Thursday, September 13, 2018
Paperless Post review
Pixabay, though it sure looks as if it could be in my neighborhood!)
Well, it has now been nearly a year since I first tried out Paperless Post for e-cards. I've been asked to do a review, so here we go!
In case you've never heard of Paperless Post, the site offers the capability to create one's own unique online and paper stationery. There are many attractive designs for cards, invitations, and much more that can be completely customized to reflect one's own personal style (or, in the case of cards, the personality of the recipient). According to their About page, Paperless Post users have sent out over 100 million cards for all occasions.
I had been interested to try this out, since I often send e-cards for birthdays and other occasions. I had been finding it more difficult to find cards that I liked everything about. So the opportunity to customize my own digital cards with photos, personal messages, and more, has been a very good thing.
I started by creating birthday cards for several of my grandchildren. I have since gone on to send Paperless Post birthday cards to almost all of the grandchildren, and they have really enjoyed receiving them. (They have also liked the option of sending me a reply!) There are many, many birthday cards to choose from, and you can find them by going to Paperless Post and choosing the birthday cards option.
The cards are completely customizable -- one can change the wording, change typefaces, text colors and sizes and much more. These aren't at all like e-cards I've sent in the past where the design, greeting, etc. are put together in advance by someone else and I've just added a simple personal message. Users can put their creativity to work, and I really like the opportunity to do this.
First there's the card front -- as mentioned above, there are many great designs to choose from. The message on the front can be changed if you wish, the font made larger or a different color, etc. You can then choose an optional backdrop to complement your card. This isn't necessary, but it's fun and there are many backdrops to select from, so I always choose one.
Next comes the back of the card, where the greeting will be located. You can use their greeting or write your own, choosing the font, the font color, size, spacing, etc. The envelope back is the next step; you can choose your color of envelope to coordinate with your card and then add an optional envelope liner which is lots of fun. Again, there are many choices for these. For the envelope front, you can choose a postmark and a stamp.
I've found the whole process to be easy and fun. It reminds me somewhat of the photo calendars and books I've made online, with the many options for personalization.
There is also the option to send a card right away or to schedule it for a later date and time. I'm thankful for the option to schedule the cards, as I am very prone to forgetting the dates and then scrambling to get a card sent.
After getting started by making some birthday ecards, I went on to design and send cards to friends for many different occasions. I've sent Thank You cards and Get Well cards, but I think my favorite category for all-occasion use may be the Paperless Post Just Because cards. So many times, I would want to drop a quick note to a friend as I was thinking of her. Paperless Post saved me many a trip to the store to buy a card. It was a blessing to be able to personalize a card for a particular situation in a friend's life.
I really, really like Paperless Post. I love being able to customize e-cards for various occasions, and the ability to choose styles that the recipient will enjoy. So I would definitely recommend this site to my readers who might be interested in something like this.
This post was written in partnership with PaperlessPost and Anagram Interactive, but obviously all opinions are my own and reflect only my experiences. Hope others will find this site as useful as I have!