Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Knight Birthday Party: Invitations

For some strange reason, I've gotten it into my head that I have to make every birthday invitation for my kids' birthdays by hand instead of buying them from a store. I'm not sure where the notion came from, but for the past several birthdays, I go into a designing frenzy where I sit in front of my computer with a Diet Dr. Pepper and duke it out with Photoshop in an attempt to come up with the perfect themed invite. Just when I think I'm finished, the perfectionist in me comes out and I have to tweak this and that until my contacts dry out from lack of blinking and the rational side of me whispers "you should probably buy the invites from a store next year."

I'm sure that won't happen, but maybe by the time my daughter's birthday rolls around this March, I'll come back and re-read this post and remember how much time it takes to design an invite and why store-bought invites are a great idea. Maybe. Until that day comes I'll keep having fun making invites, and Connor's knight birthday party was no exception.

With the whole "medieval" theme in mind, I wanted the invite to have a worn look to it, so I Googled around and found a great free texture to use as the background. I then designed a shield in Photoshop using some free clipart, and added some wording using an Old English font. Not too hard (aside from all my perfectionist tendencies lol) From there, I printed it on card stock and ripped the edges to give it more of a "worn scroll feel."

I then rolled each invite like a scroll and tied it with ribbon.

Ta-dah! Lots of cute little scroll invites for Connor's knight party. They're a really fun change from handing out a traditional invite.

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  1. Fantastic! I hit this issue as well - especially being an illustrator/designer, I just don't feel right if I don't design it myself. I've already started the research for both my boys' party themes. 1-2-3....GO!

  2. Super cute invites! You did a great job!

    Visiting from the Creative Me Link Party!


  3. What a perfect invite for the party! So cute!

  4. I am interested in this design for my son's birthday party but am afraid I do not have the skills or time to make one as wonderful. Are you selling the jpeg format?

    1. Hi, I'd be happy to share it with you :) You didn't leave your contact info, but if you email me at I'd be happy to work with you.


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