DIY –Turn Old (or New) Photos into Stationery

August 9, 2010

In this digital age, I have found I take hundreds of photos each year – all which end up stored on my hard drive never to see the light of day. Rather than let my memories remain zipped up in files on my computer, I have found a creative and economical way to not only put these photos to good use, but share my experiences with friends and family.

Each year I take my favorite ten photos and create personalized stationery as gifts for the special people in my life. It is a lot more simple than you think, and definitely cheaper than buying the same thing in the store. Not to mention, the store won’t carry photos of your trips, hikes and family get-togethers!

Turn your photos into personalized stationery with the following steps…

First, choose 6-10 of your favorite photos. I recommend an even number, as two photos easily fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper.

Next, create a template for each note card in a Microsoft Word Document.

  1. Change the page setup to ‘landscape.’
  2. Insert two of your favorite photos from files into the document. Adjust the margins so that the images appear at the bottom of the page, side by side.
  3. These will serve as the cover of  your stationery.
  4. Complete this task for the rest of your photos.

 

When it comes to printing…

  1. If you decide to print from a home computer, I suggest using a semi-gloss cardstock with a matte backing. The glossy finish will really dress up your photos, and the matte backing will ensure you are able to write on the stationery.
  2. If you do not have the ability to print from home, I recommed saving a copy of each template on a USB flash drive or memory stick. Your local Kinkos or printing store will be able to make copies for you. In this case,  have them print one master copy of each template, and use this master to make copies on a color printer. This will save lots of time and money!!!

 Finally, once the prints have been made, all that is necessary is to cut the cards and fold them.

  1. Cut along the solid line to create two cards per page.
  2. Fold along the dotted line for a fold over stationery card.

                                                                                                                                  

My favorite part of creating stationery and postcards? Getting them back in the mail over the years! Good luck with your projects!

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