How is it already November?! Tell me, how did this happen?
From now until the end of the year our schedule is pretty packed – including an upcoming trip to London – so it makes sense for me to start thinking about our Christmas cards sooner rather than later. Every year I think I’m going to design our own but with the exception of last year, for the past several years I’ve turned to Minted.com for our holiday card needs. I thought about designing our card this year, but that takes a lot of time and creative energy and the fact of the matter is that this year I’d rather focus on finishing my manuscript and not agonizing over photo collages. So … for the past several weeks I’ve been scouring sites like TinyPrints, Shutterfly, and Minted.com, keeping track of designs that I like. Last night I found a design on Minted that I think works perfect for what I have in mind for this year’s design. We talked through the personalizations that we’ll want to make to the text and photos and I think we’re nearly there. The only problem is the cost. If you’re on a budget, Minted.com is not the cheapest option, even with a regular 15% off sale. Right now Shutterfly is running a 50% off sale, which makes them a much more economical option, but they didn’t quite have the perfect design for us this year. Still, I really don’t want to spend a ton of money on Christmas cards so I really need to think about how I want to proceed.
In the meantime, here are several designs that I love that didn’t quite make the cut. There really is some gorgeousness out there (the first two are a combo of your printed photo and letterpress – so luxe).
What are your go-to sources for holiday cards? Are you a DIYer or do you leave the heavy lifting to someone else?
ETA: Here’s last year’s card, featuring our trip to Scotland.