I haven't ever participated in Works For Me Wednesday before, but I there's a first time for everything. Plus, I had my newest obsession on the brain--photo postcards--and this was the perfect way to share the love.
Now, of course, I've been smitten with photo cards ever since I sent postcards and photostamps of Jules shortly after she was born. But using a professional company to create photo postcards is not inexpensive. And while I do love photostamps (oh my goodness, how I love them), they also are not cheap. So when it came time to send out invitations to Sydney's birthday party (back in May), I was trying to figure out a way that would be both creative and cost-efficient. Sometimes those two things go together. Sometimes they don't.
After wandering around the Internet for awhile collecting ideas, I decided that maybe I was just creative enough to make my own birthday invitations. Not with stamps. Not with pretty paper. Not with anything that would require a lot of hands-on work or money, because goodness knows, I don't have time for hands-on work (unless it's something household related) or funds for expensive treats (unless it's for...no wait, I actually don't have funds for expensive treats). A few clicks later, a little of this, a little of that, and I finally came up with this:
(Obviously, the final version has all the important details, I just figured you wouldn't be interested in that part.)
- I created it in Photoshop
- Uploaded the file to the Costco photo site
- Printed off 2 dozen 4x6 photos (at 17 cents a piece, which is more expensive than Walmart photos but I think the quality is better)
- Checked with the post office to make sure I could just drop a regular ole' 4x6 photo in the mail (they said "yes")
- Addressed them
- Stuck a pretty little postcard stamp on it (at 27 cents a piece)
- Dropped it in the mail box to be sent off to family (ah, yes, we're still of the Family Only birthday parties).
Since I got such a big kick out of the invitations, I duplicated the whole process all over again for the follow-up Thank You cards.
I have to say, I don't think I'll ever go back to using regular invitations and first-class stamps (be they Forever Stamps, or otherwise) because this way is just so much fun.
Invitations and Thank You cards mailed to all her family? $16.52
Having a postcard worth putting on the fridge for a few days? Priceless.
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