Party It Up Digital Scrapbooking Style!

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Celebrate doodle by Stephanie2, Paper from Reach the Stars by Stephanie2, Fontologie Giggles font. All at The Daily Digi store.

Since January is our birthday month, we thought it would be fun to share with you some ideas for using your digital supplies in your birthday party planning. First, every great party needs an invitation…

It is so easy to make a digital invitation to go with the party theme of your choice. You might even want to consider some ready made templates to save time.

TEMPLATES: Invite Me

Remember the post on digital greeting cards the other day? Several of our readers asked for help with finding greeting card templates (which would also work perfectly for invitations!) These would make wonderful thank you cards as well.

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Brag book templates also work wonderfully for making cards, thank you notes, and invitations!

Several of our readers also asked for some advice on printing cards. I (Katie) rarely print at home except for cards. They are an easy project to print yourself and in small batches they don’t use up too much ink. I simply size my front card image at 5.50 inches wide and 4.25 inches tall (for landscape orientation) or the opposite for portrait orientation (5.50 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide). Then I can fit 2 full cards on a standard size piece of paper to print.

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see previous post for card credits

You can also fill the entire page with 4 images to print and then trim the images and mount them on pre-made blank cards, or your own folded cardstock cards. Another great way to do this is to simply print the images as photos (I use Costco for this) and then adhere them to cards.

When I print my own cards I have always used white cardstock, but Steph shared her secret weapon when it comes to printing: “I always use HP premium presentation paper. The colors turn out great, the images look really good, and I have found if I let it dry completely, I can even Mod Podge it without it running.”

The great thing about designing party invitations digitally is that you can either print them out, or you can send them electronically in emails to the people you are inviting!

Of course the invitation is only the beginning. Look at all the fun things you can do with digital scrapbooking supplies to make the most amazing party ever!

If you want to minimize your work load, there are some wonderful party kits available that have everything in them you might need from invitations to party decor and favor ideas. The nice thing is that you can print as many as you need, whenever you need them!

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or you can completely customize your own party using any digital scrapbooking kit(s) that fit your theme and some hybrid helpers like these:

Create your own party hats

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Print out a special party banner

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Make your own cupcake wrappers with this free download from The Daily Digi and Skip to My Lou. You can fill them with any type of digital paper to customize them for your party!

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Create customized party favor bags

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There are plenty of fun projects to make your party special in this pack. The water bottles would be fun for a spa party!

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You can even create the entertainment using your digital scrapbooking supplies!

It would be a blast to make a memory matching game to play at the party. This isn’t only for little kids, I recently went to a 40 year old’s birthday party where his wife arranged a photo matching game that told stories about the birthday “boy” – it was so much fun!

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How about making your very own Bingo game for some entertainment? Bingo is fun for all ages and a great party game!

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There are a lot of advantages to using digital techniques and supplies for your party planning. You can control the number of hats you make, or invitations you print. Even with printing costs, you will find that this is a very economical way to make a party festive and fun (and you can reuse templates over and over in the coming years!) My favorite reason is the creativity of being able to turn any theme into a fabulous party!

For my daughter’s 13th birthday we threw her an outdoor camping theme party. I created everything we needed for the party using digital scrapbooking materials. If you want to see how it turned out you can read my personal blog post here.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and have your parties go digital! I hope these ideas are helpful, have fun planning your next big event!

katie

P.S. Today’s GIFTaway goes to Diana who was randomly selected form those that have purchased THE DIGI FILES so far this month. THANKS to Diana and all of our readers who are showing your support by purchasing the files (and getting some really GREAT scrapping supplies too 😉 ). Diana won a $10 GC to Sweet Shoppe Designs who have over 3 dozen new products on sale today for 20% off.

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