This is the time of year that we hear that familiar song. To me it signifies many things – accomplishments, the end of one part of a life, the beginning of a new part of a life, a heady rush of freedom, and also a bit of sadness for all the good things and friends that are being left behind. I always want to stand up and do that slow, measured walk when I hear it.
A friend’s son is graduating from high school this year. She told me about some things she wanted to make for part of his graduation celebration. Then because my brain has a tendency to go off on tangets, I added something else which she liked as it turns out.
She wanted to make name tags for her son’s relatives that would be attending his graduation and his party. The tags would include a picture of her son at his kindergarten graduation and the relationship of the relative. For example, a tag would say “Tommy’s Grandmother”, or “Tommy’s Mom, or “Tommy’s Uncle Bill”, and so on. You get the idea. I told her that would be a great application for my KNK Maxx. I started designing, borrowed some kindergarten graduation pictures, had several discussions with MTC regarding Textures, and ended up with what you see in this photo.
The tags are made with papers and ribbons that are the school colors. They main part consists of three layers: the shaped back, a PNC photo shaped a bit smaller than the tag back, and a shaped frame to finish it off. A shaped ‘ribbon’ was cut from matching paper and a rectangle cut from the second color. Names were added using vinyl since it is so easy to work with. The shaped photo part and the paper ‘ribbon’ are joined by 2″ lengths of 7/8″ ribbon in the school colors. A pin back is glued onto the back of the photo section and it is finished. Of course the name tag for “MOM” needed to be a bit special so rhinestones were added to give it some bling.
Since there is to be a celebration of the graduation (read ‘a party’), I thought that it would be fun to have a special invitation. There are always official invitations to the graduation ceremony and announcements of the graduation so why not an ‘official’ announcement/invitation for the celebration. Here are the pictures of what I designed for that.
This first picture is of the front of the card.
This time the photo is an official senior photo and it appears that he is wearing his mortarboard. As you continue opening the card this is what happens.
The thought was that it would appear that the graduate has thrown his mortarboard into the air as is the custom at many graduations. Just a bit of fun after such a serious beginning on the front of the card.
Files for the name tags and the invitation/announcement card can be downloaded from the link below: