My love of photocards is well documented, although--if you can believe it--I've never sent out photos for Christmas. I haven't even sent out cards sans photos for many years. Even though my mother lightly scolds me for my non-traditional ways, I'm more of a Valentine's Day card person myself.
This year, however, I'm seriously thinking about sending out Christmas cards (in addition to Valentine's Day cards because that's a tradition I refuse to give up). Maybe because I'm already weeks ahead in thinking about Christmas (thanks to Sydney's Nutcracker rehearsals, her school's Christmas program, and family holiday scheduling), or maybe--and more likely--it's because there's a sweet baby in the house and I'd love to send out her photo.
Thanks to my friend Kim--whose sweet daughter Alivia is a mere two days older than Addie--I heard that Shutterfly is giving out 50 free cards to bloggers who spread the Shutterfly Christmas Cheer. I had already considered using Shutterfly for their desk calendars, so using them for their Christmas cards sounds like a good idea too.
I'm traditionally a last-minute Christmas shopper, but I've already figured out that if I'm going to do a calendar as a gift, then I need to plan early. This calendar would be way cuter on my desk than the desk calendar a mortgage company sends us every year (and we don't even have a mortgage).
I like this one for its simplicity.
I also like this one because it has multiple photos (although when it comes to Christmas cards I'm more of a "Merry Christmas" kind of gal, rather than "Happy Holidays").
Shutterfly has lots of other great designs too, which I was unaware of. Now I can bookmark them for design inspiration when I need an idea for that birthday invitation I need to put together for Jules's December 21st birthday.
One nice thing is that I can still design my own (if I want) and use Shutterfly for printing because they have a plain photo card, and all I have to do is upload my photo with whatever design I come up with.
I don't know if that's what I'll do, but I could if I wanted to.
We'll see if inspiration knocks me over the head, or if I'll just go the quiet peaceful route.