DIY & Crafts

How to make personalized photo cards

I love sharing sweet cards and memories of Little M with grandparents and family members, but I don’t have a ton of extra time on my hands.  Enter the lovely (and easy) options that you find with Shutterfly, Walgreens, and Ink Cards.  Today, I’ll walk you through some card-printing services that I’ve used and show some of my very own projects.

 

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Birth Announcements

Every week during my pregnancy, I sat in the waiting room at the OB/GYN and stared (drooled) at boards of adorable baby announcements.  I spent half of the time during my failed blood glucose test looking at baby cards on Shutterfly.  There are so many options, and I had no idea what my photos would look like.  

I scheduled newborn photos for Little M about 10 days after she was born, but reality hit me and I just couldn’t muster the strength to make it happen. I ended up taking my own photos, then went back to the drawing board on card options.  I picked this cute semi-neutral layout to complement the photos and got rave reviews from our family members.  

 

Pre-baby, I told myself I would order those in the hospital and send out asap.  Reality: I sent them about 6 weeks after she was born!  I ordered these with the pearl shimmer finish, which was a nice in-between of matte and glossy.  I had coupons galore with Shutterfly between newborn sample packs and the hospital gift we received.  With discounts and shipping, the cards were about $1.50 each.  Always check their Special Offers section for some great deals.

 

Christmas & Holiday Cards

 

 

For Christmas last year, I also ordered these lovely matte photo cards through Shutterfly, using our fall family pictures. I used their standard card stock and also found them to be of great quality. 

 

Disclaimer – don’t let our cute photos fool you!  We just drove back from an overnight trip, changed clothes super fast and flew out the door to the photoshoot.

 

 

Birthday Invitations

For M’s first birthday, we used Staples Printing to do super cute confetti first birthday invites to go with her colorful birthday theme.  I used photos from a Mommy & Me photoshoot during the summer, and they were adorable!  I love holding on to these little keepsakes for her as she grows older.

Unlike Shutterfly, I was able to order these one night and pick up the very next day at my local store.  This was perfect; I of course waited til the last minute to send them out so I needed a quick option!


Personalized cards are a great way to use the cute photos I take all the time, and I always keep 1-2 for myself and Little M’s keepsake box.  These are the three main occasions I’ve printed cards for, but I’ve also used Walgreens for invitations (1 hour printing!) and VistaPrint for printing invites that I bought on Etsy.  I also LOVE the Ink Cards app by Sincerely.  You can order one-off personalized postcards starting at $1.99, including postage, and they send directly to the recipient.  I’ve sent Easter cards to grandparents, happy birthday cards, and more.  They have seasonal and holiday-specific cards, and they turn out great.

I also LOVE the Ink Cards app by Sincerely.  You can order one-off personalized postcards starting at $1.99, including postage, and they send directly to the recipient.  I’ve sent Easter cards to grandparents, happy birthday cards, and more.  They have seasonal and holiday-specific cards, and they turn out great.

So, those are my recommendations for simple and easy printing services for personalized invites, cards, and announcements.  What other card printing services have you used?

-Rachel

 

How to make personalized photo cards for birthday invitations, baby shower invitations, birth announcements, save the dates and more using Shutterfly, Vista Print, Ink Cards or a local print shop. via The Motherhood Project Blog