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{grayson’s 1st birthday} the invite

by Lila on January 12, 2015

1_Grayson-First Birthday - InvitesCan it be that a year has passed already? I have heard the experience of parenthood described as being long days and short years. I think that sums it up beautifully. When my little is up at 5:00 revved up and ready to go, the moment he falls asleep comes with a deep breath and a sigh of relief. Long days. But then a year has gone by and you wonder where the time went.

First Birthday - InvitesThis birthday brought on a world of emotions for me. I cared more about celebrating this moment, this momentous occasion, than any other birthday. There is something about the sense of accomplishment. He is smiling, healthy, we kept him alive, amazing. But I also felt a great sadness. My little is not so little anymore. Like so many other things that I have experienced as a mother, I had opposing, but absolutely true feelings about my guy turning one.

First Birthday - InvitesNeedless to say a party was had. Ever since I saw these photostrips from Print Studio I have had a design for Grayson’s first birthday invitations percolating in my brain. I was thrilled with how it came together. The photo happened on a whim. He was happy and sitting on my bed with great natural light streaming in the window. I knew I wanted him in the party hat I made. It happened to be sitting next to the cardboard letters I bought for his party, so I grabbed them too. It turned out better than I had hoped.

Invite Deets:

First Birthday - InvitesI created the design in InDesign with a pattern to frame the photostrip. I used temporary adhesive so that it could be easily removed and kept by recipients. Definitely not the last time you will see these photostips. You can make them all the same OR all different. So. many. ideas.

To add a little pizazz I cut out envelope liners using a template and tied twine around each invite. Labor intensive, but he is only going to turn one once….right?

First Birthday - InvitesCan’t wait to share more details of this wonderful day with you!

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Sarah @ SnixyKitchen January 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Happy Birthday to Grayson! What a joyous occasion to celebrate – these invitations you designed are so cute!


Jordan January 16, 2015 at 11:26 am

I love this invite, absolutely adorable! How fun!


Carla (@charliesue) January 29, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Oh my, THIS INVITE! SO darling! (Not to mention those PHOTOS. Swoon.)


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