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 much....plus, 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!

6 comments :

  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.

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

    :)
    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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  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!
    ReadWriteSing

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  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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  5. Hi nice blog. this is nice post How to make SUPER CHEAP photo X-Mas cards.

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