My baby shower is in two weeks. After yesterday's scare at the hospital, I hope even I will be able to attend. Send your prayers my way.
While I rely on my faith to keep baby and me healthy and safe, I can't help but keep busy during these exciting, few weeks.
I have so much trouble sleeping at night. I've always been an insomniac, but it has gotten even worse since becoming pregnant.
Last night, after midnight, I decided I would create a simple save-the-date for my baby shower. Most of my invitations were sent via evite.com, so we (my cousin, mom and I) really did not have to mail anyone the details. Surprisingly, a lot of people responded (more than anticipated) and there was no real reason to use "snail mail".
I figured the save-the-dates could be sent to those who still like the old-fashioned way of being invited to an event. I chose to create a magnet that could easily stick on the refrigerator as a reminder.
They were so simple to make. Here are the steps I used to create a "Little Man" Mustache Save-the-Date Magnet for a baby shower.
Here is what you'll need:
- paper trimmer
- Elmer's All Purpose Glue
- decorative paper
- pre-made invites
- paper corner rounder
Second: Either print your card out at home on printer paper, cardstock, etch. Or, you can send them to a photo-processing center. I chose Walmart Photos because I had a coupon for 25 free prints. Normally, 4 x 6 one hour prints will run you around $.19 each. That is still not a bad price.
Third: Choose a decorative paper to serve as the background. I chose to use two, separate designs that complimented each other. I found a pile of scraping paper at the thrift store for $2. You can pick up paper from just about any craft store.
Fourth: Using a paper trimmer, cut the decorative paper to your desired size. Since the invite is 4x6, I cut the larger piece in a 5 x 7 size. Then, I cut the smaller piece into 4.5 x 6.5. You can go a little higher to create more of an edge. You'll have to play around with this part.
Fifth: This is completely optional, but I decide to round the corner of my paper to give it a more polished look. You can find these in just about any craft store for very cheap. You'll want to round the decorative papers and the invite.
Sixth: Now it's time to glue all the pieces together. I usually eye this part, depending on how much paper I want exposed around the invite. You can always use a grid or ruler if you want it perfect. Then, I used Elmer's All Purpose Glue (stick) to glue the paper pieces together and finally the invite on top.
Seventh: I like to keep scraps of everything and put them in my craft bin. I was working with a company that sent like 20 magnets. I never used them all, so I saved them. I knew they would come in handy. Using the paper trimmer, I cut 0.5" strips of the magnet to place on the back of the card. Then, I glued them.
Eighth: You're all done! Mail the save-the-date to the appropriate recipient. You can include a note inside if you want. In my case, I just placed the magnet on the refrigerator as a reminder.
Whenever you're sending out invitations to an event, the costs can add up. You have the invitation, the stamps (sometimes returned items) and the actual hours of getting addresses together. It can get expensive.
I know not everyone likes to craft or is creative. However, you'd be surprised at what you come up with if you just grab the glue and go.
This isn't my best work, but it serves its purpose.
Now, I just sit and wait. And I'm sure I'll come up with something else to create before my shower arrives.