Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Card 2009

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted for our Christmas card this year, which is typically a problem. Whenever I have something in mind it seems I can't find it.

I hunted through all the options I could think of for cards you can customize with photos, letterpress cards, all sorts of things but couldn't find it. So many of the photo cards are looking the same to me. I wanted a three-panel with an vintage, not country, but classic look. I wanted a color palette to complement our family photos (rare, and fun, as it turned out, for us to have family photos--thanks to Jennifer Fauset) so I was thinking cream, brown, dark red, maybe some green.

Finally, on Design Mom, she mentioned a resource for photoshop templates one can download, and I found that Legacy Digital Design also does custom designed cards, and reasonably! Hooray! I absolutely love the custom design process and Jill was great to work with. After explaining what I wanted she created this beautiful design to work perfectly with our photos. I am so happy! It was a Christmas present to myself. Next best thing to designing my own (maybe next year?). My sisters both ended up getting their Christmas Cards through Legacy too.

I really love Christmas cards with photos, especially family photos (more fun to see the whole family in my opinion), but I also like them to feel like Christmas. Hard to find designs these days that do both. I actually kind of miss the old boxed Christmas cards like my mother used to send out. She would hunt and hunt for the message that felt right to her. It was more about the greeting then, finding something to express your feelings about the holidays. I think we've lost a little something the way things have gone.

So anyway, our card this year, with greeting and photos--best of both worlds.

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