November 18, 2010

I'm Making a List and Checking It Twice

Ever since my daughters were born, Christmas cards have been a big deal. Their first Christmas I think I sent more than 150 cards. I didn't include a picture with their birth announcement because they were still so tiny. So at Christmas I sent a photo card to everyone I knew.
This year I've really been trying to cut costs and trim the list. But I may not have to trim it as much as I thought. Shutterfly is giving bloggers 50 free cards in exchange for writing about the company. Since I already use Shutterfly, this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
I actually started using Shutterfly long before my daughters came along, mainly to print my pictures. One year I made a calendar using a bunch of pictures my dad had taken while visiting us in Michigan. After my girls arrived, I made photobook. It took a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun.
I like the ease of Shutterfly. I organize my pictures by month (and year), so it's really easy to find and print older pictures. I also appreciate being able to have my title printed on the back of each picture... no more going through a stack of pictures with a pen trying to document who is who.
Each year, I try to put some thought into what our card will look like. This year, I'm thinking about having my girls pose in their Christmas dresses. My favorite card, by far, is this one... but I think I'll keep it simple. I like to do a card that allows people to cut out and keep the picture (which then cuts down the number of school portraits I have to buy!), so I'll probably choose this one. 
For all you bloggers out there, there's still time to participate in this promotion. Just click here for more details. (Disclosure: I was not given any monetary compensation for this post. Shutterfly is going to provide me with 50 free for writing this post).


Renae said...

What a great promotion. I'm definitely planning to jump on board. We already use Shutterfly too, and getting free cards will certainly help out our holiday budget. I haven't looked through the cards yet, but we usually go with something fairly simple. It's been challenging lately to get good photos of he the kids, but I like the idea of getting a photo of them in their holiday outfits. Perhaps we'll give it a try.

MaryAnne said...

Hooray for free holiday cards! We ordered ours from another company already, and use a style Shutterfly doesn't make, or I'd be tempted to take advantage of this promotion =)

Meg said...

Awesome! I did this, too! It's a great promotion and I hope they do this again next year. Ha!! I normally make the cards myself, so this year it is a real treat to have Shutterfly handling the creativity. :)

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