the art of the thank you.

This year my birthday fell on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Taking the day off at my day job would have made for a very nice five day weekend.  It seems like a bit of a no-brainer, right?

But I didn’t do it.  Why?

Because my co-workers always make my birthday feel special.  This year they made Eggs Benedict for me, my favorite!

Not only that, but I got some awesome birthday presents from them.  Really, who doesn’t want to show up at work if there will be presents?

Since they went all out I wanted to do something special in return for the thank you notes, not just send store bought cards.  Now, before you start thinking that I am super clever and just came up with this idea out of the blue, I have to give credit to my friend Annie.  She did something similar for her wedding thank you notes many years ago.  Those thanks you’s were so fun and clever and the idea has always stuck with me, so I borrowed it for my birthday thank you’s this year.

Step no. 1:  take photos of the gifts.  Remember to leave some white space in your photo to have room for the wording.

Step no. 2:  add ‘thank you’ using Picmonkey or some other photo editing software.

Step no. 3:  print your photos on matte photo paper and cut them out.

It couldn’t be easier, and now you have customized thank you notes for your friends and family.

It really didn’t take very long, maybe a couple of hours from start to end.

Well, unless you count this next one because it did take me a little bit longer to drink that whole bottle of wine.

My co-workers tend to know me and my non-collections pretty well, I received not just one but two vintage cameras this year.

With Christmas coming up, maybe you’ll need to make some customized thank you notes of your own!

What do you think?

46 thoughts on “the art of the thank you.

    1. Yes, technology definitely made this easier. I’m pretty sure that back when my friend used this idea for her wedding thank you’s it was done with a 35mm camera and film that had to be developed. Who else remembers film??


      1. Me, I remember film… and records, rotary phones, carbon paper – yuk! I’ll stop, I’m feeling older by the minute!


      2. LOL! I can’t remember now what I was watching the other day, but the person was trying to dial a phone number quickly on a rotary phone. It was actually a tense scene in the show, but I couldn’t help but chuckle. There was just no way to dial quickly on a rotary!


  1. Wow! You have some amazing co-workers. What a genius and thoughtful way to say thank you! For their gifts. I hope your birthday was wonderful and you have an amazing year.


  2. Wow! These are awesome, Quandie! But what a surprise to find myself mentioned in your post. We had so much fun taking those pictures of us and the gifts way back in the dark ages. Thanks for sending me on a quick trip down memory lane!


    1. That idea was so clever and fun! And am I right, was that back when photos were taken on film and had to be developed? Much more time and effort went into your end result than mine 😉


  3. Happy Birthday! Your day job must be a blast. It’s looks like your coworkers are as creative as you. Sounds like a great place to work. Loved the thank you notes, as well. I did the same with my first born’s baby gifts … Note the word “first”. That is why I appreciate handmade gifts so much. Thoughtfulness takes time! Enjoy!


  4. Happy Belated Birthday! It’s all making sense now, the reason I feel I can relate to you and love your style, I am also a November birthday!! The 25th to be exact. I’m glad you chose to go to work and allowed your friends/co-workers celebrate you! Very cute thank you cards, so sweet of you to take the time to do that. You’re awesome!! 🙂


    1. That must be it! The November birthday! Maybe it’s because we are stuck with topaz as our birthstone so we have to develop our style to overcome that 😉


  5. Hi there are not just a pretty face. Love this idea ,it is fantastic. What a great. Bunch of people you have to work with. Happy Birthday (belated). Betty from Ontario.


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