Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to make SUPER CHEAP photo X-Mas cards

Do you LOVE all of those adorable little photo X-Mas cards?? If you're anything like me-it's almost a disappointment these days when you open up that envelope and discover WHAT?!? No Picture?!?!
I LOVE making my Christmas cards every year and deciding what photos to use....but they are just so darn pricey.
I LOVE Shutterfly! I've always used them for cards, photo books, prints, etc. But, the average cute little photo card costs you about 40-50 cents each!!!! I LOVE passing out X-Mas cards and I like to give one to each of my students and everyone that I work with as well:) But, this can be pretty pricey when you add all of those up along with all of your friends and family!!!
Well, a couple of years ago-I had this idea and it has worked fabulously!!!
Instead of using their drag and drop template cards that cost 50 cents each-I decided to design my own card in powerpoint!!! Then, I saved it as a JPEG and ordered them as PRINTS!!!!! Well, when you order them as prints they don't cost nearly as, there's so many ways to get them for FREE!!!!
If you're a member at Shutterfly (which is free) they often send out coupons  for free prints. If you refer friends, guess what?? Free Prints!!! AND-if you create a new account-Free Prints!!!
Shutterfly also has Prepaid Print packages which is a great way to get your prints super cheap! Right now-they have a deal going on where you can get 200 prints for $20.  Then, you order the amount of prints that you want and it automatically deducts that amount from your plan at check out.
Here's the card that I just made:

To start, just draw a 4x6 sized square. (Use the rulers along the top and sides of  powerpoint as a guide-see arrow.)
Next, insert your picture and size/crop it how you want. I added a few boxes, lines, text boxes and other pictures to mine this time-but you don't have to be that fancy!!! A lot of times I think less is more!
Here's the one I made for Finny's announcement:

You can look on Shutterfly, Pinterest, etc. to get inspiration for your design.
When you're finished with your design, save it as a JPEG. You will need to open it up in a program like paint shop or photo shop to crop your new JPEG to get your 4x6 image-just crop it and get rid of all of that white background.
Then, just upload it to Shutterfly and order as PRINTS.
This time, I got the prepaid deal and got 200 cards for 20 bucks!!!! Bargain! Now, if I could only figure out a way to save money on the postage:) LOL!


  1. This is such a great idea... I love it. I am going to be dud and send out store bought Christmas cards this year, because well I am just to plain sick to do anything right now. BUT once Baby Keller is born I will be making my own announcements and cards from here on out. Thanks for the idea Kate.

  2. GENIUS!! Thank you for sharing this perfect idea!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  3. Oh, that is the most precious card! And, the birth announcement--adorable!

    I've been making collages of 4 to 5 pics on Photogrid and then uploading them to my class blog and to ReadWriteSing. I was just thinking that it's going to be a breeze to make my class yearbook on Shutterfly, because I've basically made each page on Photogrid. Each pic becomes a jpeg when uploaded from my phone!

    Miss you, Katie!

  4. Love it! My photo cards are already done for this year, but that is absolutely what I'm going to do next year! I love Shutterfly too and even order my calendars from them. Since I'm in Canada it's the shipping that costs so much! Any ideas how to make a photo calendar? LOL. I'm your newest follower.
    Mrs. Parisi's Class

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