Asa’s first birthday party is on Saturday! We’re doing an ACE party since we call him ACE a lot and an ACE equals ONE. Pretty clever, huh? I’ve been very excited about this theme because it’s so different. But as I got into planning it, I kept getting into a CASINO theme instead of the cool CARD party I wanted it to be. Soon, I found a few blog posts about some very cool Alice in Wonderland birthday parties. (I’ll share them in another post.) And then I got inspired. So instead of an Ace-y Casinio-ish First Birthday, my son is having a Vintage Black and White Ace Party!
Here are the invites (designed by my brother after I showed him a card I really liked on etsy):
I printed it on a very cool shimmery cardstock I found at Blick. Then used a round edged hole punchie thing to get the playing card shape. It took me about 12 trips to about 12 stores to find the right size and color envelope I wanted (which is the size a6, by the way).
But when I finally stuffed the envelopes, it was lacking the pizazz I wanted. I noticed the label of my envelopes ($2.22 on sale at Target) had a link to creative invitation ideas on the Target website. I headed over there and saw lined envelopes. Lined envelopes–perfect!
I figured there would be a template online. One I could print and cut. NO SUCH LUCK. So, I created my own. Not to print, but honestly, this was just as easy. The only caveat is you’ll have to sacrifice one of your envelopes…
First: Fillet your card. Or you know, cut the sides off.
Second: Use the yucky gummy strip at the top as a line for cutting. (I outlined it with my fancy silver Sharpie for accuracy.) If you’ll notice, the gumminess doesn’t extend to the end of the envelope. Use this as a guide on how much to cut off the edges, too.
Third: Use your new template to cut & trim a piece of scrapbook paper.
Fourth: Insert your newly cut beautifully matching random piece of scrapbook paper turned envelope liner.
Fifth: Lift up paper and use glue stick to hold it down. There’s no need to glue the bottom part. The top will hold it in just fine.
Sixth: Fold envelope down, spreading and creasing smoothly.
Finally: Oooh and aaaah! No, I didn’t keep that lovely blue Christmas bows paper in. I’ll send you the scraps if you’d like…
So wha’dya think? Are you ready to come to Asa’s party? It was very easy to do and didn’t take much time at all. I was also thinking how cute this would be to do at Christmas time—you could print off your Christmas newsletter on a regular 8.5×11 piece of paper and use cheapie envelopes laying around the house. What a frugal way to spruce up your Christmas cards!
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