If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you know that Christmas cards are my JAM! Seriously – what is better than sending and receiving happy mail from all your closest friends and family members? You can see cards from year’s past here: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. I start dreaming up our card months in advance (usually around July) and put the wheels into motion in the fall months. This year, I had visions of an in-home photoshoot in our bedroom where everyone (pups included!) wore matching Christmas pajamas. I had absolutely no idea that mid-October a Facebook post would go viral about matching your dogs in Christmas pajamas. I’ll be honest – I was initially pretty annoyed, because I had been extra excited about this year’s cards. Despite that small annoyance, I was super excited for our photos! We’ve been using Cait Schlabach Photography for our family photos and Christmas cards since we moved to Hawaii. She is a magician with a camera, so booking her was a no-brainer! As disappointed as I may have originally been about my less-than-original idea, I swooned as soon as I saw how our photos turned out. Without further ado – our 2017 Christmas Card Photoshoot Reveal!
She took over 100 photos of our family paling around at home in our jammies and while I’m sure some of you are like – that’s totally lame and dogs don’t need to wear pajamas…I’m over here like – CAN I BLOW THESE UP AND MAKE THEM INTO WALLPAPER? It was so hard for me to narrow down a single shot for our card, because there were so many good photos that really capture the essence (and sometimes crazy nature) of our family.
I partnered with Artifact Uprising this year for a few reasons:
1. They all about doing things (and inspiring others to do things) in a meaningful way. They operate by the motto of “being a place for you to honor that which is meaningful”.
2. Quality of products – you’ll find recycled and reclaimed options throughout their products.
3. Simplistic design. All of their cards are very simple in nature and get right to the point of what you’re trying to convey. In our case – Merry Christmas! There is so much beauty in the simplicity, though, and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to the designs.
If 2017 taught Dane and I anything it’s that finding joy in the little things and being intentional every single day is important to us. We wanted a card that reflected us, yet also allowed us to inject a few words to our closest friends and family on. The design we chose knocked it out of the park! Considering they are already en route to mailboxes of all our favorite people, I figured it was safe to share our full card 😉
We chose craft paper envelopes and the pre-printed return address on the outside of our envelopes that Artifact Uprising offers for customers. I had never done that before, but holy crap – it saved me so much time! I’m totally choosing that option at every opportunity from here on out. To show my readers just how much they care, Artifact Uprising has generously offered anyone 20% OFF Holiday Cards now through December 13th using code ‘CMK20’. There are some amazing designs, so if you haven’t scooped up cards yet (or even if you’re planning New Year’s or beyond), DO IT NOW 🙂
Now that our cards are “out of the bag”, I want to wish all of you reading the merriest of Christmases, happiest of holidays and most joyous new year! I am so grateful for everyone who reads here, stops by, says hello and decides to stick around. You make my job a heck of a lot easier 😉
Do you send out holiday cards this time of year?
Special thanks to Artifact Uprising for sponsoring this post!