A Day in the Life
Handmade Textiles, Design and Daily Inspiration
This month we hustled to design our holiday cards well in advance and it looks as though our planning is going to pay off in the form of early card delivery. I feel like each year we have taken a different approach to creating a unique card design. We like to save the cards as momentos to look back on each moment in time. We love receiving the cards from friends as much as we enjoy sending them out. Each day throughout the month of December we are thrilled to receive various cards from friends and family. Today, I'd like to share with you 5 tips to make a meaningful card that I have discovered over the years. Ideas come both from our own cards and the ones that we received.
Year 1: We used a good quality photo from a vacation or event. This type of card gives friends and family an insight into your year and highlights a happy moment or trip. This photo is from our vacation to Maui in 2013. I love that lone yellow kayaker on the horizon. Our first year of cards, we used another photo of ourselves that my Dad had taken of us from our visit to Big Island, Hawaii.
Year 2: We designed our own card (with help!), using an online store such as Minted.com. Long before, I sold my fine art prints online, we used Minted for their savvy graphic designs. All of the designs on their site are created by independent artists and designers that win awards for their stationary and card designs. I like how the cards can be customized through different text and color options.
Year 3: A graphic background is a good idea. For 2 of our photo sessions, we visited local art museums. In this photo, the bright green art of Ellsworth Kelly made a vibrant back-drop for our family. We noticed other photos from this shoot came out equally great when we used a close-up of a modern art piece as a backdrop for the photography. Museum grounds and gardens also make an excellent choice for their scenery.
Year 4: For your photos, good lighting is important, so I suggest shooting the photos in morning or late afternoon outdoors, when the light is best. We worked with a professional photographer who advised us on this. Our friend, Amelia is a photographer and we work with her most often on our photos. This photo was taken before dusk at the Los Angeles Arboretum.
Tip 5: Choose a favorite location. We had never visited the Los Angeles Aboretum and decided to give it a try based on the positive reviews. We were interested in finding an outdoor venue somewhere in a garden. We found it to be an easy location to explore and not overly crowded with people, a tip our photographer shared with us!
6. If all else fails, order these cool holiday photocards from Unsplash. I plan to send these out to businesses and professionals that I work with throughout the year. I think that they are great for creative individuals and I love that they showcase the work of various photographers and graphic artists.
I hope you enjoyed these simple tips. Please share any of your own secrets that have helped you to create memorable holiday cards over the years. I would love to hear!
Hi, I'm Hilary.
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