First on my list was to create RECRUITMENT ORDERS (aka an invitation). I found a free camo border at www.PageBorders.net, then resized it and pasted it into a Word document, and added my text in a typewriter looking font (courier new). The orders read as follows:
Recruit: Smith, Joe
Effective 14 April 2012
Please Report to
Bluefield Boot Camp
(123 Main St; Anytown)
Basic Birthday Training
in honor of b-daykid's 9th
beginning promptly at 1100 hours
Recruits will be dismissed at 1300 hours
Wear your best uniform
and come prepared to get dirty
Rations will be distributed
in the Mess Hall
Training Officers: Sawblock & Scarlet
Please contact us through proper
channels ASAP if you are unable to
attend: 123-456-7890 or
I've created a free printable that you can download, edit and print. Click here to access (to download, choose "Download" from the "File" dropdown menu on the upper left. Please note, the document was too large for google docs to upload as it was, so I removed one of the borders. Just copy and paste it back in).
Next up were the envelopes. I made them using Word, because I wanted the same typewritten look as the orders. For the return address, in army green ink and SmallCaps, I put
Bluefield Birthday Boot Camp
123 Main St
Anytown, AS 00000
For the address:
Recruit: Lastname, Firstname
321 Main St
Anytown, AS 00000
I wasn't sure if the recruits would realize that the
Please report for duty on 14 April 2012
I was amused that for these uber-masculine invitations, the only stamps I had in the house were flowery love stamps. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed or enjoyed the juxtaposition. If you're a better planner, flag stamps would be a good choice :)
Next, I wanted to create some fun camo thank you notes for MC to use. He has a hard time writing, and tires easily, so I made a fill-in-the-blank thank you note for him to use (Click here to download and print--choose "Download" from the "File" dropdown menu on the upper left. Please note, the lines are not visible on google docs, but they'll be there when you download the file) and printed it out on card stock.
Next came the fun part--we marble painted them! Just fill a baking sheet (large enough to hold a letter-sized piece of paper) with shaving cream.
I'm pleased with how these turned out, but if I were to do it again, I would probably use less black or leave the black out and just use green and brown.
This is the first of four Boot Camp Birthday posts. Click here to see them all.
Stay tuned--next up: boot camp rations...