PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES - DIY WEDDING INVITATION SET
VG Invites printable papers can be incredibly convenient around the home and for special occasions. You can use them for almost anything: invitations, notebook paper, notecards, recipe cards, a notepad, etc. They come in handy for parties and everyday tasks. Not to mention, they help you add a little flair to your daily tasks and can showcase your personality in whatever you do.
This post is the first in a series on how to customize these printable papers into a wedding invitation set using PicMonkey. PicMonkey is a free, online, graphics editing program. We will be utilizing this program to help personalize our printable papers into an invitation that you can use for your wedding.
For personalization, you will be focusing on the design tools on the PicMonkey website. If you let your mouse hover over the “design” option on the top of the home screen, a dropdown menu will show you different sizes and options. The printable invitations that VG Invites offers are sized at 5 x 7. Choosing that option will open up a new screen.
Along the left side of the new screen, you will see that there are different options: Basic Edits, Effects, Touch Up, Text (which is what we’ll be using today), Overlays (which allows you to put images into your graphics, Frames, Textures, and Themes. There are a lot of great tools here. Note that the mouse controls can be a bit wonky on the page. Just be patient with it and you’ll get the hang of it.
Click on the “Open” option up at the top and upload your new printable paper from VG Invites into the program. Keep in mind that you can use your printable papers for anything. The most common uses will require adding a bit of personalized text to your printable papers.
In order to do this, you’ll have to choose the “Text” option. PicMonkey will ask you if you want to apply your own, just click on apply. Once this loads, you will see various types of texts that are available. There are wonderful free options. The gold crown next to a text means that it must be purchased but all of the others are free. Click on the text you want to use and then click on “Add Text”.
This will cause a new dialogue box to open up for you. Hover and click in order to move it around and click inside the box to add your own text. You can change the different colors by going to the color box here. You can also change the size of the text by clicking on the corner of the box and dragging it or by using the "size" tool in the dialog box to the right.
When you are done, you can easily save it onto your computer by clicking “Save” and choosing the destination. And there you have it! Easy peasy, right?
Victoria’s favorite project using printable papers is to create stationary for around the house or letterheads for correspondence. Next Christmas you can use them as letterheads and pretty paper for your annual Christmas letter. You can use them as announcements whenever something important happens:
Visit the next post in this series: “Printing and Mounting Your Printable Papers”. If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas for printable papers, please leave us a comment in the section below.