This card is what happens when you don’t get your New Years’ cards sent before Valentines’ Day. I’m happy with how it turned out and we’ve learned how to not spend a ton of money on cards/ invites: We used to order pre-designed cards through Shutterfly (and although I order other gifts/ keepsakes from Shutterfly, their cards were just too expensive for us.) We now use PowerPoint to create our cards and print them at Costco’s photo center. Cool fact: you do not have to be a Costco member to utilize their photo center– it just requires that your order be shipped to you. If you are a member, you also have the option of picking up your order at one of their locations (which Derek usually does while grabbing one of their $1.50 hot dog/ soda deals on his lunch break!)

Before making our 2014 card, I didn’t know how to stretch text vertically in PowerPoint, but Derek taught me a trick:


[ 1. Select the text box you would like to stretch, 2. Format, 3. Text Effects, 4. Transform, 5. Select top left box under “warp”. These actions stretch your text to fit your text box. You can then play around with size and overall appearance. I did this with every individual text box on our card to add some interest. ]

I also varied fonts and colors. I didn’t want the card to look too “girly” with all the pink, but Derek approved; so we placed our order online through Costco. (Costco cost for 100 cards was $42.42; Shutterfly cost would’ve been $96.16 — yikes!)

And just because it’s fun to reflect on Derek’s facial hair our growing family, here are the last 4 years of holiday cards:


We hope we help you save some money in the future! How do you guys make holiday cards/ party invites/ etc?!

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  • Reply
    J G-ROX
    April 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing, I had no idea you could use PowerPoint in this fashion.

    • Reply
      April 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Thanks, J G-ROX! Our PowerPoint creation was a 5×7 picture, but we saved it as a 10×14 PNG file to improve the resolution for printing. Whoop whoop!

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    Jo Ann
    April 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Oh my gosh, first time I have had to check out your blog. If it doesn’t go viral I will be shocked. Good going kids! All three of you.

    • Reply
      April 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Ha. Thanks, Jo Ann. 🙂 We are having fun with it!

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