Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Perfect Holiday Card

It’s that time of year again when I begin to search for the perfect Holiday cards. With such a diverse family, I usually spend weeks looking for the perfect holiday design. Then more time addressing them and writing notes, so that they can be ready to go and I can pop them in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, that’s me… the annoying first Holiday card that reminds everyone else to get out their holiday cards. This year, our friends at Shutterfly offered me the opportunity to review their Holiday card designer so that I could easily create the perfect card for my family and share the experience with you. So I surfed on out to the Shutterfly website and started playing with the card designer.

Browsing through the Christmas Cards, the “Many Memories Snowflake” caught my eye so I started the project to see what I could create.  I picked some of my favorite family vacation shots from the year and uploaded them to a Shutterfly album.  We hadn’t all been on vacation together, so I tried to grab pictures from Disney to make it look more like a cohesive theme with gray-scale pictures and a blue centerpiece.  I think that this is my favorite of all the cards that I made.  You can check out the many distinct selections of Christmas cards by surfing on over to the Shutterfly website.
Blue and Gray Family Card
The next design style I chose to explore was the Shutterfly “Holly Chocolate” Flat Photo Card. These cost a little less, and lets face it, we’re all trying to save a little money this year. The flat photo options have bright, creative design, so much more fun than just a simple family shot. I decided on this card I would just feature the kids and see how it turned out. I think that this sepia toned picture looks great on the earthy, magical card.
Pixie Dust Card
Shutterfly can help with personal styling for all sorts of cards. While I was browsing through the vast selection of deigns I came across a little something extra special on the Card & Stationary Page. This year Shutterfly has partnered with a few special charities, and a percentage of the proceeds from your card purchase will go to the charity of the card you chose. I decided to design a card from the LIVESTRONG campaign. LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG’s card is also sporting the colors in order to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. Because we spent the year training and believing that we could complete the Halloween 5K, I thought our finish line photo would be perfect for the card. This is a chance to pick up your Christmas cards while doing something great for a charitable organization.
I had a great time coming up with all sorts of ideas for our family card for 2010. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and help me pick the best shot! But wait, here’s the best part! Shutterfly is offering 20% off all holiday cards, so you can join in the fun too! So head on over to the Shutterfly website and start designing the perfect card for your family! While you're there, check out the Thank You cards and get a jump on your post Holiday correspondence.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a code for 50 free cards in compensation for this review, all opinions, experiences, and photography contained here in are my own.  Are you a blogger? See how you can get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly http://bit.ly/sfly2010 #SFLY

1 comment:

  1. I like the collage best. Shows more photos of your family that way!