I managed to choose a photo and started designing a Christmas card in Photoshop Elements. However, on my first attempt at printing on cardstock, I realized that it was literally going to take forever to "get it right" enough to print actual cards and that I would spend more in paper and printer ink than I would spend on purchased cards. So I lifted an idea I saw on another blog (
Keep in mind that I scanned at low res and the scan pretty much sucks. The first one is printed on kraft colored recycled paper (the black border is the scanner - not part of the card) and the photo covers the front "Happy Holidays" sentiment. See that white part between the two red borders? On the real photo that actually looks like vellum and you can see the detail behind it, so it is very clear (to anyone who recognizes it) that the photo was taken at NYC Times Square. Cool. And serendipitous given that this is the only decent photo of all three girls together for the entire year. They are at the age where they hate having their photo taken. Period. Unless they do it themselves. With friends. Which means they are never together.
The second card was actually designed to add the photo above the "Happy Holidays" sign. Only the snowman part opens, so barely enough room to sign - no room to write personalized messages. The cards are now completely assembled and signed and envelopes are hand-addressed. I still need to add return address labels, stamps, and seal. With any luck the bulk of these will hit the mail tomorrow.
I also managed to get 5 packages out in the mail today (gifts to out-of-town recipients) and got the last one prepared and ready to go for tomorrow. I'm feeling a little lighter just knowing that is done. With any luck I'll be back tomorrow with an update on my December Journal. How is your holiday season progressing? Do you feel under control? or overwhelmed?