12.16.2014

Our Christmas Cards + DIY Cards on a Budget

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December is just flying by, isn't it? My last day of school is tomorrow and Christmas is already next week! Pretty crazy. Every year I think about sending out Christmas cards, but have always gotten a late start and pushed it to the wayside because of everything else I have had going on. Not this year though! This year I was determined to complete this goal.
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After researching different sites to order my Christmas card through, I quickly realized that they were more expensive than I had thought and that the cards in the price range I would possibly be willing to pay were ugly. They were nothing special and I felt that I could design something much better. So that's what I did! diy-christmas-cards-2
I considered designing my own card and having it printed through Shutterfly, but that route ended up being more expensive than choosing one of their predesigned cards, which I definitely wasn't into!
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Instead, I decided to design my card in Photoshop to be 5x7 inches and had it printed at Costco as a regular matte image. I then cut 5x7 inch pieces of card stock paper out and glued each image to a piece of card stock. This way the entire card itself was thicker and I could also write a personal note on the back of each card.diy-christmas-cards-4
As a personal touch to my design, I actually wrote out the "Merry Christmas" on paper with a marker, scanned it in to my computer, and made it a white, workable layer Photoshop. This is probably my favorite part of the card! I also love the photos of Marly and me that Dai took! We just went to a Christmas tree lot, but I think that the greenery was a nice, festive background for our photos :)diy-christmas-cards-5
I am so happy with how these DIY cards turned out and think it is a great way to get beautiful, unique cards on a budget! #brokecollegestudent

Cost Breakdown:
+ 40 5x7" printed photos - $15.50
+ 20 8.5x11" sheets cardstock paper - already had
+ Glue
Total Cost for 40 cards: $15.60

Even though it takes time to cut the card stock paper and to glue each photo, that price is definitely well worth it to me!

Now, I just need to finish writing out little notes and actually send them off before Christmas ;)

Do you send out Christmas cards? How do you do it?


4 comments:

Jess said...

Fabulous post! If any one is looking for an alternative solution to the DIY and the steep learning curve of photoshop check out our holiday collection: http://www.oubly.com/holiday-card-collection We offer fair prices and free edge painting.

Jess said...

I love cost-effective Christmas Cards, which is why I bought simple festive cards at Michael's a few months back and simply slipped a photo of myself and Jake inside for close friends and family. Yours are so cute though with you and your pup!

By the way, I nominated you for the Liebster Award (obviously), so check it out:

http://the-flame-dame.blogspot.com/2014/12/id-like-to-thank-academy.html

Jess said...

How cute! And affordability is always great!

Jess said...

Color me impressed! I ordered 200 cards through Shutterfly this year, and it was expensive, even with their sale.

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