Here is part two of my Paperless Post review. Last time, I talked about the flyer option and you can read my thoughts about it here.
For the cards, there are plenty of options and you can weed out the ones you pay for if you don't have two coins to pay for a card. Even then, there are about 50-70 free designs available, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that fits your needs. There's also the option to upload your own design. You could totally put your book cover on there! You can also add an additional photo or blank card for no extra coins.
One thing I noticed, though, was that while I could remove the background and card liner as those each cost a coin, if I wanted to use an envelope, that always charged one coin. The only way around that was to delete the envelope.
This is noteworthy because to send the card to someone is one coin per person. Each time you choose something that costs a coin, the price is per person. So if you have a card and use an envelope with a background that's two coins, and if you send that to five people that is ten coins. In short, coins add up pretty quickly if you're not careful. But, you can send a card completely free. It's just if you want to get fancy, you have to use coins.
The price of coins isn't bad, though. Of course, the more you spend, the better the deal. You can earn some coins with a referral link, but I'm too anti-social for that to be of use to me. LOL
Another noteworthy thing is for the text. You only get one text box and the way to move is basically resize it to the area you want. You can't outright delete the text block either, but that isn't too bad because once you delete the text inside it, nothing shows and it doesn't say "Insert text here" as a placeholder.
Would I use it?
Honestly, probably not the cards. If I'm going to send a card, I'll send a real one in snail mail. Usually because I'm adding money for a birthday. If Paperless Post had an option to link to PayPal or something or allow you to attach a gift card somehow that would make it more appealing to me because then I could send birthday cards and a gift.
Over all, I didn't find the site hard to use. In all my messing around, I didn't end up accidentally spending any coins. If I clicked out of the card I was fooling with, it put it in a draft state. It loaded relatively fast and I saw no lag. You can link up various accounts for easy access to emails, and save favorite card designs. Spending money is optional, so if you can be cheap and send a card with no bells or whistles or go all out.
It's a solid site, but I'm not entirely sure this fills a need i have. Either way, good luck to them, and thanks for letting me play around the site and give my opinion.
Today's post is a little different. I was contacted and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing this website, Paperless Post, and after looking at it, and seeing it was a bit like Canva, I thought it'd be fun. I'm going to do to two posts because one was getting a little long and, let's face it, we all have short attention spans. This first part will be about their flyer feature.
But first, what is Paperless Post?
It's a website to create online cards like birthday, wedding, and holiday cards. Flyers, which all seem to have some sort of animation, is a new feature and as of right now is free.
The flyer feature is easy enough to use. Pick a template and customize with the details of your event, where it's at, what time it is, what the schedule is, and what to expect.
There is a link you can share or you can share it on Facebook. You can also send it via email. Strangely, they don't have Twitter integration. People then RSVP and they have the option of adding it to their calendar on Google, iCal, or Outlook. I made one for Trick-or-Treat Reads. You can see entire thing here.
Sending a flyer doesn't cost any coins. The only real downside I've seen is when sending an invite you do it person by person. There's no way to send it to multiple people at once.
Would I use it?
As long as the flyers are free, I might make use of them. I like the RSPV feature and the option they give recipients to add the event to their calendar, which means they'll get a reminder on the day of the event and that might up participation in an online event. I'll try it with Trick-or-Treat Reads and see what happens.
Before I get started, I just want to remind you that Trick-or-Treat Reads is open for sign ups. If you're an author with a free book this Halloween, join me.
I'm borrowing this from Heather Erickson. The other week, she answered these twelve questions and since I'm in need of blog topic ideas, I'm borrowing the questions. You can check out her answers here.
What does your ideal day look like?
For starters, it'd be without any of my chronic illnesses so I can eat whatever the heck I want. I'd have energy to get all I wanted to do. The weather would be about 68, not too hot, but not to cold, and sunny. I'd get to wake up and cuddle hubby. I'd get a boatload of writing done and get some crafts made.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I remember at one point wanting to be a ballerina. In high school, it was an artist.
Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?
Green Day. Nothing, I'd just tell them how much I love their music.
What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you most like to start?
Sleeping in too late. Being more disciplined.
Think of a person you truly admire. What qualities do you like about that person?
Strength, stubbornness, perseverance, caring.
How do you like to relax?
Usually with a nap, but lately, it's been with anime.
When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?
I recently went to a friend's baby shower where I didn't know anyone besides my friend and her husband.
What qualities do you admire in others?
Craziness, honesty, creativity, unabashed nerdiness.
What is your favorite song? Why?
Basketcase by Green Day. No idea. I saw the music video and fell in love with the band and that song.
What excites you?
Doctor Who. Yarn. Paint. Anything crafty.
What do you wish you did more of?
Writing. I'm seriously don't do it as much as some people think. *coughTuicough*
Pretend money is no object. What would you do?
Visit the pyramids on Egypt, see the Great Wall in China, and go to Japan.
If you decide to do this, let me know in the comments, and be sure to give a shoutout to Heather for coming up with the questions.
The other week, I explained how I made a magnet to use in a giveaway. Now, I'm going to explain how I made a coaster.
Items you'll need:
The first steps is exactly like the magnet. Make a graphic. When it's time to print, select two images per print out and that should be big enough to fit on the tile. Glue it on with some Mod Podge and let dry at least an hour if not more.
Like before, how you seal it depends on the type of printer you have and if using a brush smears the ink. This is also were a water proof sealer is vital. You'll be setting drinks on the coaster and if you don't use a water proof sealer, the coaster will get ruined. Both Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and Aleene's Original are waterproof. I've tested both.
Again, if using the spray, use in a well ventilated area because of fumes. Also, I discovered the spray will discolor a white background and make it look like wet paper.
Let the coaster cure for 2 to 3 weeks. DO NOT SKIP SEALING AND CURING. This will ensure the coaster is waterproof.
Next attach felt footies to the bottom. Otherwise, you risk scuffing the surface of the table. No glue is needed here. These buggers stick well.
And that's it. You made a DIY coaster. Let me know if you liked these posts and they made you feel crafty. I'd love to see your results.
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