I just finished making our first holiday e-card, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. We always send out photo cards, but the cost of postage and the cards, combined with the time I always spend addressing envelopes, made me decide to try an electronic version this year. Nearly everyone we know is online these days. We have just a handful of elderly friends and relatives who don’t use email, and for them I will still mail photos of our family. But for everyone else, I created a digital scrapbook page with two photos, some simple text, and a few holiday-themed embellishments.
I’ve been scrapbooking since 2001, but had never tried digital scrapping. So I turned to Google and found more information and free template downloads than I could ever use. Nearly every digital scrapbooking site has free downloads that you can use, some are just there for the taking, some require that you sign up for their newsletter. I made my layout as an 8.5 by 11 page, and it fills a computer screen nicely when the recipient opens it.
Zero time spent addressing envelopes, zero dollars spent on cards and postage, and a really cool-looking scrapbook page as our holiday card… what’s not to love? If people want to hang our greeting on their wall for the holidays, they can easily print it out. But I think most of us store our photos digitally these days, and our e-card will be easy for people to store with their digital images.
Anyone else going the electronic route when it comes to holiday cards?