Real Invitations — Isabel’s Graduation

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!

{image credits: Isabel Cattadoris}
  1. erm…wow!!! these are fab…and if isabel did these all from her home printer, then she did a fatastic job..take it from someone currently assembling press kits from her home printer..

  2. These are amazing. I can imagine they took A TON of time to create, too! Congratulations on your graduation, Isabel!

  3. That booklet is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while! Way to go, Isabel…and congrats on graduating!

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