Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baby Shower Invitations

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My inspiration comes from one of my favorite blogs, 100 Layer Cake. While I'm already married and I won't be getting remarried any time soon, I still love this place for sweet color palettes and party planning inspiration. The top image cluster is from one of their color boards. The second image cluster is a shot from Amy of Eat Drink Chic's wedding. I love the colors and elegance of the color board and the simplicity of the lemonade sign. I just fell in love with the Lemonade sign, it's so simple and elegant!

I'm using this inspiration to make a baby shower invitation.

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1. Repeat pattern - I used patterns from my Crown Moulding collection. The warm/girly patterns are available here, get 30% off by entering the code GLCBGIRL at checkout. The cool/boy patterns are available here, get 30% off by entering the code GLCBBOY at checkout.

2. Fonts - the hand-written font is Sue Ellen Francisco (free for personal use), and the slab serif font is Alexandria.

3. Hand-drawn squiggle - I just hand drew this squiggle using the pencil tool in illustrator. It's not perfect, which is what makes it so fun! Try making your own.

4. Color palette - I really like the color palette offered in the top colorboard. I used the peach color for girls and the teal color for boys, but feel free to mix things up.

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Set up your file in your preferred program. I'm addicted to Illustrator, so that's what I used for this project. My file size is 5x7 inches.

Make your border. Using the pencil (n) tool in illustrator draw two rectangles, one larger one smaller. To close each shape, hold down the option key just before finishing your box. Make sure the smaller rectangle is in front (shift + command + ]). Now use the pathfinder tool (Window>Pathfinder) to make the two rectangles a compound shape. Place your pattern image behind the rectangle border. Select both pattern and rectangle, right click and select make a clipping mask. BOOM! Now you've got a sweet, organic border.

Add Text. Using your text tool, type out "Oh Baby!" using the Sue Ellen font at 44pts. I broke the most important typography rule and widened the font to 132% width. I like how this looks, but don't tell anyone I told you to do that. Center and arrange text to the top of your invitation. Add remaining party text below in Alexandria at 12pts. Change the font of the name of the mother-to-be to Sue Ellen at 18 pts.


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Voila! You've got something classy with a handmade touch. Of course, this idea isn't limited to baby showers or invites, you can use this for thank you cards, gift tags, place settings, etc!


  1. way cute! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I absolutely love this... the whole creative process in action!!!


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