You’re not going to believe this, but I’ve already got my holiday cards done this year. Oh, not addressed and mailed or anything (it’s too soon!), but I have made and ordered them — and they might come today!
I’m so excited that I just had to tell someone!
We did it the easy way this year. Last week, we were all set to take pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes. They were so adorable – Widget was a tiger and Little Bear dressed up like a dalmation puppy, with gentle puppy barks “ruff! ruff!” as he held his paws in front of him and hopped like our puppies did this summer. Since this is the first year the kids have worn costumes, I lined ’em up and took a picture. Since Grandma and Grandpa were here, I popped them in the picture too. Then we took a family photo, since we hadn’t since June when Amie took our photos. They came out so wonderfully that I decided to use them in our Christmas cards!
I hopped on Shutterfly last Monday, uploaded three family pictures, and cropped them so that even though none were perfect, there are three awesome photos on the card – one of all four of us, one a close-up of the boys (that was originally a picture with Grandma and Grandpa), and one a close-up of the hubs and me (where the kids were just not looking in the same directions). I chose a template featuring the word JOY, added our names, and click! Done.
(There’s a lot to be said for done.)
I chose the 4×8 glossy cards this year, because of the pictures I had available, but I’ve been very happy with the 5×7 cards in years past. There’s even a new cardstock option that seems quite elegant. I haven’t used those before, but I ordered one with a coupon code (CARD4U) that I found on their site, and the quality is quite nice.
My holiday cards should come today, and I can’t wait to see them!
Disclosure clause: This post is part of Shutterfly’s blogger outreach for their 2010 collection. By including these links in the post I was going to write anyway, Shutterfly will send me a coupon for 50 free stationery cards. Hope you don’t mind — I’ve used Shutterfly for every Christmas card we’ve sent since the kids were born, so you know I really do believe in their product. I paid for the cards I’ve already ordered myself.