Over the years I’ve received dozens of holiday postcards from friends and family. The first wave typically featured just the newly weds traveling or posing adorably with a festive prop…then maybe a pet or two…and eventually each card featured growing families. I love getting these cards. I don’t see all of my friends and their broods often so it is fun to watch the kids grow each year. Plus, I really enjoy getting mail that isn’t bills or junk. Call me old fashioned.
This year I was tossing around the idea of sending a holiday card featuring my daughter. My husband and I have been very adamant about not sharing pictures of her on social media or disseminating images beyond our close friend and family circle. Even when I text a picture of a funny face Emilia makes to a friend I instantly feel guilty that I’ve stolen a piece of her soul and shot it out into the ether. Maybe I’m a little too protective of our (mostly E’s) privacy.
Well, we did it. It took a few snaps with my iphone, twinkle lights, a teddy bear and a very cooperative 10-month-old.
I browsed sites like Minted and tinyprints for ideas but I was a little shocked by the prices. I love my kid but I’m not spending $300 on a few letterpress photo cards. I also didn’t want whimsical messages printed on them–which narrowed the selection down quite a bit. Then I remembered a site I used to use for marketing materials and look books: Overnight Prints. 50 custom post cards, including envelopes AND shipping cost less than $25!!!! They looked great–thick paper, matte finish. Granted they weren’t cardboard stock letterpress–but I’m fine with that.