Every year I order my Christmas cards through Shutterfly or some other online company that prints cards.
But this year, thanks to Pinterest, I was inspired to make my own cards. I found the cutest, simplest Christmas card on Pinterest so I totally copied it.
I'm happy to say they were finished before Thanksgiving and sent out just a week after (only because I didn't want to send them TOO early).
I'm so proud of myself.
I started by taking a million pictures of Imani and Noah one Saturday while Jason was sleeping in (since he gets up with Noah more than I do, he gets Saturdays to sleep in).
I couldn't catch a photo of both of them smiling. Either Imani was all smiles and Noah looked miserable, or Noah was all smiles and Imani blinked.
So I settled on a cute photo of the two of them in a tree in our back yard. Imani is smiling and Noah is looking thougtfully into the distance.
After I took the picture I used my PicFrame app to adjust the color and give it more of a vintage feel. Then, I placed my order right from my iphone on PostalPix.
The pictures arrived just a few days later.
This stuff wasn't easy to find. It's all over the internet, but for those of you who know me, you know I'm very impatient. So Imani and I spent an entire day going store to store to find it. We finally found it at a local stationary boutique that Imani suggested I try. It wasn't cheap. $18 for the roll (but it will last me a LONG time if I resist the urge to wrap everything up with it. I love it).
Since the cardstock came in a folded version, and I just wanted mine to be one-sided 5 by 7 inches, I asked Jason to cut all of the cards in half. He's much neater than I am and he's very precise . . . measuring to make sure his cuts are exact.
I don't like rulers. We don't get along.
So Jason cut all of the cards so that I could make my Pinterest vision come to life.
I sat down one Sunday afternoon with a glue stick, a pair of scissors, my photos, my newly loved baker's twine, cardstock and my iphone set to Pandora's classic Christmas station.
Before I knew it, I'd cranked out a whole bunch of these adorable, hand-made Christmas cards.
I'm in love with them.