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Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 2

I made so many different projects using the Shabby Princess Occasions – XL Collection that I will be showing them to you in separate posts instead of one super loooooong post :)! So let’s just go in chronological order, shall we?

My baby boy had his very first birthday in August, so of course I had to make a big deal out of it :)! Most of our extended family is in New England, so we took a 3 -day road trip up to CT so that we could be with all the relatives (plus we wanted to celebrate a few weddings and other important birthdays while we were in town as well). After several phone conversations with the Grandmas, the time and location of the party was decided, so I whipped up these birthday party invitations and sent them out just in time :)!


Everything I used to make these invites can be found in the Occasions – XL Collection. I think it was SUCH a great idea to include word art for invites and cards in a scrapbooking kit! We scrappers tend to plan our scrapbook pages, sometimes before the event even occurs, so I was thrilled that my mementos from Gabe’s special day where going to exactly match the pages in his book :)! Special thanks to my Stampin’ Up friend, Melissa Fisher, for helping me design these!

Tips and Tricks

  • Using Photoshop, I created an 8.5×11 document with strips of each of the papers I would be using and printed them out that way rather than printing out the whole sheets of paper. This saves ink and paper, because I only print what I will need.
  • I sized the darling cupcake “stickers” down a tiny bit so that I could easily punch them out with my Creative Memories Circle Maker (the 1.5 inch size). Thanks Amber ;).
  • With the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, I picked up colors from the digital papers to use for the text on the inside of the cards (not shown).

Technique: Simple Birthday Party Invitations


Two different colors of polka-dot papers

One piece of multi-colored patterned paper

“It’s a Party” word art and cupcake embellishment

Regular adhesive and foam adhesive (or other 3-D adhesive). 

Blank white card, with envelope


  1. If you plan to print your text on the inside of the card, do this before you adhere anything to the front! 
  2. Trim each piece of polka-dot paper to fit the full width and 1/3 of the height of your card, adhere one piece to the top edge of the card, and one to the bottom edge. 
  3. Trim the patterned paper to fit the full width and slightly larger than 1/3 of the height of your card, adhere this piece to the center of the card, overlapping the two polka-dot pieces.
  4. Using scallop-edged scissors, trim around the edges of the “It’s a Party” word art. Adhere this, at a slight angle, to the top left side corner of the patterned paper, and slightly overlapping the top polka-dot paper.
  5. Trim the cupcake embellishment into a circle shape. Adhere with foam adhesive to the bottom center edge of the patterned paper, slightly overlapping the bottom polka-dot paper.

What a quick and easy project – and I love how they came out :)! If you want to do more, you could try some stamping or distressing techniques, or add some extra embellishments. Don’t forget to experiment with different paper combinations too!

See also the other parts of this review:

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 1

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 3

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 4

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 5

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