Monday, December 19, 2011

Inexpensive Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards were a big deal to me when the children were younger. The family gets all dressed up and you strive for the perfect family picture. I realized long ago there is no such thing with us. So I learned to embrace it. This year the budget has been a bit tight around here, just like the rest of the world. I had to come up with an inexpensive Christmas card this year.

It took me a while but it finally came to me. Every year in Feb we go to the Date Festival here in Indio, and we take pictures in the Photobooth. So I decided that was going to be our family picture, lucky for me there is only one child left at home, or believe me I would have crammed them all in there! I remembered there was a Photobooth at the Palm Desert Mail, so off we went for our $3.00 photo shoot, this is what we came up with:

I then scanned it, and I had to get it scanned at Staples for .54 cents because my scanner wasn't cooperating. I didn't like the yellowish going on, the picture doesn't look like that, and since I couldn't be the one to scan it and redo the settings this is what I had to work with.

So I turned it Black and White, and pulled it together in Photoshop:

I then turned it into a .jpeg and went back to Staples and had them print 20 of them. Because they are black and white images it was only $4.00, to have them printed on Card Stock.

So for $7.54 I got 40 cards, that are now in the mail, and it's not even the 25 yet! I'm on a roll this year getting stuff done before the day of. 


Sandra said...

Love this.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sonia Barton said...

Thank you Sandra, I hope you also have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kym said...

I love them. Can I steal your idea?! I didn't do cards this year because they seemed so expensive. This would be great!

Sonia Barton said...

Yes Kym. If you have photoshop I can send you my Photoshop file for the layout. You need to leave a good white border so that they don't get cropped or scaled when Staples prints them. Email me if you want it.

Taxreformer said...

Haha! These look so good!!!

Sonia Barton said...

Thank you, silly pictures are easier to take than a "good family picture"


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