Sunday, November 07, 2010

Put Your Family in the Movies

This time of year many of us are looking forward to the holiday season and the parties and festivities that fill the months of November and December. I found a great web site that can add a bit of fun and flare to your next holiday party invitation or the greetings you might send to friends and family this year.

A few years ago you might remember a series of fun animated videos that were all the rage as they were shared by millions on the Internet. The videos superimposed the heads of various celebrities and politicians on the images of real or animated bodies of other people or characters. You can see some by clicking here . That site,, branched out and now offers a service that allows you to make your own videos using pictures of you, your friends and relatives and even your pets. You can send specialized party invitations or create your personalized version of classic films. Last year I created a family version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” for our family and emailed copies to our relatives.

JibJab has various holiday themes already loaded on the site. You can make movies, cartoons and electronic greeting card. There is even a library of specialized certificates and awards that can be created and downloaded for printing and framing.

The process is easy and requires you to have no special computer prowess. You will need a computer connected to the Internet. After going to you will be prompted through all the steps. You will need to have stored on your computer copies of photographs of the people you want to feature in your creations. It is best to have pictures with close ups of the faces you want to use as it is only the head and face portion of the pictures that will be used.

There is a free version and a subscription version of the JibJab service. The annual subscription is only about $10 and provides more features than the free version.

There are other similar sites that you might find, but the JibJab site seems to be the easiest and least expensive to use. Give it a try and add some creativity to that next holiday party invitation or greeting.



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