Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tiny Prints - It's Christmas Card Season!

This year has been flying by! My lack of posts recently has been due to our crazy and hectic schedule. I have been applying for jobs right and left, and going on lots of interviews. Nothing has panned out yet but I have a good feeling that it will very soon! I've been so caught up in the craziness of life lately that I feel like I haven't gotten much of anything accomplished on my personal to-do list. Now that the weather has cooled off though, I'm really starting to feel the excitement of the holidays and I'm ready slow down a bit and work on some fun holiday projects.

One thing about the holidays that always seems to slip my mind until the last minute is Christmas cards. After all, I really don't even start to send them or receive them until mid-December. Now that I am a mom though, it's not as easy as just running to the store, grabbing a box of cards, and quickly popping them in the mail. No, now we have to think about what kind of photos we want to use, where we are going to take those photos, decide where we are going to order the cards from, getting them designed and ordered, and finally getting them signed once the card order comes in the mail. Whew! By the time you factor in all that time, you really need to start thinking about it months in advance!

This year I knew for sure that I wanted to do a professional family photo. We haven't had pro photos of the 3 of us since Sam was a tiny newborn, and I really wanted some photos for the family album and for Christmas cards. Thankfully my friend Tessa of Grin and Share It Photography is an amazing photographer, and she announced that she would be doing photo shoots this fall. I quickly snagged one of her sessions so that we would be sure to have some awesome photos this Christmas. I can't even begin to explain how goofy excited I was over this photo session. I put so much thought into trying to pick the perfect outfits for us all! In the end, it was really quite simple and I can't wait to see how all the photos came out.

On to the next step: where to get cards printed? Over the past several years I have noticed that a LOT of the cards and invitations I receive from friends are from a company called Tiny Prints. I never really had occasion to use them, but it was a name that stuck in my head. When I attended BlogHer a few months ago, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a panel that included Jessica Rosenberg, who was the Social Media Marketing Associate at Tiny Prints, and I decided then and there that I had to give them a try. I have been looking at their site and I am blown away by the adorable Christmas card designs that they have! The site is so easy to navigate. There are filters on the left hand side of the page that make it easy to narrow down the selections. And boy oh boy are there some CUTE choices.

Now comes the design selection. It is so hard to narrow it down to just one! Since we haven't seen all of our photos yet I'm not quite sure which design will work best with our family photo. I have an idea of what they are going to look like though, so I found a few cards that I think are gorgeous. Take a look at these:

Cute, right?! I can't wait to see which photo we choose so I can see how it looks on these adorable cards.  Which Tiny Prints Christmas card would you choose? Tiny Prints also offers holiday address labels and holiday party invitations so you can easily coordinate all of your holiday mailings.


Once Christmas cards start coming in, the hard part begins. Where on earth am I going to display them all?! In the past we've always put them up on our mantle and then they end up overflowing onto the entertainment center nearby.

Well, now we don't have the entertainment center anymore and the mantle is already full of decorations. I am thinking about maybe displaying them somehow on this empty beam between our living and dining rooms. Any suggestions on how to hang them there so they look nice and uncluttered?

All this Christmas card talk has me excited for the holidays now. I can't wait to see all the cute cards my friends and family send out! How will you be preparing for Christmas?

This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints. I will be receiving complimentary Christmas cards in exchange for my post.


Joyness1025 said...

My family used to hang our christmas cards along the beam in our house when I was little. They'd get pretty ribbon and hang it along the beam and just hang the cards over it, or if they were one-sided, my mom would put a little hole-punch in it and tie ribbon to just let it dangle.

Danielle said...

I love putting my cards out on display to admire. I am thinking of creating some sort of card book for each of our family cards to add to each year.