Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eureka

You know when you have those moments! Today was one of them. I quilted this for a friend at work. After she came and picked it up, I had one of those ah-ha moments. I have the fabulous Quilt Album program that lets me keep all my quilting history in one place. You can keep your quilting in different category's,, which got me to thinking. I can use this program to keep all my customer quilts in too. I can keep measurements in it, and track costs for the quilting and many other things for my customers. Best yet it's got capabilities of making the photos into greeting cards. Like shown below.  So I am thinking, what a great way to give an invoice for my quilting. I, of course didn't have a plan in action for this quilt, but I sure will for future ones. The printing portion allows you to print a variety of information about the quilt. So in the future I will be finding out the name of who the quilt is for and an little history too. It would make the perfect gift card for the quilt when it's given as a gift. If it's not a gift, you would still have a wonderful greeting card to share with someone special. Now is that a great idea or what.
                                                                                           
                            
They can be printed in 2 sizes the one here is 5"x7"  and the ones below are about 4 1/2"x5 1/2". As you can see, you have the option of printing them either horizontally or vertically. How cool is that!


This shows you the history/story of the quilt on the back of the card. Now can it really get any better than that? :-) The program also allows for you to type in a message in the inside or just leave blank for a note card.
So for all my customers, I will be using these wonderful little cards with your orders from now on!!!  Oh happy days!

All this card business got me to thinking... If I can load a photo of a quilt and print it into a card, I can load in any photo and make it greeting card, which is just what I did for a special little girls birthday.  The program really doesn't care if it's a quilt photo or not, it worked beautifully with any photo. So when I need a card right away, I don't have to jump in the car and drive to the store to pay exorbitant prices for one anymore. It really is so much more fun to personalize one from home.

Heck, I'm not to proud to say, that I love my quilts, and sharing photos of them in the form of greeting cards, is quite fun for me. So I am stuck with this dilemma. Do I make mini quilts (which I love) for the cards, or do I do the cards for the mini quilts that I love????? hummm..... Maybe the answer is both!


I think I have my Halloween cards all planned out here!  :-)

Where oh were is that photo of the adorable Turkey I made for Thanksgiving last year. I know it's around here somewhere. Better find it before the cards need to go into the mail!
Check out Quilt Album for yourselves. These is a link at the top of my blog for a $5 discount if you find it's perfect for you too!

4 comments:

  1. You just seem to keep coming up with loads of great ideas. I think next time I visit I will have to to bring a quilt over for you to do just so I can have a card with it!!!
    On second thought, that's a bit extreme. I'll just watch all the lovely ones that you make!!

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  2. A great idea! This program sounds like the greatest -- and your cards are super. What a wonderful way to document your work AND give a gift!

    Diane

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  3. Gonna have to tell hubby about this. Great idea. Love the cards. That quilt is gorgeous.

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    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Hugs,
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  4. I love her! That witch is just too cute!

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