I have always loved custom cards. I try to send them out on EVERY holiday. It's a little excessive, but we have family all over the place, and they love them and have come to expect them. As you would imagine this can be a pretty expensive venture, so I had 2 choices. Figure out how to do it cheap, or stop doing it! Well, that sounds like a challenge to me. I have scoured the internet, and this is the best deal I have gotten yet. Here is Walker's birthday invite, made by yours truly. (Excuse the white box, but I did't want to put the vital stats out there!)
I went to Scrapblog, and designed the card. Their site is extremely user friendly, and the sky is the limit. I'll warn you though, it is addictive. I made 2o cards before I decided on one I liked.
Next, I saved them to my computer.
Last I uploaded them to Walgreen's as a picture, and ordered them. There are always coupon codes floating around out there for Walgreen's pictures. I actually get them in my e-mail. The one I used for these was buy 25 prints, and get 25 free. I got 25 birthday invites, and 25 of the 4th of July cards for under $5. That is 10 cents a piece people! I will have to pay to mail them, and buy my own envelopes, but I will still come out way cheaper than having someone else make the cards or even doing the cards as a collage on the Walgreens site. (Collage prints, even 4x6, are more expensive.)
Here is the card I did for the 4th of July, it was a 15 min. project. Only grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. will get this so I didn't go to a lot of trouble. For the major holidays I take more time to make them "just right." I also order them through the mail and get the matte finish when I can wait on them. These I got in an hour, but they only offer the glossy finish in the store.
I hope this little tidbit of info. makes your cards fabulous, and your pocketbook fat with all the money you're saving!