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A Special Birthday DIY Surprise

Taking a little break from wedding planning, I’d like to share a special project that I cranked out.  For my mom’s 60th birthday, she insisted – no parties, no gifts.  So we decided what better way to honor the “no gifts” rule than to have all of my mom’s friends and family from past and present, send her surprise birthday cards spanning her birthday week?  My sister said she saw this really cool idea on Pinterest somewhere, and described it to me, but I don’t have Pinterest (I know, I sound like a broken record this week, sorry), so I had to make my own!

The idea is this… send a note to friends and family, and enclose a birthday card with a pre-addressed pre-stamped envelope, so all people have to do is sign their name and drop it in the mailbox!  I decided to go the easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy route and do pre-addressed pre-stamped postcards instead of dealing with envelopes and separate cards.

I’m crazy, so I started from scratch.  First step, find a birthday graphic off of the old Google, throw it into Microsoft Word or Powerpoint, I don’t remember which (I know, I don’t use any “real” editing software, I suck), and make my own postcard.  I put 4 of the pictures on one side to make the most of the cardstock that I would be printing the postcards on.  I went the easy route with all of the same graphic, but I very easily could have done any number of different graphics for the pretty side of the postcard.

All photos personal.


On the next page, which would be printed on the backside, I created your typical postcard layout and put in the address.  Apologies for the blurring out the address, but you can see the watermark graphic that I used as well.

ImageAfter I had my postcards made, the next step was to print them.  Originally, I had planned on buying the cardstock and printing them on my work printer, but after I procrastinated on buying the cardstock, I decided it may be easier to just take my jump drive to the UPS Store and have the postcards printed there.

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