We live in a day where most things are done electronically now, simply for the sake of saving time and making things more quick and more easy for us busy moms. I know we are all busy and time saving solutions typically win out. Am I right? When it comes to birthday invitations, evites are super popular and easy to use. But, there are times when it is just more personal to create an actual physical invitation. I know that in the mind of a little one it makes the whole planning and inviting process a lot more special when they have something tangible that they can pass out to their friends! Elizabeth Kate recently got invited to a birthday party and she received a sweet little invitation from her friend. After we opened it and read the details, she placed that cute card on her nightstand and looked at it every night before she went to bed. The party has actually already happened and she still has it propped there against her lamp. It is darling! In light of this recent experience with little Lizzy Kate, I am even more in love with Stephanie’s project today! She shows us just how easy it can be to create your own birthday invitations. Yes, real physical invitations! It doesn’t have to be super complicated but it is still so cute and definitely meaningful to all the little friends that will receive one!

My daughter’s birthday is this month and birthday party planning is underway!  I go back and forth every year with whether or not to make invitations or just send an electronic invite.  I love the convenience of an email, but there is just something about receiving a party invitation in the mail.  It’s tangible and it gets you excited for some fun (especially when you are five)!

This year, my daughter wants to have a small tea party with a few of her sweet little friends so we really only needed 5-6 invitations (easy enough, right)?  I wanted the invitations to be a little different than just a piece of paper, so I pulled out the Open Book chipboard frames and decided to use them as the base for my invites.

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I created a simple invite on my computer and then printed them out six to a sheet of paper.  Since the opening of the frames varied a little in size, I reduced the size of three of the invites and printed them a little smaller.  Printing out and trimming the invitations was by far the most challenging part of this project!  Putting them together was a snap!

After all of the invitations were ready, I trimmed out a few pieces of Open Book patterned paper to back each invite.  My daughter really wanted to write little messages to her friends and the extra paper not only allowed her to do that, but also provided a little more stability to the frames.

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I adhered the patterned papers to the printed invitations and then hot glued each frame to the papers.  So easy!!

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You can decorate the outside of the frames using any of the awesome Open Book extras….alpha, die cuts, florals.  My daughter really wanted to add the glittered bows, so that’s what we did.  Each bow has a little pop dot attached to it, but I pulled that off and hot glued them into place so they would stay.

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And now our invitations are all set and ready to go!  I love that they are a little different from your everyday invite, don’t you??

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Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I have inspired you to think outside of the box with your supplies!! Happy creating! Stephanie

Happy Tuesday!

xoxoxoxo

Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Open Book Collection