Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 card and Photo Garland

Cards are all sent out! Such a good feeling. This is the front of my card this year. I love the vellum wrap around it. Such a fun touch. It's all about the details. :)

And since that beautiful vellum wrap is covering Kole's head, this is a better look at our family picture this year.



The inside and top view of the card. It's a tri-fold and I love the design Haylee came up with. Thanks again Haylee! I couldn't love them more. :)

Now for a fun idea of what to do with your own past Christmas cards. Last December when Sarah from Clover Lane posted this idea of how to create a photo garland I was thrilled! I have a Christmas album that includes our past Christmas cards, but loved the idea of also having them displayed in my home each December. Plus it was such a cute way to decorate the stairway banister. My friend Ann and I were simply giddy about this! We talked about it several times throughout the year and couldn't wait to do something similar with our cards. (Thanks Sarah!)


So here is my version! I decided not to use just the family picture like Sarah did even though I LOVE the way she displays her cards. Because I've made a lot of my past Christmas cards I wanted to see the whole card, including what I wrote about our family for each particular year.



It was so simple. I just punched a tiny hole in the top corner of each card...

and then pulled some red ribbon through each hole and knotted it in the back.




Then I tied the ribbon in a bow and hung it on the garland going up my stairs.

I hung each card a little different because I wanted to be able to open the card and read the inside. This card I pulled the ribbon through the front of the card on the left side, but only through the back of the card on the right side.





So it hangs like this -

and the card opens easily. Last years' card (to the left) opens from the bottom to the top.

Here's another idea. Ann decided to back each of her cards with gold wrapping paper. She cut squares out of cardboard, wrapped them in gold wrapping paper, and then attached the cards and the ribbon. The ribbon is attached on the back of the cardboard so she didn't have to punch a hole through her cards. I love this look too!

A view from the bottom up.

It has been so much fun having my cards displayed this way. Everyone who stops by my house enjoys looking at them and so do my girls. Such a fun way to see how our family has grown and changed.


Christmas cards are the best, aren't they!? It's like getting happy little presents in the mail each night.


Wishing all of you happy mail this December! :)

22 comments:

Laura said...

I LOVE your card this year!!!! My favorite of them all! =) Great job!

marta said...

oooh, i just love this idea erin. what a darling way to display a family timeline! (if only i had a staircase...)

your christmas cards are amazing and your family is just adorable. thanks for the fun how-to post. xo.

Jen said...

Oh my god I love this!! I'm doing it tonight!


I also like the idea of displaying your favorite Christmas cards you receive this year that way.

Sonya said...

Your Christmas card is darling! I love the idea with the pictures and the garland!

Kim said...

I {love} your Christmas card! Especially the trifold effect, it is adorable!

Megan said...

Love your Christmas card, love the display idea! Luckily I have stairs too, I'm totally doing this today.

So awesome that you got the whole family looking at the camera AND smiling for the family pic. When does THAT happen?! Very rarely in my house ;)

Love your blog....Merry Christmas!

Erin said...

I love this idea! Your garland turned out so dang cute! I may have to copy next year. :) We got your Christmas card in the mail yesterday...I loved them!

Krystle said...

I love your christmas card this year! The garland idea is amazing! I just wish I had stairs to post them up like that =)

Lindsey said...

Your card turned out darling and I love the family picture- it's needs to be blown up big in your house. I do love getting card. Mine are almost all sent, but I have only gotten a few this year, kinda surprising, but maybe everybody is just late this year.

Kelli said...

You are is gorgeous and I love the design. I know all who receive it will cherish it! I also love the garland that you made and how you still are able to open the cards. I'm so visual and the pictures helped me see how you did it. How cool that you are featured over at Marta's!

Josie said...

SO, we got your card yesterday, I opened it up and told Ryan I didn't think I could be friends with you anymore. I don't think I can send you one of ours anymore either. (Pierson heard me and I had to assure him I was kidding!) It's far too lovely and perfect and I am a total loser right now. Seriously, you would die if you saw the disaster that is my house, and family pictures never happened thanks to me feeling so crappy! So I took a picture of the kids and threw it on a card just so I could manage to get one out this year. Yes, I can't handle all your perfectionist-ism right now.

Love you! :)

Colleen said...

I love your card!

amy said...

love your card this year! that little guy of yours is too cute. i can't get enough of his big smile & bright eyes. oh, and of course i love your girls!

great job on the banaster card display craft. how fun to be able to check out all your cards from past years.

p.s. great to hang with you guys for a bit the other day. you're always so easy to talk to! oh, and your home is beautiful.

Keshet said...

Your cards are beautiful! If I celebrated christmas i would totally do the cards:)

Becky said...

You are simply amazing! I can't believe Christmas is next week. Wow. I am so behind this year. Happy note, we will be in San Diego enjoying our kids and Poinsettia Bowl and the Vegas Bowl - whatever it is called!

Malea said...

Got It! And it's dahhhhling, darlin':)

Sarah said...

It looks SO good!!!
And your card is GORGEOUS!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Yay! We loved your card this year. It turned out so beautiful!

I just put ours in the mail today (I'm late this year)...so you'll have to watch for it.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Beautiful card! And, such a great idea about the photo garland, I am going to have to do that. I LOVE Christmas Cards. I just found your blog & am now following. Looking forward to reading more!

Creative Raisins said...

I love this idea too. I am totally going to copy it and have the perfect spot to hang them

kelly said...

What a fabulous idea. What a beautiful family you have.

Kelly (Your newest follower).

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