I love honoring traditional snail mail once in a while because it’s such a breath of fresh air as contrasted with our rushed instant communication of today’s world. It makes a nod to our roots and let’s us send our love to family and friends in a way that feels a little less fleeting than a text. (Especially if your Grandpa keeps it on his fridge for months and months, it’s like getting to give him an extra smile every day when he gets the milk 🙂 It feels like you really are bundling up a little bit of love and care into each envelope when you take the time to collect the addresses of your closest friends and lick each envelope. Christmas cards are no easy task but they are one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season! The final card is composed of various steps in the creative process, from outfits to card design!
Christmas Card Planning Check-list
Phase #1 – Pictures
Create a Pinterest Board of the style of pictures you want to go for
Plan each family member’s outfits (back to Pinterest!)
Pick a location (Christmas-tree lots are trending this year!)
Plan a day (November is best)
Plan a time (2-5PM is best for lighting)
Hire a photographer (I recommend Diana Putnam Photography in Utah, she took all of these photos!)
At your photography session, have your favorite pins on your phone to help you with posing ideas (poses can be hard to think of on the spot)
Phase #2 – Cards
Collect Addresses (I recommend creating a Google Form & sending out the link via social media, email, and texts)
Choose a card design and order your prints (I recommend Pro Digital Photos)
Address your envelopes (use a coordinating pen color, or your Google Form exports to a Google Spreadsheet which you can use to print directly onto labels)
Send (with cute seasonal stamps if possible!)
This is our second year sending Christmas cards and I’ve gone to Pro Digital Photos both years and wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else! For starters their brick and mortar store is to-die-for adorable, like I’m talking pin-worthy decor meets dream-office space! Because I live so close to them I opt to pick up my order’s in person as an excuse to drool over their ever-changing seasonal decorations, but they also mail out their orders as well. (And look how adorably they wrap them!)
Secondly, Pro Digital Photo’s ordering process is a total breeze. It’s completely online and their website let’s you design your Christmas card in real-time so you can see exactly what it’s going to look like even before you order. There are hundreds of designs to choose from (or you can upload your own) which you can easily sort according to your preferences using their filters so that you can land on exactly what you’re looking for in no time. Then it’s easy to upload your photos and plop them into the design of your choice. You also get to choose the style of paper, options for foil printing (trust me you do want this!), and envelope details (you can even have your return address printed on the envelopes!). I love how involved I got to be in this process so that I could really pour my heart into them!
Thirdly, the cards themselves are just gorgeous. Pro Digital Photo’s foil designs are stunning, their glistening pearl paper is beautiful, their fun shapes, and photos come out clear and high quality. (Trust me, you def want high quality printing after spending all of those hours planning the perfect pictures!)
So give Pro Digital Photos a follow, drop by their site and give their designs a whirl, and if you have as much fun as I know you will, you’ll end up with the most adorable Christmas cards you ever did see.
Merry Christmas card planning, designing, printing, and sending! Follow my tips and recommendation and it will all be worth it for this little treasure you can put on your tree (forever and ever!)