I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... - West & Rose Farm

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly.  As always, all opinions are my very own!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....with every Christmas card I write...

There could not be a more perfect song for this past weekend.  Only the original version by Bing Crosby version will do for me!  We ended up with about 8 inches of snow over the weekend. I spent some of my weekend looking out at the snow in our backyard while addressing envelopes of our gorgeous holiday cards from Shutterfly.

If you are anything like me, I start stressing about our holiday cards beginning in October.  There are so many details to think about. What will each member of the family wear? Where will the photos be taken? Will there actually be a decent family photo? I have sent holiday photo cards for the past six years.  Here are a few of the lessons I have learned when it comes to creating the perfect holiday card without a lot of fuss.

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Take your own photos. The cameras on smartphones these days are capable of taking really great photos.  I have used professional photographers before for Christmas cards, and while they are really great at what they do...you have no creative control over the photos.  For our cards this year, I took the photos of the kids and I asked my mother-in-law to take some family shots for us.  She took at least 100 photos, but I was able to go through and keep only the ones I truly loved....and it didn't cost me a penny!

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Keep your family style simple and authentic.  Before family photos, I would get my nails done and my hair curled.  Two things that I hardly ever do in real life.  I also found that I was buying a new outfit for photos for nearly the entire family, which is just unnecessary.  This year we wanted things to be more authentic and true to who we are as a family.  We wore clothes that we wear on the regular, with the exception of the kids and their annual christmas jammies!  Since their pajamas were red, we made sure to wear something with a little red or wear neutral colors. We did not want to wear any colors that would make the photos appear too busy as Christmas red is already a very loud color.  What I loved about our holiday cards this year is the photos are all very candid.  I really love cards that reflect the family's true identity and I feel like our cards this year do just that!

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Use Shutterfly!  I designed most of our holiday card using their app for smartphones.  It is extremely user friendly.  I opted for a card with rose gold foil, because I am currently obsessed with rose gold errrything!  I absolutely love their options to fancify your cards.  From foil and glitter calligraphy to scalloped or rounded edge trim, they offer numerous was to make your holiday cards unique.  My favorite thing about using Shutterfly is the overall quality of their product.  They use high quality cardstock from sustainably forested paper.  I also love having the option to design the back of the card.  This year I included a little family update, mostly about what the kids have been up to for the past year.  You can even design the envelope.  You can add a special delivery note on the front like I did and even add a liner to the envelope to give it an extra classy touch.

If you have procrastinated on ordering and mailing holiday cards, it is not too late!  If you order your cards from Shutterfly by Sunday, December 17th and address the envelopes on the Shutterfly website or app, they will make it to their destination before Christmas.  This also goes for all of their awesome gifts such as photo books and personalized blankets.  Visit Shutterfly to see all of their great holiday card and gift options.

Happy Holidays, y'all!

1 comment

  1. Anonymous12/11/2017

    Absolutely must try Shutterfly, your pictures are awesome and Shutterfly helped you set them off very well!