//DIY / Graduation Announcement Hack / Quick, Easy, and Cute!

Hi, there, guys and gals! So in about a week I am graduating from law school, and it's a bit surreal to be honest. All I've ever known these past two decades is school, homework, and exams. It's going to be weird being a "real adult." But hey, next chapter of my life and all that, right?

The law school gave us a bunch of free graduation announcements if we wanted them. Nothing terribly fancy, just the bare facts, but I knew I was going to use them because I didn't want to shell out a ton of bucks for graduation announcements--especially since I wasn't planning on having a party or inviting a ton of people. However, I wanted them to be a little more personalized so that when my family receives them they feel special. I was perusing some of my favorite stationary sites for inspiration but it was on Pinterest where I found an idea similar to my final product (Oh, Pinterest. You wild temptress.). There was a DIY about this, but the webpage no longer worked so I decided to figure out how to do it myself (thanks, Google!).

First, I uploaded a photo of myself into Photoshop. I stuck with dark, monochromatic tones so the text would be easier to read. There was a blank portion on the bottom of the document (which I sized to 4" x 6" since that's the size of the photo I ultimately wanted), so I filled it in with black using the paint tool in Photoshop. Then, I typed the title in a font called Lilly Belle (available here fo' freeeee!) and used a tutorial to create a gold glitter overlay for the text. While I can't locate the original tutorial I used, this one from Sweet C Designs also seems to be really good and should get the job done. I typed the remainder of my text in simple white (I used the same font). VOILA! That's it. This is the end result of the photoshop image.

//The text is in Polish and reads: "I invite you to my graduation. After the ceremony, we invite you to join us for dinner. All of the information is on the card underneath. Kisses, Justyna"//

After that, I simply uploaded the photo to my nearest Walgreens for one-hour printing and attached them to the free grad announcements with a jewel brad. This allows the photo to be attached to the announcement without impeding reading the announcement whatsoever. A bonus is that the 4x6 photo fit perfectly over the text of the announcement, though I was sure to measure beforehand to be certain that I didn't need to order the 5x7 size. I'm happy about that mostly because it's always far cheaper to purchase the 4x6 size and hey, I'm a thrifty (about-to-be-former) grad student.

I absolutely LOVE how they came out--and what I love even more is how simple they were to make! Once I designed the photo (which in all honesty, took only about ten minutes once I figured out the pattern overlay bit), they were a breeze! And everyone said how cute and fun they are, which is a plus in my book! The only bummer is that I did this in Photoshop and I don't know how to do it in a similar program (such as Gimp, which I understand is supposed to be a lot like Photoshop). However, I'm sure it can't be too different and when all else fails, GOOGLE YOUR TUSH OFF, amiright?

What do you guys think? Is anyone else also graduating or recently graduated?

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