27 October 2010

Shutterfly Holiday Cards

I'm one of those people who's extremely (perhaps excessively?) fond of holiday cards. I love receiving them, which is why I make a point of sending them. Even last year when I told everyone that I was going to skip my Christmas cards, I totally didn't. I ponied up the cash and I sent them out.

Holiday cards are a major part of my holiday decor; I hang them and prop them up, and post them with magnets on the fridge.  I'm not one of those people with inspired Christmas decorations (I usually just have a tree, and maybe one string of lights on the patio) so they also make everything seem more fun and spirited.

I'm judgmental, so I totally judge your holiday cards.  My system more or less mirrors this one by Swistle, only she said it much more eloquently than I ever could, per usual.  If you are familiar with this superior holiday card rating system, you'll note that photo cards, or cards containing photos, get extra marks for participation.  This is especially true if you have children, and your holiday card serves as the tool by which I adjust my mental image of child size and age.

I never sent Christmas cards before I had Gabriel, although I have always loved receiving them.  I think it's interesting to note that while I personally felt that my pre-baby single girl life wasn't interesting enough to document with a photo card, I am 100% appreciative of the holiday photo cards I get from my childless friends.

What I'm trying to express here? Photo cards:  really, really good.

This year marks my third year of doing Christmas cards.

My first year of cards was the first year that Gabriel and I were on our own, he was 23 months old.  I used this photo:
It was the most absolutely representative picture of my kid that I had. And while I realize that it's not explicitly Christmasy or holidayish, y'know what? My kid in legwarmers and a cape is year-round awesome.

The photo I used for our 2008 card:
Again, not exactly holiday themed, but I liked the contrasting colors, and it went nicely with the blue 'winter theme' card I had picked out.

Summertime BBQ at Carl's
Last year I decided that I really wanted a photo that had both of us in it, and this is one of very few in existence (that's the sort of thing that happens when you're the photographer).  I would have preferred one where you could see more of Gabey's face (and maybe less of mine), but I thought this was sweet enough to make do.

This year I definitely want a picture of the two of us, and I'm hoping to get one where maybe you can even see both of our faces, all in entirety and stuff.  This may involve a backyard Christmas card photo shoot, so stay tuned for that.

I'm getting my cards from Shutterfly this year, which will be a first, but I'm pretty darned excited.  Have you seen some of their designs? Beautiful.

I'm sort of toying with the following three, dependent on what kinds of pictures I manage to unearth for holiday card purposes:
* Snowman Wishes - I like this one because it is not specifically Christmas, so there aren't any non-Christmas people politics in sending it to everyone I know.  Also I only have to come up with one good photo to make this card look great.
* Tweet Evergreen - This is another HOLIDAY card, which I like.  I love the birdies, and I feel like it's not impossible that I procure three good photos for a spread like this.
* Emerald Green Stars - This one is nicely formatted for two pictures.  It is a Christmas-specific card, but I really like it, and personal preferences trump all, especially when considering the fact that I do, indeed, celebrate Christmas.

What do you think?
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