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3 Great Online Tools Merging Design & Technology

By Isabel Kallman

We’re big fans of the beautiful things in life. But, we’re also fans of the super efficient.

Thus, we want to highlight three online services Blurb, Pingg and GreetQ, all of which provide services that are highly effective and create beautiful products that we appreciate.



is an emerging player in the photo book space. But, it is really so much more. It’s a publishing service. We have used the service and the technology is incredibly intuitive to use. But, the quality of the lovely photo books is what really blows the mind. Even the most persnickety will be impressed by the paper quality and binding options. (You know when photographers make this printing service their go-to one, you have made the right choice.)


We also love that you can put your photo books for sale. So, if extended family members want a copy you can give them access to buy their own copy without you having to shell out the bucks to do it. Perfect for photo books of family reunions and such.

And the pricing? Very reasonable for the high quality of the product.  Democratization of publishing! We love it.


Finally! Online invitations go beautiful. We hope you have heard of Pingg. If not, listen to us. There is no reason ever to use Evite again.
Seriously. Go take a look at the gorgeous options of designs available for FREE. Yes, FREE, through Pingg. But, the goodness doesn’t stop there.
The technology behind the service is amazing allowing you not only to interact personally with your invitees, but also post to Facebook and Twitter and complement (for an additional fee) your online invites with mailed postcards.


This is our photo that we uploaded and used on the invite. Pretty, huh?

We have used this service several times and every time we ask ourselves can we do this or that?, and we discover that indeed we can. It is the perfect online invitation service.

We’ve written about GreetQ before. GreetQ allows you to personalize and schedule paper greeting cards to be mailed to all your friends and family. It’s like Netflix for greeting cards.

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We love GreetQ because the technology makes your life easier and the card options rival any that you would find at a local card store. In one afternoon you can write an entire year’s worth of birthday cards and schedule that they be sent out only during the recipient’s birthday week. Two weeks before the card is sent, an email is sent to you reminding you that the card is scheduled to be mailed and of your message, which you can then edit if you choose.
The card options are plentiful and very artistic (though they lean on the feminine side) but they are not value oriented. GreetQ is definitely a splurge item in this economy. However, for us it is worth paying the price because forgetting to send a birthday card to a dear, albeit, extended family member on his/ her birthday is personally too-dear a cost for us to pay emotionally. Issues. We’ve got ’em.

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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I LOVE Pingg and every time I use it, people flip out because the invites are so beautiful!
Thanks for turning me on to blurb and greetq… I can’t wait to try them!


Our wedding album, our honeymoon photos, another trip, the birth of our daughter, and now a yearly family “yearbook”: all done through blurb with outstanding results. They look professionally done. Especially if you put in some real thought and effort into the layouts. LOVE it. My wedding album cost about $75 and I love it way more than I would the $600 one by the photography company. And we printed 2 extra copies for our parents! I even broke out all the pics of my niece as flowergirl and made her her own special wedding book. Can’t say enough about… Read more »


Blurb is awesome! I used them to make our wedding album and the results were fantastic. Everyone we showed it to had a hard time believing it wasn’t “professionally” done and wanted to know where I got it from. I really appreciated that we were able to give copies to our parents and grandparents without breaking the bank. Another big plus is that we don’t have to be super protective of our copy since if anything ever happens to it we can just order a new one.