Tips to Master This Year's Holiday Cards [& Our Card REVEAL!]

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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 Ahhhhh Christmas cards! I love getting them.   I know people are doing it less and less it feels like but sending someone a card in the mail not only brightens their day but it lets them stay up to date with your life.  This is my favorite part of the holiday season.  Maybe I'm weird but I just LOVE every aspect of it. I love ordering my cards and getting the package in the mail. I love making my list of who is getting a card and addressing the envelopes with fancy neat writing.  I even love licking the envelopes.  I try to find the small joys with everything in life I suppose.  

I always include a photo of the dogs posed with James and myself but this year everything was really crazy.  Obviously with our wedding there was plenty of other stuff on my mind so I didn't get a chance to figure out how/when/where to pose with the dogs and who would take the photos.   So this year I decided to do a photo collage on our card.  This year I got our Christmas cards from Basic Invite. I am so pleased with how they came out and I can't wait to reveal it to without further ado....

Here's our 2017 Christmas Card!

I am so impressed with Basic Invite.  All I did was select the card I liked on their website and then I got to choose color options from their huge selection of 180!   I really love that I got an instant preview of what my card would look like.

You can even order custom samples but I actually just went with a digital sample and that was enough for me. They arrived so quickly - in a matter of 5 days and were packaged so nicely.

There are so many different designs and templates to choose from and right now they're offering 30% off with the coupon code holi30. Definitely consider Basic Invite this year if you need any holiday cards.

So back to YOUR cards....
Yes, I know, it's one more task to add to your big list but it doesn't have to be such a chore. That's why today I'm giving you some advice on how to totally nail ! Today I'm giving you some tips to master this year's cards!

[1] Brain Storm
Do you want to take photos specifically for the cards or do you want to do a collage from existing photos? Do you want to go to a photo place to get family portraits done or do you know someone that can do them in your backyard?  Know what you want to do first.

[2] Know Your Numbers
How many cards are you sending out? Make a list of all the people you wish to send one to.  At this time you should probably ask them for their address if you don't already have it.

[3] Get the Photos Taken
You can have a professional do them, a hobbyist do them, or if you know how to use a DSLR and a tripod with a remote you can do them yourself. I've done it before and it's not actually that hard - and I had FOUR DOGS to get to look into the camera.  For ours we just took one of our patio sofas and put a white sheet over it and then we posed. 

[4] Make Your Cards
Basic Invite makes it so easy to make your cards.  Definitely get them done sooner than later because other people will be putting in their orders for the season at the same time.

[5] Send Your Cards
This is the fun part. Send them using your list of names and addresses.  Take your time neatly writing everyone's address (unless you want to use labels to save time).  And now you're done! Until next year of course.

Don't forget to head to Basic Invite to get  30% off with the coupon code holi30.

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  1. Your card is adorable, Ellen!! I admit I gave up on cards years just got too overwhelming on top of everything else during the holidays.

    1. Thanks Debbie. Yeah it's something I have always done so I just keep it up as tradition.


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