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June 27th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Postable: The Easy Way to Mail Cards and Track Addresses

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A friend of mine recently introduced me to my new favorite place to keep addresses and send out thank you cards – Postable!  It’s a pain to write down and keep track of everyone’s contact information, especially when I don’t have my address book handy.  When you sign up for a Postable account, you get your own unique link to email to people who can add their information directly into the address book for you.  You can also add in contacts yourself.  When done, you can export your entire list to multiple formats for printing labels or even just a simple contact sheet.  I love how easy this site is to use.

Now they make Thank You cards that make it a cinch to write and mail cards to a large group of people.  All you have to do is choose a card and then write as many different personalized messages as you want for that card.  (They have nearly 20 different fonts to choose from so it actually looks like a handwritten message!)  When you’re done, they print and mail all the cards to the recipients for you.  Your only costs are each card you send ($2.00 each) and postage (currently $0.46).  While that can start to get costly after a certain number, you’re also saving a LOT of time, trips to the store to buy cards and stamps, and writer’s cramp.  To me, that makes it worth it.

Check out Postable and let us know how you like it!

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February 7th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Some Fun Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for Valentine’s Day ideas that go beyond the chocolate, flowers and candy hearts? Here’s a few ideas that might help you add an extra level of creativity and fun to your celebration.

Create a heart-shaped photo collage or one in the shape of the word love at shapecollage.com

How about a photo or video greeting card with your favorite love song soundtrack? You can download the Smilebox app and create a customized Valentine.

Want to play around with customized logos, playing cards or text layouts? Go to festisite.com and find some really fun ways to personalize your name, your brand or your favorite sentiment. I got lost on this site for a while making a great love quote into a heart-shaped design and a turning my daughter’s name into a Facebook logo.

Show your romantic side by telling your loved ones “I Love You” in different languages. There’s a 99¢ itunes app called 100 Ways to Say I Love You.

Need some good music to go along with the celebration? Check out the free Valentine’s Day radio app that links you to the most romantic radio stations on the web.

And if you want some good gift ideas, try thoughtful.co for some inspiration.

In the past, I was never a huge fan of all the Valentine’s Day hoopla, or chocolate and flowers. But once I had kids, the “Be My Valentine” sentiment took on a whole new meaning. Getting their construction-paper hearts and adorable heart-themed crafts made it special.

I just love the segment of the new Hallmark Valentine’s commercial where the little boy wants to be told that “I’m your superhero”. Oh that fabulous stage when your kids just adore everything about you. Does anything capture it better than that clip? Gets me every time.

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
H. Jackson Brown

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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November 15th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Three Ways to Send a Digital Card Through the (Real) Mail

Back in July, I wrote a post on a very cool app, Postcardly, that enabled you to turn a digital photo into a postcard that you could send through the mail.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of trying out two other apps that also use the postal service for mailing postcards or cards.

The first, Postcards on the Run, has the same idea as Postcardly but it’s smartphone based. Take a photo with your phone, run the POTR, app, and send to the recipient. This is really handy, because you can do it all right from the phone, on the spot. It’s quick and really easy. It also has a fun feature that lets you use your finger to sign your name. A nice personalized touch. You can even add a map of the location of your photo if you want.

I also hear that the next release of POTR will include a scented feature. You’ll be able to add a smell to your card, such as bubble gum, ocean breeze, chocolate, holiday spice, and more. So your postcards from the beach can not only look beachy but smell that way too. How cool is that?

The third app I tried is Cards. Since I don’t have an iPhone I downloaded it to my iPad instead. This app is a little different because it is for creating actual cards with envelopes as opposed to postcards. There is a nice, but so far somewhat limited, selection of cards (thank you, birthday, wish you were here) that you can personalize with a photo from your device. Cards prints it on high quality letterpress paper and sends it to your recipient via U.S. mail. Each card is $2.99 (U.S) or $4.99 (international).

I’ve tried all three and while they are all similar, here’s a rundown of the finer distinctions of each.

Postcardly is for sending your pc based photos. Once you’ve downloaded from your camera you can pick and choose your best shots and send via an email. After the initial free 3 cards, you can buy 20 cards for $19.99. The quality is great. They’re printed with a matte finish on heavy card stock. No international option yet, but it’s coming soon.

Postcard on the Run is great for sending your photos right from your phone. Snap the shot, run the app, and send. Prices range from $.99 to a $1.49. (add .20 cents for international). The photo quality is also great. It’s a glossier finish, also on good quality card stock. I like the signature feature. I also like being able to send internationally.

Cards is a nice app for sending an actual card rather than a postcard. The selection is not extensive yet so you might not find just the right card for the occasion, but the card quality is really nice. They even include a piece of tissue paper inside the card. An elegant touch. The photo quality is not as good, since it’s printing the image on the card paper rather than photo paper, but the card itself was beautiful.

All three of these are really great apps. I find it interesting how often I now think of sending a postcard or card through the mail now that these apps have made it so easy. I can’t really remember the last time I bought and sent a traditional postcard. But I can tell you, I’ll be sending a digital postcard from my weekend visit with a friend right after I’m done with this post.

And if this catches on, I think the U.S. Postal service might be thanking the creators of these apps too.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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