How to Make a Baby Shower Invitation Template Using Microsoft Word

Edit Article If you’re looking to save money on baby shower invitations, or simply want that personal touch, making your own invitation can be a great alternative to buying pre-made invitations. All it takes is a little knowledge of Microsoft Word and a little patience to learn. You can make a template from scratch, or you can edit and existing template, which is quicker but might limit some of your creative options.

Making a Template from Scratch

  • How to Make a Baby Shower Invitation Template Using Microsoft Word

    Open a new blank document in Microsoft Word.Open Word and open a new document with a blank 8.5 x 11 letter-size sheet (which is standard). This will be the canvas you work on to create your own design.
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    Determine your invitation size and shape.For the easiest design, you can fit two half-sheet sized invitations per sheet. To do this, orient your page landscape, or sideways. At the top of the screen clickPage Layout,thenOrientation,and then selectLandscape.[1]
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    Create a border.Click theInserttab at the top of the screen. Then select theShapesdrop-down menu. Pick a shape to create a border, such as a rectangle, a rounded rectangle, or an oval. Click and drag to create an area about half the size of the page.[2]
    • You’ll want to only use half the page so that later you can copy and paste your design to the other side, so you can print two copies per sheet.
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    Keep the background readable.It is probably best to keep your background white, for readability. If your box is filled with color, selectShape Fillfrom theFormattab, or click the picture of a box with no filling inside. To change the color of the border line, clickShape Outline.[3]
    • If you don't want a white background, choose another light color like yellow so the invitations are easy to read.
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    Get creative with the effects.Have a little fun and make unique effects for our invitations. You can clickShape Effectsto give the border shadow or a glow. You can also make a box that is filled with something then create a white box within it. To explore the options for filling the box, selectShape Filland play around with adding a gradient or texture.[4]
    • Remember, you can always click the "Undo" button if you dislike something you create. Feel free to experiment a little until you get the effect you want.
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    Add a title.To make a stylized title, clickInsertthenWordArtthen type your title: “It’s a Boy!” You can also insert aText Boxwhich will offer a cleaner text that you can still edit. Customize your WordArt or regular text by changing the font, font size, and font color under theHometab.[5]
    • To create a text box, click theInserttab on the top tool bar. Select "Text Box." Click "Draw Text Box" and use your cursor to create a text box in your desired shape and size in your document.[6]
    • Use a variety of stylized texts to include all the important information. If you want to include the baby’s name, you might want to do it in a different color or font than the main title.
    • If you find some of your objects are being moved around by the placement of other objects, such as text, select the object then open theFormattab. Then clickWrap Textthen “In Front of Text.”
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    Add an image.Open theInserttab, then clickClip Art,which will have a lot of stock image and cartoon options. If you want to insert a photograph, selectPicture,then find the photo’s location on your computer.[7]
    • Arrange your image and title as you see fit by dragging and dropping them into position. Experiment until you find a design you like.
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    Add your baby shower details.Include all the essentials such as guests of honor, date, time, location, RSVP info, and gift registry information. This time, use a text box rather than WordArt so that it doesn’t steal attention from the title. Make sure to double check the information you include for accuracy.
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    Group all of your images and text together.When you have all the necessary information and images that you want, make sure everything is centered according to the border. Then, go toHomeandSelectin the far right side of the screen. You can click “Select Objects” and draw a box around your invitation design, or you can choose “Select All” if the images and texts are the only thing on the page.[8]
    • Once everything is selected, right-click on one part of it and chooseGroup. This will make everything one object that can be moved without changing the position of the different parts.
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    Copy and paste your design.With your group design selected, hit Ctrl + C on a PC or Command + C on a Mac to copy it. Then hit Ctrl + V or Command + V to paste it. Move the copied design to the other, empty side of the page.
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    Save your template.You can save your document as a document, or you can also save it as a template for later use. To do this, click onFilethenSave As. On theFormator “Save as type” pop-up menu, selectWord Template. In theSave Asor “File name” box, type the name of your template: “Baby Shower Invitation.” ClickSave.[9]
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    Print and cut your invitations.Print your invitations on cardstock, or thicker paper. Go for card stock paper between 80 and 110lb for the sturdiest invitations. Since you have two copies per sheet, you will need to cut your invitations in half. Use a paper cutter or bring them to a copy shop to do it for you.[10]

Editing an Existing Template

  • How to Make a Baby Shower Invitation Template Using Microsoft Word
    Open a template in Microsoft Word.To open an existing template, clickFilethenNew. Here you will find folders with existing Microsoft Office templates. SelectAnnouncementsand find one that is for baby showers or could easily be made into a baby shower invitation.
    • If you don’t find a satisfactory template already on your computer, you can download new ones online. Go to the Microsoft website to browse the templates they have to download and find one that you like and matches your vision for a baby shower invitation.[12]
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    Type your baby shower invitation wording.Simply click the existing text boxes to enter them, delete the existing text, and type your own. Be sure to include the guest of honor, date, time, location, RSVP info, and gift registry information.
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    Change the font and color.Highlight the text you’d like to change. Then select the font, font size, and color you’d like. These options are under theHometab at the top of the screen.[13]
    • If you like the font or color, you can keep it as is. However, if you had a specific color or font in mind, feel free to alter the font to your liking.
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    Insert new pictures.If there are images you don’t want, select them and press “Delete” or right-click and choose delete. To insert new images open theInserttab, then clickClip Artwhich will have a lot of stock image and cartoon options. If you want to insert a photograph, selectPicturethen find the photo’s location on your computer.
    • Once your picture is added, you can choose to center it at the top of the invitation, or place it anywhere you wish.
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    Change background colors or borders.To change the color of the background, or a border, select the object, then open theFormattab. Change the “Shape Fill” or “Shape Outline” as you see fit.
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    Proofread and save your invitation.Make sure everything is correct. Then save the invitation by using the "Save as" option, so you will have it for future use, if needed.
    • It's a good idea to set your invitation aside for an hour and then proofread. This will help you catch errors better. You can also have someone else proofread for you.
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    Print the invitation on heavy cardstock.Cardstock paper between 80lb and 110lb works best as it will make sturdy invitations. If your template only takes up half the page, you will need to cut your invitations in half.

Tips

  • If you have Microsoft Publisher, this is a better tool than MS Word. Publisher offers more flexibility.
  • You can use a pre-designed cardstock instead of using your computer to add an image.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word (or MS Publisher)
  • Printer
  • Cardstock
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