We’re pretty big on personalized picture cards. Although I did go with an evite for my big kid’s birthday party this year, I usually send out a picture invitation. I think it helps remind parents which kid is which (large class sizes and an ever changing student body make it difficult to remember who is who – at least for me anyway, and I figure other parents have the same problem). Plus it’s super cheap, and the kids and I have a lot of fun with it.
We went with a fish theme this year for our personalized Valentines cards. I only planned on doing cards for James and Mariyah’s class, but you know how my big kids react when they think their little sister is being left out. They begged for us to make cards for her class too. I caved, because I love seeing how much they adore her. And because it was pretty humorous to see them try and get her to stand still and pose for a photo with the fish bowl.
1) Pick your cheesy quote
The kids picked their own sayings and decided on Violet’s together.
Mariyah: You are o-fish-ally awesome!
Violet: I am o-fish-ally hooked on you!
James: So glad we swim in the same school!
2) Pose for a picture
I took a few pictures of each child with our empty fish bowl (RIP Kona Noony). If you haven’t yet accidentally murdered your child’s fish and therefore do not have a spare fish bowl, just cut a fish bowl shape out of poster board and have your child hold that instead (to be honest I think this would have looked better, but my kids were set on using the real deal).
My advice on taking a picture is to take it outside on a fairly solid background so that the text will be most visible. We have a brick wall on the side of the house I wanted to photograph them in front of, but it was an icy day so we went with the front porch for safety’s sake. We snapped these pictures pretty quick since it was cold out and the kids had decided to forgo coats. James insisted on making fish faces and putting a guitar in the background of his – because he’s him.
3) Add the text
I used my digital camera, then uploaded the pictures to the computer and added text in. There are plenty of free and easy programs you can use on the computer such as Picmonkey or Gimp. You can also just take a cell phone picture and add the text through an app like Over or Typic.
4) Print the pictures and secure your themed snack
After adding the text I simply uploaded the pictures to TargetPhoto and selected one hour prints for pickup (you can have them mailed to your home if there isn’t a Target nearby). I chose the 3×5 matte option. After that we headed to Target to pick up the pictures and grab the snacks to go with them. Our plan was to use Sweedish Fish for the big kid’s cards and goldfish for Violet’s card. Unfortunately they were out of individually wrapped Sweedish Fish, so we settled on Goldfish for everyone. These Valentine themed ones were just 4.99 for 25!
5) Attach your fish
The original idea was to cut holes in the card and have the Sweedish Fish peering through as if in the tank. Naturally the little bags of Goldfish didn’t peer through in the right spot as the Sweedish Fish would have, so we cut out fish from an old workbook and taped them peering through.
We attached the Goldfish packets to the back of the cards. Although they didn’t have the optical illusion we had been shooting for, they still matched the theme. Wa-la! Valentine’s day ready.
We did 50 cards total (21 for James, 21 for Mariyah, and 8 for Violet) and the price came in just under $15.