That's right these aren't wedding invitations, but rather a graduation announcement and party invitation from recent art school grad Isabel! I love that Isabel celebrated this momentous, six-years-in-the-making (see below), occasion and the beginning of her new graphic design career with an equally monumental booklet invitation:
From Isabel: I felt my invitations should reflect the career path I'd chosen, as well as tell a story about my education. And, since I love small keepsakes and all things paper, I wanted each invitation to be a mini souvenir of sorts. I was very inspired by a couple of my professors at Portland State University, Precious Bugarin and Kate Bingaman-Burt, who encouraged me to use a more hands-on approach to design. Everything was printed on my home printer.
To make the smaller RSVP envelopes, I took apart and traced one of the large kraft paper envelopes I purchased for the invitations, scanned it in, adjusted the size, then printed, cut out, and glued them together. I then used that file to correctly size my envelope liners, which were just lightly glued inside the envelopes.
With some tweaking, I was able to print the booklets double-sided. Once each page was printed and cut to size, I measured the width so I could score the covers to fit around them properly. I also marked hole-punch guides to save guesswork. My crocodile hole punch went through all the layers no problem, then I just tightly glued the ribbon on to bind them. I was able to use the scraps from the booklet pages as envelope sealers, then made stickers to wrap-around seal them as well.
In addition to the fabulous booklet-style invitation, I love the mix of the neutral kraft paper with brightly colored patterned papers for a more modern design. Congratulations on your graduation Isabel and thank you so much for sharing your fabulous invitations!