You’ve probably already selected
a theme for your baby shower, and are looking for an easy way to
incorporate it, without spending a lot of money. One of the most
budget-friendly ways to reinforce your theme is by using baby shower
clipart. This lets you pick images and patterns which incorporate
your theme – be it woodlands, Winnie the Pooh, or angels –
without having to spend so much money on decorations and favors.
The first thing you need to do is select the right kind of clipart.
First, it is not a good idea to pick an image from a clipart book.
When you photocopy these images to resize them, the quality degrades
enormously and then you’ll have to spend too much time doing
touch-ups. The best type of image is a vector drawing because bitmaps
don’t lend themselves well to being resized – they get
irregular lines and edges and don’t look as good.
you plan on using the same image in various sizes, the vector drawings
should be as simple as possible, because some patterns simply don’t
look good when magnified or shrunk. The cleaner the look, the better.
Finally, if you choose an image which is in black and white to start,
you can more easily change the colors and make other adjustments
using simple graphics software.
Once you’ve selected your clipart, and edited it if necessary,
print it out in the different sizes you’ll need. One idea is
to take a copy to the cake decorator and have that image be printed
on the cake. You can have several same-sized images in a row and
place it on the walls as “trim.” Make the image extra
small, repeat it several times on a sheet, and use the paper as
wrapping, placemats – you can even make small origami favors
with it. Another idea is to print the image within a circle (about
four to a sheet) and then cut each out with special scissors or
scrapbooking die cuts for a doily effect – use as coasters
or hang from the walls or ceiling.
Baby shower clipart can be incorporated into your shower in dozens
of different ways, reinforcing your theme and adding a special touch
to otherwise plain or bare items. Be as creative as you like, and
don’t be afraid to experiment! It’s just paper and ink,