Archive for April, 2013


Graduation time!

It doesn’t seem all that long ago we were planning my daughter’s college road trip.  She was a junior in high school.  We spent her entire spring break visiting colleges.

Next week we will be watching as she presents her honors thesis.  And, in a little over a month, she will be graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship.  To say we are proud of her is an understatement.

Her special day deserves some special attention.  Of course I could not settle for purchased announcements.

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Today, with great love and great pride, I designed her very own custom graduation announcements.

The card base is confetti card stock featuring a gate fold.  The finished card size is 5-1/2 inches by 4-1/4 inches.  I started with card stock measuring 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scoring folds 2-1/8 inches from each side.  The card opens up to reveal the graduation information on the inside center panel.  A standard sheet of card stock will make 2 cards.  I formatted the text in Microsoft Word and printed it before cutting and folding the cards.  The text on the front right panel of the card was printed on the opposite side also using Microsoft Word.  I layered a 1 inch by 5-1/2 inch piece of gold foil paper on top of a 1-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch piece of maroon card stock and attached it under the left side.  I found the image of the school seal through a Google search, printed it and punched it out using a circle punch.  It is layered on top of a slightly larger scalloped circle with two pieces of ribbon underneath.

The design was rather simple but I was very pleased with the results.  My daughter was very happy with how they turned out as well.  However, probably the biggest compliment (and surprise) I received was from my son who wondered where I had purchased the announcements.  He has three years of high school to go before he will need any, but something tells me I will be using this design again!

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