Thursday, December 2, 2010

happy cardmaking!

Hello all; it's been a while! Between the Thanksgiving holiday and "the plague" (read: stomach bug) that's been going around, we've been a bit busy. But now, we're back, just in time to tell you about a great deal! Shutterfly is giving away 50 free Christmas photo cards to bloggers willing to do a review of their products. Free Christmas cards? Sign me up!

This is our family's first time sending Christmas cards, and I wanted to do it right, so I've been shopping around for a few weeks now. The first thing I noticed about Shutterfly was their wide selection of card designs. There are literally hundreds of holiday cards to choose from, and almost all of them are really cute. You can sort them by size, number of photos, or color, which is really helpful, since I have very specific things in mind for our cards this year. Once I picked a few favorite designs, I started adding pictures from our holiday photo shoot. Shutterfly lets you collect up to 60 pictures per card, and you can swap them in and out just by dragging them across the screen. I could change my mind for days! Actually, I have been changing my mind and updating my cards for days now, because once you sign up for a (free) account, you can save your projects. I've been able to send my creations to my husband to get his opinion, then come back and make changes. It's been a lot of fun, and I think I have the final design nailed down now. (I'm not going to show it to you, because that would spoil the surprise. But I will show you some of my other favorites.)

I have a thing for brown, even though it isn't a "traditional" Christmas color.

I love the simplicity of this one, even though it looks like the son on the right was a little angry when they took the picture. :-P

Oh, and I almost forgot. Not only are we sending out Christmas cards from Shutterfly this year, we're also making photo calendars for a couple members of our family (who probably won't read this). And yep, Shutterfly does that, too. I've been having serious fun playing around with all the background and layout options. Hopefully, I'll be able to decide in time to get them by Christmas.

Happy cardmaking!

Disclaimer: Shutterfly compensated me for this post with 50 free Christmas cards. However, all my opinions are completely true.

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