If you follow this blog, I’m sure you have figured out I’m not the best DIY person – I don’t really have the patience or the time for crafts. Give me a computer and a camera and I can DIY all day long. I’m assuming that most bloggers have heard of Monkey-Pic the free photo editor. If you want to get some of Monkey-Pic’s cool features you have to pay – you do get a lot for free but I love using all of the features so I signed on for the year – think it cost me $30.00 for an entire year. So here it goes – my first DIY post. Usually every year I order photo cards from Costco – it can get expensive by the time you get cards and then send the cards in the mail. With Monkey-Pic you can create your own cards for a fraction of the price. I created personal Christmas cards and I decided to do 5 x 7 card – with Monkey-Pic you can choose 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10 -heck you can even create a facebook cover. I also created Christmas cards for my work. I work at a Catholic High School so I created a card with a Religious theme – I’m not going to share the cards I created this year because I will be sending them out in the next few days and I know some of my family reads my blog – like my brother and I don’t want to show him my cool cards before they arrive in the mail! To start out – go to www.picmonkey.com and you will be greeted with:
To create your Christmas card you need to create a collage first -go to create a collage and from there you can pick the layout you want – keep in mind whether your card is going to be portrait or landscape.
Using the various buttons down the left hand side – you can add coloured frames and different patterns – I’ve created a very simple style but you can do so much more – experiment. Once you have created the collage you want – save it to your computer.
Go back to the start menu of pic-monkey and select design. From here you can pick your layout – 4 x 6, 5 x 7. I f you pick 4 x 6 it is very cost-effective – you don’t need special envelopes and the pictures are anywhere from .10 – .14 cents a piece.
Once you pick your layout – go to editor to rotate your canvas to portrait or landscape. From here pick your canvas colour – I picked a plain colour and then use the overlay section for more design.
From here I went to the butterfly item in the left hand menu and used my own overlay by picking the collage I saved.
On the left editor menu – now go to NEW and select Santa Land or winterland – both have cool features to help create beautiful cards – I chose Santa Land. From there you can add holiday cutouts to create some different layouts for a more polished looking card. Using the different text items you can now add your personal message… Once you create the card you want – save to your computer. It is recommended that you save in jpg format as this is the format that will work at Costco or Walmart – go on-line to your preferred store to order your pictures and voila you will have beautiful picture cards ready the very next day.
The original card I created for work was a little nicer than the one I created below – but you get the drift – cards for all occasions and easy on the pocket book..
This may be my first and last DIY post – so I hope you enjoy. If you’ve never created your own cards, you’re missing out on some creative fun!