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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ninjago Party Printables ~ You can make them, too!

I've mentioned a few times in the last couple of months that I'm finding myself getting swept up in parties.  Planning party celebrations, with the decorations, themed games, and handmade favors...it's meeting a lot of my creative and organizational needs ; )  I'm enjoying it so much!!

You know what else I'm enjoying?  Using My Memories to make my own party printables.  Oooh it's fun.  The software is very user-friendly, and the more you tinker around with it, the more fun you have!  You don't have to be an avid scrapbooker to use digital scrapbook software - I don't scrapbook.  I'm doing all my parties with it, plus tags for gifts, printable decor, seasonal banners...lots of good stuff.  Check out the blinkie ad in the lower left sidebar for more info on My Memories, and save yourself some $$ with Craft, Interrupted's coupon code!

I found pdf pictures of the Ninjago characters on-line.  These were images from DragoArt.com, on how to draw the Ninjago characters.



I saved these to my desktop, and used them as the starting point of my party set, for printables and games. With My Memories, you can crop and shape photos.  I simply added the pdf's as a photo, into a blank album page.  I cropped them into a square-ish measurement, then shaped them into a circle.  Presto - Ninjago character party circles!

I went to the Ninjago website and saw this page with a graphic of a fire-breathing viper.  Bells went off in my head - My birthday boy is super into snakes, and I knew this would be a great addition.
By pressing Ctrl-Print Screen, I saved a screen shot of the snake.  Then I pasted it into Windows Paint, cropped it to get rid of everything but the snake, and saved it as a new jpeg.  I uploaded the jpeg to a photo editing site (I think I used PicMonkey?) and by playing with various effects and levels, was able to change it into a black silhouette on a red background to match my party set.  Awe-SOME, right?  I don't remember exactly what I did.  But I was stoked that I did it.  Ha!
I shaped the viper into a circle, too, and added it to the party circles with the characters.  I threw in a few more circles with colored or patterned papers straight from My Memories, "Happy Birthday" in the free Japonesa font from DaFont, and the number 8, for my son's birthday year. 
I had intended for them to be cupcake toppers, but didn't end up making cupcakes.  The circle images can easily be copied and pasted to new album pages though, to create other party elements!
Also, you can select and drag to increase or decrease size!  I used bits and pieces of my cupcake toppers, along with one or two patterned paper backgrounds right from My Memories, to create banners, table tents, game signs, favor tags...Print them all on white cardstock and you are ready to go!  Need stickers for your favors?  Print onto full-page adhesive sheets (8 1/2 x 11 labels in the address/mailing label section of an office store).

For the few party sets that I've created in My Memories, I start with the cupcake toppers and then the rest is just copy/paste, change size, add a background or words, play with shadows...
and before you know it, your whole party is 
coordinated with custom printables.
FUN stuff.

Photoshop + me = utter confusion 
My Memories?  Look what I'm making!?
I'm not a digital design guru.
If *I* can do it, you can, too!

I'm sharing my cupcake toppers (with the 8, above, 
and here without, so you can add your own #)...
...and birthday banner (keep goin').
Because I love ya.
: )

I hung my banner in a double layer, behind the couch.
This is the best photo of it that I could manage.
With bright light coming in those windows, every 
close-up became a silhouette.


Just click these images to view full-size.
Right-click to save to your computer.
Then print as needed!
 
 
 
 
 


In my next post, I'm going to show you how I used one of these 
to create a stencil for a painted banner.  You don't want to miss it.  
I made them with a $1 pack of dessert napkins.  No lie.


See more of our Ninjago/Ninja Party:

72 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for these great ideas and prints! My son is about to have his 7th bday party and wants Ninjago. I was feeling overwhelmed on what to do but now after looking at what you did I'm so excited! You are a life-saver for me!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear these ideas were helpful for you. Thanks SO much for coming back to leave such a sweet comment : ) And happy birthday to your son!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this.I am a teacher,and trying to finish up the school year and plan my 6 year old birthday party was getting a bit overwhelming.This is going to help me tremendously! Thank you

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear it : ) Happy Ninja party-ing!

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  3. Can't tell you how grateful I am to find your awesome blog! I'm gearing up for my son's 8th birthday and it's all about Ninajgo. Thanks for the inspiration...you are insanely creative & crafty!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet compliment : ) I love when I can find inspiration on a blog to help ME out with an event. There are so many creative minds out there! Happy birthday to your son!

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  4. You provided so many good ideas.. I was not sure how to start.. thank you so much.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing! You have helped me plan my son's 8th birthday party without going too crazy :-)

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  6. WOW! My son's birthday party won't be anywhere near as cool as yours, but thanks to you he is going to LOVE it! Your ideas are awesome and you saved me DAYS of work. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing! You are inspiring...

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  7. Hi I had a Lego ninjago theme birthday for my 8YO boy yesterday. And all thanks to your printables, the party area looked like a ninjago theme! My fren even thought we got a party planner to do it for us..... Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks for posting this! It has been SO helpful! I'm planning my soon to be 5 year old's birthday party and have used several of your ideas and printables . I didn't know what I was going to do when he asked me for a Ninjago party! He's getting SOO excited seeing and hearing about what we are going to do!! Thank you so much!

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  9. I just want to say THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!! I am planning a Ninjago party, and am making almost every detail from scratch, as there is not any Ninjago decor, party supplies, games out there. I was getting quite overwhelmed with everything, and still needed a banner. I do most things by hand, but just did not want to add one more tedious task to my list of millions. So I could seriously just HUG you right now for giving me your adorable banner, all made, and packaged perfectly, not hours of painstakingly drawing each letter and detail. All I must do now is print, I could seriously cry! haha again THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU from the depths of my heart!!! :D lol but seriously!! :D

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  10. OMG!! You are a LIFESAVER!!! Love love love looooove you! The happy birthday banner is perfect and i'm working on the the red napkins ones as well.....so awesome!!

    Do you have the templates for the place cards for each activity? THe color your own star? I really love the border on the banner around all the ninjago characters. Where did that come from? If you could contact me that would be fawesome :)) linmand34@aol.com

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  11. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your willingness to share your brilliant ideas!!! I would have pulled all of my hair out o one side of my head if it were't for the power of Google and Pinterest which led me to you!! I've even got my husband excited about decorating our son's upcoming party. He said that you were "the truth" lol!! I wanted to know if you by any chance saved the template for your place cards, o if you could tell me what background you from My Memories you used. They would be perfect for labels at the buffet table. Again, I can't thank you enough for sharing your ideas. :-)

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  12. You are amazing! I am planning my son's 7th birthday party and all he said is NINJAGO! I was wondering if you can provide the red border as well as the printable to find your Ninja Name. Much appreciated!

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  13. Thankyou for your generous spirit. You have saved me so much time and stress. Can't wait for the party now.

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  14. A Million thanks!! you are a life saver! thank you for sharing the Ninjago ideas and finds! My almost six year old is gonna love it!

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  15. I love you so much right now! My son is going to flip! THANKS!

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  16. What font did you use on the birthday banner? Love your ideas, THANKS tamra_humphrey@Hotmail.com

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  17. Thank you! My son will love this!

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  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have created such amazing things & as a mom who doesn't have fancy software :( I am excited to be able to print off your creations! My son is totally looking forward to an amazing birthday :)

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  19. Loved your ideas...thanks for sharing.It has made my life easy...planning 7th birthday party for my son.Thanks

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  20. Thank you so so much! You just saved me tonz of time!!! I love tinkering with My memories software too (but glad you gave me a head start!) These printables will be perfect for my sons birthday!

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  21. Thank you, thank you & also for the obstacle course & ninja star game (we've been making the stars for a while just hadn't thought of a way to make a game)& for the ninja t-shirt head gear! My boys thank you too.

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  22. Thank you! Love the printables, and after searching out cupcakes ($60) or etsy toppers ($20) I think I'll make cupcakes myself and use your printable - SO MUCH SAVINGS and just a cute!! But, this opens a new browser window, not a file that I can manipulate. Is there something I am doing wrong? I am on a mac and I am fairly computer savvy - well, I thought :)
    Can you email me a file? I could print from the web, but I need to insert a 5.
    Thanks a million!!! tashacho@aol.com

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    1. Hi Tasha! I emailed you, so hopefully we got it cleared up and you are well on your way to awesome Ninjago cupcakes : )

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  23. Great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Thank you for your ideas. My son wants a Ninjago birthday party. Usually I try to go all out for my kids birthdays (I only give them parties every 3 years). However, this year I am in the midst of adopting three orphans from Ukraine, so I'm just a bit stressed. :-) These ideas and printables are a HUGE time-saver as well as life-saver! Love it!
    3morekids.com

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  25. My son wants a Ninjago Birthday party this year. I usually try to go all out for my kids since I only give them a party every three years. However, this year I am in the midst of adopting three orphans from Ukraine, and as a result... just a little bit stressed. :-) Your ideas and printables are a huge time-saver and life-saver! Thank you!
    3morekids.com

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it was a help! And thanks so much for coming back to tell me : ) Many, many congratulations to your growing family!!

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this! My son will be so happy to see his cake!

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    1. Fantastic! I'm so glad it was a help : ) Happy Ninja Party!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have to work in the morning and I'm so excited by your Ninjago post sleeping may not happen! What did you do for the invites? Fortune cookies? Please post ideas. My son drew the Ninjas a while back, I might color copy his art for the invites, etc. Wow, you gave me a lot to think about!

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  28. Thanks for sharing! Very generous of you. It looks like you devoted a lot of time to this party.

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  29. Thank you for sharing this. You are so very awesome!!!!

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  30. You are so very awesome for sharing this. Thank you!!!!! My soon to be 8 year old will be stoked! :)

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm so glad that I found your website. My son is crazy about Ninjago and is having his 8th birthday party at home in two days. I haven't done any preparation! You gave me so many ideas. I'm not sure how many I'm capable of realizing, but at least I can put the circles on cupcakes and print out some banners. I noticed that the circles are a bit small when I copy and pasted them on a word page. Do you intend them to be that small? How to make them bigger? Also for the banners, the color quality doesn't look so good with home printer, so I'm thinking of going to craft shops to buy some color paper and then just print the letters and paste it over. Thanks a lot. You really saved my day. I can't wait for the excitement from my son when he sees it.

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  32. Thanks for sharing hun! I just bought the software and really needed to see how to make printables, am only making a Spring Flower Banner but now thanks to you have a sheet full of flower hearts! love it

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  33. Thank you! I have been looking all over for Ninja party supplies and this is just perfect!

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  34. Thank you for not only sharing your genius ideas but being so generous about the print files too. Planning my son's 7th birthday party next month and since they don't sell any ninjago party supplies, this helps a lot!

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  35. I've recently fallen out of love with etsy and decided not to buy from the site, but my son's birthday is coming up and I've been trying to figure out how I would make the party decorations without etsy. Then I found this post. I'm not planning a Ninjago party, that would be too easy, but I'm excited about learning about My Memories and will no doubt be purchasing it! Thank you, thank you!!!!

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  36. Would you be able to share what font you used for the banner? I love all your ideas! My son will have a Ninja party next weekend but only red, black and white colors! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

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  37. So enjoyed reading how you pulled together your party! I love doing kiddo parties, but after 9 years of them for my daughter and going on 7 for my son, I've started running out of ideas. So, thank you for the spark! Lots of fun ideas and tips! Can't tell you how much it is appreciated that you take the time to share with other busy Moms!

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  38. Thank you for sharing your talent with others (myself included). I can't thank you enough for sharing your design, at no fee, what a gift you have given to so many.
    Thanks again.
    Kati

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  39. Ur blog is awesome..U r my saver. My son is going to turn 6 and he is all about Ninjago. I m sure with all your ideas and creativity, i m going to throw one good of a party. Thank you so much!

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  40. I wanted to stop by and THANK YOU for offering your fun cupcake topper printable for free! I had a Ninjago Party for my boys last weekend and used them. I also made your fun Ninjago headbands too! Such an awesome idea! I blogged about my cupcakes and linked back to this post and also your Ninjago Birthday party post. :)

    http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2013/01/ninjago-shuriken-cupcakes.html

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  41. Thank you so much for your ideas and files to print! This is going to make my birthday boy so happy! Thanks again!

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  42. Absolutely love it, now if you could please do a Tangled party banner, i would really appreciate it. it's for my daughters 5th birthday party

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  43. Super cool birthday party! Can you tell me what font you used for the birthday banner? Thanks a million!

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  44. I am so excited to find this post. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas. I tried to print the happy birthday banner out and it is pretty pixillated. I just right clicked and saved to my computer as you suggested. Any other tips of what to try to make it look better?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Staci! You should be clicking each image first, which will open in larger in a new window. THEN right click to save the image from the new window. This should solve the problem : )

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  45. That did the trick! Thank you so much! This is gonna be great! :)

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  46. Jaimee - these ideas were absolutely amazing. thank you for sharing. I incoroporated a lot of them into my son's party - the decorations you posted came in so handy. I will be posting what I did with link backs to you on my blog. It is scheduled to be up tomorrow. Would love for you to come and check it out. THANK YOU! It was so fun to be able to make great decorations.
    www.thememorynest.blogspot.com
    Leslie
    p.s. the second post will be on Saturday. SO much to share. I was going to try and fit it in one post - too long.

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  47. So thankful for all of your hard work and for sharing your ideas and printable sheets! A busy Mom's dream come true! Every time I show him another thing I made, his face just lights up! (Don't worry, I give you credit too!) Can you please tell me how you tied the Happy Birthday Banner together? It looks like some sort of string or ribbon. Also, did you mount the paper to card stock? I printed the sheets on 8 1/2 x 11 Photo paper because I like the glossy look. I was thinking of mounting them to the card stock, but still wasn't sure now to put it all together? String, Ribbon, Brads, so many options and I am not a very creative person! I would appreciate any help! Thanks a million!

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    1. Annie! I'm sorry I'm just getting back to you...I sew my banner pieces right through my sewing machine, about 1/4" seam allowance, and feed the next piece right in when the current one reaches the back of the presser foot. When I get to the end, they are all connected! Easy and quick. I have also punched holes with a regular hole punch and strung them on yarn or ribbon, or hot glued them along a ribbon. You could probably staple them - anything works! I'm sure yours turned out great! Go ninja mom!

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  48. Hi,

    Thank you so much for putting pictures of what you created to help others. That is just awesome.... My son is a ninjago fan and I am using some of your ideas for his party this month. Could you please tell me what font you used for the happy birthday banner?

    Thanks,
    Anusha

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    1. Hi Anusha! I used a font called Japonesa, which was a free download from DaFont.com
      Happy Ninja Partying!!

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  49. AWESOME!!!!!

    Thank you a lot!!!!

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  50. This is awesome, thanks for all the ideas!!! Is there a copy of the image of the red/black pattern paper somewhere on your blog that you used behind some of the ninja pictures? I would love to use that pattern as a tray liner on some serving platters!

    Thanks,

    Amber

    amber.bowden@gmail.com

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  51. Ninja, Please! ;)

    I am a K-5 librarian and my theme this year is Book Ninjas! I LOVE all the crafty things you have created!

    I am really interested in the wording of your "Cold Hard Facts, Ninja Wisdom, and Ninja Etiquette" in that I am trying to put a literary twist on all things ninja!

    You have shared so much (grateful) but would you mind sharing the wording with me on those too?

    Fingers crossed,

    Pam Shellenberger
    kdt5@sbcglobal.net

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  52. Thank you very much for your bountiful collection of creative Ninjago party ideas! It has been so fun planning my six year old son's birthday party thanks to your inspiration. I appreciate you sharing your ideas!

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  53. I wanted to thank you, your printables are awesome...everything is. thanks for sharing bc I have been to so many sights with pictures, but no word on how they did it!
    I can copy your printables but not manipulate them, put in numbers, etc. I have a mac. Is it just my computer? Thanks again.

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  54. Gracias por compartir, un beso desde Mexico

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  55. Thank you so much for your inspiring party planning ideas! And your generosity! I, too, am having a hard time with inputting numbers (I'd love to be able to add a 6 for my son's upcoming 6th birthday). Would love some help on this, if possible. My email: monicabsloan@gmail.com

    THank you!

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  56. THANKS THESE ARE AWESOME ! IM GOING TO USE THEM FOR MY SONS 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!

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