Idea 4: Print Your Own Personalized Note-cards
I really love anything personalised, whether it be a leather pouch with my initials on, headed stationary or just my name an a necklace. Having your own greetings cards takes this to the next level. Writing a handwritten note to a friend or a thank-you card rather than an email is so much more thoughtful and people really appreciate it. Think how lovely it is to receive something through the post that someone has written for you and you can put on the mantlepiece. I also think it is nice to send a handwritten note to an prospective employer or post interview; a polite way to stand out from the crowd, and of course its never harmful to keep yourself fresh in someones head.
I always buy cards every time I see one that catches my eye so that when I do want to send one to someone I already have lots to choose from – and no excuses to forget! But a cheap and personal way of buying note-cards is ordering your own. There are lots of companies who specialize in printing cards, and the more you order generally the cheaper they are. I am in the process of ordering my own customized cards using The Rattle Blog banner at the top of the homepage. On the back you can add any text you like, so I will be having my name and The Rattle Blog written, plus my contact details. That way it is a ready made business card/greeting to send out to anyone who I want to write to!
My mum is an artist and has her own cards made. Some she sells, and some she just sends to friends and family. A little slice of her work, and something very pretty to have in your home that is totally unique and you wont find in your high street card shops. You can make them on http://www.photobox.com who I recommend for their photo prints and photobooks. I prefer using smaller local companies, and am going to order mine from http://www.sixprint.co.uk. There are so many companies out there, and the more you order the cheaper they tend to be – but never more that 50p per card, which is with an envelope. Much cheaper than buying from a shop, ans its personalized and unique to you!
You can use a photographs; do a photo collage using an app – I love Fotor; choose a picture you love; or even paint something yourself. Here are the cards my Mum has had made, both square and postcard size, and the picture she used. See for yourself how lovely they are and I hope it inspires you to maybe order your own or at least write someone a lovely little card and make someones day!