Friday, October 1, 2010

DIY Name Badges

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I'm in the thick of getting ready for our big Art Weekend in Salt Lake City this week. (If you haven't heard about the Art Weekend yet, and if you're in the area, check it out! We offer a variety of classes from photography to Photoshop to Illustrator to screenprinting, watercolor, calligraphy and more!)

One of the things on my to-do list is to find a way to make our name badges a little more special. Recently, Nicole Hill Gerulat who heads up our Art Weekend, did a photo shoot with Brittany Egbert of One Charming Party (who will be teaching a Party Planning class at the weekend!) where she shot a free PDF download of frames to be used in an Art Party. Nicole loved the idea of using frames on our name badges.

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For this project, all I needed was:
1 image of a frame and
1template for name badges

I looked up my name badge that I'll be using and downloaded the PDF template that I could open with Illustrator.

The image is a frame I purchased from for 6 credits.

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Open the frame image in a robust image editing program. I used Photoshop. In Photoshop, I was able to change colors of the frame by making a duplicate layer, choosing "color" as the layer blending mode, and "painting" the frame with the brush tool in any color I chose. I saved multiple colors of the frame.

Then I opened my PDF template in Illustrator. I brought the frame images into Illustrator and positioned them on the template. For this example, I just filled in our names in Illustrator. But when it comes time to print all of these, I'll print all the frames on the name badges first. Then I'll print out all the names (since I'll be given an automated PDF of name badges once registration is complete) on a separate run.

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Here are the name badges for me, my husband Mike, and Nicole! I think they turned out well and are a nice twist on plain name badges!

(If you're interested in learning programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, which I used to put this project together, come to the Art Weekend!)


  1. cute! I like that you changed colors for the frames :-)

  2. I'm devastated! Last time I had a chance to go to an Illustrator class with "The Crafting Chicks" was my son's birthday. And this time....we're going to Disneyland. :(

    I'm gonna just have to suck it up and do the online ones. I will though.

    Have a great art weekend. (LOVE those frames!!)

  3. This would be fun for a designer's birthday party too! Hmm, I'm thinking for my 30th!


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