17 Days and Counting

I have a special treat for you all today, a guest post!  I’ve mentioned her here before, but the illustrious Dear Wife would like to address your attention today.  So, without further ado, I’ll turn you over to her:

It’s less than three weeks until Christmas, which means that I’m scrambling to write a Christmas letter and print cards for our friends and family.  This year, I plan to print our photo cards at www.shutterfly.com.  We used Shutterfly to print BT’s birth announcements earlier this year and they turned out wonderful!  We recently had some amazing family photos taken by a friend and I can’t wait to show off BTs cuteness and our growing little family in our Christmas cards from Shutterfly.
I love Shutterfly’s Christmas photo card (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards) and other holiday photo card (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery) designs for this year.  Also, now that I have oodles of cute baby pictures, I’m considering using Shutterfly to create a calendar (http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars) with some of my favorite photos.  I’m also eying some of the other photo gifts contemplating which I like most.
Back to our Christmas card – each year we’ve been married I’ve written a letter updating family and friends on the big happenings in our family during the year and mailed off the letter, a photo card, and brief personal notes to our friends and family.  It’s also a nice way to briefly document our year and I’ve been saving a letter and photocard each year and plan to put them in a scrapbook.  It will be nice to be able to flip through to see how our family has changed. 

15 thoughts on “17 Days and Counting

  1. Ahh! Good to know. I haven’t tried shutterfly before, but for the last 3 years, we’ve been making photo books for our parents with Blurb (turned out fantastic!), because they’ll never look at the digital photos again if we don’t print them. LOL

    Thanks for the recommendation BT’s mama!

    • Photobooks are great, but I’ve found it can take an awful lot of time to make them between picking pictures and a layout and coming up with captions. I have big plans to make more someday though. I saw something interesting recently where you can have your blog printed essentially as a photo book with text. I have a private family blog — primarily about BT for the grandparents — that I think would be cool to turn into a photobook chronicling his first year. Particularly since I’ve hardly filled out a page in his baby book — doh.

      • Ooh, turning a blog into a book? That sounds like a nice idea! Once I (LORD willing) become a famous author, maybe the House of Happy can go to print…

      • Well…I think it’s a photo-book (i.e. the pictures from your blog). And it’s not like a book you find in a bookstore – more like the kind where you pay for each printed copy you want, and that’s all that ever gets printed. Like a keepsake. At least, that’s my understanding.

      • Indeed — they basically take all the text/photos from your blog and put it into a bit photobook type thing. Then you can go through and delete pieces you don’t want and shuffle them around and whatnot.

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