Friday, November 11, 2011

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Review

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Welcome to my first blogger product review! Woo hoo! I was selected to review Shutterfly’s Holiday card selection for 2011. If you know me at all, you know that I normally hand make all my cards, but I really wanted the opportunity to get started reviewing products. I fell in love with some of the designs at Shutterfly, so I decided to submit an application to review their card products. I have honestly never sent out Christmas cards, but now that we have Drake, I thought maybe it would be a good idea. This gives me a nice way to share his one year old pictures with my family and friends as well as give them a nice holiday greeting. I plan to write a letter as an insert to the cards for people I haven’t spoken to for a while, but otherwise, these cards are fantastic. I have ordered photo prints from Shutterfly, which turned out wonderfully. When you sign up for an account with them, you will be able to get 50 free 4x6 prints (just pay shipping) which you can combine with other offers. For example, right now they have a deal where you get free shipping on orders of $30 or more. Add in your 50 free prints and you won’t have to pay the shipping for them. Great deal huh?

Back to Holiday cards! There are MANY choices of card templates that they have available. I chose one from their Christmas Card selection. I picked this design:

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I picked out this design and started making my card without realizing how many pictures I could put on the card. You can actually customize it to have a TON of pictures! The front of the card only has one photo, but the inside left cover can have as many as 12 different pictures. Then on the right side there is the standard card message and a place for you to customize your own greeting. You can modify the font style, font color, and font size. Then next wonderful part of my card is that even the back of the card can have a customized message and photos. As many as 9 photos can be put on the back of the card. I figured all this out AFTER I started making my card. So at first I uploaded one image for the front of the card and went forward in my design. What I ended up loving is that as I can across a place in my design where I could add more photos, I could very easily upload more photos and continue with the project. There is a place at the bottom of the card design area that says “Get more pictures” that will allow you to upload the pictures without canceling or forcing you to submit your card. This was great since I had to keep uploading pictures in order to finish my design.

Want to see my design? I copied the images using a program called MWSnap while I was making my cards in order to use them for this post.

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Another benefit to using Shutterfly for your holiday cards is that you can actually have them mail the cards for you. This means you don’t have to worry about getting the envelopes, addressing them, or figuring out the postage. I didn’t choose this option because I haven’t figured out who all is receiving my cards yet. Instead I am having them shipped directly to me where I will then have to mail them myself. You can have them address your envelopes and still sent to you for mailing though if you want. That is another wonderful option. If you are a person that writes up a “What happened this year” letter that goes in all your holiday cards, this option would be great for you!

Would you like to have custom address labels added to your order to make sending your cards easier? Well Shutterfly can help you out there too. Visit their site to get started on your address labels to get started on them. I am personally in love with the “In Living Color” label. Their standard pricing on labels looks to be $9.99 for 28, but they have sales all the time. This one happens to be $8.99 right now.

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Want to send Thank You cards after the Holidays? You can find thank you card templates too. Do you celebrate Hanukkah? They have Hanukkah cards for you. I personally think this design is cute and offers a lot of picture flexibility:

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I only submitted my order at around 2:30 AM this morning so I haven’t received the cards yet. However, I am confident they will turn out great since their photo prints had been fantastic in the past. Easy to do and fun! I would definitely recommend you heading over to their holiday cards and make some for yourself.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Shutterfly who supplied the product for review.