So, I knew I wanted to make our Christmas cards on I also knew that even though I really like to do a collage of photos, this year I wanted one simple unique photo. We were going to visit my dad in Maine for Thanksgiving. They have a big field behind their house and beyond that is a lake. I thought it would be fun to have my dad and stepmom take a photo of us in the field with the lake in the background.

First my middle child, step mom, and I scoured the garage for different levels of things to sit on. (I think I could have convinced them to let me take their sofa outside if it hadn’t been kind of muddy!) So we found some foot stools, went out to the field and I lined everyone up for a test shot:

Notice the red everyone is wearing…it will become important later on…


Ummmm, where’s mom?


Pretty good, but dad’s eyes are closed.


I think we’ve found a winner!

Next I just needed to make a little adjustment…like removing all of the color from the photo except for the red…_0005Then I started to play with the photo on Minted!  Here are the card selections I narrowed it down to and how they look with my photo:mintedUltimately, I liked the one on the left best and here it is!minted final

And here is a photo of the photography crew with their grandchildren:_0006Incidentally my dad writes a blog, too. It is about his life since he was diagnosed with Multiple Myloma, an (as yet) untreatable form of cancer.  If you want to check that out here is a link:

Those of you who know me know that I love Christmas cards.  I especially love giving and receiving photo cards!  I actually place all the photo cards that our family receives in an album. It’s fun to see how my friends and family have changed over the years.

Last year I made our Christmas cards on  Here is how they looked online:

card 2014I think they turned out gorgeous in person (though my photo doesn’t do it justice):


I was so happy with the whole process.  It was fun and easy to add my photos and personalize my card.  The hardest part was choosing a design!

I’m using Minted to make my cards again this year and I have to say…choosing a design is still the hardest part.  There are so many to choose from!  I do like that I can see a preview of my photo in several cards at once:

card 2014 2

I’m excited to get the jump on Christmas this year!  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already finishing up my Christmas cards!  AND this year I’m going to take advantage of Minted’s feature of Free Recipient Addressing.  They have lots of designs to make the outside of the envelope match the inside.

Stay tuned to see my chosen design!

I love Christmas cards!  Christmas cards are a great connection to the people in my life and in many a case they are the only connection to some of the people in my life!   I especially love photo cards.  I love seeing how my friends’ families have grown and changed over the years.  I actually keep a scrapbook of the photo cards I receive.

I started sending a version of a photo card when our first child was a baby.  I was an avid scrapbooker at the time, so I made an album page with some of the highlights of our year in photos.

My first scrapbook page Christmas Card

My first scrapbook page Christmas Card

Then we had the scrapbook page color copied and we folded the copies and sent them out as our cards.  This letter would go in my scrapbook and all the photo cards we receive that year would go in after it.  I kept up this form of Christmas card for years, but it was pretty time consuming.  Our family took a brief respite from sending cards for a few years. Last year my husband took over putting together a photo card, but I missed being involved.

This year I’ve found the perfect solution!  I was invited to take a look at Minted.  This site offers so many awesome cards that are way more than a step above color copies and they are faster and easier to put together than a scrapbook page!  Minted offers “Holiday Cards” and “Christmas Cards” from simple to elaborate. (I mostly explored the post card section because, honestly, that was more my price range.) And look at the difference in the paper they use:



I had so much fun playing with my photos in the different cards. They have an option you can click that allows you to see your photo in several cards at once.  See?:

Our Family Photo inserted into many cards at once.

Our Family Photo inserted into many cards at once.

You can zoom in on your photo and shift it around in the editor.  I don’t want to reveal the card I ultimately chose, but I will show you the runners-up!

I LOOOOOVE this card, but I really like to include more than one photo:


Here is the runner-up in the “more than one photo” category:

card 2

I did end up using the photos above, but I chose a very different card. Stay tuned- maybe I’ll share it when it arrives.

Frankly, I wrote this post because Minted asked me to (and they offered me a small credit toward anything on their site) , but I’m ordering the cards because I think they are cool and I can’t wait to see mine!