of the background.
Obviously, if you tried to put your text on top of all those different colors, it isn’t going to stand out very well. To help with this, put a white faded overlay on top of your background. Do this by selecting the butterfly icon, then the geometric tab, then the rectangle, size it as needed, change the color to white and fade it to 15%. Center it on the background.
#3 – Add your text and other images.
To make this easier on you and me, I have this handy little graphic that tells you exactly what fonts and images I used.
You can send me a cheap beer to thank me for it.
Last year’s birthday party invitations had quite a few different fonts going on. This year, I stuck with just a few different ones because there was so much going on with the background.
Some of the fonts I used are part of the PicMonkey* Royale features. That means those are features that you have to pay a little bit every month to get. I think its like $8. People, its worth it. I promise. I use them all the time and not just for blog images.
And that’s it.
Oh, but you wanted to know how to print them out cheap?
I got yo’ back.
So, typically I would just print them out as plain old 5×7 photos through Snapfish or some other online photo printing place. However, this time I was a procrastinator and didn’t get the invitations finished in time to print them off through Snapfish and wait for them to get here. I started to print them out just as regular 5x7s through Walgreen’s online photo service where you can pick it up in store. It was $2.49 for each one! $2.49 x 20 invitations = $49.80. And I would still have to find envelopes. Then, I noticed where Walgreens offers photo cards – and you can just upload your own design! Its called a custom collage card. You can get a set of 20 5×7 size photo cards including envelopes for $17. WHAT?! I uploaded my design, searched for a Walgreens photo discount code and got an extra percentage off and ended up spending $11 on the whole shebang. I picked them up in store the next day and they look fab!
You can send me a cheap beer for that one too. I’m gonna need it.
Grunt Labor asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year – its six days after the kid’s. My response:
“I have a birthday coming up too? As if I’ve had time to even think about anything else besides finding the perfect shade of each color in the rainbow for balloons. Now, go watch the kid while I manipulate this tablecloth into a backdrop.”
Guys, he may need the alcohol more than me in the end.
Have you ever made a DIY party invitation using PicMonkey* or something else?
You may also want to check out the party invites I made last year using PicMonkey as well.
And there are tons of DIY party decorations here if you are interested.
And y’all, this post was not sponsored by PicMonkey or Walgreens. I just love both of their products.
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