One of my favorite Christmas traditions is getting our family photos taken and creating Christmas cards to send out to our family and friends. Last year I never got around to this favorite tradition of mine due to the hustle and bustle of running our businesses. This year I was determined to not let out holiday cards slip through the cracks. So today I am sharing 5 Tips to Creating Holiday Cards Stress Free. Because let’s be honest… adding family photos and cards to our already long list can be a bit stressful. It’s an easy one to cross off the list… until now!
1. Coordinate the family’s outfits.
Pick a color scheme for your family (we chose red, white, black, and grey this year) and then go through your closets and see what you can piece together *before* heading to the store to buy everyone a new outfit. This year the only things I purchased NEW were my daughter’s shirt and shoes. Everything else we owned or borrowed. (I borrowed our cute red mommy and mini scarves from Shop Melissa Kay, my friend’s handmade shop.) The cost to me was less than $20 ($8 for shirt and $10 for shoes). Cutting this part of my budget created less stress for sure.
2. Pick a location.
You need to choose a location for your family photos. To create less stress, try choosing a location that’s not too terribly far from home. Then you don’t have to worry about rushing around to try to be there on time. You can google good locations nearby OR if you are lucky, one of your blog friends will write up a post with great local locations for family photos. This year we found a cotton field and a wild flower field to take our photos in. SO fun.
3. Take your own photos!
Lucky for me, my husband is a photographer and has lots of fun equipment. This year we took our own family photos by setting up the tripod and using the timer on the DSLR camera. We had a ton of out takes and my husband did a lot of running between the back of the camera and to his spot with our family before the timer went off, but we got some great shots and lots of memories were made. Some other positives about taking the photos yourself are that you don’t have to worry about making an appointment, you can edit the photos yourself (and as fast as you want), and you save the cost of paying someone.
4. Edit those photos right away!
Narrow your options and only edit 1-5 of your favorite photos. That’s really the most you’ll need to create a holiday card. And the sooner you edit your photos, the faster you can get those holiday cards created. I love using Picmonkey to edit my photos. It’s super user-friendly and it’s free to use the basic editing options. Photoshop is a great resource too, but if you don’t have it available, Picmonkey is a great alternative.
5. Create your holiday card using Pear Tree Greetings.
This year I used Pear Tree Greetings to create our holiday cards and I kid you not, it took me 15 minutes to do, start to finish. Pear Tree Greetings is SUPER user-friendly. They have tons of options to choose from… postcards, ornament cards, magnet cards, trifold cards, folded cards, and flat cards. You can easily narrow your search using the easy checklist on the Pear Tree Greetings site. Once you pick the card you want, up upload your photos, plug them into the card (simply by dragging them with your curser), and edit the holiday message and family name. Then you are ready to place your order! That simple. And I did it from bed in my jammies. Can I get an Amen?!
Not only were the cards a quick, easy process, but they arrived in less than 8 business days and look absolutely lovely! We went with the postcard option this year and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Such great quality. My husband is SUPER picky and he loves them too! #winwin ;) And yes I realize some of my Christmas lights are not working. #reallife
Pear Tree Greetings is giving away a $50 credit to their site f0r one lucky MFTM reader to use towards their holiday cards this year! How awesome is that?! Just fill out the rafflecopter below and the random winner will be selected in 4 days and announced here. Good luck and Merry Christmas my friends!
I received complementary holiday cards for writing this post but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share ideas and products that I think MFTM readers will love as much as I do!