As a young girl, I recall my father designing cards for my mother. He would take an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of white paper, fold it in fours and with an “old school” blue Bic pen on the outside of the card create a one-of-a-kind design and inside express his love for my mother. On the back of the card he would trace a quarter to make a circle and just inside the circle spell out L CHEAPO Card Company U.S.A. You see my father always claimed to be a cheap guy and what better way to save a few pennies than create his own cards. My father continued to surprise my mother with his L CHEAPO cards for 56 years until she passed away in 2007.
Over the years, I too have been fortunate to have received his L CHEAPO cards and have saved many. His designs have always been simple, quirky, funny and often left me scratching my head wondering what he was thinking… only to realize when I opened the card he was actually just thinking of me, sending me words of encouragement and love.
A few years ago I decided surprise my father and designed a Christmas card for him. Instead of the old Bic pen, I used construction paper. I sketched out the card and used an X-acto knife to cut out the design. In keeping with his theme, I too used a quarter and placed his L CHEAPO just inside the circle. He loved the card so much he framed it and it still hangs on his wall.
I continued to dabble in designing and making cards mostly for family and friends all of whom have encouraged me to pursue sharing my cards with others. I often shared this idea with my father. I told him if I did pursue this I would love to use the L CHEAPO Card Company name; he welcomed the idea. I don’t think either one of us actually thought it would happen.
Fast forward to December 2015–I made over twenty, one-of-a-kind Christmas cards and envelopes for my family and I haven’t stopped. I remember Face Timing with my father to show him all the cards and when we were finished, I shared the news that I filed for a business license. I recall the smile on his face and the chuckle in his voice… and a couple recommendations for cards.
Thank you for letting me share this with you. I hope you enjoy the cards as much as I enjoyed creating them. May they touch and warm your heart as much as my father’s cards did my mother’s.