These Dr Seuss Birthday party invitations are still one of my most popular and most asked about invitations! I usually get asked if I am willing to sell them. Since I don’t want to get in trouble for copyright infringement of any kind I do NOT sell them. The next question I get asked is if I’ll share my images and text. I made these specifically for our party and situation, so they wouldn’t fit anyone else’s party per se. BUT I am willing to share extra pictures and a bit more of HOW I made them with you in hopes that it will help someone!
For the cover: I used this Cat in the Hat image, this blue background and a Dr. Seuss font to create the cover art. I used Microsoft Publisher to create my books, but word or Photoshop would work just as well. I just happen to used publisher a lot and so it was the quickest option for me. I bought and used blank cards from a local craft store, but the measurements of the cards was off just enough that it caused issues. If I was to do them again I would use normal 8.5″ x 11″ card stock folded in half for my cards. The weird measurements was seriously the most frustrating an time consuming part of the whole project.
click on either image to go to my flickr page where you can download a larger version of them both to create your own cover. (oh and the difference in color of the two backgrounds must have something to do with my printer, camera, photo editing, etc… This IS the jpg of the backdrop I used, I promise!
For first inside pages I scanned in pictures from the Cat in the Hat returns because of the images with snow. Since the party was at the beginning of spring and we were just coming out of winter it fit the story I wanted to tell well! I used the same Dr. Seuss font as the cover. The first paragraph I took right out of the book, and went from there. I am NOT an english major, but I tried my best to stick with the cadence and rhythm of Dr. Seuss. The extra step I did, that is totally optional, is I used photoshop to edit out the little boy from the images I scanned in. I only wanted the little girl because the party was for my 3 year old daughter. But it was certainly not a necessary step, easy to leave out.
The next pages, I think the first one is from Cat in the Hat returns, and the second one is from Cat in the Hat. I choose the first one because it had a cake, and fit with the party theme. The blank erased spot had the birthday girls name (because it was a 3rd line it didn’t have to rhyme.).
This is the center page so you can also see where I put the two blank cards together and used my sewing machine, on the longest stitch, to sew my book together.
I choose a pretty busy picture (another one with a cake) so knowing I couldn’t add words to that page I choose a very blank page to set across from the busy page so I would have plenty of room for words to finish up the story. It’s much more wordy than a typical Seuss book, but it got in all the info I wanted, food, theme, colors, crafts, etc… I’m sure I could have made it shorter but I tend to go overboard… Plus when your working in rhymes it takes a lot more words to get just one idea across! (again I erased the birthday girls name from this page, but it did rhyme this time)
Again, I took the extra time and step to Photoshop the little boy OUT of the page image, but it seriously is not for the feint of heart, or Photoshop beginner.
And finally the main party info. This image is from the beginning of the Cat in the Hat book. I wanted it all on one page, like a more traditional invitation, but at the same time it’s hard to get that much info into two paragraphs that all still fit the rhythm and rhyme of the rest of the book! I think I’m the most proud of this page because of how well it came together (except for the Heaven line- but what else rhymes with 7?). And of course I erased all the address/name info, sorry. And once again I got rid of the boy from this picture, an unnecessary step but one I felt really MADE the book come together for me.
Finally I created this envelope. I use Microsoft publisher address wizard to print off matching envelopes from my address book. The best part??? It still only cost one stamp?? I couldn’t believe it? I thought for sure it would cost more, but I’m SO glad it didn’t as we sent out QUITE a few invitations. It was one of the things my husband couldn’t complain about (cost wise).
Clicking on the picture will take you to the flickr page where you can download the full size png image and use it for your own invitations or envelopes.
I hope this helps you guys in some way. I’m sorry I can’t do more, but I have seen too many bloggers get in trouble for copyright infringements and I do NOT want to be one of them. If you have any other questions feel free to ask and I will answer what I can!