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Monday, December 10, 2012

PicMonkey Christmas Cards........

could save you some money this year!

Sending and receiving Christmas cards is one of my favorite holiday activities.  I so look forward to checking the mail box at this time of year!  I hope that no matter how digital/techy we become as a society that we never stop this special tradition.

When you send a personalized photo card (even with so many options available from Snapfish to Target) you can pretty easily spend about $1.00 per card, sometimes even more.  There are discounts available, but quite often only if you order more than 50 cards.  We aren't popular enough to need that many.

So just like last year I created my own collage - this time using PicMonkey's create a collage option.

They've added a "cards" option - it's there on the left under "ducks in a row".

I took some pics of my kids and then created this collage card with 4 of my favorites from our little photo session (I think I took like 50 pictures).  Then I uploaded the picture collage and used PicMonkey's editing tools to add some Christmas messages in fun fonts.  The great thing about PicMonkey (in case you aren't already in the know) is that it is FREE and super easy to use!

picmonkey christmas card

Then instead of having this collage printed on card stock like I did last year (which cost me about $1.30 a card), I ordered regular 4x6 prints from CVS.  The weight of a regular photo print is similar to a glossy photo card.  I ordered 30 which would have cost $.19 each; but I had a 25% off photo order coupon, so I paid $.14 each!!!  Yep, 30 cards only cost me a total of $4.27!!!  And CVS offers same day pickup, so I didn't have to pay for shipping and was able to pick up my prints just hours after I ordered them!

But photo prints don't come with envelopes, so I stopped by Staples and bought a box of 50 plain white envelopes for $7.99.  Yes, my envelopes were more expensive than my cards by 2 cents each.  Crazy right?!  I could have probably picked up some less expensive envelopes at Big Lots or maybe even Target, but I figured for a total of $.30 per card (photo print + envelope) I had already done pretty darn good.

Because I already had some white card stock at home I decided to mount the prints using double sided tape.  This way I could further personalize the cards on the back since I didn't add our family name to the photo.  
making your own christmas photo cards

I used my alphabet stamps and a red sharpie to add our name to the back.  (Yes, I know there should be an apostrophe on the S in Phillips, but I don't have an apostrophe stamp and didn't like how it looked in red.)  I addressed them in the same way using some Martha Stewart labels (also from Staples) that jumped in to my basket.

Now I just need to get some stamps and put my cards in the mail.

Maybe you've already been doing this  - ordering regular photo prints of a card you created yourself  - but this was a new thing for me.  And I can't believe I've never thought to do this before!  I've almost always ordered a photo card using a style chosen from the "holiday cards" section on either Snapfish or Tiny Prints.  I think this will be my new method.  These are the most inexpensive cards I've ever sent!

Have you mailed your cards yet?  What kind of cards do you send?

27 comments:

  1. Cute, cost-saving idea! Strikes a nice balance between pre-printed cards and completely DIY card with lots of steps.

    And don't sweat the apostrophe! Looks like you don't need one: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/how-to-make-family-names-plural.aspx

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    1. Thanks for the link Lori! Looks like I should have added an "es" but that always looks odd to me too - The Phillipses - that just looks wrong and weird. ;) I guess adding the word family after Phillips would be the best way for me to go, but that is a whole lot of extra stamping. HA! Maybe I should just make up my own grammar rules! ;)

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    2. Making up your own rules makes a mish-mash Tower-of-Babel language. Language is to communicate clearly........no rules, no clarity......you could try writing Phillipses until it looks natural to you.......but then, it's your life.
      I wince every time i see or hear a misplaced 'only' or hear a misplaced verbal emphasis in a news report. Whatever happened to education, I wonder, then I, again, sigh......but knash my teeth on its and it's. If only people would remember that the apostrophe replaces the letter i. But they don't, and my teeth hurt already.....!!!!

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    3. I have no real intentions to make my own grammar rules. ;) I do however think that Phillipses looks odd and that will probably never change. No worries though, I added the word Family (with a red sharpie) after Phillips on our cards since I hadn't actually sealed them when I wrote this post.

      Thanks for the little grammar lesson! You're never too old to learn something new. I always thought in cases where the last name ended in "s" that an apostrophe could replace the "es" to make the name plural - that either would work - now I know better. It's "The Phillips Family" for us!

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  2. Carmel! What a great idea! And your kids are DARLING!!!!
    xoxo,
    Sheaffer

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  3. Cute cards! I always cringe at how much they end up costing, plus postage :( I may try this next year instead.

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  4. Love these cards! PicMonkey is becoming my new bestie :)

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  5. Love the cards!!! Can you share a tutorial on how to actually create the cards? Thanks!

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  6. So cute! This is the second year I have used cardstore.com using a promo code during a 75% off sale. I got 60 folded 5x7 photo cards, in envelopes with the return address and recipient's addresses printed beautifully on each envelope AND stamped for $35!

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  7. DANG! why didn't i think of that? already did my cards. i've created cards w/photos, but this is so much easier. next year. thanks for the idea!

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  8. I just spent over $60 buying photo cards on Shutterfly. We received them on Saturday, and they are pretty darn cute, but I think your idea might be the way I go next year. My husband would be happier, that is for sure!

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  9. Your cards are great! I used PicMonkey this year too. I created a collage and then had them printed at Costco. They have a blank template on their 5x7 photo cards so I uploaded my design and got custom cards much cheaper. I think they were $15 for the first 50 cards and came with nice lined envelopes.

    Love your blog! I am not a new reader, but I do think this is my first time commenting.

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  10. What a great idea!!! I'm so doing this next year! I still cannot get over the savings - incredible.

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  11. I love these girl! I didn't order enough of mine this year so I recreated them using Picmonkey and had them printed. Love that site!

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  12. PicMonkey is seriously the best! I need to get on Christmas cards. Thanks for the kick in the pants!


    (Congrats on Centsational Girl, btw.)

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  13. You got it right. You do not need an apostrophe. You used the S to show it is plural. That is correct. An apostrophe is only used when showing ownership. 's if it is singular and s' if the noun (or proper noun) is plural. Ex. - This is a photo of the Phillips. (plural proper noun) Ex - This is the Phillips' Christmas tree. (plural proper noun showing ownership)

    That was fun. The old English teacher in me will never die!!!! I love that photo. The kids and great, and your photography looks professional.

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    1. Does not the S indicate that the family name is phillips and not phillip? Therefore Phillipses, not Phillips for showing multiple members of the family? "That fella over there is Phillips." "That group over there is all Phillipses." See what I mean?

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    2. Sorry, it's late....."are all Phillipses."

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  14. Hi there! I'm a new reader...who found your blog through i heart organizing!

    The last few years I have ordered our cards at Sam's Club. I bought 100 cards for $25! I thought that was a great price! They also come with the lined envelopes.

    I love PicMonkey, but didn't even think about doing cards! Such a great idea, thanks for the tip!

    Getting ready to have your updates delivered directly to my inbox! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I JUST put our holiday cards in the mail yesterday! Shooot! But I am using this idea next year! Thanks!!

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  16. I love them! They're so cute - and that's definitely affordable.

    Ours are just some pre-made ones from Hobby Lobby. They're all addressed and ready to go, but I still need to get stamps.

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  17. Cute!!! I was thinking today of how I was going to do Christmas cards this year! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  18. They look great and you saved a bundle! I get mine at Costco..50 cards, $14.99!

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  19. 1. Your card is darling, thought not as darling as your kids! 2. Thank you for the tips -- I'm helping my mom make her collage card TODAY and I'm so going with your strategy!!

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  20. Pinned this for next year (I already made mine this year). Love this idea, PicMonkey is amazing, what will they think of next?

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  21. That's great! I was going to use PicMonkey's collage feature to make cards this year, but I didn't know what size they would wind up being -- I didn't see the card option!

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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