In which there are Christmas Cards

Jeff is always amused by how much I love civic things. I’ve never been called, but I’d probably enjoy jury duty. I love voting (especially when you get to go to a booth, not the mail in stuff they have here in Washington. More convenient, sure, but you lose that feeling of purpose and pride after you’ve completed your small role in the democratic process. I know it’s a flawed system sometimes, but I’m for the ballot box over guns anytime).

Checking the mail is one of my favorite parts of the day, especially now that holiday cards are rolling in. Last year was our first married Christmas, so we were able to use a nice professional wedding photo which made things easy. But how do you top that without going out to get nice pictures taken? It doesn’t help that all the sample cards on shutterfly.com, tinyprints.com, etc have such nice photogenic families that my few good photos of Jeff and I didn’t quite fit their formats. So this year, I made our own:

I started off by designing the card, front and back separately in Pages (the Mac equivalent of MS Word).

I started off by designing the card, front and back separately in Pages (the Mac equivalent of MS Word).

Then I had Kinko's print the front on matte photo paper and the backs onto the heaviest card stock they had.

Then I had Kinko’s print the front on matte photo paper and the backs onto the heaviest card stock they had.

Lots of cutting.

Some cutting.

And more cutting

And more cutting

Printing two cards to one piece of paper saved a ton of money. Each card would eventually be 5x8, which is larger than the postcard standard of 4x6 so I didn't get the reduced postage. Oh well.

Printing two cards to one piece of paper saved a ton of money. Each card would eventually be 5×8, which is larger than the postcard standard of 4×6 so I didn’t get the reduced postage. Oh well.

Then I transported myself back to kindergarten and rubber cemented the fronts and backs together.

Then I transported myself back to kindergarten and rubber cemented the fronts and backs together.

Then I had to handwrite out address on all of them because I forgot to include that.. whoops. I also trimmed up the edges once more to make them flush.

Then I had to handwrite our address on all of them because I forgot to include that.. whoops. I also trimmed up the edges once more to make them flush.

And voila! Ready to send at the post office.

And voila! Ready to send at the post office. All this cost about a third of what it did to order the same amount of cards for my mom (even with the cyber Monday discounts).

Some from us up here in Seattle, Merry Christmas!  

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Fun fact: My dear mother saw Three Dog Night at a company event back in the 80’s. I’ve always loved their Joy to the World song and thought it should be included along with all the other Christmas favorites. And today is her birthday – Happy Birthday to the most lovely and wonderful mom in the entire world! I love you!

At the Bele Chere festival in Asheville, NC - 2011

At the Bele Chere festival in Asheville, NC – 2011

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