Invitation: First Birthday

Happy Halloween everyone! Last night I went with a bunch of friends to a haunted house in Philly, even though I hate being scared. It wasn't terrible. Sure, I jumped and screamed a little, but I think watching The Walking Dead has softened the blow a little. One word of advice? Don't mock the people who work there. I told one zombie lady that her asylum-style head cage would actually make a great wedding centerpiece. I was serious - it looked like a vintage lantern. She didn't seem to like that comment though and tried to make me go through the house by myself. Nice try, crazy lady. Not happening. Anyway, today's post is dedicated to a first birthday invitation I designed for my godchild and soon-to-be niece, Lindsey. Reese's sister, Sara, wanted a pink and gold theme, so I worked with the colors and her Pinterest board to design this sweet yet simple invite. I love the colors (they're actually my wedding colors!) and the fonts I found are adorable. Can't wait to see Sara's amazing decorating at the party!

Baby_inviteIf you ever like what you see and would like me to design something for you, feel free to email me at courtney_crg@yahoo.com. I'm working on getting an Etsy shop together, but until then I'm doing freelance projects and building my portfolio!

xo Court

DIY: Envelope Liners

Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting yesterday, I've been a little under the weather. However, I'm making it up to you with a new DIY post! A decorative envelope liner is a quick and easy way to spruce up invitations or greeting cards. You can try different patterns, textures and colors of paper - just have fun with it! To start, you'll need envelopes, decorative paper of your choice (I chose the fun gold prints below from Paper Source), scissors, envelope liner templates, adhesive (I use this tape runner from Paper Source) and a pencil or pen.  securedownload

For this project, I am using the A7 envelope template, which fits a standard 5x7 card. Place your template at the corner of your paper (you'll get more liners per sheet this way). I usually trace my liners on the back side of the paper to avoid any lines on the front.

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Once you've traced your template, carefully cut along the lines.

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Once you have your liners cut out, apply your adhesive along the top "V" of the liner. You don't have to apply adhesive to the bottom of it because it will tuck into the envelope.

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After you've applied the adhesive, tuck the liner into the envelope. Be careful not to let the adhesive stick to the envelope until you have it in place. Once the liner is completely tucked into the envelope, close the envelope and apply pressure to make sure the liner is firmly attached to the envelope.

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And there you have it! You've just transformed a boring envelope into a decorative and festive extension of your invitation or greeting card.

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Continue the festive theme on the outside of the envelope by using washi tape or other decorative tape as your seal. Have fun with it! I trim the ends to make the tape a little more decorative. I love this gold dot washi tape from Paper Source - it's adorable!

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Thanks for checking out this week's DIY project! Until next time...

xo Court