Random Thoughts

Greeting cards

... time-consuming pleasure

by Shirley Rabb

Ever since the price of greeting cards has soared to $3.50 a card I have taken to making my own.

I am afraid my hand writing is not as nice as I would like it to be; so with the aid of my computer and the help of American Greeting and my Print Shop program I have been doing pretty well.  

I am basically an organized person and I like to think ahead of today. I have made a file for future cards, birthday, anniversary, Christmas, Chanukah etc. I have a list of people I want to send cards to and the dates I need to mail them. I do the cards first, maybe four or five at a time and then the envelopes. I put the date on the corner of the envelopes, under where the stamp will go and I file the cards by month.

As of this writing I have all my cards done except the Christmas cards. There are a few times during the year that get well cards are required and unfortunately sympathy cards.

A few months ago a friend asked me to do some cards for her daughter’s shower. The daughter has six dogs so I got pictures of each dog and did six cards with wishes from each dog. These cards accompanied the gifts my friend gave her daughter from the dogs. This was a fun project to do, a bit out of the ordinary but fun and a great joy for the recipient.

Sometimes I just get on the computer to send thank you cards or cards that say “I am thinking of you”.

It takes me a great deal of time to figure out the pictures and words I use for each individual. I have to be more attentive to my work than simply going to the store to check the racks of cards that someone else has written. I find my way more personal, more to what I really want to say with pictures that the recipient can relate to.

I think this process brings me closer to my friends and family when they receive my personal cards, I certainly hope so.

July 3, 2009

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