National Park Birthday Invitations

National Park Birthday Invitations

Hey there! It’s Kira and I am back with another project using some of my favorite Cardstock Warehouse papers and envelopes. My son is turning eight and I always become a little “extra” when it’s time to plan his party. He always comes up with the best themes and I am happy to make his dream a reality. This year he has chosen a National Park themed party, which has been a blast to plan!

Supplies: 

For his invitations, I knew I wanted to create a “field guide” as part of it, and I wanted to make a brochure because for whatever reason, he is obsessed with brochures. He collects them everywhere we go, from the eye doctor to a hotel. So, from here, the rest of the invitations came together fairly easy. 

 

National Park invitations

 

Let’s talk about the envelopes first. I used an A7 sized Paper Bag Kraft envelope.  I wanted to line it with something, so I looked on Etsy for something national park themed and found this digital of a vintage national park poster. I sized it to 7” wide and trimmed it so it would fit inside the envelope. Then I adhered it to the envelope with some adhesive. 

 

adding printed national park liner to A7 Paper Bag envelope

 

While searching on Etsy, I also found some vintage postcard digital prints. I thought these would be a fun addition to the invites! I printed the postcards on matte photo paper. For the reverse side, I printed a postcard-back image from google images on some Bright White 100 lb cardstock. Then I trimmed everything down and adhered the two sides together. This created a nice thick, heavy postcard that could easily be sent in the mail if the recipients choose to do so. 

 

Bright White National Park postcards

 

For the invitation, I knew I wanted a “field guide” look. I designed the invites in Word and then printed them out on Oatmeal 80lb cardstock. These are 5x7 cards folded landscape. I rounded the corners with my corner rounder to give it an even more field guide look. 

 

Printed Field Guide invitation on Speckletone Oatmeal paper

 

The brochure probably took the longest to make. I spent a few days fussing with it in Word to get it just right. I included a map of all the national parks on the inside.  The outside has an excerpt I found online about what makes national parks special, along with a schedule of events for the party. I printed the brochure on Recycled White cardstock. It measures 7” tall and 10.5” wide when open all the way.

 

National Park Brochure on Bright White cardstock

 

To keep everything together, I used a Cherry Wood Veneer belly band from our pre-cut cards. Then I used some little faux leaves from Hobby Lobby on top of the belly band. 

 

National Park Invitation Suite with Paper Bag Kraft, Oatmeal Speckletone, and Cherry Wood Veneer Belly Band

 

Here’s a final look at everything together:

 

National Park Party Invitation Suite

 

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Happy Crafting!

Kira (@kira.gets.crafty

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