DIY Graduation Announcement

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Graduation Keepsake Card Announcement madeinaday.comMy son is graduating this year and I wanted to do something special for the Grandmothers in our family to frame as a keepsake reminder of his special day.

Let me just tell you I was not prepared for the astounding picture prices in the graduation packages offered. Yikes, a whopping $65.00 for one 8 x10 photo, that is an amazingly high price for these pictures. So, I ordered the smaller 4 x 5 inch photos and went to work trying to make it just as special without breaking the bank.

DIY Grad Announcement

DIY Graduation Announcement Keepsake



Canva tutorial grad announcementI made the written announcement on the graphic design/photo editor. If you haven’t tried Canva before, you should, it has great modern templates that help you make great design for your blog and ads.

I used these fonts: Anton, Satisfy, Ubuntu and Allura. Search on Canva for the graduation cap overlay and add it to the top of the graphic. The diagonal lines are found in the “Lines” section on Canva.

My announcement graphic is 400 x 600 pixels. When you are finished save the graphic to your computer. I then used the saved announcement graphic as an overlay.

In Canva open a new graphic to 11 width x 800 height, you can do this by clicking “Use Custom Dimensions” in the “Start a new Design” section on the Canva Homepage and upload the announcement graphic you made and use it as an overlay. Move it to the right or left of the 11x 8 graphic. Save this new graphic to your computer. On your computer, click the graphic to open it in a window to print it.

**You may need to play around withe the size using your printer settings by printing it out and cutting the announcement to fit. {I made my graphic scale to 50% and rotated it, you can try different percentages to change the print size}. I recommend this because no two picture frames are alike and you may have to adjust all my measurements to fit certain frames.**

Dimensions of all the cardstock shown: Navy Blue 8 x 10 inches, Grey 7 1/4 x 6 inches, Denim 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches and White 5 x 2 inches.

Glue your graduation pic to the center of the Denim cardstock. Lay it over the Grey cardstock next to the White cardstock and center the two to make them even. Do not glue them to the Navy cardstock, you will do that in the last step.

Make a Graduation KeepsakeGlue the Denim cardstock w/ grad pic to the Grey cardstock.

Glue ribbon to cardstock Next, cut a 13 inch strip of the 3/4 ribbon and roll the adhesive roller straight down the center of the back of the ribbon.

Glue ribbon to card Press the center of the ribbon onto the center of the back of White cardstock. Place the White cardstock with ribbon attached to the right of pic on Grey cardstock, making sure all boarders are even. Next add glue to back of White cardstock and glue to Grey cardstock.

Glue ribbon to keepsakeFlip over the Grey cardstock and glue the ribbon ends together on the back. Glue the Grey cardstock to Navy cardstock. And that’s it! Once you make the first one you will be able to use your same dimensions to make more.

DIY Graduation Card Announcement

I hope you liked this tutorial. Such a great inexpensive gift idea for family members to frame and reflect back on for years to come!

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8 thoughts on “DIY Graduation Announcement

  1. Kim, just wanted to let you know that you’re one of the features on this week’s Merry Monday Linky Party 🙂 Hope to see you again.

  2. Such a nice announcement, they really can get costly. I know when I graduated from college my mom purchased the ones from the school and we ended up only sending a few out. Congrats on his graduation!

  3. I love this idea of using a smaller pic and making it special with the added details. My son will be graduating next year and I’m afraid the picture prices will probably be super expensive too. I hate that they increase the prices for basically the same school pictures, but I guess they know parents will pay the money to have them. I had a friend in the flower business and he told me that prom and wedding bouquets are basically the same, except they charge triple for the wedding. Thanks for sharing this craft on Merry Monday Linky Party.

  4. Congrats! Love your sons photo! Great grad gift idea! Pinned

  5. What a good looking cousin !!!
    I have framed all of Karla & Kaylen’s (Kelvin) and Lynsi & Garrett’s (Kim) senior portraits and have them on my wall. I have approximately 10 and 14 yrs to wait on Chad’s kids to graduate…
    AND not to mention my sons’ too.. Michael & Matthew… Sad, but I haven’t done my sons’ college graduation pics…. I guess you’re bringing me mo-jo… (& no I did not buy college grad pics…They want way too much money for those…)…
    Take Care !!!

    1. Oh Becki Jo, I am not in love with this pic. This was taken last year and he looks so much different now. No more long hair!!! Yay! They did another session this year for graduation pics with the cap and gown, but of course he didn’t get them taken! I was hoping to have them for this post. The prices for the pictures are outrageous, they are not any different than any other school pictures. Just higher fees for the photographer. Maybe I’m in the wrong business, lol!

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