DIY Moving Announcements

After our recent move, I decided to create my own moving announcement. Considering the fact that it would have cost me well over $50 to order the same number of predesigned cards, I felt the time and effort was well worth it!

It cost me less than $15.00

You can do it too!

Design Style
I chose to go with a more simplistic style. By using digital cardboard for my background and a stacked photo frame, I was able to keep it simple, but still add dimension and texture. I also made sure to add a slight shadow to some of my elements to give the design some depth. I also went with more basic fonts to compliment the simple design. Click here for similar free stencil fonts.

Size and Formatting
When you design a postcard, be aware of the requirements of the site where you decide to have them printed. Most sites will accept .jpg files that are 300 dpi or greater. However, some sites do require your image to be converted to CMYK. I like to use this simple site to convert from RGB to CMYK.

Printing Source
Because I only needed 50 postcards, I chose to use VistaPrint to have mine printed. For fifty 4x6 cards one-sided postcards, my cost (before the discount code I had) came to around $15 with shipping. Another source to consider if you are ordering more than 100 cards is GotPrint.

A New Phase

My life has taken another change - We are now officially New Englanders! How exciting! The Lord has blessed us with a beautiful property (1.3 acres!) and a classic New England colonial style house. I'm sure I will be sharing some photos of our updates to the house and projects that we have done and will be doing.

Join me as I begin this new phase of life! Look forward to more photo inspiration, as well as my adventures in Lightroom, digital scrapbooking, and papercrafts!

Digital Scrapbooking Freebie Link

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you'll know that I love scrapbooking and paper crafts. You'll also know that our family has been doing a lot of traveling for the past 18 months. Obviously, I can't travel with my paper crafting supplies - that would require pulling along a small trailer. Well, almost. So, to solve that problem, I've taken an interest in trying digital scrapbooking, or "digi scrappin'" as it's sometimes called.

Digital scrapbooking is a lot of fun if you like computers and technology as much as I do! I've found quite a few resources that have allowed me to collect digi elements for free. FREE!! I love "free" and I love scrapbooking, so what a great combination! I currently have about 47 GB of digi scrappin' elements (that's a lot of digi papers and elements!) and I don't believe that I've had to pay one penny for any of it! Of course, I've been collecting off and on for a few years, so that has helped build my collection. 

A couple days ago, I came across a mother-load of free digital scrapbooking kits at Scraps-n-Pieces. You can find it HERE. I will say that you do have to sign up and become a member of the site in order to access this link. Don't worry, it's free. It will be worth it because these kits are big and really nice! There are quite a few kits, in fact, I'm still working on downloading them! If you're interested in this, I would recommend accessing it soon, as there may be an expiration date on the free downloads.

Sources for elements in image: Light Up My Life by Erica Zane, Sunny Days by Jeanet A., Be Creative by Dhariana, Father and Son by Yez Designs, Baby Farm by Alexx's Designs, Inspiration by Rainbow
Font: Before the Rain