I guess this is my first official holiday post of 2014. I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that, like it or not, the season is upon us. Every year I try to keep ahead of things in hopes of getting as much done as possible. However, I never even finished decorating the past few years. That’s kind of sad, right?
In an effort to accomplish more with less stress this year, I’ve decided to get a head start on my holiday cards. Last year I took a bunch of pictures (as bloggers are apt to do) of the decorations around my house, and I knew I wanted to use a few of those shots to create my cards.
I’m teaming with Staples this year as part of their 2014 Holiday Council. In my new role as their Lifestyle Expert, over the next few months I’ll be sharing advice and tips on gift ideas and beautiful ways to celebrate. So of course when, I went to order my holiday cards, Staples Copy & Print was the destination.
I ended up choosing two pictures and two different cards. For one card, I used a picture of ornaments in a dish that I absolutely love. I found a pre-designed template that worked well with the image, so I put in a few personal details and voila! Within minutes, my cards were complete.
For the other card, I decided to feature my Christmas tree from last year.
Pretty, right? I think this one is my favorite!
Each card had an option for a fun detail on the back, too. I could have included a prewritten message that would appear on each card, however, I opted to leave mine blank to allow me to personalize each card.
Like last year, I thought it would be fun to include a little “present” with each card. So, with a little washi tape, I added a lottery ticked to the back of each.
I had a bunch of vintage holiday stamps that I picked up a while back. I love how a collection of old stamps looks on the front of the envelope. It really makes it stand out from the crowd. It does cost a little bit more to purchase these stamps, but since I don’t send a huge number of cards, it’s still affordable. Plus, these cards were so reasonably priced, I had a some cash to spare.
Once the cards had the stamps and mailing addresses on them, I sealed up each envelope and added one final piece of washi tape to tie it all together. I also love the fact that the envelopes were imprinted with my return address which saves me time.
Spread out on my coffee table, I can work on these cards while I’m clearing my DVR of episodes of Mike & Molly (currently my favorite show. HILARIOUS!). I’ll have these ready in no time and be able to cross an important item off my holiday to-do list!
What do you think of this year’s cards? Do you send out holiday cards each year? What extra touches do you add to make your cards special?
This post was created as part of my collaboration with Staples. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.