After next Thursday, the panic is officially on. The Christmas season panic of getting EVERYTHING done: the Christmas cards, the neighbor gifts, the gifts for everyone else, the Christmas cards, the holiday parties, the decorating, the baking…and did I mention THE CHRISTMAS CARDS? I actually love doing Christmas cards. I didn’t do any last year because of the expense and it was sad. So this year I am going to do them and I’m gonna use Shutterfly. You must have heard of Shutterfly right?
They are a great resource for your custom cards, books, calendars, etc, etc etc. My sister is constantly making books for her kids through Shutterfly. But with Christmas upon us shortly, you can use Shutterfly to make your Christmas cards.
I’m getting ready to have our family pictures taken this weekend. We actually scheduled to do it last weekend but had to cancel due to some VERY cranky kids (it’s my BFF who takes the pics so it was not a big deal.) And I realized right after we cancelled that I was NOT ready for family pictures. Being a control freak, I really want my family pictures to look cute and color coordinated. I’m not a fan of the super matchy pictures but I do like it when there is a color scheme (and one that matches my home decor.) I consulted this excellent post written by my friend Kristen Duke who is an amazing photographer about What to Wear in Family Portraits. I also found lots of helpful advice from the Shutterfly site Shutterfly Family Photos. You can find helpful tips for making your photos perfect for holiday cards.
And once I get the perfect family photo (if that even exists) Shutterfly makes it really easy to put together a beautiful and high quality card. There are tons of designs to choose from that fit with your personality–everything from classic to modern bright colors. I think it’s going to take hours for me to decide which design. I like to pick something that kind of goes with the photo but yet is simple and really accentuates the picture. I might even just have the photo be the entire face of the card.
Right now Shutterfly is having a Card Worthy Photo Contest on their Facebook page running from Nov 12-Dec 9th. All you have to do is visit their Facebook page, upload your family photo into one of the 2012 holiday cards and you can win a chance at a Dream Vacation for 4 (and YOU choose the destination!) There are four categories: Travel, Funny, Pets, and Family Holiday so lots of chances to win. The 1st place winner wins a $500 Shutterfly credit, 2nd place wins $250 Shutterfly credit, and 3rd place gets $150 Shutterfly credit.
So do you want to use Shutterfly for your Christmas cards? You’d better enter to win this $100 Shutterfly credit right this instant!
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