DIY State Sillouette Vector Art

When one of my very good friends and her new husband bought a house this year I knew I wanted to give them something to commemorate their new home, and remind them of their wedding day. You know, the one that occurred like two months earlier. Just in case she has a short term memory like me.

The thing is, I have trouble giving decor to people. How someone decorates their home is so personal, and even if you think you know their style it can be so hard. I decided to give it a shot though on this rare occasion, and I let her know if she hated it I would have no problem if they tossed it and used the frame for something else. I wanted to make sure it was something I diy’d just for them, so I got to crankin’ the old bean for ideas.

I’ve always enjoyed silhouette art, and was particularly enamored with some of the custom prints I saw of state silhouettes on Etsy, like this one from Cloudless Sky Studios.

I loved it so much, and I felt like Jess & Sam would appreciate it too.

As an FYI, I diy’d this in Inkscape. It’s a free open source vector editor, kind of like Adobe Illustrator, that I use all the time. It can be downloaded here. I can barely qualify as an amateur in Inkscape, so I highly suggest using their Wiki and other tutorials on how to use it. There may be an easier way of doing it, but this worked for me great. In fact, I did mine slightly different and harder – but I cut out all those parts for you and am giving you the easiest way I’ve found.

1.) Go here and get a PDF version of the map you want. Save and extract the file to your desktop.

2.) Open Inkscape and open the PDF.

3.) Click on the name of the state, and the scale that shows up and delete.

4.) Click on the picture, and then choose your colors from the pallet. Right click on the color you want and set the stroke and fill to your hearts content. I kept mine the same colors to get the look I was going for.

5.) Save this pdf template and open it in Inkscape. Just click File, Open and then choose the PDF. StatePrint.

6.) Go back over to your vector state from above. Choose the vector, and then click copy.

7.) Switch back over to the template and click paste. Replace the state of Maine in the template with your state.

8.) Replace the text with your text. To change any colors of any of the elements, just click them and choose the color from the Inkscape pallet.

9.) You can print right from Inkscape, but if you have issues do File, Export and then export it to your desktop and print from that.

Ta Da!

My state looks a little different than above, because as I mentioned, I did mine a little different {and harder}. It’s all the same in the long run though. I changed the name to “the bowies”, which is not my friends last name. I absolutely chose this name after David Bowie. I am in no way ashamed. What babe? The babe of the power.

(photo from manilovefilms.com)

In order to make the photo pop, I chose to use a white frame so the focus would be on the art. I picked up this 11×14 frame at The Christmas Tree Shop for $6.99, and it was already matted.

I simply slid the art in, and was done. I had to photoshop their last name out (and am not skilled enough to put it back in and look natural), but you get the idea.

Thankfully, Jess really seemed to like it, and it unknowingly fit the colors of her house well! Whether she keeps it up or not is totally up to her, but I know no matter what she appreciated the gesture completely since she’s such a genuinely grateful person.  Whether you do this for someone else, or just for yourself, it’s a fun piece to make and to have. Maybe that’s just me being partial. Ok, it’s totally me being partial.

I fully plan on doing something similar for our home, based on the heart map idea here. I’ll blog about it. Obviously.

(Photo from http://pinterest.com/pin/142352695/)

xo,

Heather

Mason Jar Wedding Invitation Set – DIY Template

Update: January 29, 2015

Unfortunately someone peed in the pool, in fact, multiple people have peed in the pool and so the pool party is over. It will never cease to amaze me how one person believes it’s okay to steal another persons design and then portray them as their own, and profit off of them. It’s straight up unethical.

Thank you to everyone who has used my design responsibility for their events. I truly appreciate it. However, the only place you may now find this design for download is through The Wedding Chicks.  I have given them exclusive permission to offer the designs for free. Unfortunately this means the file is no longer editable to use for any other purpose than a wedding.

I’m sorry everyone to shut the pool down. It just hurts my heart too much to see other people ripping my designs off for a profit, when I, as the creator, don’t even sell them for a profit. So, with that said, I have removed all downloadable files below, information on what fonts were used, and how to edit these. I have also watermarked the images so they cannot be lifted and manipulated easily within a program.

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PLEASE NOTE PRIOR TO USE: This design is for personal use only and may not be downloaded, used, or altered in anyway for commercial use. This design is Creative Commons protected – as noted at the end of this post. Wedding Chicks is the only vendor with an agreement to use this design commercially. Wedding Chicks will be notified of listings found to be using any part of this design for profit. All blogs who wish to offer this template, or a version of it, for free are welcome to do so with clear and proper acknowledgement and a link back to this blog.

Unauthorized replications of designs, for profit or for free without acknowledgement, is disheartening and disrespectful to the intent of this design and to all designers who work hard to produce original content. For those that have used this template personally and have loved it, thank you so much for your support. I choose to believe the majority of people who use this are doing so personally and the notes I’ve received of gratefulness are the reasons I’m still keeping this download up for now. Thank you again.

Lesson: Don’t pee in the pool, it ruins the fun for everyone.

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I have a confession.

I bought our wedding invitations before we were even engaged. I guess I should back it up and say that we would have been engaged by then had I not lost my job. We just couldn’t merit that kind of money at that point. A couple months later once I got a new job, we got engaged.

So really, while unemployed with lack of cash flow, what inspired me to get invitations suddenly? The price.

You might want to sit down.

Sitting?

Good.

The story goes as follows: Go to staples for soap business supplies, take a look at clearance table to see if there is anything on it I can use, see wedding invitations. Marked down from $40 a box to $7.50 for 50 invites – I can deal with not loving the design (plain with a tiny bouquet of flowers on top). I scoop up a few more boxes than I expect to use,  just incase.

I get to the cash register and I nearly fall over giggling with pure joy and shock. Then I do some sort of Top Gun high-five with the guy behind me in line (okay, I didn’t but it crossed my mind). Why all the celebration? They rang up as .50 cents a box. I confirm the price and gleefully skip out of the store with all wedding invitations for $2.50 cents and a savings of $197.50.

When Mr. A walks in the door I bubble over about my find.  Through the look of utter confusion and gears turning in his head, I get approval. We’ve been together for almost 6 years at this point, he’s really not too baffled by my antics, and was impressed by the savings.

I spent all of yesterday designing and figuring out the wedding and rsvp design since they do need to go out this month. We have a mason jar theme (much like my life). I designed the outline of the jar, in my vector editor, after a picture I found because mason jar pictures so hard to come across. Okay, that was slightly sarcastic.

So without further ado, the invitation set. Cost?  $0.01 cent each (not including labor or ink).

The invitation was printed and cut around to leave a small border. The invitation paper was off-white with tiny flowers on top. I lined these up to print below the flower design and chopped it right off.

The RSVP’s took a while to figure out how I wanted them worded. When it came down to it, I wanted a cute front that incorporated the jars and went for an nontraditional approach to the wording on the back.

So how did I format the wording for these? Mad-Lib style!

I am excited about these and can’t wait to get them all printed and sent out in the mail. I have to confirm the time with the church first but once that’s done my printer won’t know what hit it.

Oh, and if you did the math ($2.50/.50 cents a box = 5 boxes*50 per box = 250) we don’t have nearly 250  people as it turns out. We went with about 100 less than that. Thank God.

Happy Wedding Crafting!

Heather

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