Resources & Encouragement for Boomers, Seniors, Caregivers, Grandparents

Smilebox Smiles for Grandparents and Grandkids Alike

Kaye Swain real estate agent blogger in Roseville CA loves Smilebox

Do you love the look of scrapbooking but don’t have the time for it because you are too busy with caregiving? Or perhaps time is not the issue. You do like the effect but you don’t want to make it a major hobby. Well, I just discovered a great site for you and me, because I’m right there with you!

Smilebox.com combines the best in scrapbooking, ecards, word processors and more to allow you to send one or several of your personal photos along with writing your own message as a very personal card to anyone you like. You can also make slideshows, scrapbooks, photo albums, and even postcards.

CLICK HERE to see a card I made using one of my scarecrows who normally decorates my house. This is the free version. The premium version is very reasonably priced.

CLICK HERE to see an eight page album I whipped together in five minutes – I kid you not! If this had been a gift or for myself personally, I would have spent a lot longer on it picking out the pictures. But the actual work of putting it into the album was literally a piece of cake. This is the free version. The premium version with no ads would have been a nominal charge.

I spent hours this past summer working on a 20 page album for a dear friend. While picking out the pictures took the most time, working with the software to design it was NOT easy. I used Shutterfly and will use them again, because now that I know how to do it, it will be easier. They did the printing and she received a gorgeous printed and bound book that she can enjoy easily for years to come. But this is going to be my number two choice for that kind of creation – and my number one choice for a whole lot of other fun things.

If I had upgraded to the premium design for either of these, there would have been no ads and I would have been able to reuse each design over and over as much as I liked. You can’t print out the free one but you can the upgraded version. If you really love Smilebox and use it a lot, they also have a club for $5.99 a month or 39.99 a year. This gives you unlimited access to all their premium designs, plus allows you to send your creations without ads and print as many copies as you like.

If you’d like creative ideas on how to use it and what to do there, they even have a blog with tips, suggestions, and contests. You can find that at the Smilebox blog.

Whether you go with the free option or the paid, with the state of our economy, this could be a very easy and economical option in lieu of buying cards, ordering or printing photos, and paying for postage.
I am definitely going this route for Christmas. I am thinking storybooks with photos for the grandkids, memory books for the grandparents, and Christmas cards for everyone on my list! Merry Christmas and Happy Autumn!
(I have submitted this post to Frugal Upstate as part of the Frugal Holiday Series. Just click on the cute box below to read more fun ways to celebrate joyously and frugally this Christmas. 🙂 )