Create a Simple Layout
In the first part of this article I will walk you through creating a simple layout for your save the date, using basic tools in any program that are easy to use. Please continue to the "Getting Started" section for a more thorough step-by-step process, taking a project through from start to finish.
Once deciding to make your own save the dates, you'll likely find that simple is often the best way to go, not because it's easier, but because that is just the nature of a save the date announcement. For this reason black and white will always be a classic choice that can be updated to reflect your style.
Select a black background, add some black and white photos, an elegant font created in white to make it stand out, and an embellishment or two. To create even the simplest design by hand is a lengthy process, but this wedding save the date literally took me minutes to complete. You can click on the image to get a larger view.
The background on this design actually uses a very dark blue, to make the look a little softer and more opulent - you could use a silver colored font instead of white here too, which would match up with the heart emblem. I've added three images, that kind of tell the story in a flash - odd numbers usually work best. To create a divide between the photos and the text I just drew on a white rectangle shape and moved it until I was happy.
I've centered the text here as it has a more formal look, but it depends on the style you are opting for. The butterfly embellishment in the bottom corner has been purposely placed a little off the page, to create some further visual interest - formal but a little quirky, to match the overall theme. If you don't have any ready-made digital embellishments to use, you can easily make use of a free wedding dingbat. Simply download a font you like, and use a relevant image from it in your design.