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

Invitation: Class Reunion

Several weeks ago my cousin, Gabrielle, asked me to design an invitation for her 5 year high school reunion. Typically, reunion invitations aren't the most exciting things in the world, so I wanted to spruce it up. Her criteria: use our school colors (blue, black and white) and incorporate the "Williamstown Braves" logo. It became such a fun project! I used a combination of chalkboard and Varsity letter fonts with arrows and feather accents to tie in the mascot theme and capture their school spirit. I also designed a simple RSVP card with the same theme. In the end, the class of '08 loved them and they were a huge hit!

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ReunionRSVP A big thank you to the WHS Class of '08 for giving me the opportunity to design your invites!

"Perfect Pair"

This past Saturday we threw my cousin Brittney a bridal shower - it was a huge success! We had a great turnout and everyone had a fabulous time. The decor was adorable - her theme was "Perfect Pair," so everything revolved around shoes. I actually designed the invitation: ShoeInvitation2

The shower was a pretty decent size, so we made sure the games were short and sweet. The first one was to guess how many pairs of shoes Brittney currently owns - a big thank you to her fiancé, Jaime, for actually counting them all! We had little slips of paper with the custom shoe logo from the invitations on them and everyone wrote down their best guess. The 2nd game was a Highest Heel Contest - each table nominated one person with the highest heels and we had everyone stand in a line at the front of the room. This was super easy and super fun! The 3rd game was a he said/she said game - this is always a good one to get to know the bride and groom a little better. For the game prizes, I made these adorable pedicure-themed gift baskets:

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There was also an awesome candy bar featuring shoe-themed cupcakes and red, black and cream candies in clear jars. This is an adorable and cost-effective was to add to the decor of your party. You can buy candy in different colors in bulk from Oriental Trading Company or other party supply store, use clear vases or jars that you have around your house, and voila! You have a simple, yet eye catching feature for your party. This also doubled as a favor station, so there were cupcake boxes and candy bags for guests to take home afterwards. Everyone loved it! Great job to all of the Craig aunts for putting it together!

All in all, it was a huge success! A big thank you to Brittney's entire bridal party and our family for making it happen. Everyone did an amazing job...can't wait until the wedding!

xo Court