I have a confession to make: I'm something of a paper and stationary addict. Especially custom stationary. To me, there's nothing like the perfect, hand-picked, just-for-me card. It shows that someone really went out of their way and thoughtfully had me in mind for their correspondence. And I totally geek out over matching sets. For my wedding, the save the dates corresponded with the invites which matched the thank you cards, all of which had the same colors and fonts as the place cards and programs. I was in custom paper heaven! So it's no wonder that the control freak in me freaks out over sites that let me to customize every single aspect of my print order.

personalized prints

CardsDirect lets customers upload their own image to print onto different size cards to make custom photo cards. Then, customers can pick an envelope type and – best of all – paper type. So you can choose satin finish, recycled paper, gloss, or fancy linen and metallic finishes for things like birth announcements or birthday invitations. Being a total nerd about matching sets for parties, I like to find fun themed graphics on stock photo sites like stock.xchng (that's where I found the image for the thank you card above) and incorporate that image throughout my paper goods for the whole party. So I could have that same flower image on my thank you cards, invites, printed directions, place cards, you name it.

flower prints

I could even frost a cake with matching flower designs, place flowers in colored vases around the party, and incorporate those colors into my decorations! Man, now I need an excuse to throw a party. Too bad Some Boy's first birthday is so dang far off.

Thank you to CardsDirect for providing the products for review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.