By: Katie Austin
It’s that time of year when we begin baking an assortment of holiday treats, decorating the house and planning gatherings with family and friends. This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year! The only exception is that I miss the warmer temperatures, but in the south, that can happen too.
Part of Christmas, for us, is sending out Christmas cards. One of the reasons I love to send them out is that it shows the personal side of the season. Social media is everywhere and, yes, it would be easier to send a Facebook email or Instagram picture or even a YouTube video, but I also know that we all enjoy receiving a card in our mailbox or in person. If you don’t have time and want to save money, you can always use an e-card to send your holiday greeting. I do use American Greetings to send e-cards for different occasions since I can easily schedule them ahead of time.
This year, I am using a combination of a holiday picture card and crafting something by hand. I want to be creative, but I also know that sending a picture card is a great way to send pictures in the mail to loved ones.
First, I used Shutterfly to create and purchase our family holiday picture card. The website is super easy to understand, quick to upload photos, and then uses a step-by-step process to walk you through creating your card online. You can create just about anything on their website using your pictures! Within a short period of time, your idea becomes a reality and before you know it, the package arrives at your doorstep. Note – if you want to use Shutterfly, don’t do what I did last season and wait until mid-December, as you will pay more to have it shipped to receive it on time.
Ok, where was I… Oh, yes, I was telling you about our holiday picture card. I am also creating homemade Christmas cards to give to family when we exchange gifts. I perused Pinterest and several other internet sites to get ideas and tap into my creative side. My favorite card that I found was on the HGTV website.
This is just one of MANY homemade card ideas that I found online. If you go to Michaels, AC Moore or any craft store, you will find a section for making your own cards. I make my own greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions by using what I find in the craft store. This is my first year making homemade holiday cards so we will see what I come up with. 🙂
Do you make your own holiday cards? If yes, what do you send or give out to family and friends? Do you have something online showing your creative talent? If you do, post the link here so that we can share with our Every Woman Blog family.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!