Mini Makeover: How to Make Your Own MOO Greeting Cards (Giveaway)

This post is a product review for moo.com*

Making your own greeting cards that look professional and fun can make sending snail mail just that little bit more fun. Whenever I want to make anything like this my first stop on the internet is always moo.com. I have been using MOO for my business for nearly 5 years and I love their quality, so when the opportunity came up to review them and share that with you, I jumped at the chance. Today I wanted to share how you can make your own greeting cards and have them printed by MOO. There’s a giveaway for 3 lucky Australian Style for a Happy Home readers at the end, so be sure to read on!

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What you’ll need:

  • A Computer with Internet Access
  • A Digital Photo (or digital photos) that you want to make a greeting card(s) of
  • Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or a Canva Account for designing your cards
  • Time to make your awesome greeting cards

Mini Makeover: How to Make Your Own MOO Greeting Cards (steps for using Photoshop) on Style for a Happy Home

Steps not shown are on the MOO website which is very user friendly.

How to (Photoshop and Photoshop Elements):

  1. Start by heading to moo.com and navigating to the Artwork Guidelines page. Scroll down to the Christmas & Greeting Cards templates and download the Adobe Photoshop Template (psd). Once downloaded open the template in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. These screenshots are from Photoshop CS6, but I’ve also used Photoshop Elements 9 & 10 and it works very similar (though the menus are slightly different)
  2. Now it’s time to show the blue guides. If the guides aren’t showing choose View > Show > Guides… MOO has already set them for the trim lines (where your design will be trimmed by the printer) and the safe area (where the important parts of your design need to be)
  3. Open your digital photograph or image that you’ve chosen and add it in on top of the MOO template. (I do this in Photoshop by opening the image, selecting Layer > Duplicate Layers and choosing the template from the dropdown menu and clicking OK) Resize it to fit where needed. Remember that anything that must be in the final card should be within the safe area (which are the inside blue guides)
  4. Optional Step: Choose a font you love and add some text. Shift it around the image to a spot that looks best. I chose to centre mine towards the top in the font and colour I use for my blog’s post titles. Have a play around with it until you’re happy with the look.
  5. Once you’re happy with the final look delete or switch off the template layer from MOO so that there’s no chance it might accidentally get printed and hide the blue guides so you can see the final image (View > Show > Guides… will also hide them)
  6. Now it’s time to save the image. There are two options .jpg and .pdf. Sometimes .jpg will leave any text a little bit fuzzy when printing, so if you have the option for a vector pdf, that is a good choice. For exactly how to do the vector pdf follow the MOO instructions here (step 4) and convert any text to shapes (pdf only). I’ve used and been happy with both jpg and pdf, but I have noticed the text is crisper with the pdf
  7. Optional step: MOO allows you to upload 25 different greeting card designs per pack, so repeat the steps above if you want more than one card design in your set
  8. Now head to the moo.com site and navigate to the greeting cards page and click create greeting cards. Choose the option to upload your own. Have a read of their instructions and start uploading your images by clicking the green button in the middle. Wait for them to upload
  9. Once they are uploaded you will get a green tick next to them (or more instructions if there has been an error). Click Next Step to move on
  10. Here you will get a preview of your cards, check for any fuzziness and decide if you want to keep them all (there’s a handy tick box under each if you decide you don’t want them any more)
  11. Next you can add a message to the inside of your cards and change the colour and the font. You can also leave it blank if you don’t want anything on the inside Click next step when you’re ready
  12. This step allows you to personalise the back. You can upload an image, or there is space for you to add your message. You can also choose to keep or remove the moo.com logo
  13. Then it will ask you how many you want to purchase with an easy set of tick box options! Click Add to Cart to continue (don’t worry, they let you preview again during the checkout)
  14. Your final step before the checkout is to choose your envelopes. I love that they have coloured options beyond just the white. The colour options cost a bit extra, but I chose the white with magenta liners as they match my branding perfectly! White envelopes come as standard
  15. All that’s left is to checkout and pay, and wait for your awesome greeting cards to arrive!
  16. Then share them with all your friends!

Don’t have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? Here’s how you could do it with Canva: (please note: I’ve not printed with moo after using canva, but I did upload to test that it works)

Mini Makeover: How to Make Your Own MOO Greeting Cards (steps for using Canva) on Style for a Happy Home

How to (Canva):

  1. Start by heading to moo.com and navigating to the Artwork Guidelines page. Scroll down to the Size/Resolution look for the recommended dimensions for Postcards and Greeting Cards note down 1795 x 1287 pixels.
    Now go to Canva and once logged in select use custom dimensions type 1795 in the first box and 1287 in the second for a landscape card (switch them for a portrait image) and click Design!
  2. Click Uploads on the left and Upload your image and drag and drop it into the template on the right hand side. Adjust it where necessary. Canva doesn’t have the guides to tell you where the trim lines and the safe area are, so you need to keep that in mind. This means that you should keep the most important areas towards the centre, to ensure they are within the safe area. See photoshop tutorial images for an example of the guides
  3. Optional Step: Choose a font you love and add some text. Shift it around the image to a spot that looks best. I chose to centre mine towards the top in the font and colour I use for my blog’s post titles. Have a play around with it until you’re happy with the look. You could also add in one of Canva’s great overlays like a circle with text – just remember the safe area
  4. Once you’re happy with the final look click Link & Publish (top right) and choose the PDF option. Wait for it to download to your computer and note where you saved it and the file name
  5. Optional step: MOO allows you to upload 25 different greeting card designs per pack, so repeat the steps above if you want more than one card design in your set
  6. Now head to the moo.com site and navigate to the greeting cards page and click create greeting cards. Choose the option to upload your own. Have a read of their instructions and start uploading your images by clicking the green button in the middle. Wait for them to upload
  7. Once they are uploaded you will get a green tick next to them (or more instructions if there has been an error). Click Next Step to move on
  8. Here you will get a preview of your cards, check for any fuzziness and decide if you want to keep them all (there’s a handy tick box under each if you decide you don’t want them any more)
  9. Next you can add a message to the inside of your cards and change the colour and the font. You can also leave it blank if you don’t want anything on the inside Click next step when you’re ready
  10. This step allows you to personalise the back. You can upload an image like I did, or there is space for you to add your message. You can also choose to keep or remove the moo.com logo
  11. Then it will ask you how many you want to purchase with an easy set of tick box options! Click Add to Cart to continue (don’t worry, they let you preview again during the checkout)
  12. Your final step before the checkout is to choose your envelopes. I love that they have coloured options beyond just the white. The colour options cost a bit extra, but I chose the white with magenta liners as they match my branding perfectly! White envelopes come as standard
  13. All that’s left is to checkout and pay, and wait for your awesome greeting cards to arrive!
  14. Then share them with all your friends!

Steps not shown are on the MOO website which is very user friendly. I’ve not personally used Canva for designing before printing with MOO, but I did test their upload process and there was no fuzziness that I could see on my screen. I wanted to offer a free alternative for those who do not have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, but please use at your own discretion. – D

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Thoughts on the project:

I love personalised greeting cards and I really love the fact that MOO allows you to buy in small batches and with lots of different designs, so when you’re as indecisive as me, you’re not stuck with hundreds of cards when you really only wanted to try a few in each design. The quality is great and I’m happy to use their services over and over again. I think these could be great for birthday cards, christmas cards, invitations and even “welcome to the world” cards. They also offer postcards and a whole range of other products that all have templates that you can start with.

From a micro business perspective, I love the small batches and the quality finish that looks professional and means that I don’t have to look like I have a limited budget when I’m handing out marketing materials. I’m also thinking of ways I can personalise my christmas cards for family and friends, something that goes that extra mile to make them feel special. Sometimes designing them can get a little overwhelming, but I like to remember to keep it simple, and then my designs usually turn out great! I think that’s a good rule of thumb for everyone.

Giveaway:

The lovely folks at MOO are offering 3 vouchers worth £50 (AU$ 90) each for moo.com. The voucher can be used to purchase anything on the website, including delivery! (For 3 separate winners, open within Australia only)

Enter by leaving a comment on this blog answering the question: What would you love to design & have printed by moo.com?

Terms and Conditions:

The name of the promotion is: MOO Print competition
The promoter is Style for a Happy Home in conjunction with MOO
The conditions of entry are: that you are within Australia, that you answer the question, one entry per person
Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
The giveaway will close on 8th May 2014 at 5pm AEST. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question What would you love to design & have printed by moo.com?
The prize will be in the form of product which will be sent to the winner once address details have been provided after the competition has closed.
The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on 10th May 2014.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable
.
The total prize value £150 (AU$ 270). 3x £50 (AU$ 90) vouchers.
The competition is open to Australian residents only.
If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.

Disclaimer: I received product from MOO to review for this post. The words and opinions are my own. MOO and/or Style for a a Happy Home are not associated with Photoshop or Canva, they are just used as examples of ways to create before using moo.com. Working with great brands, like MOO, helps me to keep this blog running and sharing great content with you. As always, I only share things I think you’ll love or find helpful. Enjoy and good luck! x

How to Buy Travel Souvenirs You’ll Love for Years to Come

When we’re travelling we can get caught up in buying all the little trinkets and souvenirs that we spot in the tourist hot-spots like markets and gift shops. But sometimes we get home with a whole bunch of stuffed toys and porcelain things that need dusting (and don’t go with anything we own) and we wonder what on earth we were thinking!! Only me?! Over the years I’ve learnt to hone my skills and buy things that will not only remind me of a place and time, but are also useful and loved. Here are my tips on how you can too.

How to Buy Travel Souvenirs You'll Love for Years to Come on Style for a Happy Home

For me, the best travel souvenirs are the ones that have a practical use too. They don’t just sit on the shelf (or worse in a plastic tub at the bottom of a closet) being forgotten about. Sometimes a trinket or two is nice, but other times they just end up taking up space and making us feel guilty that we can’t let go because of where we got them. I’m not judging here, I totally kept a spongebob squarepants toy that I own at Knotts Berry Farm for way longer than I needed to.

When I think about what to buy on my trip I like give myself an idea before I’ve left home. I think about what I don’t have that might add to my home if I found the perfect one. I like to have a range of things that might work, just in case they don’t have anything like what I was thinking of and I like to keep my options open. I love homewares, so I might buy a bowl made from a local producer or some really fun salt and pepper shakers that are in the shape of the guards at Buckingham Palace. If I really want something for my walls I like to look at both the tea towel designs (as they can be framed) and also the posters.

You can think clothing too, and not just the tacky “Lifeguard San Diego” style ones (Yes, I owned that too). You could get a leather jacket from your trip to Italy (like a friend of mine did) because you will wear that at home too. You could also look in the clothing stores and buy something that really suits you that you can’t get at home. When it comes to buying clothes though, you need to remember your usual style. Sometimes when holidaying in some destinations you can be very tempted to buy all the sarongs, even though they just don’t suit your climate back home.

If you’re struggling with ideas of where to start, think about what part of your home you love and would want something that reminds you of your trip. Mugs are a favourite in our home because you never know when one is going to break and they can be a bit touristy without sticking out like a sore thumb. My last 3 handbags were bought overseas (Dubai, Las Vegas and Kansas City) and I love the reminder that they give me when I use them. I think the key is to know what you like before you head off and try to keep that in mind for the trip.

As one last tip also have a think about what you can get easily in the destination you’re heading to that might not be so easy to find at home. I bought my snow boots and my winter puffer coat in the USA and they not only had more options but it was much better cost-wise too. Australia doesn’t do winter clothes very well and they are almost always on the very expensive side. Don’t buy them just for the sake of it, but if you will need them, it can be great on the wallet to get them somewhere they offer a range.

Most important to all of these tips is that you buy what you love. If you love it, it will make your home feel like a happier place to be and you will feel happier in it. And that’s what most of us are aiming for.

Do you buy practical travel souvenirs? Or are you more of the impulse purchase kind? (There’s no wrong answer, I promise!)

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Great Weekender Bags for Adventures

Hello! Happy Saturday! For this week’s Pinterest Saturdays I’m sharing some sweet weekender bags to help you get away in style choosing my favourites from Pinterest. I love a good weekender bag as it stops me from over-packing and is often much cuter than bigger luggage, which tends to be a bit on the boring side. Here are my picks!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Great Weekender Bags for Adventures on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Key Largo Weekender This is great for those who love a bit of bling!! Get the Bag HerePin It Here
  2. Country Road Duffel This is a classic bag for Aussies and this circle pattern makes a nice change from the solid colours! Get the Bag HerePin It Here
  3. Palm and Collected Weekend Bag The cute palm trees make this weekender extra fun! Get the Bag HerePin It Here
  4. Mountain Goat Weekend Bag This one would be great for trips to the beach or on a picnic as well as any weekend away! Get the Bag HerePin It Here
  5. Sailcloth Duffel Bag This is not only a cute bag but they will embroider text on it for just a little extra! How Cool! Get the Bag HerePin It Here
  6. Linear Stem Weekend Bag This is gorgeous and on the wish list for any Orla Kiely collector! Get the Bag HerePin It Here

Do you have a favourite weekender brand? What size luggage do you like to travel with?

You can follow my Oh the Places You’ll Go Pinterest Board and my Travel Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!