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I am such a control freak when it comes to my parties, and quite a snob when it comes to stationery. I know this is my own problem. But everyone who knows me expects it, they have even mentioned getting excited when they receive mail from me, as they never know what to expect when it arrives. As of late, I have given up on pre-made cards and was creating my own, from scratch. I will admit that it is fun, to a point. It all started when (E) was born and I needed to choose a birth announcement. It had to be just perfect, and I didn’t see anything I liked, either the shape was off or the color, even just the color of one flower was making me crazy. So I made my own. I have been making my own since, and she just turned 4.
I just made it through both birthday parties and the amount of work that went into designing, printing, cutting and sending invitations really makes my head spin. I was thinking “there has to be a better way!” Well it turns out we just learned of a great website (similar to some of the popular ones we see out there) called www.basicinvite.com. Contrary to its name, its actually so much more than basic. It covers your “basic” stationery needs, but in a very detailed and precise way.
I decided to take a look- right where my problem started Birth Announcements. Basic invite makes it possible for you to choose a basic design (there are quite a few), and then add all your own personal touches. Design options include:
You can add photos, change wording, shape and the fonts just like I have seen before. But then, something I hadn’t seen… I could change the colors of the invite, I could change the colors of the INDIVIDUAL flowers on the announcement I had chosen. This is the new level of personalization that I have been looking for. I chose an announcement with a floral ring around the photo. Not only was it able to make all of these great changes, I could see and play with the combinations right on the site, and easily. It’s easy to use for ANYONE.
So many great choices
My choice (I wanted to see how much I could change)
The original colors- click on each element and choose your own colors.
My new color choices (I went crazy to make a point)
My new and improved Birth Announcement.
You can then go on to customize not only the front, but the back, the envelope and the envelope liner. Once you have had your fun there it gets down to the nitty gritty. Will your foil be flat or raised? What type of paper do you want? Yeah this may be one of the happiest parts for me. I like stationery to be on nice thick paper and I am intrigued Luxe Velvet.
Unsure if it’s actually going to meet expectations? They allow you to order a sample. Now, the sample does cost some money, but with this company when you order a sample its NOT just a sample of the invite they had left over. Its YOUR actual sample. You can get one to make sure you LOVE IT. If you aren’t pleased, send it back for a refund or they will fix it for free. This sample route doesn’t work great if you are a last minute type of family, but for planners like myself, its AMAZING. If you are in need of ideas you can also check out their Pinterest page for some goodies.
You have the ability to save and come back to your design, so that you can work on it another day or order more if necessary (I always end up having to order more Christmas Cards). Oh yeah AND free address collection. You simply share a link with friends and family, collect the addresses and basic invite has free envelope printing!!! That will save HOURS every time you have a party, send holiday cards, etc.
Basic Invite doesn’t end with birth announcements, they cover all your stationery needs, even providing 2 pages of FREE PRINTABLES (click here) for people to check out and use. I am slightly obsessed with the ugly sweater gift tags for Christmas gifts.