We only have a month and a half left in 2019, which means holidays are right around the corner. I already hear Christmas music when I go out shopping, and I know many of you are getting in the holiday spirit by setting up decorations, drinking peppermint mochas, watching holiday movies, and sending out holiday cards!
A few months ago, my brother was complaining to my mom about cards because they clutter his apartment and he throws them away afterwards. He does not like to send out cards for this reason, which comes as a huge disappointment to my mom who absolutely loves to receive cards. As someone who tries to be as sustainable as possible, I can understand my brother’s point, but I still feel like cards are a great way to brighten someone’s day and spread holiday cheer. When I learned about Paperless Post, I was excited to try it out! With Thanksgiving next week, I thought this would be the perfect post to get you ready for the holidays!
DISCLAIMER: In exchange for a review, I received coins to try and review Paperless Post. This blog post does include my honest opinions, and I only accept exchanges like this from products/services I am interested in trying.
What is it?
Paperless Post contains cards from a variety of designers such as Kate Spade and Vera Wang. There are many designs and holidays to choose from, and the cards can be customized to meet your needs. Even if you don’t need to send any cards for Christmas this year, this site includes many other holidays and events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations, and more!
When you sign up for an account (which is free to do), you receive 25 digital coins to use on cards. Once you use that up, you have to purchase more to send out cards that require coins. There are a few card designs that you can send for free, and typically different customizations lead to an increase in coins per card sent.
How to Make a Card
Let’s choose a Thanksgiving card to use an example with this post. This one in particular is called Turkey Feathers, and it is designed by Crate & Barrel.
Throughout the process of creating a card, the format of the page generally stays the same. The card is displayed in the center of the page, the customization options on the left, the back button to the right of the customization options, the amount of coins per recipient in the upper right corner, the help button in the bottom right corner, and the ‘next’ arrow on the right.
Step One: After selecting the card design, there is a customization page for the backdrop. Backdrops increase the cost of the card per recipient, but you can also choose to not include a backdrop at all.
Step Two: Change/edit the text of the card. Add your name to the bottom, and add any additional text to the greeting. You can also change the text size, color, effects, letter spacing, alignment, and font type. In addition, you can choose to include a logo/small image on the card and can position it wherever you would like.
Step Three: If you choose to send your card in an envelope, it does increase the coin cost. They can be a nice add though, and you can edit the envelope liner, the font of the recipient on the envelope, postmark, and the stamp.
Step Four: You can also include a reply card, which would be especially useful when sending out invites that you need a response to. There are several formats to this, including Invitations with RSVP’s, Greeting Card, Save the Date, Announcement, or you can direct them to a website link. These are a quick and easy way for the recipient to respond and thank you for the card!
Step Five: This last step is where you add the recipients for the card. To do this, you can either manually type them out, paste a list, or look through your address book (which you can add from your email at any time after creating your account). It looks like there is an option for a file upload, but I’ve never had to work with those before. Once you add a recipient, you can view/edit them and provide a personal message. You can include the “From:” and “Subject:” of the email as well. Before sending, you can preview the card and even send a free version to yourself. Then, you can hit the send button and your card is sent! There is also an option to schedule the card, so you can get everything taken care of early!
After sending the cards, Paperless Post allows you to track them and view any replies you receive from your recipients (these are also emailed to you).
Overall, I loved the site and recommend using it if you are looking for an quick and easy way to send out party invites or holiday cards! While this site does have holiday cards, Paperless Post really shines with their event and get together invitations. They have options available for weddings, birthdays, Christmas, and even offer professional designs suited for the office! Online invites can take away the stress of worrying whether or not your invites will get to the recipients on time, and all you need is the email address of the person you’re sending the card to.
I found the site to be easy to use, and they have a lot of different customization options to get the card that’s right for you. Plus, if you’re in a rush during the holidays, you can quickly send one of these cards instead of rushing to the store (and having to deal with the holiday shopping crowds). I personally love this because the only time I have to stop by the store is after work, and if I forget, I’m probably going to end up looking for materials around the house to make a card myself (and who wants that when you have other holiday tasks to accomplish?).
The prices of the cards don’t have to be too steep either. Depending on how many coins you purchase at a time, each coin costs equal or less than $0.40. The card featured above ended up costing 4 coins per recipient (so if I had paid for it myself, it would be less than or equal to $1.60 per card depending on how much coins I purchased at once). You can browse around the cards and customizations to find the price right for you!
The family and friends I sent my cards too were pleasantly surprised to find the cards in their inbox and were pleased with the designs. Some even replied with a “Thank you” within minutes after I sent the card, so I can confirm that these get sent out swiftly!
If you’re looking to be more sustainable this year or would like to save time and money on cards, Paperless Post is a great option!