From the Archives: How to Print Invitations from a Digital File

Note: This post (from several years ago) is still one of the most-visited at this blog, so I thought I’d repost it now.  You can also use these tips for printings your own holiday cards or holiday party invitations from a digital file. 

Remember I asked you for opinions about Batman party invitations for S’s 5th birthday? Thanks for all of your input! Of course, I ended up choosing yet another invitation, from the Etsy shop My Pretty Printables. But I always get a little nervous about ordering a digital design that I’ll have to print myself, and from my own Google searches it seems that others are, too. So I thought I’d walk you through the process.

First, I bought a customized version of this Superhero II Birthday Party Invitation for $15. I liked the Pop Art-style and the fact that I could customize S’s eye color and initial.

Once I received the finished design, I uploaded it to Snapfish, where they offer cardstock stationery cards (I didn’t want floppy photo paper for the invites). I needed a full-photo, vertically oriented 5 x 7 card for my design, which I uploaded as if it were a photo itself. They arrived very quickly from Snapfish. Another site where you can do a similar upload is Vista Print, but they didn’t have the vertical 5 x 7 layout that I needed.

My Snapfish invitations arrived with matching white envelopes, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I ordered solid color 5 x 7 envelopes from a site called Invitation Outlet.

I also ordered these sheets of Superhero Stickers ($1.99 for 4 sheets) from Birthday Express so I could decorate the envelopes, too.

And for the finishing touch, I used Neon Celebrate! (Forever) Stamps ($.44 each) from

Easy peasy and they turned out so cute! I’m curious…what do you generally do for your children’s birthday party invitations? Do you buy fill-in invites from a store? Order personalized invitations online? Or are you an Evite person? Let me know in the comments.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays featuring MoMA Design Store

Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays ft. MoMA Design Store now at NORDSTROM.

I just was notified by Nordstrom about it’s Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays featuring MoMA Design Store is open! Pop-In Shop featuring the MoMA Design store and while I have to read up on the details, I think I’m sold already. As a former museum professional (I worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and know The Museum of Modern Art–aka MoMA–very well, too)–anything that combines the visual arts and design with shopping (and holiday shopping at that!) is something I need to check out. It looks like there are some terrific home goods, games, accessories, and tech gear available. Actually, I now spot the Moma Design Store Archi Pen Cup ($18) that I received a few years ago at a MoMA press preview and still have on my desk.  Everything above looks like a great small gift or stocking stuffer. And, always with Nordstrom, there’s free shipping and free returns. Check it out in-store or online at Nordstrom.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday with your friends and family.

I have Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for you aplenty. I’ve even suggested some products from each store–so scroll through for gift ideas, or,  if you’re pressed for time, check out these quick links to top stores.

Tiny Prints:



  • Up to 50% and even more off entire store (no code needed, markdowns already taken). On Cyber Monday, up to 80% off store (no code needed) plus additional $25 off orders $100+ with code “CYBER”.
  • My pick: Santa Jaws Outfit (on sale for $9.95-$14; regularly $29.95-$36.95)










  • Black Friday: 50% off hardcover photo books + 40% off everything else with code FINALE, through Sun. 11/26
  • Cyber Monday: Get up to 50% off plus additional 25% off with code CYBERSAVINGS
  • My pick: Illuminated Happiness Card (starting at $1.85 per card before any discount)




Janie and Jack:

  • CYBER MONDAY: Free shipping plus 35% off entire purchase at Janie and Jack, prices already marked down. No code needed.
  • My pick:Bloom Beauty Outfit (on sale for $36.40-$76.30, regularly $52-$109)



 Tea Collection:

  • Tues. 11/21 through Sat. 11/25: Tons of great outfits on sale for $15 and under
  • Sunday, 11/26 through Wed. 11/29. Enter code MAGICAL to receive 30% off your order and free shipping.
  • My pick: A Tea Tradition Set  ($128 before the discount)


The LEGO® Store:

  • FREE Shipping on all online orders 11/25 – 11/28
  • Brick Friday Sale on select items while supplies last
  • FREE Exclusive Snowglobe with qualifying purchases
  • My pick: Lego Minecraft The Village ($199.99 before discounts)




  • 11/21-12/7 Designer Clearance – Up to 40% OFF
  • 11/23 (3.01AM EST) – 11/28 (3AM EST) Extra 20% OFF Select Sale Items
  • 11/24 (9AM EST) – 11/27 (1AM EST) Black Friday Deals for Women, Men, Kids & Home
  • 11/27 (1AM EST) Cyber Monday Savings for Women, Men, Kids & Home, including extra 25% off sale items (no code needed, markdowns taken already)
  • My pick: Smashbox Cover Shot Metallic Eyeshadow Palette – Metallic ($29)


Polarn O. Pyret:




Chronicle Books:

  • 35% off + free shipping all weekend, including CYBER MONDAY, with code “GIVEBOOKS”
  • My pick: This Book is a Planetarium ($40 before the discount)




Gap Kids:

  • 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER; additional 10% off with code TREAT
  • My pick: Crazy Stripe Garter Sweater ($34.95 before the discount)


Rifle Paper:






Fornash Inc.:

Mark & Graham:

  • CYBER MONDAY: 25% off sitewide plus free shipping and returns with code “FRIENDS”
  • Free monogramming as always
  • My pick: Leather Charger Roll Up Carrier (on sale for $32-$49–before the discount; regularly $49)



Maya Brenner Designs:

  • 25% off four holiday gift sets
  • Free shipping on all domestic orders
  • My pick: California Girl Gift Set (on sale for $208, regularly $278)







Haute Papier:




Project Nursery:




Erin Condren Design:



Monica Vinader:

  • 30% off select lines this weekend only
  • My pick: Petra Wire Earrings (on sale for $157.50, regularly $225)








Hanna Andersson:

  • Black Friday: $25 Kids Organic Pajamas, Extra 25% off everything else (no code needed)
  • CYBER MONDAY: Extra 25% off all orders and free shipping on everything (no code needed)
  • My pick: Family Holiday Pajamas ($29-$64 before any discounts)










Emily McDowell:

  • Take 25% off your order with code “STUFFED2017” now through Cyber Monday
  • Free shipping on all orders over $50
  • My pick: Active Bitch Face Canvas Pouch ($18 before the discount)






Pinhole Press:

  • 25% off Holiday Cards with code HOLIDAY
  • 30% off hardcover photo books with code CHEER
  • $10 off purchases of $50; $20 off purchases of $100
  • My pick: Shop Memory Games ($29.99)













Moon and Lola:

  • 30% off everything Black Friday week (no code needed, markdowns already taken)
  • 30% off everything Cyber Monday with code CYBERMONDAY
  • My Pick: Preston Charm Bracelet ($76 before discount)



Wild Dill:

Skip Hop:



  • 30% off Everything for Black Friday!
  • Cyber Monday 20% off everything and free shipping on orders $100+
  • My pick: Sequined Soiree Skirt ($148 before any discounts)


 CWD Kids:


Avon 3-Piece Comforter Set, Queen

Out of Print Clothing:



  • 25% off entire purchase with code 25ALL; limited time only
  • My pick: Ruffle Front Puffer Vest ($119 before any discounts)ProductOverlay2

Pier 1:








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Black Friday Deals on Holiday Cards & Gifts at Minted

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Longtime readers of this blog know how much I love the site Minted, a San Francisco-based company that offers a range of gifts–from holiday cards to stationery gifts to home decor–using either your own photos and the beautiful designs of independent artists. There is something for every budget here, and so many options for customization (such as various sizes for art prints and photo gifts, or custom details on your holiday cards). Scroll down to see 3 Minted products I have personally ordered this Black Friday as holiday gifts, and bookmark this post so that you can take advantage of these Black Friday deals at Minted, too:

These are my 3 picks:

Heart Snapshot Mix Foil-Pressed Photo Art Print
. Don’t know what to do with all those photos of your kids on your iPhone? Fill this heart with them and hang them on the wall.


Custom House Letterpress Portrait Art House Letterpress Art
. A sweet house-warming (or house-parting) gift.


What Matters Most Holiday Photo Cards
.  Minted uses luxe paper which is very important for paper-philes like me. Spoiler alert: This is the card I am sending this year.

Head over to Minted to get great deals on your holiday cards and cross a bunch of gifts off your list in one easy step!

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Tea Collection Black Friday Event

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I know that many readers of this blog swear by Tea Collection year after year for their kids’ wardrobes. I did, too, until my kids both outgrew the sizes.  But I still like to check out its internationally-inspired collections each season–this Fall/Winter, you’ll see designs inspired by the Scottish highlands.

This week is a great time to shop Tea Collection because today through Saturday, November 25th, its Black Friday Event features plenty of clothing on sale for $15 and under. Also, many of Tea’s popular mix-and-match playsets are on sale, too, like this one:

A Scots Tradition Set (on sale $125, regularly $144; you’ll also find individual items for sale site-wide for $15 or less). This set is inspired by the namesake locomotive which is an express train running from Edinburgh to London. 416x416-126573

You don’t need a coupon code; just head over to Tea Collection by this Saturday to enjoy the deals…and (spoiler alert) stay tuned for even more deals at Tea Collection that I’ll announce later in the week.

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Personalized Wood Photo Boxes

h_woodbox_multiple o_large_woodbox_depths h_woodbox_wedding_falsebottomI’d been looking for a wooden keepsake box that could be personalized with a photo and was happy to find these wood boxes at White House Custom Color after searching for a while. As you can see, these work really well as keepsake boxes for a new baby, wedding, or just about any special occasion. They are available in different sizes and with different add-ons such printed or engraved lids, but the base price starts at $25 plus shipping. Check them out at WHCC.

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Girls Candy Cane Dress

7764455c660c70ca427fa2c52b95d9f5This Girls Candy Cane Dress at Chasing Fireflies may be my favorite girls’ dress this holiday season.  It boasts a modern, photo-realistic pattern of candy canes on a trendy scuba-like fabric. The styling, though, is all classic–gathered waist, back zip, and cap sleeves. It’s available in sizes 2T-8 for $99 at Chasing Fireflies.

Psst! Just found a coupon code–which is rare for Chasing Fireflies. Use “CFJolly” for 30% off site-wide (not bad at all!) now through 11/26.


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GAIA Text Pouches


These handmade GAIA Text Pouches are made by refugee women who have resettled in Dallas, Texas (which accounts for the “Y’all” option).  They’re woven from organic denim with a metallic leather reverse–so cute for girls of any age! Buy one for $48 (and use coupon code “HOLLYJOLY” for 25% off sitewide, limited time only) at Wisteria.

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