It’s that time of year again. I am planning my son’s birthday. This year is pretty fun as he actually has interests. It was a choice between trains or cars, he LOVES both of these greatly. We decided on trains since we expect his love of cars to be around for a VERY long time.
I started getting my ideas together on Pinterest as I find this is the best way to organize all the ideas I find. While looking for a printable invite I found mostly ones you had to order. Being as I like to spend as little money as possible that wasn’t going to work. I started wondering how hard could it be to make my own invite? With some searching I discovered it wasn’t as hard as I thought.
To make this card I used Microsoft word.
I got the idea to make my own invite from a friend who had just made ones for her son’s birthday. When she told me how easy it was I just had to try it out too. I made a very basic one, you can of course go into more detail if you would like.
First thing I did was find an image to use on the invite. A search for trains under image on Swagbucks gave me many options. I choose my favorite. It was hard there were a lot of good ones. I than saved the image on my computer.
When you open word you need to choose the size you want your invitation to be. I choose 4×6 so that I could print them off as photos and easily place in a standard envelope.
In Microsoft word you have the option to add a watermark to your document. I made the image into a watermark. The options was under Page Layout > Watermark > Custom Watermark > Picture watermark. Than you upload your Thomas the Train picture, and select the size you want.
Since I was printing them out as a photo I didn’t want a white background behind the image. I was able to sort out how to add a textured background. Page Layout > Page Colour > Fill Effects > Texture. There are many more options for your background colour so play around and find something that you like.
I added the text to the party invite using text boxes. I changed the settings on the text boxes until I had the look I wanted. This included changing one of the boxes to word art.
If you have a good printer for printing photos you can just print you invitation at home on the paper of your choice. My printer goes through a lot of ink when it prints photos so I ordered mine as if they were a photo. They were ready the next day.
I had a lot of fun making this Thomas the Train party invitation. I hope you can use this idea to make your own. If you do I would love to know about it and how it turned out.