Friday, November 07, 2008

Every Moment Matters

Its not too often that I come across a great find, but recently, I discovered an entrepreneur offering a service that I absolutely LOVE, and so I thought I would share it with you.

Every Moment Matters is a website that I stumbled upon a few weeks ago when I was searching for some modern birth announcements for Little E. Previous to my online search, I had been to Walmart, Shopper's Drugmart, and even Shutterfly, etc... but I hadn't found anything that I really liked.

What I found frustrating was that you couldn't design your own birth announcement at these places, you had to use their tacky templates, and while I did find one or two designs that I would settle for, I couldn't change the size of the font, or it would limit me to 2 or 3 lines of text.

This was frustrating because even though I wasn't satisfied with the product, I was going to have to pay almost a dollar an announcement for something I didn't like.

This is when I started the search online... and found Jill at Every Moment Matters. If you visit her site you will see that she does CUSTOM photo baby announcements. I was intrigued from the opening page of her website, and when I clicked on the photo announcement gallery, I fell in love. Her designs were exactly what I was looking for. Classy, yet modern... and flexible designs that could be alter to my liking. I was even more enthused when I saw that she was CANADIAN, as her business is run out of St. Albert, Alberta.

When I read the details of what Every Moment Matters offers to each customer, I was ecstatic to find out that the final product would arrive within 48 hours of me okaying the final design. This was quicker than what the other places had offered, and although Jill's prices were a bit more expensive per card, I was definitely willing to pay extra to have an announcement that was tailored to my personal style. The best part was she offers packages with different sizes of announcements for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.

When I saw the packaged deals, I was sold: Every Moment Matters was the company for me. I immediately placed my order, entering all of E's birth details on an easy to fill out template...and while I was a bit leery of having to pay upfront for the service through PayPal (or by money order), I can definitely say now that no one should be worried about this - Jill does excellent work and provided me my first set of proofs with in 24 hours (she guarantees proofs for your review within 48 hours of receiving payment).

The first set of proofs were AMAZING. I had asked her to do a design similar to one in her gallery (the Noah design), which she promptly delivered, but she also provided me 3 other designs similar in colour scheme, photo options, font, etc.

I was very torn after seeing the first set of proofs, as they were all great and really captured my personal style. What impressed me so much about Jill's service is that when she emailed me the proofs, she really encouraged me to look at all of the proofs and choose elements from each them that I liked or remove elements that I didn't like. She seemed very willing to redo her work until I was completely comfortable with one final design.

I ended up going with one of her other designs that she created for me and the not the original one I had thought I wanted. I worked with Jill to incorporate some elements of the original design I had asked for.... along with some her ideas. After our discussions over email, she sent me back a second set of proofs, and this was the final one I went with:

Don't you just love it? I mean could the polka dots scream ME anymore than they already do! They completely match E's nursery too!

Once I okayed the final design, Jill sent me an email to confirm the shipping, and they arrived by ExpressPost, 2 days later!

When I opened the package, I was not disappointed either... the prints were just as nice in person as the online proofs, and all of the announcements came with their own envelopes. Jill even wrapped everything up in some nice ribbon (complimentary to my colours: green & brown) with her business card.

I have been busy these past two weeks finding time to write thank yous to everyone who dropped off or sent E a birthday gift... and I have already received so many nice compliments about the cards. I am so enthused with this company that I know Jill and I will have a long relationship - I am already planning to get my Christmas cards done by her, and probably so much more in the future as E grows up (she actually did the Halloween photo card I posted on Oct. 31st).

Thanks so much to Jill and Every Moment Matters for helping us introduce E to the world, in proper style!

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