Friday, October 25, 2013

Custom Photo Thank You Cards (or My First Dance with Shutterfly)

Normally I'm not into photo thank yous.  I really enjoy writing out thank you notes for gifts and thoughtful acts but I've never made custom ones before - generally store bought notecards (paired with some heartfelt words) do the trick just fine.  But I broke my own rule when thanking guests for coming to the christening last week.  It's just because my kid is so cute.  I couldn't help sharing his smiley face with all of the people who joined us.  I just couldn't help it:

If I buy photo prints (which is fairly rare), I usually go with Snapfish just because I've had an account with them since my college days.  They were my first choice when looking for photo thank you notes online but I found their selection to be pretty cheesy.  I just wanted something simple but couldn't find a very basic option.  Then I switched over to  They had plenty of simple and pretty choices but all seemed to be priced individually... at $5.99 a card. The cards were nice, for sure, but I just used Vanguard's online calculator recently and found out that the cost of a 4 year education at Bates in twenty years is estimated to be just under $700k.  Now isn't the time to go nuts on over the top thank you notes.  Moving on...

I've never used Shutterfly before but decided to check it out.  I found these cards (and some similarly simple ones) easily and customized them quickly to be exactly what I had in mind.

Shutterfly Thank You Cards

I ordered them on Monday and they arrived yesterday afternoon (I upgraded to free expedited shipping with a coupon I found on Retail Me Not).  The only thing that I thought was weird was that you can't order exactly as many as you'd like - 12 is the lowest option of cards but then it jumps up to a pack of 25.  Luckily for us, I needed exactly 12 so that's what I went with.  

Thanks, Shutterfly, for making nice (& reasonably priced) custom cards that I'm excited to send out (here's the link for all of their thank yous)!  I guess this is the dawn of a new era for a thank you enthusiast like me...

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