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Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday—The Design Corner—Personalized iPhoto Cards

Steve is Fabulous 55!
Happy Birthday, Steve!


Da Vinci had his frescoes, Warhol had his Campbell soup, and I have my mouse drawings.  Drawings that is, not droppings...


I started drawing with my mouse when I opened a twitter account (Don't Steal My Pen) about three years ago.  I needed a profile picture, and I wanted something that had to do with tweets.  So, I came up with a chick who tweets.

A chick who tweets about all things tweet-worthy

My twitter chick was inspired by my daughter's Girl Scout troop crest from many years ago.  Caralee created a little yellow chick with brightly-colored tail feathers for their troop emblem.

Next, came Clara The Cat.  This was a new twitter account that I created to publicize worthwhile animal welfare projects.  She was inspired by the diva of our feline family, Miss Clara.

Clara The Cat
One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was creating customized cards using iPhoto and the Apple Store.  Plus, I was spending less per card than I had when I bought generic greeting cards from a quality shop like Papyrus.  It costs around $4.66 including tax to create a single custom card through the Apple Store ($1.99 per card + tax + $2.95 for 1-week shipping).  For rush orders, you can get your card(s) in 2 days and pay $6.99 for shipping (or more, depending on how many cards you order).

Then, I discovered stamps.com and started designing my own USPS postage stamps.  Every design must be approved by the Postal Service, and some images (anything remotely offensive) are not permissible.  A 1st-Class stamp (44¢ value) costs 95¢ to make; $18.99 for one sheet of 20 stamps.  I like to run a sheet for birthdays and holidays.

Have fun & create your own personalized cards using your own pix or illustrations!

My USPS birthday stamp