The past few years I've made our Christmas cards myself - used some fun photo or photos from the previous year and prettied it up in Photoshop, then made it into a 5x7 card to be printed. Sidenote - why are mall Santa pictures always so horrendous? The kids always look weird & uncomfortable & the picture quality is just horrible. At this point it's just something we HAVE to do because they're so funny to look back on.
Here's 2009, when Grahm was just 4 months old and Mason was 3:
And the Christmas card I made that year, with Grahm still looking bald but at least Mason's smiling better:
And then last year in 2010, when Grahm was 16 months old and Mason was 4:
And the Christmas card I made last year, I loved all the mini (mostly Hipstamatic) iPhone pictures I had taken that year, so I did this mosaic style of card so I could fit a ton of them on it:
This year, with lots of handmade gifts I'd like to sew & being the Room Mom for Mason's Kindergarten class & Sewing Summit 2012 preparations in full swing, I'm really having to prioritize what I can realistically do. Designing my own Christmas card is something that I decided I can hand off to the professionals - and Tiny Prints are definitely professionals. Their 2011 Christmas card lineup is amazing. It's going to be so hard to choose just one design to go with.
It changes every time I look at the page, but if I had to choose one favorite right now it would be this cute bubbly one:
But then I like this little Christmas tree one and this chevron one and this tri-fold one too. I think it's really going to depend on which picture(s) I decide to use.
Maybe I'll just wait and see what 2011's Mall Santa picture is going to look like & use that one. Because I know it's going to be terribly horrendous & tacky. I wouldn't want it any other way.
Disclosure: I am a Clever Girl and we believe in full blogging disclosure! Tiny Prints is giving me some Christmas cards for free, but I've ordered from them before & would have ordered from them again just based on cuteness & quality alone. My opinions are my own & they always will be.