One of my favorite things about this time of year is sending and receiving holiday cards. Our entire family enjoys going through the mail every evening and looking at the cards that arrived that day! Even though we keep up with most of our out-of-town friends and family on social media these days, it is still fun to receive cards in the mail. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I love seeing the pictures and hearing the updates as families grow and change.
Today I’m sharing my family’s card! It gets more difficult every year to get a family picture, especially with Audrey away at college. Next year will be even more challenging, as two of my daughters will be in college. I’ve been admiring the work of Jennifer Vallez from Sophie & Lili for some time. So instead of a traditional photo card, I had a portrait made and used that image on our card. She offers two different options for portraits…digital or watercolor. I chose the digital version because I wanted a crisper image. I’d love to have a watercolor portrait made of a picture at some point in the future.
Just before Audrey left to go back to college in August, we had a friend snap a few pictures and I sent one off to Jennifer. Be aware…she has a three month wait list. But I was thrilled with the result when it arrived!
I’ve been using Minted for my cards the past several years. I like the option of seeing your picture in each of the cards as you scroll through the options. There are so many great choices, but I chose this design for our cards this year. It’s as easy as dropping your photo into the design and personalizing the text.
The back required a picture, so I used the original photo (without Phillip and me) that I sent to Jennifer. It’s kind of fun to see the images next to each other…
Minted offers a service called Address Assistant…if you upload your recipients’ addresses, they will print them on the envelopes. A true time-saver! I have done this in the past, and it is a great feature. This year, I chose to address my own using some ideas from my Pinterest board. It took more time, but I loved doing it and how the envelopes looked when I was finished addressing them!
A bit different from last year’s cards! You won’t laugh if I tell you I’m already thinking and planning next year’s card, will you…