Graduation Announcements for the Crafty Graduate

There are many things to think about when you are about to graduate- from getting your cap and gown to making sure you are going to graduate. One thing that you may be interested in is graduation announcements. Don’t worry, there are ways to personalize your announcements to make them fit your personality perfect! 


Trim 


First things first, the trim of your card can say a lot about your personality. There are many trim types out there, the most common being the square trim. This looks like a typical card or announcement, four sharp corners creating a square shape card. Next, we have the round trim, which is basically the square trim, just with rounded corners instead of sharp ones. For a bolder cut, there is the ticket cut – which looks like a fancy plus sign- and the double round – which looks like a thick ticket cut. If you want some elegance in your trim cut, try the crest or the vintage crest, which have little crests coming out of the sides of the square. Lastly, you can have a circular or oval announcement, which is also a great option. If you are crafty, or want to give it a try, take some scissors and play around with paper until you get it right! For more interesting cuts, use decorative scissors and see what you come up with! 


Size and Orientation 


Another important decision to make is the size of your announcement. Often this is influenced by what you want on it, like pictures of yourself, for example. If you want one picture you can get away with going with a smaller size, whereas if you want two pictures, you’re going to have to size up. In addition, you must choose your announcement orientation based on your picture, or vice versa. This means whether your announcement is going to be vertically oriented or horizontally oriented. We’ve all been in a situation where our face gets stretched out in a picture because the orientation is not right, no one would want that on something as important as an announcement! Find a few photos that you like, and see which ones work best together! You may find that you want no photos, or that you want a bunch! Get as creative as possible! 


Color and Style 


The color and style of your announcement is another great place to show off that awesome personality! You can basically pick any color or color combination that please you for your announcements. Normally these colors will either go in the background of the picture, the background of the text (if it isn’t the picture), and the text itself. The style typically refers to any pattern, specific detail, or borders on the announcement. Some common styles today are vintage, whimsical, modern, and classic. Style can also be considered the theme of the announcement, although that is not always the case. It can be based on where you’re graduating from, religious preferences, photo preferences, and anything else you can think of to make it perfect for you!

 

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