Photo Holiday Card Tips

It is time to think about your Holiday Cards! My biggest hurdle in preparing Holiday Cards is finding a family photograph with all of us in it, and with me looking good! Most of our photographs are from vacations or around the Holidays. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect picture(s) for your Holiday Card

  1. Make sure that there is enough light in the picture to see everyone’s faces.  Photo’s tend to print darker, so if you even think it may be too dark- it probably is.
  2. Look at the whole picture you choose (not just at yourself). I made this mistake a few years ago when I printed a holiday card and got it back and realized there was a random man in the background of our family photograph.
  3. If you are not all around to do a family picture- do a collage, or a family picture on the front, and add a picture to the back.  I have had to do this a lot!
  4. Collage photo cards are great, just make sure the picture squares are big enough to see the picture clearly.
  5. Switch things up! Send a photo card one year and a Holiday letter the next.
  6. Important!! Compile your mailing list on a spreadsheet. As holiday cards come in the mail, double check the address to see if your friends/family have moved and update your spreadsheet.  After you put the time into doing this- you will thank me!

We have a beautiful selection of Holiday Cards on our Etsy store, and they include free printed envelopes! Happy Holidays!!!


What to Write in a Holiday Card?

It seems like we are constantly being updated on peoples lives with social media. Is a Holiday card with a letter about your family events even appropriate? Yes, updating friends and family with a brief letter about your life is what the holidays are all about. It gives us a chance to reflect on what has happened the past year, and how our family has changed. When friends and family receive your letter it helps them connect with you on a more personal level, and let them know you are thinking of them during the holiday season.

Every year I wonder what should I write in my Holiday Card. How long should my message be? Do I need to include a photo? Should I even include a message?

Honestly, every year I feel differently about this, I have written a page long letter to my friend and family, and I have foregone the message some years, and a few years I have not even sent holiday cards.  There is not a right or wrong way to share holiday cheer and family events with your family and friends.  So lets break it down!

Should I include a letter in my Holiday Card?

Personally, if it is a local friend, a picture or a card is sufficient for me. If I get a card from a friend that I don’t see often, I enjoy reading a letter about their family and getting up to date on their family events.

I like to let family and friends near and far know what is going on with my family through pictures. I like to get a Holiday card with at least 2 areas for photo’s, that way I can include a family picture and a picture of an event that has happened in the past year.

If it is local friend, a photo holiday card, or boxed holiday card is simply enough. For friends afar, consider slipping in a personal letter detailing family events.

How long should my letter be?

I have received many family updates throughout the years, poems, newsletters etc…. I think a brief family timeline of events is in order and totally appropriate to add to your Holiday Card. Most flat photo cards do not have room for a message, so you can include a separate card with a printed message. I enjoy reading personal messages from friends, and seeing pictures.

Should I include a picture?

Photo Holiday Cards are really fun to look at, hang up and enjoy. There is also something special about getting a nice card with a holiday picture on the front. Believe it or not I love the Charlie Brown cards, Santa Clause Cards, and the wreaths. There is no right or wrong here, pick a holiday card that you love, and others will love it also.

Most importantly…………

A holiday card is you reaching out and letting your friends and family know you care about them, and that they are not forgotten ( even if you haven’t spoken to them all year!) Holiday cards are a very special tradition that spreads love, friendship and holiday cheer.

Happy Writing!





Charity Christmas Cards-

I am always looking for a way to give back during the Holiday Season, when we are so focused on giving. We are proudly now offering Charity Christmas cards for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, UNICEF, The American Cancer Society, and The National Wildlife Federation.

The sale of Charity Christmas Cards supports the services of these charities while wishing your friends, family and business associates Happy Holidays.


Checkerboard Holiday Cards ~ Beautiful Envelope Liners

My favorite thing about Checkerboard invitations are their beautiful envelope liners.  Thats what I have always loved about their wedding invitations.  We have clients that return every year just to order their Cherboard Holiday cards.  This year it seems they have added more liner choices to their holiday cards and holiday business cards.  Contact us to order your Checkerboard Cards by October 31st and receive free return address printing.

It’s time to shop Holiday Cards!

Gold Foil has been a trend this year in wedding invitations, and it has carried over to Holiday Cards. Holiday time is crunch time, so order your cards early so you can enjoy the holidays stress free! Holiday cards on our Etsy store come with Free Shipping! and Free Envelope Addressing! Cheers!