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5 Steps to the Perfect Photo Cards

Posted: October 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Giveaway, Holiday Cards | 15 Comments »

It’s that time of year again- time to sit down and wade through the seemingly endless options for Christmas Cards over at Shutterfly.

How do you choose?

Where do you start?

Do I even have card worthy photos to use this year?


Regardless of the answers to those questions, I know I need to start this process early, because I am notoriously bad at getting my cards in the mail. So, today I am starting the process and thought you might want a glimpse of the madness.

First off, I’m always so impressed with the quality of these cards and I look forward to receiving them in the mail almost as much as I look forward to receiving Christmas cards in general. That said, it can be a lot of work.

Especially in years where we didn’t get professional photos taken. (Like this year.)

#1 I should start by picking the photos (or photo) I want to use, and doing my edits (if needed) but, I almost always start by looking at what my options are on Shutterfly.  If I really love a design that only has a one photo option, it’s not worth my time to choose and edit three or more photos.

#2 If you are indecisive like me- choose more than one design. Last year was the first year I did this and I was so happy with that decision. I can do whimsical!  I can do traditional!  I can do religious!  When you have a lot of cards to send, it’s a revelation to choose some different options and satisfy all of your wants and needs in a card.

#3 Edit photos. I use Pic Monkey for my photo editing needs since it’s free and easy.

#4 Drop photos into your card(s) add your text and place your order.

#5 Cross “Christmas Cards” off your holiday to-do list and sit back and relax!

Have you started to think about Christmas Cards yet? Would you be moved to get going on them if you had $50 to spend at Shutterfly.com?

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shutterfly.com. I was provided product for placing this post. All opinions are my own- I truly LOVE Shutterfly and their products!

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15 Comments on “5 Steps to the Perfect Photo Cards”

  1. 1 Sarah Jane said at 1:58 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I always INTEND to send Christmas cards, but never do.

  2. 2 Katie Dobbins said at 2:02 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    Maybe if I start in October, I can get them in the mail come December… Maybe…. 🙂

  3. 3 nicole philavong said at 2:02 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    i always send out holiday cards. thanks for the giveaway

  4. 4 Allison Doran said at 2:13 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I love photo cards for the holidays. I love getting them as well. It gives me a chance to "brag" about Michelle and to see all the other families (with and without kids) that live far away. Thanks for the tips. I was planning on starting them pretty soon…maybe beginning or middle of November?

  5. 5 Kate E said at 2:49 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I love Shutterfly photo cards. Sometimes if I don't do it in time for Christmas I send out Happy New Year cards.

  6. 6 Tina Mann said at 3:07 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I would love to send some cool cards out that are personalized from our family instead of some of the lame cards I send out every year!!

  7. 7 Shanna said at 4:05 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    Good reminder to get the Holiday cards done early! I always get cards printed out, but one year didn't mail them. I still have 100 cards of my oldest son at 1 1/2 holding a giant snowball (because he just looks too cute to throw away!).
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  8. 8 Felicia R said at 8:25 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I never used to but now that we have kids, I do. Last year was the first year I sent them and we plan on sending them again this year.

  9. 9 Stephanie said at 8:26 pm on October 15th, 2012:

    I usually have to do the quick ones at Costco, but I love photo cards.

  10. 10 allison s said at 7:49 am on October 16th, 2012:

    Love shutterfly!

  11. 11 bonnye s said at 7:53 am on October 16th, 2012:

    yes we send photo cards!

  12. 12 brooke f said at 12:16 pm on October 16th, 2012:

    I always sent SHUTTERFLY cards!

  13. 13 Julie said at 1:47 pm on October 22nd, 2012:

    yes i do thkanks

  14. 14 Sienna said at 3:38 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    I always mean to send cards and never get around to it… winning this would make it about 100% more likely that this year it gets done!

  15. 15 taylor said at 2:56 pm on October 26th, 2012:

    I love sending out photo cards. However, I never thought of adding text. Doh! I'm going to try Pic Monkey.
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