Please welcome Design Team Expert Lowri McNabb to our blog today. Lowri has a knack for creating special little trinkets and treasures, and today she shares a fun twist on the traditional invitation. Read through her instructions below.
Hi everyone! Lowri here today to show you how to create some invitation gift bags with the fabulous "Love Story" Collection. This Collection is so versatile that after Valentine’s Day, you can use it for pretty much any girls project as well. This is a hybrid project as I have used elements from both the digital and paper versions.
These bags were created using a die and manual cutting machine, but there are several templates online you could use to create your own. After cutting them out, I started embellishing the bags by threading some matching twine through a few of the heart shaped chipboard buttons and then mounted the “Forever” and “You & Me” stickers with dimensional foam to the front of the bags, as well as the “Together” piece from the chipboard pack.
To create the cards inside, I took a few of the digital elements from the "Love Story Elements Pack 1" and the "Love Story Elements Pack 2" and came up with a super simple print-out. I should tell you I am in no way a graphic designer, and I put these together in Powerpoint! You can use any program that allows you to insert pictures, or you could use a program like Photoshop to edit the pictures themselves.
On the second page of the invitation (held together by one of the brads from the Collection) is a map showing how to get to the party. Also in the bag is an assortment of pink heart shaped lollipops, just what my little four year old loves.
I really wanted to use this “Best Friends” sticker, but I needed three; and I wanted them a slightly different size so once again I just printed three from the digital element kits and cut them out by hand. I find that printing onto glossy photo paper gives a result very close to that found on the actual sticker sheet.
Please post a comment with any questions you might have about this project.
I love how Lowri shows you how to stretch a Valentine themed collection for everday use. Look through your themed collections with a new eye for how you might use them. Watch for additional ideas from our Design Team experts in upcoming blog posts!