SNAP! is coming up next week. I just love blog conferences!! And one of my favorite parts about attending a blog conference is getting to meet and network with fellow bloggers. One of the most important parts of networking is having a business card that reflects the look and feel of your blog. It's how you introduce yourself, and having it look just right is key. It's call branding, y'all. ;-)
So, I have been thinking about the fact that I really didn't like the business cards I had at last year's conferences. But I had a LOT of them left, and I couldn't justify to myself the expense of purchasing more when I had a perfectly good set of cards.
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That's when I hit upon an idea. What if I designed and printed up my own cards? The expense would be minimal because I could print just what I needed. And then, I could justify getting new cards even though I didn't *really* need them. :-)
Now, I could have used a fancy-schmancy program like Photoshop. I do have it on my computer, after all. But I opted to use an easier (for me) route to create my new cards. PicMonkey. Yep.
Here's what I came up with...
1. I started by saving a blank "photo" to my computer. I simply went into my "Paint" program, cropped an empty screen to a reasonable size, and saved it as a JPEG into my photos making sure that I named it "Blank Page" so I would remember what it was.
2. Then I just uploaded my "Blank Page" to PicMonkey and edited it just like I would edit a photo. I used geometric overlays to create the stripes and some of the sticker art to create the bird. Then I added my info using the text tool.
It was so easy, it only took a few minutes.
3. Then I simply printed them out onto cardstock (I wanted them to be square, so I opted to print them out to wallet size, and made sure that I didn't fit the picture to the frame). Then I cut them to size using my paper cutter.
VOILA! Custom business cards on the cheap!
Can't wait to hand them out at SNAP next week. Will you be there?