Some claim the art of letter writing has been lost, but I think it’s merely changed forms. I love sending my friends letters, but because most of them are in college or recent graduates, their mailing addresses change frequently and it’s hard to keep up with them. You know what doesn’t often change? An email address.
Sending snail mail has been popularized again by Instagrammers sharing their letter decorating or hand lettering online, and by the recent Thinking of You Week, but online letters can be just as beautiful.
I teamed up with Paperless Post to send out graduation invitations in May, and I’m back to show you some of their unique designs for sending electronic letters, emails, fliers, and invitations! Paperless Post makes it easy to send a ~paperless~ letter to those you love, without the hassle of figuring out who still sells stamps.
The greeting cards offered by Paperless Post are not only unique, some of them are by your favorite designers! Who knew Kate Spade made e-cards? Well, now you do!
And for all those designers out there, you can upload your design to their website to create your very own e-card. Paperless Post also gives you the option to take your digital design and turn it into a real life card with the help of Paper Source if you find that digital hello’s just aren’t your thing after all.
Like I talked about in my graduation invitation post, I really enjoy Paperless Post because the animation gives you the feel of actually opening a card. Instead of what most e-cards do, where there’s a picture or a video for you to send, Paperless does it differently. When you send your card, your friend gets to see an envelope addressed to them, from you, with a Paperless stamp. The envelope is opened through the animation and your card is pulled out. As far as I’ve found, Paperless Post is the only e-card service that not only lets the sender customize the card and envelope, but allows the sender to cater the experience of opening the card towards the opener. Part of the joy of getting snail mail is actually opening the letter, and this isn’t lost here even though the whole transaction is online!
I picked out a card to send to my mom (hi Mom!). She and I share an affinity for funny greeting cards, and we almost always picked some up from local bookstores in Athens, GA when she visited me!
Dear Paperless Post, you are awesome sauce as well! Thanks for making sending greeting cards so easy!
All pictures are screenshots of Paperless Post‘s website and products. Images are not my own. Post was made in partnership with Paperless Post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
For my high school graduation I sent out paper invitations. While it was fun to design them and have a physical photo to hang on my refrigerator at home, it was very expensive and time consuming. This year, for my college graduation announcements I decided to go with Paperless Post! They make designing and sending your invitations so much easier.
While the main reason I decided to go paperless for announcements this year was based off of time (addressing a hundred envelopes and licking them shut is not my ideal night off from work and studying lol), I also love that Paperless Post is so much cheaper than many of the cards I could be sending out! Graduation announcements really add up when you factor in design work, printing, and stamps. Not to mention the back and forth trips to the store to approve designs and pick up printed copies! Making my graduation announcements digital allows me to have my free nights remain free, and I have peace of mind that my environmental impact will be small (because everyone knows that once graduation occurs, all those announcements hanging on the fridge go immediately into the waste basket).
I initially thought that designing my own online card would take a long time, but Paperless Post has tons of already made up cards to choose from. Not only do they have graduation cards and fliers, they have templates for every event you could be hosting! My coworker and I picked out a black and gold graduation announcement, I filled in the information, added my guest list, and hit send! It took all of fifteen minutes, and that’s only because I couldn’t pick which card I wanted! With so many gorgeous designs, you’ll probably run into the same problem – and that’s a wonderful problem to have!
The above photo is what the card will look like when you’re setting it up online. You get to customize the text, colors, and backdrop. I like the original settings with black and gold caps, black and gold text, and the gold confetti as the backdrop. Paperless Post is also really good about telling you how much your card(s) will be while you’re creating them so that you can customize your card without having to get all the way to checkout to see how much it costs. Just click on the coins memo in the righthand corner of your creation screen to see how much each part of the card will cost. The more you want to customize, the more coins this will cost you, but that’s the same for every invitation and announcement – paperless or not.
You can also customize the envelope! I just love the inside of this one. How cute!
My favorite part about Paperless Post cards is the email you get…it feels just like a regular letter only digitized! Your guest’s name is written on the front of the envelope in pretty cursive (you can customize this font too! I like the cursive because it matches my handwriting). The envelope even has a stamp on it! You click on the link in the email and the envelope opens up in another browser with your card. If you scroll down, under the card has all your additional information. I added a link to mine so that people can watch my Commencement ceremony online. Other options include setting a location with directions and a map, a guest list, RSVP, adding a registry list. The best part? The invitation also works like a Facebook event wall where invited guests can leave comments and interact.
How are you designing your grad announcements?
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