How to Create Beautiful Photo Christmas Cards with Postable

Now that I have three littles ones, one of which is an infant, I need ALL the help I can get.  The holidays have been overwhelming for me this year and I'm way behind where I usually am.  Luckily, I can honestly say that my Christmas cards were not part of my stress.  I enlisted the help of Postable to make and send our cards and I couldn't be happier with the time and anxiety they saved me.  I remember the days of stuffing the envelopes, making labels, sealing the envelopes and adhering all the labels and stamps and sending off hundreds of cards in the mailbox.  Those days are OVER!!!  

Can you imagine creating your card online and then doing nothing else?!?!  Postable takes over for you and stuffs, seals, labels, addresses, stamps and sends your cards for you.  It was such a breeze; very user friendly.  I've also used Postable for creating Thank You cards and I'm over the moon about this feature.  You can select a recipient from your Contacts and then type your message to that person.  If you are writing several different cards you can customize each message.  I have the worst hand writing so this is a game changer.  Not only do I not have to hand write the message I don't have to do another step after ordering.

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Photo Christmas Cards

Photo Christmas Cards

Photo Christmas Cards

Only during December do I run to the mailbox to check the mail.  11 months out of the year the mail only consists of junk and bills but during December it contains cheer and love.  Who knew dozens of small rectangles could bring such joy.  Send your own bit of joy with Postable!

Photo Christmas Cards

These are my updated tips from years past in preparing for the perfect Christmas Card:

I believe it all starts with a theme.  Dive through Pinterest to get some great ideas or look through cards you've received in the past.  I wanted our Christmas cards this year to double as a birth announcement.  Once you have a theme you can start shopping in the stores or even your closets for your wardrobe.  I always start with what we currently own so I don't spend too much money.  If you don't have all the items try to work with a few items you have.  For example, if you have girls don't buy all new accessories; use what you have like bows.  I suggest using a variety of colors that coordinate. When you do your shopping buy options and bring them home and lay out the different options.  I take a quick photo of all the options so that I can look at them on camera.  Then decide what you want each family member to wear.  You can find more of my styling tips HERE.

When selecting a photographer you want to look at the past body of work to see if they typically shoot a style that you like.  Also have a conversation ahead of time discussing your theme and what you want to accomplish.  Do you want everyone looking at the camera and smiling or do you want action shots?  If you have young kids you should ask if the photographer has experience with children and getting them to engage.  

The next decision is location; do you want a spot that coincides with your theme or just a backdrop that you love?  Feel free to ask your photographer for a suggestion.  After you've decided on theme, wardrobe, photographer, and location its time to take the photos and choose your favorite ones.  The night before picture day lay everything out pressed and ready.  Take a tide pen with you to the shoot and bring hairspray and a comb if you have little girls.  I may or may not bring some bribing candy!  

The suspense of waiting for the photos just about kills me.  Once you receive them make your selections and decide which ones will make the cut for your Holiday Cards.  Sometimes the hardest part is narrowing it down to just a few. After looking through the gallery of photos pick your favorites and then start looking for cards that carry out your vision.  

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