Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Cards 2014

I don't know if you guys know this or not, but I have a slight obsession with Christmas cards. I love sending them out and I love getting them. I run to the mailbox every day when December rolls around. I LOVE looking at all of the adorable photos and creative cards my friends send out. I display them for the whole month and then I hold onto them and display them the next year too.

I always have fun deciding what we want our Christmas card to be. When I was little I used to get cards from family members who also sent a letter catching us up on their life. I loved reading about everything and so when I got married that is what I wanted to do, too. However, I was too afraid people would get bored with my letter so I chose to do a more photographic approach. I don't know if I'll do this every single year, but I have had great luck with finding cards I like so far.

This year I worked with Brianna from the Collected Blog. You seriously have to go check out her blog, she is amazing! The previous Christmas cards she has done for other people in the past have all been so good. I would totally work with her again. 

We collaborated and late-night emailed back and forth for a couple of months trying to put together the perfect card. And she totally did it. I gave her the info and when she sent me the final proof I knew she nailed it. This is by far my favorite card we have sent out!! 

I had to pat myself on the back for not waiting until the last minute to send them out, too. :p If you ever want to be a little more frugal around the holidays you can always take your family photos yourself. All you need is a camera and a tripod! Justin and Hudson have grown to put up with the yearly photo shoots I make them attend, and they are really good sports about it. But it does take some practice to get the perfect picture. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from our little session-

 I promise you guys, I only got ONE good photo of all of us kissing under that dang mistletoe out of like, 100. But looking back at the photos make me laugh and these two remind me everyday that things don't have to be perfect to be awesome.I hope you all have an amazing holiday season. Xoxo