Every year our family gathers together to take some photos that we’ll use on our Christmas cards. I’m usually a last minute person and don’t get them done until long after Thanksgiving has past. This year I was provided an opportunity to use tinyprints to order our Christmas cards as part of a blog partnership. I’ve seen their ad in magazines and drooled over their stylish cards for years but like I said I usually run out of time. With a little incentive from tinyprints I dressed my kids up in their Sunday best and after church one Sunday we stayed on the grounds and took some photos.
I like to pretend that I have some photography skills and I usually end up with a few photos that look really nice. Out of about 50 pictures I found a few that I loved and decided to play around with PhotoShop. I’m still learning that too. Finally I sat down one evening and started looking through the thousands (yes, really – over 2,000 designs) of card styles that tinyprints offers. I didn’t have any restrictions placed upon me so I simply searched until I found the perfect card for our family. It was no easy decision either. You can make your cards using one photo or a collage of photos – the possibilities were practically endless. It was very easy to navigate and narrow down your selection based on price (starting as low as .69 ea), number of photos, or colors.
Once I found the card style that I liked it was time to play with the photos. I’m sure if you are good with your photo editing and have plenty of time to spare you could do just about anything with your photos and cards. With just about an hour left before my eyes slammed shut I imported pictures, cropped, played with colors, etc. Once I was happy with my selection I woke up the hubby to get his thoughts on my hard work – thankfully he approved!
I was even able to have the envelopes pre-printed with our return address. If I had more time and had been even more prepared I could have had the addresses to all my recipients pre-printed. After reviewing my proof I pushed ORDER and away they went to the printers! The processing time was very quick and I had a proof to review within 24 hrs. Within the first 48 hrs my cards were proofed, printed, and shipped – arriving just a few short days later. I even think thattinyprints would have worked in years past with my normal procrastination.
Once the package arrived I was excited to see just how perfect our Christmas cards were going to be for the year. I’m very pleased with the results and I’m sure this year our family and friends will be keeping our cards in their photo albums instead of the trash.
Are they eco-friendly? Unfortunately tinyprints doesn’t have any advertised eco-friendly options for paper or ink. Even their shipping seemed to be a bit wasteful – the box they arrived in was oversized for the cards – however the cards were an unusual dimension. Our families Christmas cards never have been printed eco-friendly though. We treat them as we would our family photos and hope that our friends and family will treasure them for years to come. After all it’s usually the only time some of our friends and family get to see our growing family and that’s worth the environmental impact to me.
Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from Christmas cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards and even business cards. Offering exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side the Holidays will be a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooks, photo-books and calendars.
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