I’ve been sending holiday photo cards since the year Ryan was born. I love them. I love to send them, receive them and save them.

I do not, however, like to spend a ton of time and energy on them. Follow these four easy steps and you’ll make this year’s photo card creation quick and painless, too.

1. Find your inspiration.

Inspiration can come in many forms. Your favorite color, a special moment, an overall theme to your year. As soon as I saw this photo from our fall family photo shoot, I knew it would be the centerpiece of this year’s card:

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It feels very East Coast to me. (sweaters! boots! big green trees!) I also love that we’re all in the photo but that the spotlight is on Ryan.

2. Make it easy on yourself.

If you’re a talented designer, by all means, start from scratch. I am not, so I like to let someone else do the heavy lifting.

This year, after testing out Tiny Prints for our Halloween cards, I knew they’d be my go-to Christmas card site. They have tons of designs, but it’s easy to narrow down the choices to exactly what you want.

I knew I wanted to use the above photo, so I searched for cards that feature one photo in a portrait orientation. That narrowed down the choices considerably, but I still had several to choose from and had fun plugging my photo into different card designs. It only takes a minute or two to add your own photo and personalize.

Once you find your favorite design, you simply pick a trim and an envelope and you’re done. Boom.

3. Be true to yourself.

Want to get a style that folds in half so you can tuck a traditional Christmas letter inside? Go ahead, do it.

Have ten favorite family photos and can’t narrow it down? It’s ok, slap ‘em all on there.

Want to be all-inclusive and wish everyone a happy holiday season? Or would you rather shout “UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN!” from the rooftops? Both are perfectly great.

That’s the best part about receiving holiday photo cards, as far as I’m concerned. Each one is uniquely and especially you. And it makes the front of my fridge look really cool.

As for me, I like simplicity and I like color. I tend to prefer “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays,” but it’s not a deal-breaker. I want something that looks classic, that I’ll look back at in 20 years and still love.

But I have a hard time committing … which brings me to:

4. When in doubt, get a second opinion.

I’m notoriously indecisive. I can spend five minutes trying to determine which loaf of bread is the healthiest and tastiest choice for the best value. (Oh yeah, I’m cheap, too.) For me to make a decision on something as important as – gasp – a Christmas card, all on my own? So not happening.

I narrow it down to two choices and then let Mike decide. The result is that first, I know I will be totally happy with the final product and second, Mike gets to weigh in without doing any of the actual work. Marital bliss for the win!

Here are the two options I narrowed it down to:

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Option #1

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Option #2

I liked the use of “merry” in both of these. It’s a hint of “Merry Christmas” but it really says, “we’ve got lots to be happy about.”

(I want a tiny element of surprise for family and friends who are receiving them, so I’ll post the one he picked on my Facebook page after they arrive in the mail.)

Which one do you think he chose? What is your inspiration for this year’s holiday card?

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Disclaimer: Tiny Prints did not pay me for this post, although they graciously offered me a credit to try their product. All opinions are my own, and I happen to think their cards are awesome. To see more of Tiny Prints’ holiday collection, click here.

3 Responses to Create the perfect holiday photo card.

  1. Cindy Balbierer says:

    Hi Meg,

    I would like to cast my vote, on the Chhristmas card. My pick would be for option #1. Now I just have to sit back and wait to see if my pick was the right one or not hahaha

    Aunt Cindy

  2. Ste says:

    I looooooooove these– That pic is perfect & I’m a big fan of Tiny Prints.

    My vote is option #2!

    And I’d love to exchange cards this year! Shoot me an email with your address? BabyBlakely@gmail.com

    xoxo!

  3. Jaclyn says:

    Heh, our photo card went with Merry & Bright too! I gotta say, I’ve not heard “Merry Everything” yet, and I LOVE IT. So I’d vote for that one. I also like that it curves up and seems to frame your boy.

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