Sending Eco-Friendly Cards with Paperless Post
You know that feeling you get when you receive a card from someone? Or when a special event invite arrives in your mailbox? I always feel a little giddy when I see an envelope and read a card for the first time. I love cards so much, I even make my own on recycled paper cardstock for family and friends during holiday seasons, specifically Christmas, and for birthdays.
But the one thing I’ve always been a bit concerned about is the impact giving all of these cards has on our environment. Many people look at a card once, then dispose of it (hopefully in the recycling rather than the trash) or they’re putting it in a box, only to potentially forget it’s tucked away in there. So when I learned about Paperless Post, I realized there was an easy solution to my environmental concerns that actually brings me right back to my younger days and my earlier obsession with e-cards!
Not only can you send greeting cards, but Paperless Post is also a great resource when you’re hosting a party. If you choose to send an invite on this platform, you’re able to track RSVPs and communicate with your guests. Say goodbye to following up with people via text or phone call (unless you actually want to have a little chat with them, of course)!
I’m currently designing a bridal shower invite for my brother and future sister-in-law, and it’s been so fun sourcing and creating the perfect shower card that matches their wedding theme and invites. When I was searching for an invite design, I came across the Rifle Paper Co. collection and was SO excited! I absolutely adore Rifle Paper Co. and Anna Bond’s creative flair. Every year, I grab a Rifle Paper Co. desk calendar, wall calendar and my agenda typically comes from there as well!
So far, I’ve mocked up an invite to the bridal shower, and I’ve selected the envelope and inner envelope pattern to go with the e-card. Check out my designs below (please excuse the gaps in the invite as I’ve removed the personal information from there).
I love the cohesiveness between the card and the envelope to give it the full experience. How fun is it that you get to design a matching envelope to make receiving the online invite feel similar to actually opening a card by hand.
Since the shower is in April, I’m planning on sending the invites out in a couple of weeks. One thing that’s been really handy about Paperless Post is that they send out important information for party hosting in their newsletter emails, including timelines for sending event invites. In the most perfect timing, I received the bridal shower invite guideline in my email yesterday!
While I was browsing through the card and event invite designs this week, I realized this would be the perfect solution to sending birthday cards to my global friends. Shipping from Canada, even if it’s just to America, can get a bit pricey and I’m never sure how long it will take to ship to their address. By sending an e-card, you can ensure the recipient will receive it on time and it can still be customized, just as a standard printed card would be.
Now, I won’t totally give up handmade cards, especially ones for my family (mostly because I know they keep them all), but I think Paperless Post offers a simple solution to event invites and connecting with friends and family, no matter how far away they live!
Do you prefer handmade cards or e-cards? Do you have somewhere you keep all of the cards you’ve received or would you rather receive one digitally? Have you used Paperless Post before? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I received coin credits to try Paperless Post and share an honest review of my experience.