OurCards is a new product, so it may not be intuitive to you. Assuming you’ve received a userid and password (otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to access this “Q&A” site), you’ll want to login and navigate to:”My Stuff

2. Here you’ll select +CREATE NEW DECK

3. The 4 Steps: In the next window, you’ll see a banner that describes the 4 steps you’ll take to design and purchase your deck. They include, “Assign People”, “Design Back”, “Design Box” and “Check Out”. When you start your deck, you’ll be in the “Assign People” step.

4. Name your deck (we named ours “Smith Family Deck”) and click the check mark. Every update or change you make is Auto-saved by OurCards (there’s no need to save your changes).

5. Select the card style from one of 3 different options (just click on the one you prefer – you can change it at any time). Note – the Aces and Jokers only have 1 photo, but all other cards include 2 photos.

6. Select the Source: If you have a family tree on a genealogy site, here’s where you’ll select it. OurCards integrates with all major family tree providers. If you don’t have a family tree on any of these sites, you can choose, “Create Manually” or Facebook (if you’d like to include Facebook friends on your cards). Once you select your source, we’ve published videos that help to walk you through the process to import your family tree from that genealogy site.

 

7. Drag and Drop: Once you’ve imported your people data (you’ll see them on the list on the right), you can begin to drag and drop people from the list to the card of your choice.

8. Copy, Edit, Unassign: If you mouse over a card, you’ll see 3 icons. You can edit the details of a person after assigning them to a card by clicking the “Pencil” icon, copy their data to another card by clicking the “Copy” icon or unassign them from a card by clicking the “Trash Can” icon. If chose to, “Create Manually”, you can manually enter people data into each card by clicking the pencil.

9. Edit People Details: If you edit the details of a card (by clicking on its “Pencil”), you’ll be directed to the following page, where you can edit or update that person’s data (including their photos). As you update it, you’ll see how it will appear on the card. If there are interesting facts you’d like to add to this person’s card, you can manually type them here. Once you’re done editing a person’s profile, click on, “SAVE & RETURN” and you’ll be returned to the “Assign People” display where you can continue assigning others to cards.

10. Edit Photo: If you need to edit or add a new photo to a card, simply click on the photo that’s currently displayed. This will open a photo album, which allows you to choose a photo from your computer (or cloud or cellphone), crop it and save it to your card.

11. Choose a New Suit: If you’re done assigning people to cards in one suit, you can select a new suit from the drop down in the top left corner of the display. Again, no need to save your changes, OurCards Auto-Saves every update. Don’t forget to update the Jokers – they’re found in that same suit selector

12. Validation: When you’ve completed assigning people editing their content, click “DONE” and OurCards will begin to step through a “Validation” step (seen below). We want to be sure you’re thrilled with your cards, so we check to see if any of your cards are simply blank (i.e. no assignment was made) or the assignments are missing birth years, photos, parent names, etc. You’re able to ignore these issues, but we’ve found that this step really helps people to feel more comfortable with their final product.

13. Design Back: Once the Validation step is completed, you’re led to the “Design Back” phase. The default back design is a photo collage of people you assigned to cards, but you can instead upload your own photo, or select a country flag. You’re also offered the option to add two family names (as shown below).  This step is much more straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a minute to complete. Note – if you accept the default collage, you cannot edit the photos that are included.

14.  Design Box: The next step is to design your box. Again, this is very straightforward (and probably easier than designing the back!). The same options are available for the box as are available for the back and the default is to simply display what you included on the back of your cards.

15. Check Out: The final step is to check out and purchase your deck. If you’ve bought something on line, this step should be pretty straightforward as well.

We hope this “How to” describes the process of creating your own deck – we understand there are several steps, but we hope that it can be an enjoyable process and we’re confident the final product is sure to be worth the effort!