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.

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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.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

For the other card, I decided to feature my Christmas tree from last year.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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.

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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!

2104 Holiday Cards | Inspired by Charm

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?

 

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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.

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Comments

  • LORI H at

    Michael, your cards are gorgeous! They are so personal as well. I can’t wait to see more of your tips and ideas! I am a little jealous that your holiday cards will be done early 🙂

  • Susan at

    I like personalized cards the best-and like you, we do the lottery tix, too!

    My goal is to have them in the mail by December 1, so I write them out over T-day weekend.
    Since we have moved to SoCal, we need a beachy pix this year-this post certainly reminded me to get that on my to-do list ASAP! Thanks!

    Off to check out Staples for X-mas cards…

  • Tiffany Downs at

    Those are the most beautiful cards. How do I get on your Christmas card list? ??

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    I LOVE both your cards – your tree last year was fabulous, but that photo of the ornaments – Swoon-worthy! You should sell the image to a card company. It would be a best seller.

  • Debra White at

    Absolutely love the tree!!! May do my tree like that too, if you don’t mind. I do love your cards though. They are so pretty. Another one of your ideas I may take. 🙂 No wonder you are a designer. You have very good decorating taste.

  • Cynthia at

    Michael, Beautiful cards~ esp. love the ornament card.. I wish I were on your Christmas card list : )
    Happy Holiday’s Michael!
    Check!!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Brilliant idea! I’ve meant to do this with my snow covered shed forever… maybe I finally will. 🙂 Your cards are stunning!

  • Elle at

    Thanks for the nudge to get started on my holiday prep. Love your cards!

  • Sarah Pacheco at

    Once again you knocked it out of the park! Have always loved that tree. It’s one of my very favorite trees.
    Thanks for the instructions and all the tips!

  • Karen at

    Hi Michael, I was also thinking of going to Staples to get exactly what I wanted…great cards you composed, btw. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

  • Kristen @ LoveK Blog at

    Your holiday cards are gorgeous! And I think the idea of sending scratch off lotto tickets is so fun! I’d be so excited to get one of your cards in the mail! 🙂

  • Jennifer Carlisle at

    I am blown away by your Christmas tree….What a great use of the color wheel. Such a beautiful tree makes an amazing Christmas card!

  • Debbie Lorson at

    Love them and everything you create. You sure are ahead of the game. Love the vintage stamps
    as well.

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