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12.05.13 / Our Holiday Card

I haven’t sent out holiday cards for the last, oh, three or four years. Maybe longer? Yikes. I don’t know why but they seem like such a hassle when, really, they should evoke smiles and joy. This year I was determined to jump on Team Christmas Card but with one stipulation. Keep it simple.

No professional photo shoots. No matching outfits. No shelling out money for anything other than the cards and postage.

Then I saw this idea on Joanna’s blog. Why not use a simple photo to act out a Christmas lyric? A lightbulb went off. I had paper mache letters up in the attic that spelled out “JOY”. We also own a globe. All I needed was an arrow. I cut one out of a piece of cardboard that I found in the garage. When my sister was visiting one {cold!} day last week, we all drove down to a local park with our props. Hint: keep kids’ attention by giving them props to hold. I set up the camera and tripod. We took our places. My sister made a bunch of noise behind the camera and snapped a few shots. Done.

joy to the world II

I chose the best shot and searched minted for one-photo, flat holiday cards. I fell in love with the pebble dot design. I opted to have our picture printed in black and white for a simple look. Hint: if you print holiday card photos in black and white you don’t have to worry about coordinating outfits. I ordered the cards on Black Friday and scored 15% off.

Here’s our finished card…

joy to the world

I love it! It’s perfectly imperfect just like us. Everett isn’t looking at the camera. Mabrey isn’t smiling. I’m kicking myself for not painting the arrow white but I guess it fits in with the simple, imperfect vibe. Also, HH participated in Movember. The back of the card is blank for writing out short notes. Now to address all the envelopes. AY-YI-YI.

What about you? Any ideas for easy, unique holiday cards? Oh, and I just checked over on minted. Looks like the 15% off discount is good until the end of today. You can even buy the cards now and upload your photo later. Clever!

FYI – This post was not sponsored in any way. I’m just spreading a little holiday cheer.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

26 Comments

05.December.2013

So fun! We did a similar concept a couple of years ago, me holding the globe, husband trying to keep the dog’s attention and I just added “joy to the” next to the globe using photoshop. Love the idea of adding the letters as props though. We don’t have kids, but that’s a good thought for giving them something to keep their attention!

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05.December.2013

Oh I love this idea! You guys look great! Off to make my own cards now…

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05.December.2013

I love this. We’re still having trouble coming up with our Christmas card this year. Hopefully, we’ll decide soon and have it in the mail before New Year’s…

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05.December.2013

SO CUTE!!!! What a great idea!

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05.December.2013

That’s such a cute idea! Love it.

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05.December.2013

For addresses – I keep an excel file with addresses and then do a mail merge in MS word to print labels. Everyone throws out the envelopes anyway, and it saves SO much time that the $5 I spend every other year on a box of address label sheets is completely worth it. It also makes it easy to update the list from year to year, since I can use the same list and just update individual addresses.

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05.December.2013

I did a “joy to the world card” last year and it turned out to be one of my favorites. Although, it was not nearly as creative as your props. We just did “joy” and used a “joy to the world card”…this is super cute! But, I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. I have yet to even think about Christmas cards this year and need to get on it!!!

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05.December.2013

Last year we picked up a small tree and tied it to the top of my boys’ scooting car. We snapped a shot of them on our street. Definitely not professional but super fun and sweet.

Here’s the picture: http://sugarsugarhouse.com/2012/12/24/merry-christmas/

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replied on December 5th, 2013

So adorable!

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05.December.2013

Darling! Can I ask where your boots are from or what brand they are??

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05.December.2013

I love your card, its very simple but beautiful. I ordered my cards yesterday from Mixbook, they have a 50% discount and free shipping. =)

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05.December.2013

Love it! A perfectly imperfect family photo!

We tried pro photos once but I hated how they turned out, plus most years I never get my act together in time for Christmas. So usually I manage to find a good candid from the past year. This year I want to do multiple candids- kind of like an Instagram collage. We’ll see if I can make it work!

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05.December.2013

This is such a cute idea! I took the day off work tomorrow to work on my cards – I’m back at square one because I was originally going to attempt to knit a pair of mini mittens for the front of each card. I haven’t even been able to finish half of a pair yet….

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05.December.2013

If it’s your first time using Minted you can also get an additional $25 off your first purchase of $50 or more via their “Refer a Friend” program.

Here’s the link:
http://www.minted.com/referral/landing/652hdw

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05.December.2013

We do the Excel spreadsheet too, but mail merge and print straight to the envelopes. So, so easy! Cute cards.

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I love receiving (and giving) holiday photo cards, perfect or imperfect as they may be. Its fun to see the kids growing up in the photos year by year. Your cards turned out great!

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06.December.2013

What a fun idea! I just started to write my post about our Christmas cards. I agree that they do seem to be a hassle which is a shame because they should be something done out of joy. Yours are going to bring a lot of smiles to your family and friends, I predict.
Amy @ http://www.thegiftedgabber.com/

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06.December.2013

Dana these are lovely and personal, such a good point about the black and white. I’ve never met a child that wants to be dressed by their parent and stand around for hours for forced pictures, it shows. Congrats to HH for braving the mo…so itchy, so stylish, such a good cause. I always love hearing people’s stories and spouses anguish during this time :)

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06.December.2013

Totally cute. We dropped the ball on cards this year. I hadn’t heard of minted, but now I know where to go next year (again, if the ball isn’t dropped)

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Cute! We’ve always taken our own Christmas card photo as well. This year we also have a perfectly imperfect card. My 3.5 yo daughter wouldn’t smile normal for the camera. She kept cheesing out, so the card says “CHEER!” really large at the top and “wishing you infectious cheer this holiday season & in the new year.” Totally makes it seem like I planned her photo that way!

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06.December.2013

What a fun idea! Perfect card.

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06.December.2013

Cute! I love Minted, and fyi, they will most likely at some point next fall email you a “loyal customer” discount code now that you’ve bought from them once. So hold out for 20% off next year – it will come your way!

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I love Christmas cards. Yours turned out super cute! The picture we ended up using for our Christmas card this year our two year old son is looking in the sky for airplanes and our daughter was trying to hide :)

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06.December.2013

Love the HH beard! :)

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11.December.2013

Love this – so cheeky! The dots and black and white are perfect.

I also used Minted for our holiday cards this year. Of course they featured our baby girl, and it was so fun to go through their gorgeous designs and pick out a winner: http://thesweetestdigs.com/2013/12/04/getting-carded-christmas-cards-from-minted/

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12.December.2013

Such a cute and creative photo for your card! Love your blog and your designs!

I just ordered our Christmas card via minted, using the referal above. Thank you for the savings! I used the cutest photo of our baby boy and the ‘Not So Silent Nights’ card design. I’d like to share my link to to spread the savings to anyone interested.

http://www.minted.com/referral/landing/b5t5uo

Happy Holidays! Cheers!

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