Tree Inspired Wedding Invitation Template

I have a big post coming soon, but don’t get too antsy. I am neither pregnant, nor have we started the addition. Those are hugemungeous posts. Also, we aren’t even trying for kids so that really would be a huge post, even more so. The point is – in the meantime while I edit photos, get them to size and get everything written up, I wanted to share something else with you guys.

High-five for free wedding invitation templates! After making the mason jar invites for our wedding, which you can download from me here, or get from wedding chicks, or have me customize on Etsy, I decided to get my design on and make a new invite.

Here’s the truth. Only the truth. And nothing but the truth. I consider myself as much of a designer as I do a photographer. In other words – I don’t consider myself one at all, in the least bit. That said, I love designing for fun and I love taking photos of non-people subjects. So when late last week I had nothing to do on my lunch hour I sort of started doodling. Then I scanned said doodle in. Then scanned doodle became invite. Invite became wedding invite and this is where we are today. As much as I call this a wedding invite, it could easily be used and colors changed for a variety of parties, from an outdoor baby shower to a backyard graduation party.

I purposely made these super duper simple. The editable parts include the text color and verbiage, the tree color, the heart color, and the background colors for each section. The tree and background white space has no color though (and isn’t color-able unless you finesse the template – but at least buy it dinner first). Simply download the PDF below, and follow the directions below to download Inkscape, as well as some of my editing tips for this particular invite. Also, sorry – I don’t have an RSVP card yet but I’m thinking about making one. If I do, I’ll throw an update at the top.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS:

These items are for personal use only. No commercial uses or for clients. Reproductions must be attributed back to Like A Cup of Tea. Please see Creative Commons License below.

Editing Requirements:

  • Program to open PDF’s like Print2PDF or the like.
  • Vector editor like Adobe Illustrator (available for free trial) or Inkscape (free opensource vector editor – and what I used to design these).
  • Basic knowledge of vector/design editing.

Fonts:

The font used is called Rockwell, and as far as I know is pretty standard on most computers.

Tips (in Inkscape):

  • This is set up to 7 x 5.5, which is the standard size for the print your own invites you can buy at places like Staples. Go to Document Properties and change the page dimensions to anything you need. To make the drawing fit, select all and then hold shift and drag to the correct size. Since it’s a vector, everything will scale property without pixelizing.
  • If using Inkscape instead of Adobe Illustrator make sure to save as an Inkscape SVG, not regular, not eps, or you won’t be able to reopen it again (unless you install Ghostscript but that’s a whole different bag of tricks you can google about). Your best bet to print these is to select “Export” and save with a dpi of about 300.
  • Still confused? There are tons of tutorials on google and inkscape. It’s the easiest way (that my non-designer brain and plenty of research) knows how to do it. Have fun messing around with it. If you post your changes to your own blog, link back to mine so I can see them!

FILE:

Happy Editing!

xo,

Heather

 

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Tree Invite by Like A Cup Of tea is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Pioneering & Pictures

Have you ever read The Pioneer Woman?  This blog (along with Young House Love) single handedly (is that a word?) sometimes get me through my lunch hour at work.  My very favorite part of The Pioneer Goddess Woman is her Confessions. Frankly, I feel like I’m reading into my future (small scale – I only wish we had a full on ranch). I always find myself smirking and laughing out loud at her materials. She’s just so honest about everything that it’s a hoot.

She essentially sums up what I picture as the perfect life: a farm, a maybe not so clean house all the time but one that is lovingly and well lived in, livestock, poultry, a gaggle of dogs and maybe some geese, Mr. A’s God given backside in chaps, being smart enough to home-school (that one really is a dream, I’m confident but not that confident) and a hot cup of tea on the porch on a fall day. The fact is, we’re a long way from that. Hopefully within a year chickens will come, maybe a goat or two. The chaps, chainsaw as they might be, are bound to be broken out again come spring leading to one of my favorite views, and I’m not referring to a timbering tree.

If there is one thing I have down, right now as I write this it’s the “…maybe not so clean house all the time but one that is lovingly and well lived in…” part.

Where was I going with this? Side note: Mr. A will tell you that I am notorious for forgetting things. It’s really, really, really pathetic. I should have my head examined. If I could remember to.

Right – things that are important to me. I was going through my phone the other day and came across many pictures that made me smile and remind me how blessed I feel to have a simple, quiet out of the way lifestyle. There truly is nothing as sweet as loving the life you live, and going through it with your best bud by your side (or three best buds if you count the furry ones).  So here they are – in no particular order…except the last one, because really – it is the most important.

Camp

The love bugs.

The crotchety Old Lady who is not longer with us

Our first “home”

Mr. A at work

Tulips

Having the girls pull stunts like this when I’m feeling frumped. It’s impossible to feel frumped while they look like this.

Trust me. Country dogs are the best.

 

Painting. I didn’t say I was awesome. I just like painting.

Flea Markets

The Bovinest Women Around

This face

 

Enjoying the fruits of our garden, for months to come

 

Enjoying the fruits of nature, immediately (apples as it may be)

the feeling of freedom this gives me, and it’s only steps away from my door

and finally, for now -Mr. A. Seeing him in his element & happy is by far one of my favorite pleasures in life

 

Much love, happiness, homesteading and joy,

Heather