Spreading Joy One Christmas Card at a Time
Does anyone else absolutely love getting Christmas cards? Is it just me? I LOVE them. And I love sending them! With my love of graphic design, I always do ours myself after choosing a photo. This year, we had a photographer friend, Chelsi Kristine Photography snap a few random shots in our new yard and she did amazing. Our son loved her! Check out Chelsi’s work, she is amazing & so creative. So, here are a few of our photos she took that I love & already have framed throughout the house. We told her we just wanted her to capture our simple happiness this year, nothing posed or pinterest-y. We think she nailed it! You can contact her here: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her Facebook + Instagram
When it came time to design the Christmas card, I knew I wanted to pull the green from B’s vest for the color. For the past year or so, we have been trying really hard to make it an effort to just enjoy and focus on what brings us joy. We’ve started saying no to things that bring us less than joy and have tried to focus on as much of the simple happy things in our life as possible, like nightly golf cart rides filled with laughter & no bad news, unplugged disney movie nights with more popcorn than a family of 3 should ever consume, and personalizing our dream home one project at a time as a family. So… JOY was definitely how I wanted to remember this year. We went with the simplest design & the happiest photo this year. I designed a few and let my boys help me decide.
I did matching polka dots on the back & then a matching envelope liner. I sent out more cards than ever this year and it made me so happy that we’ve made so many new friends, neighbors, and added to our family + extended family through weddings and babies.
This was the runner-up. For some reason, I liked the idea of using just one photo this year so we didn’t go with this design. I think it speaks to that ‘simplifying joy’ thing I’ve been trying to focus on. But I really did love this one & I love the pop of pink added to classic Christmas colors. I’ve incorporated lots of gold & pink into our home decor this season.
We keep all of the cards we receive displayed on a really cute tree holder we found at a local boutique a few years ago. Here are a few similar that I like if you don’t have a cute way to display them. Obviously, Pinterest has cute DIY versions but these are pretty affordable & more durable than a project with clothes pins would’ve been in our chaotic house.
I have also done more Christmas cards for friends than ever this year, it makes me so happy to design and I’m so thankful for all of the support I have had this year! Once they have been mailed out & received, I will add a post. I am trying to find the time to add my portfolio to the blog & some contact info – there are just so many files. I’ll get around to it at some point 🙂
While I may not have gotten to mail Christmas cards to all of the followers of the blog (at first I thought my Mom would be the only follower – we are blown away!), I wanted to share this years card and hopefully spread a little Christmas joy to you & your family, too!
We are so excited for a fun, family-filled Christmas this year and look forward to sharing lots more celebrations with you.