September-October is birthday party season for all the babies conceived over the holidays, but with that comes hurricane season and lots of rain! The inevitable, is it on or is it off? So this year, with the kids being older, all competent swimmers and a pool now available...a pool party is a great birthday party option, because rain or shine, they can still have fun, barring lightning, of course. So in planning the party, it was decided that beach balls and flip-flops would be the theme.
Since all parties start with the invitation I had the idea to make flip-flop invitations, using Havaiana and iPanema sandals as inspiration. So I went in search of floral paper, but found so much more! Polka dots, stripes and graphic prints in beautiful colours, all in one book; 12 x 12-inch square paper with different yet complementary paper on the reverse side, just perfect for my flip-flop invitations.
For this project you will need:
* Making memories scrapbooking paper book (48 pages)
* Card stock/cardboard
* Plain paper
* Decorative flower decals/stickers
You will then:
* Use a foot of flip-flops or shoes in two different sizes, a small and a larger one, to make templates by tracing it on card stock/cardboard
* Cut out slippers
* On the scrapbooking paper, trace a shoe print from the bigger slipper. You should be able to get 2 to 3 slippers from each 12-inch square, depending on how best you capture the pattern. Make as many shoe prints as you need invitations
* Cut out slippers and then cut 3/4 inch-wide lengths from the leftover paper to make slipper straps
* Write poem/invitation info in Word or by hand, making sure to include occasion, date, time, place, RSVP and any other information, like "bring your towel and swimsuit". Make sure that it is written/printed in a format that will allow it to fit inside the smaller shoeprint template
* Once written and printed on plain paper, cut out using the smaller shoe template, making sure that it is positioned in the reverse position of the slipper you cut out from the decorative paper, because the poem will be glued to the bottom of the slipper.
* Make slits in the decorative paper slipper for straps, one at the toe and two at the sides in the middle of the slipper
* Choose a complementary pattern of the 3/4 X 12-inch strips you had cut and then cut each in two.
* Put strips together and insert into slits cut into the slipper at toe and one in either slit made on the sides and tape ends in place on the underside of the slipper
* Glue poem/info in place on the bottom side of slipper, making sure to cover taped straps
* Finish slipper with a decorative flower at the thong toe
* I took it a step further by gluing her name and the age she's turning, to the sole on the slipper to mimic brand name and shoe size
These were actually quite adorable and a great start to carry out the theme of the party, so have fun with this one and enjoy!