I have never been one to buy school pictures of my children. I have 4 children. Our school wants you to pay before you preview.... that's not a wise investment for me. And being
This was a learning project. A few years ago, I bit the bullet and bought Photoshop7. It has been very challenging to learn since there were no instructions with it. Thankfully, my BFF is pretty wise also and taught me a few things which I used to create a 4x6 photo announcement. My daughter had chosen the black and white damask pattern for her graduation party theme and I just incorporated it into the announcement. I love this idea for the announcement. You are sending a wallet size photo and the announcement printed on a 4x6 photo. Let's face it... how many people really keep those name cards and the pricey, fancy announcements (besides Gram-ma ☺) I got a great deal through Snapfish and got 100 of them for $5, shipped. These will be tucked into plain white envelopes. Most of the announcements will be hand delivered, so postage will be minimum.
Project #3 Graduation gift #1
As I had mentioned before, I love to scrapbook. I decided to do an album for my daughter as one of her gifts. I got the Damask patterned binder album at Hobby Lobby at half price. It came with 10 page protectors. I also bought a package of page protectors at half price. So I have 40 pages to fill... easy! I started the album with her "professional" photos, from her first baby photo on. Then I started with the photos I had taken over the years of fun memories and friends. Thankfully, I had a little help from my friend with this too! Here are some of my favorite layouts.
Graduation gift #2
Snapfish also had a great deal on 8 1/2 x 11 photo books for $9.99. I thought it would be great to put her Sr. photos in it and give it to her. Easy peasy!!
Graduation gift #3
After much pondering, I finally got some advice from friends who suggested a hope chest. I always wanted a hope chest. So it's decided, a hope chest to put all her treasures in♥.
Project #4 Graduation Party
My daughter had picked black and white for her colors and I threw in a little WILDCAT blue to accent with. She actually picked a collage of damask, hounds tooth, and other patterns that were black and white and blended very well. I found the square damask plates at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon on them. I also found small dessert plates in a black and white floral that somehow matched and looked great... they were on clearance!! I plan on having one centerpiece table and 1 for the food. The tablecloths will be white, the napkins and cups; black. Above the table will be hung a tissue paper pom pom made with the hounds tooth patterned tissue paper (Hobby Lobby). She wanted Dirt Cake (Oreo cake) and so I decided to make them in cupcake papers (Damask pattern, Hobby Lobby) and put a little pick in each one. These are made with scrapbook supplies. (Paper from Hobby Lobby when it's 50% off, lollypop sticks from Hobby Lobby) I also found a little box with the Damask pattern on it to place on the table for cards (H.L.) I bought 2 rolls of crept paper streamers (H.L.), 1 black, 1 white. These will be sewn to make a ruffle for the edge of the table. I bought a picture frame (Hobby Lobby 50% off) to put her photo in for the table that had the Damask pattern on the inside edge. As you can tell, I like to shop at Hobby Lobby. They have great prices, and if you use the 40% off coupon every time they offer it, you can save even more! Start early and buy one item at a time using the coupon, or wait until things go on sale. You will save quite a lot!
Chicken platter from Wal-Mart Deli
Twice baked potatoes
Fruit and dip platter
Project #3: Thank you cards
I hope I have inspired you to be "different", cool and creative. Enjoy!
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