The last-minute Mother’s Day genius idea struck with enough time to execute it this year! My goal was to give something that was personal, handmade, from the kids, and genuinely useful.
We’ve done stationery designed by Little Hippie in the past. While it was cute, I could tell that the recipients wouldn’t be comfortable sending these cards to people other than family members who knew the little artist. I wanted something a little more commercial-looking so that the cards could be sent far and wide, but I still wanted something that the kids had created. In the end, we used artwork from both kids and arranged them into a more grown-up scene.
We took doodles from Baby Hippie
We cut them into shapes
Little Hippie painted a background
LH, Mom and Dad cut shapes from an old magazine
Then, we assembled all of the pieces into a spacescape.
The next step was to scan it into the computer. I took a picture of it and cropped it closely with iPhoto. I used a word processing program for the card layout. To make 2 prints per page with a personalized note on the back, I created two columns, inserted the pictures upside-down (so that the orientation was correct when the tops were folded down), then added text at the bottom to personalize the back of the card. The full page looked like this:
I had it printed on card stock at our local copy shop, folded them, then cut each in half.
I bought a pack of envelopes in the right size at Michaels, then assembled packs of 10 cards and envelopes. Finishing touch: we tied them together with a pretty ribbon. Voila!
Project cost: 5 sets of 10 cards w/ envelopes cost $38.00 ($5 for envelopes [would’ve been less if I had remembered the 40% off coupon], $33 for printing [25 copies on card stock]). $8/set. Not too shabby.
Bonus: I’m having them frame the original for *my* Mother’s Day gift. Efficiency!