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Holiday Cards. DONE.

Dec09

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This post is sponsored by the good folks at Tiny Prints, even though they really didn’t have to, as I am a pretty well-established fangirl.

After being ridiculously pleased with how my birth announcements turned out, there was little question that I’d use Tiny Prints again for this year’s holiday card. But it certainly didn’t hurt — and probably helped keep me from procrastinating until December 20th, or something — when they offered me some free cards as a thank-you for the previous mention. (Which I paid for. Back OFF, FTC, okay?)

All I had to do was take The Perfect Photo.

*insert alternating waves of PANIC and CRICKETS*

Oh, how I tried. I took dozens and dozens of photos of the boys together, all of which included at least one crying child, one looking-away-from-the-camera child, and usually, inexplicably, my dog’s butt somehow getting into frame.
Finally, we dressed them up in some obnoxious matching-type outfits for what we swore would be our last attempt (and everybody we know would get some stupid Hallmark clearance cards from three years ago and BE GRATEFUL FOR IT), plopped them down on our front steps and snapped a zillion more photos.

And still. I could not find a single photo of the two of them that involved double smiles and eye contact and zero weird goofball expressions, and every sweet “hugging brothers” photo sort of made it look like Noah was strangling the baby.
Just like in real life. Hmm.

Luckily, there’s a lot to be said about simply finding the perfect design, even for *technically* imperfect photos. By choosing a multi-photo format (of which TinyPrints has a bazillion) I could crop out the uncooperative child and use my favorite shots of the other one, and really, the strangling doesn’t look TOO violent, so long as it’s up against the right color scheme.
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I am pretty pleased. No, I am insanely pleased. THE CARD MATCHES THEIR OUTFITS OMG. Add in the perfectly coordinating address labels (same colors AND font! it’s the postal equivalent to matching bras and panties!) and I swear to God, I’m actually mailing these suckers out this year.

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About the author

Amalah

http://www.amalah.com
Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy's daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it's pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to amyadvice@gmail.com.

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.


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12 Responses to “Holiday Cards. DONE.”

  1. Serena Dec 09 at 11:50 am Reply Reply

    Wow that card is adorable! I love the caption… it’s perfect.

  2. Tamara Dec 09 at 12:08 pm Reply Reply

    This is hilarious — I just ordered our Christmas cards, and I have to agree that it was easy to choose a picture with ONE CHILD but getting two children to cooperate?? Forget it! Anyway, I have used Tiny Prints for our Christmas cards since 2006 and they are a FAB-U-LOUS company. Highly recommend them.

  3. Meredith Dec 09 at 1:25 pm Reply Reply

    I used Tiny Prints for the first time this year and agree they are great. I especially appreciated the phone call to tell me that one of the photos I wanted to use was too dark and grainy so they asked me to upload a new one. The toughest part is picking a design since there are some many options. I’ll be using them again next year for sure.

  4. Brandi Dec 09 at 2:00 pm Reply Reply

    Oh Amy. Your boys make me want to go get knocked up. And someday when I do and need cards with my kid’s photo’s on them, i’ll look up this post. In the meantime, I can use this with pictures of my cats! So thanks!

  5. Jenn Dec 09 at 2:21 pm Reply Reply

    I am sorry to offend all you other mothers of babies out there, but I hereby proclaim that Ezra is the cutest “early toddler” I have ever seen (including my own).

  6. Bekki Dec 09 at 2:42 pm Reply Reply

    We used Tiny Prints as well, and they turned out SO cute. I decided that action shots were the way to go, mostly because my almost 14 month old twins run in opposite directions as soon as humanly possible.

  7. Heather Dec 09 at 3:35 pm Reply Reply

    I’ve used Tiny Prints for my son’s birth announcement (would love to see Ezra’s!), our Christmas card last year, and this year’s Christmas card. Love Tiny Prints. But the photo??? OMG the challenge! the horror! of trying to get one perfect picture out of my 14 month old. Tiny Prints does offer so many wonderful choices, and even though I didn’t love the final photo, I did find a card that “fit” it.

  8. Therese Dec 09 at 4:30 pm Reply Reply

    Noah is wearing a hat…and smiling about it, so cool! Merry Christmas!

  9. Cheri Dec 09 at 9:09 pm Reply Reply

    I used to be a portrait studio photographer, and seriously- more than 1 kid in the photo , and you’re really sweating to get anything half decent. You did really well with Noah and Ezra- was anyone screaming? red faced? snot running down face? No. Yahoo, I’d take it. Some people have really unrealistic expectations of what a baby, or toddler, or group of cousins can really do in front of a camera!

  10. HomeValley Dec 10 at 10:38 am Reply Reply

    Lovely card… Curious – did you send cards before the adorable offspring? The husband and I like to keep it light and funny, and we are fresh out of ideas this season, and running out of time.

  11. Susan H. Dec 11 at 4:58 pm Reply Reply

    That card is PERFECT.

  12. wallydraigle Jan 08 at 3:36 pm Reply Reply

    I love the card. I must say, thought, my favorite Christmas card ever is my favorite because it’s hilariously honest. My friend had a 2.5-year-old and a 3-month-old. The older one was a sweetly smiling angel pretty much all of the time. The 3-month-old was colicky and grumpy and could cry like you’ve never heard a baby cry before. I’m pretty sure they could hear her on the moon. Anyway, my friend is into photography, and that year she didn’t even try to get a sweet picture of them both. She sent out this lovely “Merry Christmas!” card with a pretty font and everything, and the B&W photo is a close-up of the two kids outside in the snow in winter gear, a smiling toddler with an angry baby leaning back against her sister, screaming into the air. It’s so much funnier than I could ever describe.

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