"Our family and friends loved our 2012 holiday cards! Normally we go to JCPenny to have our holiday pictures taken, but due to a timing and procrastination issue, we would not have recieved the cards back in time to mail them out before Christmas, so we pulled out the camera and the tripod and starting snapping pictures of the family. We uploaded the pictrues on Tuesday, ordered the cards on Wednesday and had cards in our hands by Friday. Now that we know how professional the cards came out, we will be ordering future holiday and special occasion cards from Shutterfly more often."
"I create art so instead of a photo of me, I send out a photo of an art piece on my Christmas Cards. This year I have used 3 different companies to create cards....shutterfly, my publisher, and thru my Mac photo program. Shutterfly was the best because of clarity and quality of digital photo, you can create on the front AND the back of the card, the fonts for changing type are expansive and the heavy weight card stock is a premium. I also photographed and digitally enhanced photo's of my friends houses and created note cards with their homes on the front. Then will give them as Christmas gifts. Again the quality was superior and I am really pleased with the heavy weight card stock and lovely envelopes. I was also able to create return address labels with my design."
"Love the card and the picture I choose was exactly the same the way it was made on the card I ordered. Highly recommended."
"These cards came out great. Shutterfly is the best."
"My Grandfather has been sick for a while and because of my currant health conditions I am not able to visit him in the hospital, so I decided to make him a 5x7 folded card through Shutterfly! I used a picture of my daughter ( his great grandaughter ), my mother ( his daughter ) and myself ( his grandaughter ) on the front and a personalized message inside! My mother dropped it off to him and said it brought tears to his eyes! and that its now hanging right beside his bed and that he shows every nurse and doctor who comes in to check on him! And that's exactly what Shutterfly does... It brings love and joy to everyone!!! I am so happy and Shutterfly I love you so much!!!"
To order photo or no photo holiday cards can make for quite the deliberation. While you may take note at the growing trend of including images, it is most certainly not the only way to go. In fact, sending out a photo-free card opens you up to all sorts of options and has plenty of benefits.
Choosing to go sans image on your cards has its perks. You do not have to stress about fitting time into your busy fall schedule for a photo shoot with an already-over scheduled photographer. Forget scouring the closets for cute coordinating outfits or threatening, bribing and begging the family to sit still while posing for the ultimate portrait that represents the complete opposite of your actual day-to-day chaos. Even better, you can now order your cards months in advance and already have them ready to go before the holiday season begins and no one will be the wiser.
When you keep it simple, the message you are sending is easier to get across. True, the holiday season may, in large part, include an association with family. However, if your aim is to simply drive home the point that you are sending well wishes, opt for a design such as the rustic wreath holiday card, which allows you to send a bit of joy with the simplicity of yesteryear. Or, add a splash of color to the scene with a design like the bright festive tree card, which offers wishes of peace, love and joy beneath an artsy, stacked Christmas tree. If you have second thoughts about sending no photo holiday cards after you have already begun, you can add an image to any of the designs.
Want to take the ease of holiday cards a step further? For a small fee, Shutterfly will stamp and send your cards for you, ensuring they get to your loved ones in a timely manner. Not sure what to write on your Christmas card? We curated a list of over 100 Christmas messages to add to your card.