I'm pretty much in love with the birth announcements I made for Cora, so I had to share them here! (The hope is, of course, that everyone who is receiving one in the mail and also reads my blog has already received theirs.) In any case, I seriously adore the design I found over on Shutterfly and wanted to share them with you!
For some reason, taking a photo of a photo on a card has made the coloring a bit funny on Cora's face, but in person the cards are absolute perfection.
I tried doing a Pinterest-y newborn photo shoot with Cora a couple times, but the photos did not turn out well at all. (I shake my fist at you, Pinterest!) I ended up snapping this photo while she was napping during one her first couple weeks at home, and somehow it just felt perfect for the announcement. Her button nose gives me heart-eyes for days.
I couldn't wait to send these out to some of our friends and family, and—newborn or not—may have stayed up too late addressing envelopes a couple nights in order to do so. (It's probably weird, the level of joy I experience while addressing envelopes. Can I get paid to do that sort of thing? Someone needs to invent that job. And then hire me.)
Although I am an affiliate for Shutterfly, I purchased these announcements myself (I was definitely grateful to have a $20 promo code I received elsewhere and was saving for a rainy day, because that definitely offset the price a bit). I've become pretty good at combining promo codes and discounts in order to get my order to the lowest price possible, though—and always use either my Ebates or Swagbucks account to get to the Shutterfly website in order to get a bit of cash back.
Have I mentioned I'm oddly obsessive when it comes to finding ways to not pay full price for things? It's an issue. A beautiful, beautiful issue.
In addition to these announcements, I was able to add a couple freebies to my order—but I can't show them and all their adorableness to you here because they are being saved to use as Christmas gifts for people who most certainly will see this post. (Sorry!) However, I thought I'd share how I've been able to snag so many Shutterfly freebies over the past couple years. I've been able to get notepads, reusable shopping bags, several photo books, and a few other items for free—usually just paying for shipping, unless I'm adding them to an order for which I was able to qualify for free shopping. I definitely get more for free than I ever have paid for out of my own pocket!
See below for a some tips:
Hope this helps some of you out! (And perhaps Cora's button nose has given you some heart-eyes, as well.)Affiliate links included in this post; view my disclosure policy here.