Using text creatively

July, 28th 2009


Text is an important part of making your own wedding invitations. Whether you decide to use your names or invitation wording on the front, there are a number of ways you can do this creatively using your computer.

The first step to creating any printing template is to set the size of the card you are printing on using the measurements of the closed card. In Microsoft Word go to File > Page Setup > Paper and either select one of the size options or add in the measurements manually. Next, in the same instructions box go to Margins > Pages and from the drop down menu select ‘2 pages per sheet'

Close this box and return to your document, press the enter key over and over until a second page appears. This is the card opened up with the front area to print on the right hand size. Check it against your chosen card size and change the Portrait/ Landscape option (File > Page Setup > Paper), if necessary so the screen mirrors your card. Add text as desired.


Creating Text in a Circle

Firstly you need to make sure your Word Art toolbar is visible, set this in View > Toolbars, and tick the Wordart option. Working on the second page of your document, click on the in the Wordart icon (a shadowed A) in the Wordart toolbar, select the second option available. In the text box that opens add the wording for the front of your card in the font and size you want. Once you click ok you will have a band of text across your page.

To change the shape of this text into a circle, click on the band of text once so the square bounding box appears. Now go to your Word Art toolbar and click on the abc icon Click on the diagram that looks like a hollow circle. Your text should now be in a circle and you can drag the corners to resize it. Play with how many times you repeat the text until you get an effect you are pleased with. This style of creative text works well with simple embellishing inside the circle of text.




Creating Square Border of Text

Creating a square border in Word is done differently but looks just as effective. This method will not auto space as with the circle but with a bit of persistence you can get stunning effects. On the second page of your document go to Table > Insert > Table and add a table three columns wide by three rows. Right click on the Table and go to Table Properties > Table > Borders & Shading. Change the table outline colour to white so it will not print. Align your table left right or centre then close this box. Using the cursor drag the lines of the table so that you have a large middle square, four small squares on the corners four and long, thin rectangles across each side. Type your text into the top and bottom rectangles as normal. Place the cursor in the side rectangles and type your text. Now change the text direction by going to Format > Text Direction and select the desired option. The text size will need to be adjusted manually so that it fits along the side of your square. This same method can make a rectangular template, just stretch it to fit.

Before printing any template do a test run on some copy paper cut to the size of your cards, this way if adjustments are needed you won't have wasted any card blanks.