Use Your Creativity to Save Money

One of the most exciting times in your child’s life is High School graduation! With all of the excitement and all of the pride you feel there also comes many expenses. Senior year brings graduation photos, test fees, college application fees, and cap and gown costs just to name a few. One of the first expenses that may arise is the graduation announcement. Graduation announcements are important because your family and friends want to know about this monumental moment in your life. Life can be busy and sometimes we lose touch so it’s a great way to stay in touch and update the important people in your life. This is a time that should be celebrated and you should feel proud.

There are many options when it comes to choosing the right announcement for your child. One of the best ways to cut costs and save some money is to create an announcement yourself. We live in a world of DIY (do it yourself) websites and tutorials. You don’t even have to be extremely crafty or creative to make the perfect announcement that is inexpensive and fits into your budget. However, if you enjoy doing crafts and making things yourself there are many different resources and websites you can simply go to get ideas and inspiration.

Once you find something you like you will need to get all of the materials to make it. Some materials are normal household items such as scissors, glue, and tape. Most other materials can be ordered on line. The quickest way to purchase your materials though would be to go to your local craft store. Most craft stores carry all of the necessary materials needed. Some of those materials might include colorful card stock, stamps, ink pads, markers, and colored pencils. You’ll want to select the color of your background first and that will help you determine which other colors and materials will go the best with it. Accents such as stamps, ribbons, and stickers will give your announcement personality and character. Depending on the style of the graduation announcement you are making you may or may not want to add a picture of the upcoming graduate. Finally, make sure you include text with a nice fine point marker or calligraphy pen to provide all of the information for the upcoming graduation.

Not everyone has the gift of creativity. Even so, you can still save money by creating your own announcement at one of many online sites. This gives you the opportunity to customize your announcement without actually having to physically create it. You still have many different choices and options though. There are websites that have several different types of announcement templates you can purchase. The templates are typically laid out already with the option to upload pictures, create content, and change fonts and colors, all with the click of a button. For example you might want to upload 2 to 3 pictures of your child to create a collage and then add some content with customized colors and font. Again, make sure to add the proper wording regarding all of the graduation information.
With so many resources and websites it’s easy to get started. All it takes is a little time, research, and effort. The end result is worth it all!