Wednesday, May 19, 2021

how to make graduation announcements that stand out

Our baby is graduating high school in a couple weeks! 

I feel like it was yesterday that we were sending him off on his first day of Kindergarten. Boy, how time flies.

Graduation is a big deal in our house.
It's a time to celebrate all the hard work put in over the last 12+ years, and start a new chapter.

Just like putting Christmas cards together every year, I love putting graduation announcements together too.

For Savannah's announcements I used Minted, and didn't think twice about using them again for Cody's.

I like creating something unique and Minted offers a wide selection of options. Check out these filters below, just to get you started:

And look at all the options for price and format:

This is what I mean when I say that you can create something unique and have graduation announcements that stand out. 

I chose to do the booklette option for Cody because I wanted to have multiple pictures of him during his school years, and again, because I wanted something unique. 

I chose one called "PROUDEST MOMENT" and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.

Here are my tips on how to make graduation announcements that stand out.

1- Choose high quality/resolution photography.
Don't worry if you don't know what this is. If you upload a photo that isn't high resolution, Minted will alert you that it will not print clearly.
Anything you upload from a camera rather than a phone will be high resolution.

2-Make the cover all about the grad. Choose a current picture of the graduate. Maybe this is in their cap and gown? Maybe it is a picture of them in front of the school they are graduating from? 
Cody's picture was taken by me behind our house in our communities tree farm, one of the many places he likes to go.

3- Include pictures of them when they are little with a catchy phrase. 
This is one of my favorite pictures of Cody, so I thought of a phrase that aligned with it. 

4- I know you've got those pictures over the years of the kids on their first day of school. Dig them out and put them side by side with a current photo to see how far they've come!

5-Include photos of your child playing sports or doing hobbies they like to do. Again, these can be a culmination of pictures from over the years. 

6-Include a personal message. This can be anything you'd like including why you are proud, what their plans are after school, the date of the graduation ceremony, party details, etc. 

I did a side by side of the cover and the back so you can see those together.

7-Keep things easy for yourself and opt for pre-printed envelopes. No one likes having to write their return address' 100 times, or the recipients address'. Minted offers a "address book" where you can store all your address' online. Then when it comes time to send out any type of card, you've got them all there.

They also offer many different styles for addressing. 
I chose this fun and happy colorful one to stand out when people get their mail!


What do you think? 
Do you have a graduate this year that you will be making announcements for? 

Congratulations and  xoxo, Melaine 

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