It’s that time of year again. The one where you get happy photos of cousins and nephews that you haven’t seen in ages. Those are my favorite cards. Second are the ones that have the nice little letter in them telling of all the news that you may have missed throughout the year.

I have done both of those. Once I spent a long time writing a letter to all our family and friends and then translating it for our non-English speaking friends. It was a lot of work! And while it was awesome, I don’t think I’ll do that again. I just don’t have the dedication anymore.

Photo cards are a different story all together. I love getting just the right shot to show everyone a little of the personalities that they don’t get to see very often. I spend hours pouring over designs and layouts that would best fit our family dynamic that year. Are we outdoors and sporty this year, or classic and striped? (To be truthful I probably spend too much time on it.)

In past years we had debated over sending a true Christmas card, or a more generic holiday card. Even though we didn’t want to insult anyone, we felt it was important to be true to our faith and send Christmas cards.. This is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of our Christ and what He has done for us.

I’ve used Shutterfly before and I have made my own cards too. This year we are taking the easy way out! We will be using Shutterfly to create our 70+ Christmas Cards to send out. Yup more than 70! Thankfully Shutterfly has tons and tons  of Holiday Cards to choose from. It’s important that we have choices that reflect who we are. What the card says is just as important as what it looks like. It’s nice to see such a large company having options that we can choose from.

I like these two because they are relatively simple to use. Just drop in your photos, your name and your off!




Also, in addition to these, there are a few options I found where they fit our theme, but you can put in your own text. I’m not sure if I want to think up our own text this year but I’m happy there is an option to do it.

This is an example of one that has a text box for you.


The final touch on our cards will be to pretty up the envelope too. They also have decorative address labels that you can put on the outside. I’m going to need the label to meet three things. 1. It has to coordinate with the card inside. 2. It’ cannot be matchy matchy with the card inside, and 3. the leftovers need to be able to be used for everyday bills too.

This year we are going to take the easy route to designing our Christmas cards and I am super happy about it. Now to sit down and actually make a decision…

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