I’m confessing right here and now. I cheated when it came to designing my invitations for this fabulous soiree. I am famous for “shopping” my garage, crafting supplies, catering equipment/decor for anything I can scavenge to incorporate into my current party’s theme.
UPCYCLING AT ITS BEST
So, as I was perusing my pretty paper supply I stumbled across one of the invitations I designed and crafted for the 90 guests invited to my youngest son’s travel-themed “Fantastic Journey” bar mitzvah.
Hang onto your hat, he’s 26 now, so this invitation and the leftover supplies have been moved twice in the last 13 years since that life-cycle celebration. I also have the leftovers from the realistic passports I made as place cards. Remind me one day, I’ll show them to you.
Despite having downsized to this current house, I still managed to find some space to hang onto these supplies. I’m kind of a pack-rat, being somewhat incapable of letting go of certain categories of items. Anything and everything entertainment related, including fabulous “props” for the various themed parties I have thrown or “will have” in the future are the bane of H.H.’s life.
After all the items we donated or simply threw away, he can’t believe that I’ve tasked my Mom with keeping her eye out for any “good stuff” that comes through the thrift shop where she volunteers at her assisted-living community.
Just last month I scored a set of four really fabulous brass candlestick holders that are shaped like magnolia flowers. They got cleaned up and tucked away for some party in the near or far future. Who knows? I can hear H.H. groaning!
I can honestly say, once a number of years ago, I actually planned a whole party around an incredible set of linens my mother-in-law brought back as a present from Italy. You never know what will provide you with the inspiration for a special time with friends and family.
BY-THE-SEAT-OF-MY-PANTS CREATION – IT’S THE WAY I ROLL
So what I actually did for this party was to use the brown kraft-paper stock card “shell” that I had previously sponged to look “aged”. When I made his invitations I used about a dozen travel-themed stamps to customize them, and included his name stamped within the design on the front cover. I figured the sponged brown paper-bag colored invitation worked well with the forest theme. Check.
Then I found the remnants of a lovely floral pressed-paper variety pack that included both cream and lavender sheets. My brain was vibrating by then, oh boy, I thought, I could print the invitation copy on the cream paper and use a larger lavender piece underneath as a border. Now I’m cookin’ with gas! (I grew up hearing that in our home and it stuck with me)
As you can see, the original design included a black ribbon. (it had to be manly!) I just rummaged through my ribbon collection and found a nice moss green that worked well with the brown paper card stock.
I’m not that picky, and I probably would have liked to have found some shade of purple to match the inside, but I couldn’t see buying more ribbon when my stash currently resides in three different storage containers, sorted by color. Moss green it is!
LATE UPDATE: I FOUND MY PURPLE RIBBON, BUT ALAS, IT WAS TOO LATE, THE INVITES HAD ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED! (it was misfiled!)
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S FINISHED?
At that point I felt like the invites just didn’t look “finished”, so I again went hunting in my craft stash and found some lacy ivory leaves left over from a wedding I catered. I tried one on the inside of the cover and another on the front. They were just what the invitations needed. Fini!
I also unearthed a package of 12 floral pressed paper note cards with envelopes which would have worked perfectly also. When I work a theme, I pick and choose where I want to put my energy. I could have easily used these cards as a base, added an attached insert with the invitation copy, and maybe embellished the front or inside front cover. It would have been a 30 minute project from start to finish. Anything goes when you’re “workin'” a theme for a great party.
That’s the way I generally will create a project. I get a picture in my head, work out a rough design and then go from there, creating as I go along. Sometimes a project won’t end up looking anything like my original “vision”, because as you let your creative juices flow, all kinds of new ideas will pop into your head.
ARE YOU A “MAKER”, A “CRAFTER”, OR A “CRAFTY-DABBLER” LIKE ME?
As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m more of a “crafty dabbler” rather than a seasoned “maker” that can run circles around a sewing machine, work a Cricut with ease or hand-paint on a near-professional level. But, having said that, I am a bundle of creative energy and I find I can hold my own when it comes to designing and crafting for both my home’s decor and my personal entertaining. I may be a bit unconventional in my methodology, but I should score a few points for ingenuity, shouldn’t I?
What I’m really trying to say is that it doesn’t matter if you create something out of the mishmash that is your “stash” or if you design your invitations as you walk the aisles of your favorite craft store, purchasing exactly what you’ll need.
Some gals like to follow “directions” and exact material lists, while others will start a project that way and go off their own little tangent. Whether your “Sally Straight-Lace” or “Freewheeling Frieda”, it just doesn’t matter.
What really matters here is that you fully engage your creativity and make something that is completely you and lets your “personal style” shine through.
With the resources available on the internet today, you can download templates, graphics, or print some of your digital pictures to use in your party craft projects. The sky is the limit and there are many websites out there with great resource libraries that you can tap into when thinking up your designs.
If you’re a member of the Ingredients For A Fabulous Life community, you’ll probably guess what I’m going to say next, right?
FAIRIES IN THE FOREST TWILIGHT SOIREE INVITATIONS pdf
Yes, I just happen to have a little goodie for my IFAFL Email Subscribers! I’ve included a PDF in the IFAFL Subscriber Resource Library with a trio of fabulous printable invitation that you can use for your own Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree. (they are soooo pretty!) I send the Resource Library password in every email I send my subscribers.
Now who’s cheating? You know I’m teasing, don’t you? Once you get to know me a bit better, you’ll get used to my slightly warped sense of humor!
Go get creative girl, you’ve got this!
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