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Graduation pictures are a huge part of the high school graduation ritual. So are announcements. I remember being on the teenage side of the process when I was in school, and now that I'm a mom, I'm seeing the parental side of things. I have to say, it was easier for my folks. There was only one option: get the film developed. Thanks to Shutterfly, I was able to do more with my daughter, Angeline's, pictures. I incorporated them into her graduation announcements!
Graduation Pictures with Shutterfly - Bust the Boring
Anyone who knows Angeline knows that she's a lot of things, but boring isn't one of them. I didn't want to get her just any old boring standard graduation announcements. I wanted to get her something as beautiful, unique, and sassy as she is. See, Angeline has always gone her own way. And while that has made for a few tense teen moments, it’s part of what makes her so special.
That's why I wanted to do something special for her graduation announcements. Shutterfly fit the bill for me perfectly. The only part of the process that was hard for Angeline and me was choosing exactly what we wanted. There were so many options! The customization level Shutterfly offers is just enormous.
We both knew we wanted to base her announcements around her graduation pictures, so we started there; then we moved on to decide which form factor to use. And there are A LOT of them. We were up in the air about whether to use tri-fold or foil stamped, but in the end, we went with the foil. After that it was on to colors, trims, and layouts. This is where both Angeline and I floundered a bit.
We're not exactly indecisive, but man, there’s a big selection and there are always so many different sales on Shutterfly.com! I have to say, though, I'd rather have more choices than less, so it was a plus to have so many options to pick from.
After it was all said and done, Angeline's graduation pictures made an awesome graduation announcement and envelope combo. We used her head shot for the card, which we finally decided would be black with gold and silver foil stamping. There were a few different shots we had a hard time deciding between, but we figure that we will send the alternate photos out too, so it will all work out! Using her graduation pictures, we created an announcement that was both classy and a little wild. Just like her!
We also ordered a few "special" announcements for a few people!
Graduation Pictures are so Much More with Shutterfly
Although Angeline and I used her graduation pictures to make announcements, with Shutterfly you can do so much more. Whether you're making announcements or invitations, or you want to create a personalized, memorable gift for your graduate, Shutterfly can help you create a memento as fantastic as your child.
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I think getting the grad a personalized blanket that has pictures of them in college along with pictures of their school's mascot would be a meaningful gift that they'd use for a long time.
Making a high school career photobook is a great gift for a grad!
What a great idea to include a photo of the grad in their announcement. I love Shutterfly!
It would be fun to have a photo book made of all their friends having a fun get together ! and include the pets!!
I will put my daughter graduation picture on a mug, I get to see daily.
I think it would be cool to take a favorite photo of the grad and all of their friends and use it for a personalized desktop plaque. This would be a nice memento for them to take to college.
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Making a photo book of the grad and a photo mug would be fun. a nice canvas photo of the grad to display at the grad party would be neat
I like the Customized Graduation Announcements. It's a great way to make it unique to them.
I think making Graduation Photo book to put all the pictures of the Grad in it and giving to family and friends to keep to remember grad and their special day! I also like putting grad pictures on a mug to look at my daughter every day as a reminder. Thanks so much for a fun giveaway!
I would make a photo blanket for my niece using picture of all the activities she participated in high school, mostly sports.This would be a great graduation present!
I think making a photo book would be a great idea
Do a photobook with pages for each year of schooling from Kindergarten and on.
I have never used Shutterfly before, but this post makes the idea very interesting to me. Also, reading the comments, the idea of making a photo book sounds awesome!
great for gifts this coming graduation year.
I think the best graduation announcement on Shutterfly is the "Regal Graduate".
I would get the framed art print.
I'd be interested in a set of personalized photo mugs.
That sounds like a great idea!
Is it possible to have the Graduate's photos featured on a coffee cup?
I'd love to make a collage of the graduate from birth to now.
I would probably just get a framed picture, maybe a mug or something though
It's always great to make a personalized mug to to celebrate a special event.
My daughter is a theater kid. I'd like to take her around and get pictures on stages.
I would make t shirts for the whole family!
I would make t shirts for the whole family.
It would be fun to make a Photo Book of all your years through High School and conclude the Book with some great pictures of your Graduation.
It would be fun to make a photobook with pictures of my grad through the years to give them
let your child go on a road trip and have him or her take the camera.. adventure is a necessity
I'd like to make a photobook for my grad.
I think we used Shutterfly for my graduation announcements. I know we used it for my little brother's announcements!
I love how many different option that there are! Congrats on your graduate!! I love the special announcement you guys had made!
There are so many great options on Shutterfly! I would make a photobook.
What fun photos. I loved helping the kids decide what to do for theirs.
Great photos! I love them. They really stand out!
Put in some pics from the grad's childhood and give it to them so they can look at it while away.
I think a memory book would be a special gift for a grad!
I love Shutterfly and my daughter is graduating this year so I will probably use Shutterfly for my graduation announcements!
We love putting together memory books / contact information books for our new grads!
We love the new photo pillows and will probably customize a few for this year's grads!
Maybe printing that photo stickers and give them