Friday, November 5, 2010

my Christmas card obsession ...

For as long as I can remember, I have been using a computer. As a child (I'm talking 5 or 6 years old) we had a Commodore 64 and when that computer "died," it was replaced with the latest and greatest (as was each subsequent computer). Because of this, I've always been a fan of technology and how it can make our lives simpler.

But as much as the world has gone digital, I can't seem to let go of a couple of "old fashion" means of communication. I still have a land-line. I can't bear to pay my bills electronically. And I ALWAYS send Christmas cards. And not just any Christmas cards. Holiday Photo Cards from Shutterfly.

You might even say that I am obsessed. OK, I am obsessed. It's just that I can ALWAYS find the perfect design on the Shutterfly website. With styles ranging from "simple and classic" to "bold and modern", I'm never disappointed. Plus, photo cards are super cute and I love to see how the girls changed through the years. You want to see how they've changed too, don't you? Well, here you go ...

2008
2009

And the soon to be distributed (family members look away NOW), 2010

So, how do I end up with such amazing Christmas cards?

For me, the process is simple.

1. I take a zillion and one photos throughout the year, in search of the "perfect shot."
2. I start to narrow down my selection of card designs in late September/early October.
3. I choose a design, a photo and have 100+ cards printed. (I use all the photos that don't make it onto the card in calendars that I give as gifts.)
4. I address and stamp all the cards by hand and have them in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. (My Christmas card is sure to be the first you'll receive).
5. I sit around and wait for cards in return.

Yeah, I'm not OCD at all ...

39 comments:

Courtney said...

Adorable card!! I love shutterfly :) I made Aaron a really awesome scrapbook for christmas last year using shutterfly

Char said...

No, not OCD just really, really organized. I'm in awe.

Elizabeth said...

The card turn out beautiful, good way to see how the kids are changing. Super organized not OCD.

LauraElaine said...

Love, Love, Love Shutterfly and their holiday cards!!!!!

Jenn said...

My word! Your kids are SO cute! Quite the system you have there. I tend to go for the: wait until a week before Christmas, scramble to find a family picture, design the card but then have to change the heading to Happy Holidays (occasionally I add some hearts for Valentine's Day). You are inspiring me to get my butt in gear and actually get this done on time this year!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Adorable!!! I LOOOVE xmas cards too!! My mom sent out pic cards up until i graduated college. I love getting picture cards every year, fun to see kids grow! Nicejob and great tips!

S Club Mama said...

I love Christmas cards. I had a whole wall of them last year. I love sending out my cards, too!

Claudia said...

Awww, i think you picked the perfect shot for your Christmas Cards.

I used to LOVE working on our Christmas Cards and sending them out early to my Family all over Europe... I sat waiting for Cards to return, however I never received any. Sad to say that I haven't sent cards out in about 5 Years.

bobbi said...

I heart shutterfly - I LOOK like I'm as organized as you, but in reality, I've waited until the last possible second AGAIN but still get a really cute card...

Wells L said...

They are super cute indeed - both the kiddos and the cards! The more I read your blog the more impressed I am by your organization, passion, and creativity! Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us.

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Love the cards, especially this year's! I'm a graphic designer and I create my own cards and send them out every year. Sadly, it doesn't seem like many people send cards these days. :(

Miranda said...

Perfect cards!! Reminded me I need to get busy on mine!!

Marlene said...

Wowzers, you are organized with the Christmas card process! Love this year's design!

Carla @ I Run, You Run said...

I was that young when we got our first computer too! Way before Windows was around, and everything had to be written as a command, even before turning it off, we had to go put a "park" command!

But I haven't sent Christmas cards in years...

Amber said...

Those are so cute :) i think it helps that you have cute kids. Haha :)

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a graphic designer, so I end up designing my own cards. But I do send them every year, too.

the dawn said...

adorable and brilliant! i've never done a holiday card, but you make it sound so do-able. you may have just converted me :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love this year card soooo cute!

I've just discoverd that you are just.like.my.older.sister! How did I not see it before?!

Can you just start managing my life too? I think it's outta control with me in charge!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Your girls are adorable. Love the Christmas card!

Pam said...

I work at the post office. If you mail your cards the day after Thanksgiving, your card is not necessarily going to be the first one received. Some people are just CRAZY early with the Christmas cards! The earliest I have seen one mailed was the day after Veterans Day my first year on the job.

Thanks for your dedication to snail mail! You're keeping me in a job! lol

...says the girl that pays all her bills electronically and hasn't sent a Christmas card in 5+ years...

ajh said...

We've been doing our own Christmas cards for years. One year I said I had no ideas and I wasn't going to do it and Emily did it. So the tradition has continued. Our early ones were rather creative and it became too hard to top it so I have gone simpler. But I do love Christmas cards. I even like the gasp form letters that come with them. I do one and I do some fairly cute ones if I say so myself! I would rather get a letter with lots of news than a card with only a signature. Love your card this year! People must love getting it.

Emz said...

I want a c-mas card from you. just sayin'.

I love your cards. the pita - you know how much he likes cameras. ugggg. one year I'll send you one. I know lucky you, right?! ;)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Always love seeing photos of your girls. Adorable.

We do family Christmas photos every November in a 15 minute photo session with a photographer friend of mine... this season's photos will happen next Saturday. Last year we were FREEZING during the photos and you could definitely tell.

Angie Bee said...

I haven't done cards in a while now although I have always loved Shutterfly!! I have a large collage that they gave me and a photo book and note cards of the youngest two as babies!

Melissa said...

AWESOME card! I really need to get mine figured out. We generally do PJ shots in front of the tree. The kids love it.

Christa said...

I ordered up our cards this week, though not through Shuttefly (have in the past) but this year through Vistaprint (as I think I found good deal). I also hand write our 150 Envelopes and put the stamps on- something about Christmas cards. Mine usually go out in the mail Dec 1st. Love love your pictures.

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

yey! another OCD runner mom/wife. I could super relate to this post =)

Aimee said...

I love x-mas cards too! Shutterfly and Snapfish are the best!!

Rene' said...

We do 100 holiday cards too and we use Shutterfly many years. I love holiday cards you can see your kids, your friends' kids. Love, Love, Love it!

Emz said...

I need me a c-mas card!!
queenofjean@gmail[dot]com

DaphneB said...

Wow! I have only succeeded at sending out Christmas cards ONE time in my adult life. Pathetic really, but this is going to be the year. I can just feel it....

Michelle said...

Great card! I love Shutterfly! In fact I'm planning to hit their website this weekend and get my card all set up.

Have you ever made one of their calendars? Makes a good gift for family!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

You seriously have the cutest kids ever!! I am so excited to have found your blog, I can't wait to follow it!! Thanks for joining my giveaway! Have a great weekend!

Katie A. said...

Cute, cute, cute!
We're of the same generation, I've always had a computer around, too. And...I still mail a lot of my bills with an old fashioned check and stamp! Hahaha!
Have a good weekend girlie!

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

That's so funny! And you have an adorable family =)

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

Love this years card!

runningwithsass.com said...

i love Christmas cards. and shutterfly. I even hosted a Shutterfly house party. I am waiting till our cruise in 3 weeks to hopefully get some pictures!
btw I think that is the first time I have seen your kids names!

Rae said...

Haha! I do the same thing! I love doing photo Christmas cards!

Jesser said...

Cute kids, cute Christmas card!! :) I am obsessed with them too. I design mine myself and print AND send them using PremiumPostcard.com ... it is my favorite project of the year.