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Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 4

Party DecorationsI’ve been gushing about this awesome kit by Shabby Princess for a few days now, and I still have even more ideas to share with you :)!  I think lots of moms like to make their baby’s first birthday a special day to remember. But as a scrappin’ mom, I was also thinking ahead about how to best preserve those cherished moments for years to come. How cool is it, then, that I was able to create my own customized party decorations so that my photos of the celebration perfectly match the digital kit I used for my scrapbook pages :)?! And it is WAY more simple and easy to do than you may think!

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • I created a template (included below) to make a very simple pennant banner printout – now I can use the same template to make different party decorations to suit any event!
  • Using the template helps save ink and paper – I only print what I need.
  • Templates also take the guesswork out of this project – no measuring or tracing needed, just layer, print and cut!

Technique: DIY Pennant Banner Party Decorations (Free Template Below)

This project was SO fast and I was very pleased with the happy looking decorations :)! NOTE: These steps work in Photoshop CS, but might be different in other versions.


Free Pennant Banner Template (below)

Photo editing software (I used Photoshop)

Printer, paper and ink


String (the length of your desired banner)

Stapler and staples

Steps For Making the Pennant Printout

  1. Open the pennant banner template (found below) in Photoshop, and in the layers palette, select the layer called “Pattern 1″.
  2. Open a digital patterned paper file you’d like to use for your banner. Type ctrl+a (select all) and ctrl+c (copy).
  3. Go back to the template file and type ctrl+v (paste), Alt+Ctrl+g (create clipping mask, or group with previous). At this point, you may want to use the move tool to position the patterned paper just right over the pennant pattern. Then type ctrl+e (merge down) when you are happy with how it looks.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 using coordinating patterned papers for the remaining two layers in the template.
  5. Flatten your image (Layer>flatten) and print  – make sure you are set up to print in landscape mode! I also included some circle “sticker” decorations in the extra space on the edges of my printouts, that I later used for making streamers hanging from the ends of the banners.

Pennant Banner Template Example

Steps for Assembling the Pennant Banner

  1. Once you have printed enough copies to make your desired banner, cut out all of the pennants and line them up in the order you’d like them to hang.
  2. Fold the top edge of each pennant over the string and staple each end, trimming any excess corners that are showing.

I added “Happy Birthday” word art to the center pennants that I had printed and cut out.  I also made streamers to decorate the edges by cutting out circle decorations and attaching them back-to-back to ribbon with double sided tape.

OK, so here is the pennant banner template you will need to make this project – it is in a layered .tif format. If any of you need a .psd format, let me know :). Enjoy!

Pennant Banner Template Preview

*Click Here to Download the Pennant Banner Template Freebie*

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 2

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 3

Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 5

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23 responses to “Occasions – XL Collection by Shabby Princess; Review Part 4

  1. Karen September 11, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    What a cool idea Jess. I really like it.

  2. Jess September 14, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Thanks Karen! It was so simple and fun :)!

  3. Quenya October 12, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Hello. I am a Spanish girl who recently I started in scrapbooking.Here the hobby isn’t more divulgation. I found your blog looking pages scrapbooking hybrid.Yours works are very colorful and talented. Congratulations, I hope to visit your space when I going tour of blogs.Thanks for the links to the digital kit scraps

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  5. kathy July 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Just wondering if you would e-mail me your template for the pennant banners…the link is no longer active and i would love to make some for some upcoming events. I’m sure that I could make one myself, but I am 3 weeks away from my due date for our 3rd child and simplicity is what is working for me lately! Thanks so much!!!

  6. Heather Arbeen July 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

    What a great project idea! The link to the template is no longer active … could you email it to me?


  7. Dianne August 18, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Could you email me the template? My son’s “going off to college” party is this weekend.

  8. Nicole October 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I am wanting to make some banners for my 2nd grade students. The banner link is not active, is there a way to get the template? Thanks so much!

  9. Stacy November 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Id love this template

  10. Stacy November 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Could you please send me this file, I am having a Happy Birthday Jesus party for my 1st graders and I would LOVE for them to make these.

  11. photojenic February 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Another request for your AWESOME template. Pretty please?

  12. PAUSQUALINA June 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm


  13. Jennifer June 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Would you also e-mail me the template? My daughter’s 1st birthday is next month, and I love this idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)

  14. Michelle July 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Me too, me too! Could you please email me the template for the adorable banner! Thanks so much!

  15. Misty September 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I tried to download the template and it is gone. =( Is there anyway to get this template through email?

    Thanks so much!

  16. Shay April 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm


    I’m trying to edit this in GIMP is there anything special that I need to do in that program.

  17. Leslie May 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Hi Jess — Cool idea, very creative! Can you please send me this template in a PSD format?? Thanks!!

  18. Stacie September 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I also would love the PSD file if you could send it my way- it would be a lifesaver! Thank you!

  19. Kristin February 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Could you email me the psd format please!?

  20. Jess February 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    OK everybody, I fiiiiinally got around to repackaging the pennant banner freebie with a .psd file included. And I uploaded it to MediaFire this time, so hopefully the link will be good for a long time!! It’s so nice to see that this little freebie is still popular almost 4 1/2 years later! xoxo

  21. Kristen May 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing the psd file and the tutorial. I am following the tutorial, and I am just not able to paste the paper file onto one of the pennants in the template. I feel I am missing a step. Any advice? TIA!

    • Jess May 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Hi Kristen,
      What software are you using? The steps above were made for Photoshop. I’m not sure if the keyboard short cuts are the same in other programs. Basically, you need a program that allows you to layer the paper above the template layers, then “group” them together so the paper takes the shape of the template. Hope this helps!!

  22. Clarissa Treseder Jones October 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! It made my party decoration making life SO much better!

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