A tablet showing the Creative Park app next to personalised cards and a party garland.

PRINTING AND CRAFTS

Personalise, print, decorate: parties made easy with Creative Park

Everyone loves a party! When you're young, landmark events and special dates mean the world to you – birthdays, Christmas, exam success, the end of the school term – the list goes on. Organising an event can be overwhelming: shopping for presents, planning games and entertainment, and sorting out the drinks and snacks often takes so much time that the decorations are left to the last minute.

Thankfully however, Canon's Creative Park app has some time-saving, cost-efficient solutions that will meet even the most demanding party needs. Both the app and the Creative Park website are packed full of stylish and contemporary template designs, ranging from birthday banners and party bags to photo booth props and placemat settings. Featuring playful, bright and colourful designs, there's something for everyone, whatever your age.

To get started, simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play. All you need is a Canon ID and a supported Canon printer.

Designs for every occasion

Personalised cards created with the Creative Park app on a party table with paper garlands and a pineapple gift box.
From cards and invitations to bunting and banners, there are plenty of designs and templates to choose from.

The Creative Park app is your all-in-one solution for party decorations. If you're just getting started, try navigating to the 'Party' category under the 'Featured' tab, which has everything from banners, bags and boxes, to name plates and party hat templates. If you can't find what you're looking for, or want a few more options, have a look at 'Letters/Cards' under the 'Category' tab to find further invitation and letter designs. There is also a specific 'Birthday' category under the 'Featured' tab for birthday cards and accessories.

Themes to style your party

Two girls hold photo booth party props printed from Creative Park
Pick a theme for your party and select props and decor to match.

With the Creative Park app you can theme and stylise your party to suit your taste. What about a tropical party theme to remind yourself of summer with botanical invite cards and placemats, and gift boxes in the shape of watermelons or the fun pineapple gift box? Throw in some bright photo booth props, and a string of colourful fan-shaped garlands and you're all set. Or you could opt for a princess theme with mint green mini crowns, pink diamond string decorations and multicolour gift boxes.

Canon's Matte MP-101 A4 photo paper makes an ideal material for creating models and high-quality decorations.

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Many of the templates in the Creative Park app can be customised, so you can upload images from your camera roll, add a personalised message and then print straight from your smartphone or tablet.

One of the great benefits of the Creative Park app is that many of the templates can be customised so you can add your own images or text. After you have downloaded the template, you can import images into the app from the camera roll on your smart device and use the 'Additional text' function to add a personalised message. Children can edit and design templates of their choice in a matter of minutes, and then connect wirelessly to a compatible Canon PIXMA printer when the designs are ready to print.

Enjoy experimenting

A girl folds a paper party garland printed from the Creative Park app.
Each template also comes with a clear set of instructions, which you can print out so that they are easier to follow. Then simply fold your prints into 3D creations – this pretty pastel garland would be perfect for decorating a party table.

The templates have been sorted into categories and the instinctive design makes it easy to navigate to the section you're looking for. Once you have found a template you like, you can either click on the star to file it under your 'Favourites' menu, or click on the 'Edit' tab to download it. Each template also comes with a clear set of instructions. 'Save' your projects as you go along (saved items will go into 'Your Items' menu) and, when you're ready, press 'Print'.

How about experimenting with some different paper types? Under the 'Category' tab you will find a 'Recommendations by paper type' option, with templates suitable for Restickable Photo Paper, Magnetic Photo Paper and Iron-on Transfers for both Light and Dark fabric.

Perhaps you could print matching t-shirts for all your guests? Or print out your decorations on Magnetic Photo Paper that you can then use to display all your photos of the bash long after the party has finished.



Written by Claire Gillo

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