Quickie but Goodie
This is one of those projects that I feel even the biggest self-proclaimed DIY ignoramus could achieve.
After all, I did it, didn’t I?
I made these thank-you cards for people who came to our wedding (and those who sent us gifts without even showing up for the free booze).
We were lucky enough to snag a phenomenal wedding photographer at an extremely low cost. The trick was finding someone with inarguable talent who was still getting started in the biz (much like this talented photographer at the moment).
My photographer was kind enough to email me a small selection of some of the (thousands of) photos he’d taken throughout the day very soon after the wedding so I could create these cards. I knew I could just go out and buy something generic, but creating my own with photos from the day was beneficial for two reasons:
1) People who were there could reminisce on the fun times. (Because everyone had as much fun as me, right? RIGHT?!)
2) People who were not there could see what they missed and feel guilty about it every time they looked at the card.
It was really easy to set up. I used Microsoft Publisher, but this could also be done with Microsoft Word or any other program that allows you to insert pictures and text onto an 8 1/2″ x 11″ (which is standard paper size) layout. I was able to print 2 cards per sheet, which = mucho cheapness. What else = mucho cheapness? Printing in black and white.
When you lay it out, you’ll want to put the photos (for the front of the card) on the right-hand side of the sheet. The left-hand side can be left blank, or you can put a cutesy little logo (or wedding website, if you have one), which will end up being the back of the card.
If you want to print anything on the inside of the card, create a second page for the document and print double-sided. The insides of mine were blank so we could write nice personal notes and other gushy stuff. This also made printing much less of a pain in the ass.
Then I bought some inexpensive card stock (which is just stiffer paper) at an office supply store and printed them at home. Cut sheets in half, fold the cards in half, and viola! Remember, two cards per sheet.
These were probably the biggest hit of my DIY wedding projects, and definitely one of the easiest.
Get creative with how you arrange your pictures.
And the best part is, this isn’t restricted to a wedding project. You could use this idea for baby shower thank-you’s, birthday party thank-you’s, and we-don’t-ever-need-to-talk-about-what-happened-at-that-party-again-but-here-are-some-pictures-to-immortalize-it cards.
The possibilities are endless.
I thought it was an awesome idea and I still have my card (with other momentos I tend to hoard). And I especially like the ‘Gardmark’ touch.
Hopefully someday soon, both of us will be blogged about for our awesome photographic skills.
Awww… I can’t believe you still have the card. :)
And YOU are the photographer – not me. I just have a nice camera.
How amazing is that dress?!!!!!!!!?!!!!! Can I see a close up, please? Who made that?! That shot of you with your arms up is so fabulous it makes me want to run out and buy something gorgeous and flowery just so I can strike a pose.
Ha, believe it or not, I actually bought that from David’s Bridal!
And the shot with my arms up was pure whim – I was tired of having my picture taken. “Stand here.” “Stand there.” “Turn this way.” “Look out the window.” So I just did that to be funny, and the photographer loved it! It actually turned out to be one of my favorite photos.
I’ll try to get a closer look in here… let’s see if this works:
Love it! Thanks!