Once again I am pleased to partner with Minted for our Christmas cards. As usual the quality and customer service is top notch which has me returning year after year.
Call me old fashioned but I love receiving mail. Ok not all mail, I don’t enjoy receiving bills but I love to receive letters, invitations and of course fun packages in the mail! There is just something fun and exciting about receiving something personal in the mail. Perhaps its because the sender took the time to put it together and send it out, instead of sending it digitally. I’m not sure what it is but I love it. Unfortunately with todays society the way of snail mail seems to be slowly coming to an end. I don’t think I’m alone when I say it but are Christmas cards a dying a tradition? I hope not.
Every year I look forward to sending out Christmas cards to our friends and family, but with the rising prices in stamps I can see why many are slowly getting away from this tradition. I myself have found myself cutting our mailed birthday invites in favour of digital invites. Before we had kids I would hand make all of our cards for family and friends, but once the kids were born and my free time became limited I’ve opted to purchase cards. While I do miss the time spent creating my own cards each year I still very much enjoy the process of picking out a pre designed card on Minted. Even though the cards are predesigned I still get to add my own tweaks to them to make them my own.
First just picking out the perfect holiday card from Minted’s vast selection is a tough task. I often find myself mocking up 4-5 cards before handing them over to Ev for his say and then of course vetoing that and going with my top pick 😉 From there I get to pick my own colour from the colours offered, whether I want to add foil, the shape of the card, whether I want a flat or folded card and of course the type of paper I want to use. And this is all just for the outside! For the inside I can pick if I want to add any pictures, how many pictures I want and the layout of them. As well as add my own personal message and signature to our card. If you think I’m done yet, I’m not! I also have the option of adding pictures and text to the back of the card. And then theres the envelope, yes you get to design it too! From picking out which colour of envelope, hello presentation is everything, to adding in a liner and even having the recipient address printed right onto the envelope for you, it truly is a work of art. It’s like hand crafting my own cards but with out the mess and not having to do 40+ cards repetitively. Win win!
Now one of my favourite things about the process of sending out Christmas cards is taking and then picking out a family picture. In years past we have had quite the adventures taking our pictures. You might remember the dog park attempt,where I suggested reasons why you should always hire a professional photographer. Yet the next year was right back at it taking our own again, ha! Those ones, at Cultus lake, we managed to take without incident and rather quickly if I might add. This year there was no attempt at taking our own pictures and really no question as to which photos we would use for our cards. As timing would have it we had just taken our gender reveal photos with Julie Christine Photography and let me tell you, the photos were amazing! There was no doubt they would be the perfect photos to include in our Christmas cards this year.
Just as I had no doubt as to what pictures I wanted to use for our cards this year, I actually had no doubt in the card that I wanted either. Knowing which picture I wanted to use helped me make the selection rather quickly. I filtered my search by choosing two key components to my layout. A portrait style picture and with foil. As soon as I narrowed my search the card I ended up selecting popped out and there really was no further selection. The card I chose, Gilded Wood, was simple yet elegant and drew the perfect amount of attention to our family photo. Add in a focal colour of black, it’s something thats bound to stand out amongst a sea of red and green this Christmas.
Once we received our cards there was no doubt that it was the perfect fit for us this year. And as always the quality of Minted Christmas Cards was top notch. If you have yet to order yours, you’re in luck as tomorrow is Black Friday and Minted is offering 20% off all Holiday Card orders over $150 so run, run, run!