Posted by Kori
I absolutely love Christmas cards. Cards of all kinds, really, but Christmas cards hold a special place in my heart! For several years now, I have taken great delight in every step of the process. Some people think it's a pain, but I enjoy every last bit of it! From picking the cards out, signing them and addressing them to neatly pressing a stamp in place on the corner of each envelope, each step fills me with a feeling of immense satisfaction.
This year I had the pleasure of getting to have fun with not one, but TWO lovely Christmas communiques! First up was Jamie and Joe's card. For theirs, she picked out this photograph:
She had described to me what she wanted, and I decided that it would be way more fun to have something original than to use a standard template. I had a perfect picture in my mind of what I was wanting to do, but I needed some raw material to start with, so I turned to my trusty iStockPhoto for help. There I found these two illustrations:
From those, I was able to create a cute border for their card! Here's a digital preview of the finished product:
As cute as the digital version was, the real-life version was so much better! We had them printed on thick pearl cardstock, and I absolutely loved the way they came out!
I even through in a Christmas-y version of their wedding logo on the back of the card for good measure!
When I was done with her card, I was left with the daunting task of figuring out what to do with ours! I really wanted something that would be fresh, fun and original and that was a good reflection of our family. I think I managed to accomplish it! We decided to go with fold-out accordion cards, also printed on the pearl cardstock.
It was laid out with 4 sides on the front and a collage of photos on the back. Here are digital previews of the layout:
And here's what the actual hard copies looked like!
It was a lot of work, but the finished product made me so happy that it was well worth it! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas... We'll have photos of some of our adventures to follow soon!