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There is no better way to personalise a party invitation than with a photo. This page gives you excellent templates, with full instructions, which you can use to simply add your photo. They are all free to use.







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Free Graduation Party Invitation Templates



To personalise these graduation invitations all you need is a photo and Microsoft Word.

Click on any of the templates below and you will be directed to a new page with a larger version of the template and full instructions on how to copy them from the website and fully personalise them with your own wording and photo.



(Click on one of the template graduation party invitations below to reveal a larger version with full personalization instructions)

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Balloons Design
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Minimalist Design
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Blue Frame Design
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Purple Design
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Fireworks Design
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Stars Design
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How to Make Your Own Templates for Graduation Invitations



Hopefully the following sections will provide some tips and ideas!

How to Copy Clipart or a Photo into a Microsoft Word document

1) Right-click your mouse over the top of the image you want to choose and select “copy”.
2) Open up a new Microsoft Word document.
3) Set the document size to whatever you want.
4) Next right-click and select “paste” – the image should then appear.

Make the Edge of the Photo Fuzzy


Assuming you have managed to copy the photo into MS word. From there just complete the following steps:

1. Click on top of the photo.
2. Next you’ll notice an option called “format” at the top of the screen.
3. Click on “format” and you’ll see lots of different frames and shapes appearing.
4. The picture with the blurred edge is the one you are after.


Add Text on Top of the Photo

Again, assuming the photo is in an MS Word document, all you have to do is:

1. Right-click over the photo.
2. Select “Text Wrapping”.
3. Select “Behind Text”.
4. Then click on top of the photo and just start typing.

Change the Photo to Black and White

Again, assuming the photo is in an MS Word document, all you have to do is:

1. Rick-click over the photo and select “Format Picture” option
2. This will reveal a pop-up containing a “recolor” option.
3. Select this and the black and white option will be obvious.

Make the Photo a Hazy Background Image

Follow the same steps as above for making the photo black and white. Instead of choosing the “recolor” option though, move the “brightness” bar along to the right until the desired effect is achieved.

How to Insert a Text Box

A simple text box is required in order to make most of the invitations on this page. They are used to insert photos into and text.

1) Click on the “Insert” tab at the top and you’ll see an option along to the right for inserting a text box – a simple text box will do.
2) Next, click on the edge of the text box until the 4 arrow heads appear, then left-click your mouse and drag you mouse to move the text box to the desired place.
3) Resize it by placing your cursor over one of the circles in the corner and again left-click and drag your mouse.
4) To change the color in the text box – click inside the text box and then select “format” tab at the top of the screen and select “shape fill” and choose the desired color.
5) To change the color of the outline of the text box - click inside the text box and then select “format” tab at the top of the screen and select “shape outline” and choose the desired color. NB. Even if the invitation background is white I like to change the “shape outline” to white so this it is invisible.
6) Finally if you click inside the text box you can then either paste a photo inside it or start typing some text. NB. If you want to add text then you can change the font type, font size and font color if you highlight the text and rick-click over it.


Tip! If you want to insert a text box over the top of an image or photo then you have to make sure you click outside the image or photo first, otherwise the image or photo will be replaced by the text box.

Sourcing Artwork

Go to the microsoft clipart site and search on the following:

• “graduation”
• “celebration”
• “border”
• “frame”
• “school”
• “pattern”.

If you scroll through the results from the above then you are sure to find something to make fantastic graduation invitations.


Some Completed Examples of Graduation Invitations


Example 1 of Graduation Party Invitations

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For this lovely example, the instructions have already been covered above. Here are the sections you need to complete:

1) Copy the photo into Microsoft Word.
2) Make the photo a hazy background image.
3) Add text on top of photo.


Example 2 of Graduation Party Invitations

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This was so simple. Start with opening a Microsoft Word document then follow the steps below:

1) I resized the document to size A5 and changed the orientation to landscape.
2) Next I changed the background of the document to purple. The option for “page color” appears when you click on the “Page layout” tab – this is the case for my version of MS Word 2007 anyway.
3) Next I created a text box and inserted the photo inside it. Then, I created another text box for the text. All this is covered in the section “How to Insert a Text Box”.
4) Finally, I made the outline of the photo fuzzy.

Example 3 of Graduation Party Invitations

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1) First of all I opened a new MS Word document.
2) I changed the orientation to landscape and the size to A5.
3) I found the clipart from the microsoft clipart site by searching on “graduation frame”
4) I then pasted the graduation frame clipart image into it and stretched the image to almost cover the entire A5 document.
5) Next I created a text box to insert the photo into and then another to insert the text.



Example 4 of Graduation Party Invitations

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1) In order to get the nice pink background I pasted the photo into “Paint” which I reckon all PC’s have. You will find it under “All Programs” and “Accessories”.
2) I then used “View” and “Zoom” to enlarge the photo.
3) I selected the “brush” and the largest square and selected the pink color, which I then used fill in the background.
4) Once complete I copied the image into an MS Word document which I resized to A5 and changed to “lansdscape”.
5) I then created a text box for the wording on the right.
6) I created another text box and inserted some “Wordart” for the wording at the bottom.
7) The rounded frame is created by clicking on the “format” tab and selecting the rounded corner frame.

Example 5 of Graduation Party Invitations

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1) First of all I opened a new MS Word document.
2) I changed the orientation to landscape and the size to A5.
3) I found the clipart on the microsoft clipart site by searching on “frame”.
4) I then pasted the graduation frame clipart image into it and stretched the image to almost cover the entire A5 document.
5) Next I created a text box to insert the photo into and then another to insert the text.
6) For the text box for the wording you’ll notice the funny shape – this is because instead of a “simple text box” I inserted one called “Braces Quote”.


Example 6 of Graduation Party Invitations

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1) First of all I opened a new MS Word document.
2) I changed the orientation to landscape and the size to A5.
3) I found the balloon clipart (the top and bottom strips) on microsoft clipart site.
4) I just copied and pasted the balloons and dragged them to the desired position on MS Word.
5) Next I created a text box for the photo to go into and dragged it into position.
6) Then I created another text box for the wording. I used the “Shape Fill” option, then “gradient” and “more gradients” where I selected 2 colors and blended them.
7) The wording title is one of the WordArt options.

Example 7 of Graduation Party Invitations

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1) Complete the steps 1 to 5 on example 4.
2) I typed the wording, highlighted it and selected “font”. I then selected the cambria font, size 18, bold and the engraved effect to get this particular font type.
3) The fuzzy edge around the frame was created by clicking the “format” tab and choosing the fuzzy frame.


Graduation Party Invitations - Template to Complete


Click on either of the images below to access the large template and full detailed instructions on how to personalise with your own photo and wording.

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Photo Graduation Invitations - Wording


The Invitation Wording page contains a checklist of all the wording and detail that should and could be included in your graduation invitations, and some type style guidelines. There are also many wording examples and poems for invitations to commencement ceremonies and graduation parties.

Put simply the graduation invitations should have the Graduate’s name, venue, time, date, RSVP details and dress code.

If you are having a themed graduation party then check out Graduation Party Ideas for links to lots of different themes. Each theme page contains invitation wording ideas for that theme.




Photo Graduation Invitations Considerations



There are other considerations for you to decide on if you wish. The Graduation Party Planning page gives you the guidelines you need on when to order, or make, and then send your graduation invitations. There are some great tips on how to compile your guests list. Generally you should send out the graduation invitations one month before the graduation party. Your graduation party may be competing with other parties so best send out the graduation invitations in a timely way.

  • Budget - set your budget for the graduation invitations

  • Party Theme - determining the design of the graduation invitations

  • Time - consider if you have the time to make the graduation party invitations or buy them.

  • Guest list

  • Use cardstock or blank invitation paper for a quality feel.


Also you may like to consider some design ideas. Consider the main areas that will influence your design:

  • The graduate‘s age and taste

  • The Party Theme such as Luau, Superheroes, Mardi Gras, Backward and the Graduate of course.

  • The kindergarten, school or college colors

  • The Venue - is it a home party, a party in conjunction with the school or at an alternative venue.

  • A formal or informal party



Photo Graduation Party Invitations - Envelopes



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Buying envelopes that suit your paper is important. They will be able to be printed on your own computer.

You can add lots of extra touches to decorate the envelope. It is a great touch to add some Black Cap Confetti and graduation stickers.

Check out the Invitation Etiquette page for details on how to properly address your envelopes including return addresses.


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