Photo Thank You Postcards

Admittedly, this tutorial is very late.  Can you believe that I am just now sending out thank you notes for Christmas gifts?!  Pathetic, I know!  But part of the problem was that my little idea took a bit longer than planned.

This year, I decided to create photo thank you postcards to send out our thanks for the many generous gifts that Little Man received! What better way to say "thank you" than through photos?!  Although these are the postcards we used for Christmas gifts, I am considering doing our birthday thank you notes the very same way.

You probably know by now that I love a great photo project!  Many of our aunts, uncles, and grandparents live far away.  And honestly, all I need is some cute photos in my arsenal to keep them happy across the miles!

You may remember that last year I created photo thank you cards--just printed them right off my computer and jotted down our thanks inside the card.  But this year, I thought it would be fun to send out a postcard instead!

We're hoping that our family will love getting this little note of thanks in the mail.

So here is what I did:

-- I took photos of Little Man with his new Christmas gifts.  Wearing a new shirt, playing with a toy, etc.!

-- In Photoshop, I created a 5x7 image.

-- I used the shape tool to draw a speech bubble on each photo and added a "thank you" using the text tool.

-- I added a black border to each of my pictures.  Because I anticipated that Costco would slightly cut off the edges, I also added a chevron background to offset that a bit.

-- I uploaded each photo to Costco and used them to design the postcards in Photoshop.  On their site, you can type in your addresses, message, etc.!

-- Because Costco ships these instead of printing them in store, it takes some time to get them back.  (See why I'm so late??).  Add a stamp and send in the mail!

We were so excited to get these in the mail--and then to ship them out!

Even if they're a {little} late!

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  1. What a great little man you got!!! he is cute! with his face on the front your cards are bound to be a success.

  2. Darling! It’s so time consuming to write all of my little guy’s thank you notes, but I do it, because I feel that thank you notes are so very important. I’m going to bookmark this and use this idea for his birthday thank you’s in March. Thanks for sharing Alison!

  3. Sarah Burgoyne says

    It’s still January! You’re not late. If you were I was late too, we sent ours less then a week ago 🙂

  4. These are too cute, Alison!! You’re not even a full month behind so I think you’re doing great time wise. I won’t even tell you how long it took me to do our last round of birthday thank you cards. Yikes!! I love the idea of sending a postcard. These will definitely brighten up some mailboxes!

  5. this is SO cute! I do something similar with my son’s birthday party thank you notes-I take a group picture of all the kids from the party and send postcard thank you’s to all the kids. It’s a cute keepsake of all the kids!

  6. We haven’t sent all of our “thank yous” either. You’re not alone. Your boy is so cooperative and photogenic to pose so nicely for all of the pictures! 🙂

  7. Okay! I just stumbled upon your blog and your mommy school site!! OMG!!! It is amazing! I have been looking for the perfect curriculum to do with my (almost 4 year old) daughter at home and me teaching 2nd grade…I wasn’t sure where to start to get her ready for kindergarten. This is wonderful and it’s FREE. Thank you so much….I hope you can tell how excited I am for your creativity and generosity 🙂

  8. Love this idea Alison. I love the personalized photo/gift for each person. Brilliant!

  9. What a great idea. I just found you and am so excited about your mommy school. I teach first grade, but didn’t really know where to start with my 5yo to help her be ready for Kindergarten. I think we’ll be putting you packets to work over the summer. I’m now following you.


  10. I love the postcard. I have always done them just as printed photos that I attached to cardstock. Thanks for the great new idea.

  11. Great idea! I’ve also just used printed photos but love the postcard idea. They’re so much sturdier. 🙂 PS cute pictures!!

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