a look at our christmas card…

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Must admit, highlight of the holiday season is always the Christmas Cards!  They make me so happy… in fact a couple of days ago, I took all my trees and decorations down but haven’t been able to bring myself to take down the cards! Love them! I love seeing the photos of families we have met along our way, seeing the smiling faces of some of our oldest and dearest friends, and catching up just a little! Everyone that comes to my house also enjoys looking at the cards…and asking who is who, and how we know people. It’s just a delight! This year I had so much fun planning and making my family’s card! I just wanted to show you what I did…and how I used my phone to make it happen!  If you are like me, you don’t wander too far from your phone, and use it for everything! Who knew that I’d be using my phone to make my card!

Finished
The best part of a Christmas card is the photo… and I like the photo when it’s the whole family! What is up with the people that think that they don’t have to be in the photo w/ their kids? I like to see everyone!! So… I was stressed cause I didn’t really have a current family photo, and time and energy was short to try to make one happen!  I was contemplating a photo collage instead of a group shot, which is still super cute.  I decided to at least try for a photo- I didn’t want to go to the expense of new clothes, or the effort of haircuts or even hair at all… so, I opted for an outside shot and just put everyone in their coats and hats.  I did pick up a couple hats (that we needed anyway) and I think that Colton scored a new sweatshirt as well…I called my sister,  and she came over and we pulled over off the side of the road in a field by our house.   I gave her my phone, and had to snap away.  If there would have been a video, you would have heard my oldest 2 boys arguing everything, “why do we have to do this”, “this is so dumb”, “why do you send out Christmas cards anyway”, “ I am not standing by Quincy”, “ok, 5 pictures that is all”  etc, etc, etc. I mean- c’mon, it was torture!  I did have a vision of what I wanted the photos to look like and the outcome wasn’t really what I hoped for, but it worked!

Once I had about 40 images on my phone, I got home and sat on the couch and put my favorite images though my ‘PictureShow’ app. And then dropped them into my photoshop file for the card. 

you can't believe what a difference it made to do these simple little photo editing actions… this is before, and it was super cute… could have been a usable image- no one crying! 

Before

but look at how great they look after a trip through PictureShow:

After
As you know, I love to print at Staples- the quality is great, and they take the time to figure out even tricky print jobs.  

My card was 2 pieces, it was a sleeve with a photo tag inside that was double sided.

First I designed the cover to fold over and have an opening for the photos to show through. I wanted it to be double sided, and so I had to play around with the dimensions. This is what it looked like once it was printed. I used the papers and elements from the 12 days of Christmas Collection.. and did a little ‘re-coloring’. i cut the existing family photo out to make a window:

Print
For the inside tag, I designed it so that there were 3 tags on each printed page, and set it up so that the front and back would be lined up perfectly!  When they were printed, I just had to trim the edges, and then cut each piece apart. It was easy!

This is the front:

Front

This is the back:

Back

I printed the cover on letter weight pearlized paper, and the inside tags on 110 lb. white cardstock- so the sheens were a little different, and so it looked cool on that shiny paper! i did mess up my design a little — and only noticed after it was printed- but i had to let it go… 🙂

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… no matter what you do, or how you do it… the people you love LOVE to hear from you and remember you! PLAN to send out a card next year!  Plan to learn a new skill… learn to use photoshop or photoshop elements! Get your kids/family involved or even work with a friend or family member to take photos, create the card… have a card addressing night! I’d hate to see the Christmas card tradition to fade away! 

 

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