Ideas for your Photos – Special Occasion Cards

Ever been stuck at the last minute without a special occasion card?  Add this to ideas for your photos.

I really admire the people who do scrapbooking.    I am not a scrapbooker, and even though I tried several years ago, I don’t seem to have the imagination to make anything truly memorable.  My daughter in law makes beautiful scrapbooks with her photos and seems to throw together the most eye popping cards.   It is imaginative and really personal to receive one of these special cards.

For those of us who do not possess this talent or just don’t have the time, with a photo or any image and one sheet of cardstock or construction paper, you can create your own personal special occasion card.  Both cardstock and construction paper can be purchased at any craft store, stationary store or even at most $ stores, in a wide variety of colors, patterns and sizes.   Envelopes can also be purchased in packages, or save your envelopes from unused cards.

Special Occation Card Supplies


  • Your photo or any image from the WEB*
  • 11 x 8 ½ sheet of cardstock or construction paper (or any size you wish depending on the photo size you will be using)
  • Photo glue stick, double-sided adhesive strips or photo dots
  • Any other decoration you would like to use –stickers, other images, cut outs, etc.

*If you would like to use an image from the WEB or an email, right click on the image and save as/copy to your desktop or a desktop file as a jpg image to be printed.   You can then open the file in Windows photo viewer or your photo editing software, make any changes you would like  e.g.  size, crop, color, etc. and print.   Every day or plain photo paper is quite sufficient for this and is considerably cheaper than using your high quality photo paper.  Before copying the image, ensure it is not copyrighted or marked for permission to copy.

An 11 x 8 ½ sheet can be cut in half to two 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inch, top folding cards.  A 3 x 5 inch photo fits with a nice colorful border.  You can add smaller photos to accent, stickers, and cut outs on both the outside and the inside of the card, add your own personal message and you have created something very special and personal for your friends and family.

Do you just throw those old Christmas cards and other special occasion cards in the re-cycle?  Save the special ones and use the covers and cut out the inside wording to make your own.   This is a great simple project for kids to make their own birthday cards for friends and family, thank you cards, valentine cards for school, or just a really special card for the Grandparents who LOVE to receive pictures of special moments of their grandchildren.

I recently made this card for my grandson who was heading off to the Sandstorm Lacrosse Festival in Palm Springs, CA.  Instead of just handing him some “mad money”, I used this card and sent a personal note to him.  My reward was a bit hug — for the money or the card?   Who cares!

Special Occasion card

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