Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Cards

It's that time of year again, time to put the tree up, unpack the Nativity, make some hot chocolate and stay up late watching Christmas movies. Well, as a mom that last part doesn't always happen, but Christmas is here! Now, I will say I'm one that doesn't start decorating or doing anything Christmas like until after Thanksgiving, but when it comes to getting our Christmas cards ready I make an exception. I need time to take our photo, print them and pass them out. Plus my goal is to have it done by Thanksgiving so I can pass them out to family and save on stamps.  Remember every little bit helps.  

Christmas cards can be costly. It's one of those things that I love to do, but it's hard to draw the line on who to send them to and so the cost just keeps going up. One year a friend of mine told me she made her own and gets them printed as a photo. That just blew my mind.  Make them yourself?  Why hadn't I thought of that?  I have a digital scrapbooking program it'd be easy to create my own!  Don't have a digital scrapbooking program?  No problem, my friend creates her on a word document on her computer. Yep, it's that simple. She adds a couple pictures, changes the background, adds something festive, then saves it as a pdf and then to a jpeg and voila! Her Christmas card is done! 

Did you know that you can print 4x6 prints for under $0.20 cents at Walmart, $0.09 cents for home delivery or $0.15 cents for site to store. Or for $0.15 cents through Shutterfly, or $0.09 cents through Snapfish?  Plus, if you plan a little in advance they usually have sales going on to save even more. 

If you do have a scrapbooking program you can jazz up your Christmas card a little more, but really it's amazing what you can do with just the paint option on the computer.  Another option would be to edit the photo in publisher if you have it.  That'd be a step up from paint, but without having to buy a scrapbooking program if you don't plan to scrapbook.   

So if you were looking for an alternative to spending so much on those Christmas cards this year, hopefully this helped!

Here's ours from last year

Merry Christmas!!