"I always order our Christmas cards through Shutterfly but was so excited to see a Christmas card that doubles as an ornament. The cards are on very thick cardstock and are shaped like snowflakes. You can choose a picture and wording for both the front and the back. The cards come with a hole punched in the top of the card as well as gray ribbons to place through that hole for hanging the ornament/card. The size of the card is 6x6 I believe. If you get the square envelopes it will cost extra postage to mail them. Shutterfly gives you the option of a rectangle envelope which will cost just the regular price to mail so just be sure to click on that option when it comes to the envelope part of the editing. One thing I love about Shutterfly is that their color calibration on their photos cards and other items are always nice and consistent which I haven't found to be the case with other companies. Several times during the Christmas season Shutterfly offers 10 free cards when you only have to pay shipping. I designed my card ahead of time so that I am able to get free cards each time they are offered. All in all a great product!"
"We chose this card due to the fact that it did not look like a traditional holiday card. Additionally, the year was quite eventful for us; and, as a result, we had several pictures we wanted to include to help recap the year. This particular card enabled us to include six photos on the front and one photo on the back. (I think you can use up to eight photos on the front though.) Keep in mind that you may need to do a bit of cropping when placing photos on the front of the card. This is because the template for the holiday card won't accept photos done in landscape format (ie, rectangular photos) but it is easy to use the photo editing feature in Shutterfly to do the cropping. Also note that any text on your chosen photos probably won't be readable on the printed card. Thus, plan to put your captions elsewhere. There's also room on the front of the card for a special message. My suggestion here is to go to a smaller sized font as the default size will not allow you to say much on this part of the card. Another key feature of this card - which is an improvement from previous years - is that you are able to include one photo on the back. There's also a fairly large text box here as well and this is the area where we placed a more detailed message along with captions for photos shown on the front of the card. Overall we were pleased with the entire "creative" process. Designing the card was simple; the Shutterfly service was fast; the price was right; the card stock was high quality; and we were all happy with the end result."
"Just what I wanted looks great! I never need a lot of holiday cards so this was just right and they are beautiful."
"I was very pleased with my Christmas Cards and people have commented to me that they loved receiving them. The only thing I would have changed is that the message inside was printed too large, but that is the size I chose and I'm to blame for that. I wish I could have seen it better and had known it was so large."
"I love cards with different photo options! I have a large family, and I love to have cards with an individual photo of each child, plus at least one group photo. This card is easy to personalize, and has a lot of different color options too! I don’t always plan a holiday photo, so this way I can make the card look good with whatever pictures I end up using. The snowflakes are an added bonus, they’re my favorite holiday card background!"
If you’re a religious person, it can be difficult to retain the true meaning of Christmas when you’re swallowed up by the most commercial aspects of the season. While sending out religious Christmas cards and setting up a nativity scene can help get you and your loved ones in the right frame of mind, here are three additional ways you can make the holiday more meaningful.
Spending time with the people you love most is the very best way to make Christmas more meaningful. Carrying out fun and inspiration holiday traditions is one of the easiest ways to make holiday memories that will last. Some ideas include Christmas caroling, taking miniature Christmas trees to tenants in assisted living homes, and reading the original Christmas story around a warm fireplace.
It can be fun to shop for fancy home décor and decorations, but it is even more fun and meaningful to spend time creating your own Christmas decorations each year. Hop online with your family and choose your favorite photographs to place on customized Christmas ornaments, or cut out homemade paper snowflakes and hang them around your home. You can also make your own Christmas countdown chain with circles of colored paper stapled together like links in a chain. Remove one link each day to count down the remaining days until Christmas.
Cultivate the spirit of giving in your own home by donating your time or money to charity. You do not have to limit your giving to local soup kitchens or strangers in need. You can also prepare useful gifts for people you know who are struggling. A warm personalized blanket could be the ideal gift for a neighbor who recently lost his job or a single mother who recently moved into your area. Pair your gifts with inspiring religious Christmas cards for the most heartwarming effect.