November 24, 2017

Howe Christmas Card 2017

I wasn't planning to have family photos taken this year since we are adding a new family member in a few months, but there was a local girl wanting to expand her business in Amarillo looking for people to participate in a free photo shoot, so we volunteered! I'll share more of the photos in a separate post, but we did get a good family shot that I decided to use for our Christmas card.

This was also the first year that we did a sort of Christmas "letter" to go along with our card. I found a great deal on Groupon for nice quality cards, and then when they arrived, the back was plain white so I put together a little infographic about our family and ran them back through our own printer to add the "letter" to the back.

The whole process was actually much easier than expected, and I found myself in mid-November with everything done. It was awesome! Since we moved I wanted to get our cards with our new address out early, so I went ahead and mailed them just before leaving for our Thanksgiving trip.

It's not obvious at first glance, but Sophie is holding her arm out because she had found a inch worm and it was in her hand for the photo. Luckily it didn't ruin the picture because everyone was smiling really good in this one!

A short update about our family that I printed on the back of the cards

Like last year, Sophie helped me put all the stamps on the envelopes. 

Stamped, labeled, and ready to go!

FYI - The company we used this year was called Photo Affections and I was super happy with the way they turned out. Their website was easy to use, the cards arrived just 2 days after my order was in, and with the Groupon the price was just about the same as the regular photo cards from Costco. I'll be looking for a Groupon to use with them again next year!

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