When I first started using a computer (a 286 Compaq – yikes, it was pokey!), I latched onto Microsoft Publisher, which is definitely not the industry standard. Now there are lots of programs for creating cards and manipulating photos. I like Publisher because, well, I won’t have to learn another program, but mostly because it is fun and relatively simple. Not without grief, but not bad. I know that doesn’t sound like a resounding endorsement but I like it.
So when it came time for me to build the invitations, that’s what I used. Laurie and I chatted for several weeks deciding exactly what we needed the invite to say. We had already emailed a “Save the date” alert for Laurel’s party, so we had time to be creative. Since we had planned on a game night, we felt it was perfect to include the invitation as part of the game. Hence the Alice collage.
I opted to line the Tenniel prints next to each other in squares or rectangles and surround them with a border of hearts and another black line cutting border. I then hit “Select all” and copied them onto a page, making them “4 up”. That gave me a playing card look on my page four times. It took a bit of aligning but finally it looked perfect enough to print. I was happy with the results and proceeded on to the invitation side.While I would have loved to use both sides of one paper, no amount of manipulating would make it happen, so I ended up printing the invite side exactly as I had done the collage side. Then I trimmed them into individual cards, used double-sided tape to assemble them into a two-sided card, and took them over to Staples, where, for less than $10, I had 25 of them laminated together. I trimmed them when I got home to make them look like the playing cards they were modeled after. Fun!
But that was just the invitation/scavenger hunt card. The packaging added a special note, and I’ll talk about that next!