Do-It -Yourself Open House Invitations

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front and back cover
front and back cover

There are several different reasons to have an open house event. Opening a new business, promoting business for the holiday season, or starting a child care center are just a few reasons. You can also have an open house event to celebrate your new home. If you are planning to have an open house event, the first thing you will need are invitations. Because purchasing invitations can be costly, do-it-yourself open house invitations are a good idea.

Purchase paper for card

Purchase a pack of cardstock paper on which to print your invitations. These are for sale at the local craft store or scrapbook store. Cardstock is a heavyweight paper with a professional texture that has a crease for folding in half. It is available in many colors.

Design the card template

Use your word processing program to create your card template (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works or other applicable problem). Go to your word processing program and change your page setup to landscape. Change your page to two columns.

Design the cover of your card

Choosing the center alignment option, write a thank you message for the first half of the page and also any business marketing information. Play around with different letter fonts until you find one you like. This is the back page of your invitation. Hit the return button until your cursor is on the second column. This is the front page of your invitation. Next, type in your heading for the invitation and insert a photo under it. Finish it with more information such as "bring a friend for a gift."

front and back cover
front and back cover

Design the card interior

Open another document and also set it up with two columns. The inside of page one is usually blank, so hit the return key until you are on the second column (second page). Next, add all of the pertinent information for your open house which should include the day, time, location and type of event. Don't forget to give the address and simple driving instructions. It is a good idea to also add RSVP information.

inside details
inside details

Print your DIY invitation

Print page one on your cardstock paper. Turn the paper over, making sure the paper is in the correct direction and print page two on the other side. You may need to practice this step to determine which way to turn the paper to print the second side.

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