It’s been a little over two months since our family expanded. I’d already put together our announcements and was ready to post about them when the site I’d used to printed them contacted *us* about doing a giveaway. So… this is the easiest giveaway post I’ve ever written, since I was going to share them anyway. I chose to print them via Zazzle (affiliate link) and I’ll tell you two BIG reasons why I like them so much. But first, here’s one of my favorite DIYs ever:
Oh, how I love her. So much that I’ll feel a bit, um, frazzled, at the end of the day. I’ll breathe a sigh a relief to be able to put her to bed successfully amid the dinnertime and big sisters frenzy, and then about 5 minutes later I’ll miss her. And consider going back to pick her up. Usually I opt not to…. but I’m amazed at how strong the urge is, and sometimes I can’t resist. World leaders need baby snuggle breaks. It’d fix a lot of things.
With each of my babies I’ve wanted to announce them properly. Which to me means nice paper and a sweet photo and hand writing the address and a pretty stamp I chose just for the card. I know not everyone cares about old fashioned fancy paper announcements (or holiday and birthday cards, for that matter) but I love them. For me it’s part of the process of savoring the moment. I know not everyone is into that. I can totally appreciate women who would rather spend that time doing something else, like holding the kid they worked so hard to make! We all prioritize. Just don’t ask where showering has fallen on my list lately. Announcements are more important than showers this week. And makeup? Whatev. I did brush my teeth though. I think.
So one of the reasons I chose Zazzle is that in addition to working with one of their many pre-made designs, you can upload your own. I wanted to do it myself! I used Illustrator to design my cards, but you could just as easily do the same thing with Picmonkey. Just create your image and size it to match the format you choose on Zazzle. They have a lot of size and shape options. Not only that, they have a lot of choices for paper. And I think it’s cool that the preview adjusts your image to show you how it looks with the tone of the particular paper underneath. I want to hug the internet for things like that.
I chose “felt” which is beautifully thick and gently textured. If paper were food, this would be a butter-filled hip-widening dessert.
The paper choice brings me to the second thing that makes Zazzle different and my favorite. You can print ONE. I wasn’t sure how the colors would look on paper versus on my screen and I wasn’t sure which paper I wanted, so I ordered one on each of a few different papers to check them out, and later ordered the number I needed for mailing. It’s inexpensive to try it and see which one you like. I have commitment issues when it comes to something so important to me, and I knew I’d cry if I ordered a whole bunch of announcements and later realized I didn’t love them. And when I placed my order there was a sale on invitations! That’s my tip – because I use the site fairly often, I subscribe to their weekly e-mails that tell me what’s on sale. They run some really good specials. Sometimes as much as 75% off. No, they didn’t ask me to ask you to subscribe to their newsletter. I’m saying it because I’m a compulsive deal-sharer.
I’ve been sitting in front of the computer for too long. I need to go and scoop her up and smell her. I’ve told you I like Zazzle because I can upload my own design and I can just order one, if I want to. I really enjoyed the process and think it’s worth checking out.
Would you like to try it for free? Zazzle will give one winner $50 to use on announcements or holiday cards (affiliate links) or on anything else you’d like! Enter by commenting below telling us the silliest gift you ever got. And by silly I mean funny OR ridiculous OR terrible. Whichever. I’m totally excited to hear these answers. One entry per person, duplicates will be nixed. Enter by Saturday morning, November 2, 9 am Eastern. We’ll post the winner on our Facebook page!