Photo Thank You Cards

Surely you are ahead of me.  Your Christmas decorations are all packaged neatly and stored away for next year.  You've written all of your "Thank you" notes, and you've already completed a bunch of Valentine's Day projects.  Well.... I'm not there quite yet.
I finally finished my thank you notes for this Christmas.   Everyone adores Little Man, and I gotta say--HE IS SPOILED!  He received many gifts, and my Mama always taught me to be thorough when it comes to writing a sincere thank you note for each and every gift.
I wanted to try something different this year, and I'm sure it's probably been done before.  But new to us!  Instead of writing a generic thank you note, each family member will be getting a personalized photo card.  Each card shows Little Man enjoying the specific gift we are writing to thank them for!
Uncle John gave Little Man the shirt he's wearing in this picture, the dump truck, and you can see a hint of the pillow pet.
Aunt Kara gave Little Man some new bath toys, among other things.  So here is Little Man in the tub.  Yes, I strategically placed the "Thanks" graphic!
Grandma & Pop spoiled Little Man the worst.  This sled was one of his favorite gifts!
This picture was my "default" card for those gifts that were a little more difficult to picture!

This project is so simple!
* Just edit your photo of your child playing with his/her gift.  I chose to do my photos in black and white.
* I resized the photo appropriately... somewhere just under 4x6.
* I added the text in a red box I created in Photoshop.
* I inserted the image in a document, but placed it at the very bottom of a Word document.
* I printed my image on matte photo paper.
* I folded the image to create a card and trimmed the edges.
* Write your message and deliver!
Now if I can just get these cards sent and delivered, I can cross "thank you notes" off my list!

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  1. Cute! We did that for our wedding Thank yous. I love it!

  2. That is such a cute idea! I love it. So personal

  3. What a great idea. I'll have to keep that in mind for my little one's 2nd birthday.

  4. she wears flowers says

    These are great! I have done something similar in teh past, but never anything that looked so professional. Your projects never cease to amaze me!

  5. The Autocrat: Haley says

    Great idea!

  6. I've made many photo cards but didn't think of thank yous. These are beautiful–and the adorable boy just makes me smile!

  7. April Westerhold says

    Great idea!

  8. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    I love this idea! Super personal and oh so cute.

  9. Kendra@My Insanity says

    Great idea! So cute and meaningful!

  10. Secret Mom Thoughts says

    Cute idea. I may try this.

  11. I love this idea. And how smart to print it out at home so that you can get them out right away. Thanks for sharing (and what a cute boy!).

  12. Sandy @ The Mommy's Place says

    I like this idea. I would have loved to send out my thank you cards like this, thank for sharing. I will remember for next year.

  13. You are so amazing. Those are great shots too. I love this idea!

  14. Amy @ Positively Splendid says

    LOVE this idea, Alison!!

  15. Leigh the sewing diva says

    what a fantastic idea! i know what all our family and friends are getting next year!!

  16. Inspired by you says

    How adorable! It must have been a lot of work but I'm sure they were greatly appreciated.

  17. Happy Home Fairy says

    This idea is just the best! I did something similar with my Happy Buddy after Christmas last year… but not as AMAZING as yours! I love how you always take things to the next level of EXCELLENCE. 🙂

    Check out mine at

  18. I love the photo of him using the gift. A great idea for family that lives far away. In the past I have mounted my daughters finger paintings on a card and used them as thank you notes. That was a hit too.

  19. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    I love photo cards and while a lot of times I cheat and have mine professionally printed, ever since I discovered premium matte paper I've been having so much fun making my own.

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