Our 2011 Christmas card
Can you believe only 3 days until Christmas?! Although I’m sure many of you already have your Christmas cards finished, I waited to share mine until now since I wanted to make sure that everyone on my list received theirs.
This was the card my fiance and I sent to family and friends this year. It actually turned out to be a fun collaboration between us. He’s a photographer so we used one of his photos from a recent trip to downtown Philly. This photo taken at LOVE Park was one of our favorites from the day and we thought it would make a fun cover for the Christmas card.
As I’ve learned from other card orders, unless you want to pay extra postage, keep the card flat. My goal for the card was to keep it simple with the photo as a focus – so no ribbon, rhinestones, etc. Awhile back I found this beautiful holiday greeting somewhere online and kept it on file until it was going to be time to make Christmas cards.
I typed the sentiment, printed it on white watermark-free resume paper (I love this paper and stock up on it at my local Office Depot store). I trimmed then adhered it, just at the fold, to the inside of the card. The cards are pre-folded moss green note cards from Paper Source which worked really well for this project and saved me the time of cutting and folding cardstock individually.
As an alternative to handwriting addresses, printing envelopes can also save time and I like that the envelope printing provides an opportunity to coordinate with card’s design. (Same goes for labels, if you can’t feed envelopes through your printer.) I used the same fonts and colors as the inside card greeting, added a mini snowflake and printed them using my inkjet printer. After all the recipient addresses were printed, I ran them through again to print my return address on the back flap.
I also thought I’d share my idea for a Christmas card display. The cards we receive are beautiful and it’s a shame if no one gets to see all the pretty designs. I like to hang up the Christmas cards every year along the staircase. It usually involves a war between me and Scotch tape as I try to tape every card to the posts on an angle. And once the cards are up, even the slightest gust of wind from opening the front door can cause a whole slew of them to fall down. I knew I had to try something else this year and I think this might be the trick! I tied “jute yute” to either end of the stairs, like a clothesline, then used mini red clothespins to hang up each card. Took hardly any time at all, and so far, no falling card casualties ;)
Tonight I’ll be wrapping gifts and I’ll take some pictures and post some gift wrapping ideas and tags tomorrow. Hope all your holiday preparations are coming along well! As always, would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment!