Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY Photo Christmas Card

  (I know it's a card with trees on it, I am saving my family pics for later  :)

Earlier this year I won a HUGE Giveaway package from Jacob Dean Photography.  My head is still spinning!  I decided to be very patient and wait until Fall to have the shots done so I could use them for our Christmas cards.  A few weeks ago I started looking around online for some ideas to showcase my new family portraits.  I settled on a simple card design that looks very similar to the one above.  After checkout, envelopes, shipping and taxes  they came out to about $2.05 per card!  I want about 100 cards, so that's over $200 bucks for me -um, I'll pass.  I  looked at the cheaper options and they still priced for over $1.00 per card and they looked, well, cheaper.  Of course, because I have nothing else in my life to accomplish, I decided to figure out how to do it myself.  Now you too can have your cards printed,  for an average of .50 cents per card (including envelopes).

WARNING:  This is the longest post ever, but still these are so easy to make.  After figuring it out, I can now design a card in under 10 minutes. This will save me tons of trouble in the future!

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Sign up for Picasa  (FREE) by going to here.  Picasa will automatically search for and upload all pictures found on your computer.
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Sign up for picnik.com (FREE) by going here.  If you don't already know, picnik is an amazingly simple way to edit pictures
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Go online and find a Christmas card design that you think you can take on, start simple.
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Go into your Start menu/Programs and find Picasa
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When in Picasa Click on Create

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While under Create tab Click on Picture Collage.  (If pictures already appear on your work surface click select all and then remove).
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Pull how ever many pictures you want for your card from the left.  Click on Get More if you need to search for more.

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Once you are pleased with your picture combination, click on the Settings tab
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follow a. - e. below







a. Choose 5x7 Large Print
b. You can choose picture pile, mosaics or grid. I choose picture pile so I can create a blank space between pics.
c. Play around with border options
d. If you want a color to your borders choose one here
e. UN-check Draw Shadows










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Arrange your photos how you would like them in your lay out.
*TIP I made a space in between two pics so I can add a statement in. 
*Extend your pictures a little bit past the 5x7 edge so that they will print cleanly.
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Click  Create Collage.



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Click Edit in Picnik 


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Now play around with stickers and text and colors
(I used geometric rectangles and a triangle, for for the banner, added a snowflake, then text.)

                           
                     
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Save it to your pictures and upload it to your favorite photo developer.


**At SAMS they offer 5x7 prints for as low as .34 cents (.38 for in club pickup)
 ***You can find envelopes for around 7-15 cents a piece.  Look for size A7 envelopes (5 1/4 x 7 1/4). Try Amazon.com, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

I hope this helps you  save a little extra jingle for the holidays!
I'd love to see what you come up with!


2 comments:

Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

Shandra this is such an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!

Trish @ Uncommon

Julie-Katie H said...

This is an awesome tutorial! I wonder if PicMonkey could be helpful, too....
-Julie

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