Sunday, October 27, 2019

Vintage Holiday Cards with Basic Invite

Since baby West was born over eight months ago, I have discovered that all the cliches about motherhood are true. I watch him sleep. I love him so much it hurts. Time goes by too fast. You get the idea. I am not someone who likes to conform to what everyone else does and says, so this was hard for me to accept. I like to be a little bit different. This is why I held out so long to get an iPhone; I liked being different with my Blackberry. For my wedding, I had my nails painted in Essie "chinchilly" which is described as greige (gray + beige). Sidenote: I'm still obsessed with this nail color! I would argue that we traveled to Iceland (in 2014) before it was the "cool thing to do". But I digress...

Now, one of my favorite things we've done since welcoming the baby has been taking family photos (I know, I know... total cliche! But I am embracing it now!). In my last post, I shared that we took newborn photos when West was just five weeks old. Coming from someone who has over 1,000 photos on her phone of her less-than-one-year-old baby, my rule is that you can never have too many photos (especially professional ones!). Fast forward to last month, we took some special Fall family photos with Lyndsey Yeomans that I knew would be perfect for our Holiday Card.

Since this is our first year sending out Holiday Cards, I was so excited when Basic Invite reached out and asked if I wanted to work with them. Let me tell you about a few ways that Basic Invite is different. 

Nearly Unlimited Colors - They allow almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Custom Samples (my favorite offering!) - They allow you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual holiday card so you can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

Address Capturing Service - They offer an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in your account and can then be selected during the design process. They also offer recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders (which is a huge perk and time saver)! 

I always thought it would be too overwhelming, time consuming and too expensive to order holiday cards. But, I was wrong! Basic Invite makes it so easy.

First, I filtered, sorted and browsed the holiday cards. I created an account and added my top designs to my FAVORITES. Then I looked at my FAVORITES section and compared all the ones I "favorited". I decided I would order customized samples of my top five. I customized those designs with photos from our photography session.

Below are three of the samples that I ordered (images via online proofs):

Here is what they look like IRL (Photos taken with my iPhoneX, unedited):

So, which one did we end up choosing? It's a surprise and you'll have to wait and see what comes to your mailbox!

You may also want to check out Basic Invite for business holiday cards, vintage christmas cards or vintage inspired holiday looks. Until the end of November, you can get 30% off at Basic Invite with  coupon code "holi30". I can't wait to see what you end up ordering!

This is a sponsored post for Basic Invite. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #ad.

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