So you now own a bunch of beautiful design templates that have increased your business offerings and ultimately your bottom line. But is there still more you could glean from these clever little bundles of graphic assets? I say, yes! Why not re-purpose designs from your Design Aglow templates for use in your photography business or personal projects, like party invitations, mini-session announcements, decorations, thank you cards, etc? While I sat down the other day to design baby shower invitations for a good friend of mine, it dawned on me that I had a bank of graphics I could easily repurpose for this fun little task. Immediately the Newborn Welcome Packet from Design Aglow came to mind with that adorable floral pattern, and I'm not just saying that because I made it ;). So here is how I customized it... I used the thin lines and floral pattern featured in the templates and changed the mint colored background to a light pink (since my friend is having a girl). This was quickly done with one double click on the color fill layer in the pattern. (For a tutorial on changing colors in your templates click here.)
After dragging over the elements I wanted to my flat 5x7 card in Photoshop, I added my text and chose a font. Although I could have used the fonts from the Newborn Welcome Packet, I decided on a different font (totally not needed but choosing the font is my favorite part of designing). I only needed 14 invitations, so I decided to print them myself instead of sending them to a lab. I found a pack of A9 (5.75" x 8.75") envelopes at Staples and decided to re-size my invitation to fit. I also picked up a pack of good matte photo paper to print the invitations on. Good paper is the key here. My inkjet printer is not a fancy one and with the invitation printed out on a regular paper, it was less than lackluster. But with the photo paper, my old inkjet worked like a champ.
In the scrapbook area at Michael's I discovered some tiny pink tissue paper flowers with a sticky backing that I thought would look great as a texture on the front of my card, pink scrapbook paper for the paper backing, soft gold scrapbook paper to make envelope liners, and full sheet sticker paper for making fun wrap-around address labels which would also feature the floral pattern from the Newborn Welcome Packet.
After printing out my invites on the 8.5x11 photo paper I used a paper cutter to cut them down to size. I then measured out the size I wanted my colored paper backing to be (slightly larger than my printed invites) and cut those with the paper cutter as well. I attached the paper backings to each invitation with a rolling double sided tape runner.Â Lastly, I attached my little tissue paper flower stickers to the fronts of the invites. Texture - check!
Now for the envelopes. My handwriting leaves a bit to be desired, so I knew I wanted to print out some sort of address label. I love the look of those wrap-around address labels I've been seeing all over Pinterest. So I used the floral pattern again and made a simple border for a wrap around address label that would affix to the front and then wrap around the side of my envelope to the back. I typed in my return address on the area that would fold onto the back of the envelope and typed each guest's address on the front of the labels. I printed these out four up on my 8.5x11 sheets of sticker paper. A few quick swipes with my paper cutter and each label was ready to be attached to my envelopes.
My envelopes were a little thin, so I added an envelope liner that I cut myself using the envelope itself as a template. This part was perhaps the most difficult of the whole process but after I'd made my template it was just a matter of tracing it out on several sheets of scrapbook paper and then cutting them out. The liners were attached to the envelopes using the same rolling double sided tape runner I had used to attach the paper backings to the invites. (I made a mental note to find thicker envelopes next time; although I do like the look of the envelope liners.)
In addition to the invitation, you could also make a plethora of other decorative pieces for the party, such as food labels, banners, and a sticker for gifts (shown here on a clear box, filled with macaroons for each guest!)
Although these custom invitations look like they cost a fortune from a stationery shop, they were actually quite cost effective to make at home. Instead of spending my whole budget for the baby shower on invitations, I was able to put it towards more yummy food and decorations. And who doesn't want more cake?
So, next time you are put with the task of planning your next party, think about what Design Aglow design elements you could re-purpose for any printed materials. The possibilities really are endless. I bet you've already had three or four ideas just in the time it took to read this post. Oh and please do share your creations with us as a success story! If we use your images on the blog, you'll receive a $75 gift code for our shop. For more fun ideas, check out these posts.
LIST OF SUPPLIES USED:
• Newborn Welcome Packet from designaglow.com
• Gartner Studios A9 White Envelopes from officedepot.com
• Staples Photo Supreme Paper, 8 1/2 x 11", Double Sided Matte from staples.com
• Staples Sticker Paper from staples.com
• Arroyo Scrapbooking Cardstock and Gold Vellum Paper from michaels.com
• Martha Stewart Crafts Flower Stickers similar to these from micheals.com
• Staples Roll-On Permanent Glue Tape from staples.com
• Fiskars SureCut Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer, 12" from staples.com
Ashleigh is the lead designer here at Design Aglow. When she was young she dreamed of the stars and longed for a mission to the moon - she even has one epic space camp experience under her belt. She soon realized her talents were better suited more earthly pursuits. Font aficionado, illustrator, animator and lover of all things mid-century, she spends her free time seeking out anything that makes her eyes smile. She is also a wife, instagram enthusiast, and mom to the baddest 8 lb. dog in town.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.