On Friday it dawned on me that I had yet to design, print, and send out our Christmas cards for the 2011 holiday season. Over the years, it has become our tradition to make homemade cards so running out to the store to buy a few packs simply was not an option. I had originally planned to have professional family photos done for use on a card design, but scheduling conflicts and unexpected events derailed that idea. By Friday afternoon I was sufficiently fixated on sending out cards prior to 2012 to actually get around to creating one using a photo I already had on hand. Behold, Roscoe hanging an ornament on the Christmas tree this year.
I retinted this photo to sepia and merely printed on manila cardstock. Then I created a top design of holiday-themed shutters that would “open” to the photo and our text. With a little exacto work on the shutters and glue stick to hold my pieces together, I had our holiday card.
It took me about a half hour to put everything together and our cards were done. They are in the mail as we speak and I can cheerily check another item of the to-do list. Joy!