For the project that I want to share with you today, I admit that I may have been inspired by Elise Blaha, who blogs over at enJOY it. I’m inspired by her a lot actually, this time I just put it into action. Between her project life albums, project branding, and homemade invitations there’s always something to be inspired by.
I wanted to send everybody a thank you card for coming to my birthday party. It was the least I could do after they put so much effort into the cards that I got. I also admit that I felt kind of guilty that I did not get to spend as much time with everybody as I wanted to, so I thought this would be a nice way to touch base with everyone. Also, I had almost everybody’s address already from sending out so many New Year’s Cards.
First I took out my graphics tablet and started writing, that’s how most of my design works. I pick a simple word and try to make it look as cool as possible. Usually this takes at least 20 tries. Originally, I was aiming to design a postcard because they are cheaper to send out and quick and easy to write; however, I filled both sides of the card without leaving room to fit an address (oops). In the end, I liked my design so much that I opted to send postcards inside of envelopes. I calculated that I need 50 post cards. Currently, a postcard stamp is 34 cents and a letter stamp is 49 cents. I was talking about the difference between $17 and $24.50 for shipping costs, so I went for it.
I ordered the postcards from Overnight Prints again. I opted for rounded corners again because I liked how swanky it looked the last time. Also, I found out that there was an option for me to add 50 white envelopes to the order for $2.00 extra, which was totally worth it for me for the convenience factor. (The next thing that I need to buy for the convenience factor is a return address stamp.)
Take a look at my final design, I was super proud of them.
Here are some notes from the process.
- The black looks really cool, but easily gets fingerprints all over it. So if you’re OCD, it might not be the greatest option for you. (Also, apparently from the picture above, they get dusty.)
- The only writing instrument that worked on the shiny finish was a Sharpie, and all the colors that I used ended up looking lighter than expected. (See below.)
- I loved the “you’re awesome” that I wrote, but I realized after the fact how awkward the writing space that I ended up with was – so I would probably try to leave a larger square-ier blob of space next time. (Yes, that’s right – larger, square-ier blob.)
I feel like there are so many other words I could do this with besides “thanks” – oh the possibilities!