Wednesday before we headed to my mother-in-law's house, I decided that we should take advantage of the warmish weather and get our family Christmas picture done. We all got dressed in the outfits I planned for us to wear and got outside just in time for the sun to start setting. Grrrr! I had this idea for my daughter to hold a bunch of balloons and my son to hold a chalkboard with the message - Happy Birthday Jesus. I had the whole thing planned, so how could it end up being a total flop? Well, the sun was going down, and the lighting in my backyard isn't great. I was only able to salvage one decent photo out of the numerous shots we snapped.
I call this photo decent because you didn't see the others. ;) I did my best to make it work and was all set to use this not-great-but-not-bad photo on our Christmas cards. Then I went online to order and the photo wouldn't fit in any of the cards I liked from Snapfish, Shutterfly, or Tiny Prints. I'd have to crop the photo to make it work and that would either cut off the balloons or the chalkboard. I'm not even going to tell you how much time I wasted trying to figure out what to do. We don't really have the time to take another photo, and at this time of year the weather is hit or miss for an outdoor photo session anyway. So, I decided to scrap the original idea and just put together a little collage of photos from throughout the year. Once I decided to do this, I had the cards done and ordered in less than 30 minutes! Plan B was easy, simple, and ended up being better than Plan A.
I love this card! I put it together using Picasa - text and clip art via Picnik. I used a picture of my ikat stencil wall as the background. Then I just layered on a few of my favorite pics from the year. I ordered a plain 5x7 flat card from Tiny Prints taking advantage of their Black Friday sale and free shipping promo!
I'm pretty excited to get one of the big things crossed off my list. Do you send photo cards? Did any of you score any great Black Friday deals? None of the items I really wanted were going to be on sale, so I decided to skip the hoopla this year.