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Any recommendations for birth announcement cards - cheap and quick

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yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 13:25:43

Just getting prepared for when our baby comes. If it comes on time then we will have a week from birth until last posting date for Christmas, and would love to include arrivals cards in our Christmas cards - any suggestions for cheap and quick places where we can get them done - just a photo on one side and the name and key details on the back is fine.

Guacamohohohole Mon 29-Nov-10 13:27:59

We did ours with vistaprint. You will have to google... They were excellent!

DrSeuss Mon 29-Nov-10 13:38:20


yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 13:45:51

Are you joking drsuess (I may just be being thick) - I don't want someone else's baby on our arrivals card!

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 13:48:19

Do you have a printer at home?

What you can do is:
- get some A5 white or cream card
- take The Picture of DC, and using whatever photo software you have, turn it upside down
- set up an A5 sized document in Word or whatever equivalent you are using.
- insert the photo at the top of the page, and centre it.
- Type in name, date, stats (weight, etc.)
- print those all off.
- fold them in half.
- BIRTH CARDS, with no need to wait for a printer.

If you want to do the stats inside the card, just make sure you
- use the other side of the card from the picture
- scroll down to the BOTTOM HALF of the page (so that the writing appears when you flip open the card)
- then type out the stats and centre them
- print

If you are really in a hurry and under budgetary constraints, this is probably the way to go. However, I would recommend setting up the template before baby is born, and then letting the less-sleep-depreived partner do the printing!

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 13:51:46

no printer at home unfortunately

may just send dh our to get photos printed to put into the cards though and do proper announcement card later.

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 14:01:03

Sorry, it does sound complicated, doesn't it?!

There are plenty of online print services, though, and it is worth thinking about that, because that could save you the second round of cards.

With a new baby, it's best to adopt a "working smart" way of life - everything thought out while you are trapped feeding and executed when you have your free moments.

Sorry if this sounds patronising, but it's important to remember that short tasks are the only thing you will achieve in your broken-up day. Yes, you will have a "lot of time" "doing nothing", but that "doing nothing" is broken up into about 20-minute intervals. That is something I didn't realise before having a baby., and is something DHs and DPs have great difficulty understanding for years unless you spell it out like that!

Best of luck with your birth, and cards, and the start of your new baby's life!

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 14:03:49

thank you!

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 14:13:18

Re-reading your name, I suddenly remembered we were on a thread together in the summer, about loving your unborn baby! How are you feeling now? Hope all is well and you are happy. smile

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 14:17:04

Hello - good memory. Things are good - am still dubious about people who say they are in love with the baby they have never met when it is just a few cells in their tummy though (though have no doubt we will love ours when we meet it properly!) Hope all well with you?

Guacamohohohole Mon 29-Nov-10 14:28:45


Ours really were nice I promise and I think they arrived in 4 days!

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 14:30:23

thanks guacamohohohole - don;t know if we'll have enough time to wait 4 days but will check it out

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 14:43:46

Are you sure people won't wait 4 days, or until the Christmas post gets there? I have never had a birth card for loads of people, and got cards from others as much as a month after the baby was born.

If it starts to become a hassle, please don't get fixated on it. Get on with resting and bonding with your baby! smile

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 14:47:41

I meant: birth card from loads of people."

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 15:25:14

Yes it'\s just if it comes early or on time then I would like to put them in with christmas cards. if not then no rush at all

DrSeuss Mon 29-Nov-10 16:10:07

No,if you actually look on ebay you will find lots of people who print birth announcements fairly cheaply and all you have to do is send them the wording and a picture. I usually use them for DS's party invites. Just checked and the cheapest are £2.20 for 6, the most expensive are £12 for 20.

yellowflowers Mon 29-Nov-10 16:45:12

Ah, thank you - will look at ebay

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 18:43:15

I never would have thought of eBay, DrSeuss!

DrSeuss Mon 29-Nov-10 19:55:17

Might we have an occupation in common Plupervert? Do you also struggle to not throttle Y11s who "Never really got that who le and la thing"?!

plupervert Mon 29-Nov-10 23:09:26

Teacher? No, actually, but paid attention in Latin!

I sympathise about lack of interest, though. It drives me mad how complacent native English speakers in their belief that "Everyone speaks English." They're just trapping themselves, and will be taken advantage of! Ooh, you could have a lesson entitled La Grande Escroquerie, and "catch them out" with swindles and "small print" in French - to prove how vulnerable they will be if they don't learn something!

BTW, have I got (present perfect) the right end of the stick about teaching?

TmiEdward Mon 29-Nov-10 23:17:56

We used Snapfish. They were really good, and quite reasonable too.

DrSeuss Tue 30-Nov-10 12:50:05

Oh yes, why woud we want to learn French/Spanish/German when they ball speak English in Benidorm? I work in the borough with the second lowest uptake of MFL in the UK. Then again, many of them struggle with English despite being native speakers!

plupervert Tue 30-Nov-10 18:55:29

Ah, the native speaker problem. John Humphreys made a very compelling argument for teaching decent English in schools: that people who can't speak the "standard" are disadvantaged throughout life, particularly in any dealings with authority (doctors, the law, etc.), because in being illiterate, they will seem like pushovers.

DrSeuss Tue 30-Nov-10 19:25:46

A friend had an excellent receptionist who spoke poor English although it was her native tongue. He just didn't want grammar that poor to be the first impression given of his company.

plupervert Tue 30-Nov-10 21:05:03

So what did he do with/to the receptionist?

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