Signed, Sealed, Delivered

In keeping with this morning’s theme of giving away some free holiday cards we thought we’d post about our own, which were not freebies.

One of our favorite holiday rituals is choosing “the card.”  We know it’s a bit silly in this digital age to print and snail mail holiday greetings – but we love the tradition and spirit of staying in touch by taking the time to buy stamps and address envelopes.  This year was no exception, and we even got a friend in on the action (check out this post for a flashback).

These cards are much more colorful and quirky than last year’s, which was a flagrant self-celebration of our marriage and my refusal to give up “bride” status, a la Monica Geller.

This year’s card was ready-made by Tiny Prints, check out their banner on the right for some awesome holiday steals and deals by the way. All we had to do was drop in the photo. Their website makes it super-easy to see exactly what your card will look like before you order. Major plus.

Last year’s card took more time and definite tweaking on our part. We ordered them from Vistaprint, as 4″x8″ glossy business products and added our own photos and text designs. Well worth the hour or two to create, and they were actually remarkably cheap this way. If you’re looking to do the same and need some help, give us a shout.

What do we do with all our friend’s photo cards after the season has passed? We gather them all up and mount them in our holiday card album.

It’s a lot of fun to pull out each year and look at photos of our friends and family – a holiday blast from the past.

In case you’re interested in making your own, ours is just a standard 12″ x 12″ photo album from Michael’s. We switched out the white pages for black cardstock, since so many holiday cards are bright, this really helps them pop. Our album’s cover photo was taken at our wedding reception of the twinkle lights around Laguna Gloria for a Christmas-y vibe that’s still entirely personal.

So what do you guys think? Are we the only ones out there that still go through the Christmas card rigmarole? Does anyone out there know what rigmarole actually means? We promise we’re done with writing about Christmas cards… for now.

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9 Responses to Signed, Sealed, Delivered

  1. Jenny Shepard says:

    Amy-Love the idea to put past year’s Christmas cards in a photo album! I think I am going to start doing that because I H.A.T.E. throwing them away…I know how much work they are :) Keep up the good work on the bloggity-blog :)

  2. Hilary Owen says:

    How fun! And I see our card from last year made it into the album!! :) We miss you guys!

  3. Jenny Chapman says:

    I love the photo album idea too! I never want to toss out the great pics we get every year and they all end up in a drawer because they need a home, but have no good place to go! Definitely going to borrow this idea from you :)

  4. Amy R says:

    Amy – I, too, want to borrow your Christmas card album idea! Do you use a new album for every year or do you have one album and keep adding pages, year after year?

    I also love the ritual of picking out our Christmas cards and then snail mailing them. They are always photo cards and we have always used Tiny Prints. Love them!

    • Chad and Amy says:

      Thanks girlie! So far we are able to use the same album every year. It has 28 12×12″ pages and we could probably squeeze another 4-5 in there. We use both sides of each page, and after three years still have half the pages left. We fit 2 or 3 cards on each page depending on size. Hope this all helps!

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