How to Make Baby Shower Invitations With Ultrasound Photos

by Si Kingston

The ultrasound photo is the first peek at a baby. The small, often black-and-white print usually is not very detailed but often shows just enough to make a guess at what physical features the baby might have. Many are so excited by the first image of their new bundle of joy that they want to show it off to world. If you are throwing a baby shower, ask the mom-to-be to share her ultrasound photo and include it on the baby shower invitation.

Items you will need

  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Colored or white card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Embed the Ultrasound Photo in the Card

Step 1

Place the ultrasound photo on the scan bed. Launch the scanner's software on your computer; scan the photo. Save the scanned ultrasound photo on your computer desktop.

Step 2

Open a word processing software program like Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.

Step 3

Create a table. This table will hold the contents of the invitation. Click "Table," "Insert" and select "Table" again in either Word or OpenOffice. Enter "2" for the number of Columns and "1" for the number of Rows, if you want the picture beside the information. If you want the picture above the information, select "1" Columns and "2" Rows. Then click "OK."

Step 4

Move the cursor inside one of the columns in the table. Click inside the column where you want the ultrasound picture to be placed.

Step 5

Insert the ultrasound picture. In Word or OpenOffice, click "Insert." Then select "Picture" and choose "From File." Select the scanned ultrasound photo in the browser window.

Step 6

Resize the photo. The photo probably is too large for the average baby shower invitation. Click on one of the small boxes in each corner of the image, and drag the box inward with the mouse to resize it.

Step 7

Insert other images into the design. Baby foot prints, baby bottles and rubber duckies are popular images inserted into baby invitations. Click "Insert" and "Clip Art" in Microsoft Word. Then enter "baby" or "baby shower" in the keyword field to search for appropriate images.

Step 8

Click the mouse inside the empty column and write the baby shower invitation. For example, "Mary is having a girl! Celebrate the new addition to the Miller family on July 14 at the Baby Shower Country Club. Call Jane Smith at 305-555-5555 to RSVP." Make sure to include the address of the shower on the invitation.

Step 9

Print the invitation on 8.5-inch by 11-inch card stock.

Step 10

Cut the invitation out of the printed paper. This will remove any extra paper from the invitation and make the invitation small enough to fit into a card or standard size envelope.

Glue the Ultrasound Picture to the Invitation

Step 1

Take the photo to the photo department of a local drug or discount store where you can scan and print the photo. Make sure you make one copy of the picture for each invitation that you need to create. Set those aside.

Step 2

Launch a word processing software program. Click "Insert" and select the option to add a table that is two columns by one row to the page (as described in Step 3 in Section 1).

Step 3

Place the cursor on the left and right border of the table, and drag the borders outward to increase the size of the squares and reduce the border of the page. Each square must be an equal size.

Step 4

Write the invitation. For example, "It's a Boy! Celebrate the upcoming birth of John Miller Jr. We are throwing a baby shower for Mary at the Oaks Country Club in Anytown, California, on Saturday, June 3."

Step 5

Copy and paste the text into the second square. You have created the start of two invitations.

Step 6

Place the cursor before the first letter of the first word of the text. Press the "Enter" key 10 to 15 times to create space above the text for the ultrasound picture.

Step 7

Print the baby shower invitations on colored, 8.5-inch by 11-inch inch cardstock. Then use scissors to separate the two invitations along the borders.

Step 8

Glue the ultrasound photo above the words on the printed invitation. Dress it up by tying a ribbon in a coordinating color around the invitation before placing it in an envelope, if you would like.

Photo Credits

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