Hello, my Tipsy friends (not drunk, right?)! My name is Kendra, and while I may not be tipsy, I AM crazy–hence the name of my blog–My Insanity.
When Michelle and I talked about doing a blog swap this month, we thought it might be nice to pick our Top 5 holiday ideas to share. At the moment, I have Christmas cards on the brain pretty heavily–mainly because mine aren’t done, yet! Each year, the Christmas card is a perfect opportunity to show the world how crazy I am, so today I am sharing with you my Top 5 most insane Holiday cards–not counting this year’s–which is sure to be right up there!
Upon a Midnight Clear
In earlier years I’ve tried to hand make all of my cards, scrapbook-style. But as the years have progressed, and the recipient list has grown, it has become less realistic to do so. I’ve switched to more digital/some-assembly required, type cards. That means the insanity transfers to the photography and design of the cards. I was so excited to do this shoot last year since I had a little baby boy. There was a fair amount of photoshopping involved, as you can imagine with kids this age (notice the grumpy angel?), but I was enamored with the idea and the result. If you haven’t figured out how I made my angel fly, check out my inspiration over at Design Mom.
Home for the Holidays
This card was crazy for a few reasons. I combined the digital insanity with assembly. That Christmas was about everything homey! The Christmas cookie you see on the front, is actually one that I had decorated and photographed. It was a little tricky to get everything to line up just right.
Partridge in a Pear Tree
For the insert, I used 11 x 17 paper (that I had had on hand for the last 8 years), and had two inserts printed/per sheet. If you can’t read, it, here is what it says (with lots of pictures to illustrate the lyrics):
The Year 2008
(To the tune of the 12 days of Christmas)
The year 2008, brought the H—- family:
12 weeks of preschool
11 months of insanity (with the URL to my blog)
10 pounds of Tessa
9 years of marriage
8 days of paintball
7 gourmet meals
5 years of work (with my husband’s company)
4 days on a boat (Lake Powell)
3 birthday parties (for the kids)
2 camping trips
and our new home in Laveen.
I liked that the card tied in with my Christmas theme (that no one really knows about, but it makes me happy). But I also liked that I was able to give a bit of news, without writing a formal newsletter. In recent years, I have been directing people to our family blog for an update, rather than writing a lengthy letter.
(Blue Snowflake Newspaper)
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