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Sending Holiday Photo Greetings

Sharing how I custom designed my Christmas cards this year. It was so much fun being able to choose not only a Basic Invite design, but the colors, fonts & more.


The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Christmas music is playing in my house that is festively decorated for the holidays. The first batches of cookies are baked and seem to be disappearing rather quickly. The gifts are all bought, as well as wrapped and ready under the tree.

My holiday season “prep-list” is almost complete.

As I sit back this final week before Christmas, I get to enjoy everything I have accomplished up until today.

But I still have one more thing I like to do for the season and that is send out holiday greetings to my family and friends.

In our email and social media, screen-focused world, getting a pretty card in the mail with a handwritten note on the back is a special treat. No #hashtags required to be seen and enjoyed.

Getting a photo Christmas card filled with the smiling faces of the people we know is even better.

Basic Invite Logo

This year I teamed up with Basic Invite, to create the photo Christmas card I am sending.

Custom printed holiday photo cards
This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, as always opinions are our own.

Before heading over to the Basic Invite website to design my card. I had to get a photo of Ed and me. I waited for a sunny day back in early December, grabbed Ed and my camera to get a photo.

Basic Invite photo Christmas card

Once I had the photo uploaded to the Basic Invite site, I had fun playing around to find the best holiday cards I could design. I could easily match my color preferences and style.

I even played around with using photos of my granddaughter in a few of the card designs. It was very easy to do.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card. With over 180 colors to choose from, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it.

Have a howly jolly Christmas

Plus, you can get a printed sample of the actual card or invitation before you place your final order. You get to see the paper quality and how it will print in real life to make sure the card is exactly what you want.

Christmas holiday greeting cards

There are many colorful and festive holiday greeting card designs. Literally hundreds. From traditional Merry Christmas or modern Merry Xmas cards to Hanukkah and Happy New Year cards and invitations.

Some of the card design templates are for one photo; others you can upload a few photos. This is nice when you can’t seem to choose just one photo.

Happy Holidays Photo greeting card

I chose this Happy Holidays card. I liked that it sends greetings and happy wishes for both Christmas and the New Year.

Happy New Year Holiday photo card

With the year we have had though… the thought of sending a Happy New Year card did cross my mind. :-) As 2021 is something we are all eagerly anticipating.

I liked having the ability to preview each of the card designs I tried out with my photos, using different colors and fonts. I tried many combinations until I liked what I saw and then placed my order.

Normally during this week before Christmas, Ed and I would be attending a party or two, taking in a Christmas concert or event. None of these are happening this year, but I am happy that I am still able to sit back and relax this week and get my holiday greetings sent out in a style that I like.

Perhaps next year, life will look somewhat more familiar, with holiday events, festivities and parties. I look forward to being able to host a holiday party again that I can make special by choosing a dinner party invite template to customize along with my Christmas card. Keeping my fingers crossed for that.

Are all your Christmas preparations pretty much done? Or do you still have a few things to check off your list?

I am planning on enjoying a relaxing week now that my Christmas prep is complete. I hope you can too.

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11 Comments

  1. Thankyou for the lovely Christmas cards! Your granddaughter is so adorable. Christmas is very different this year with Covid raging right now. Here in Ontario Canada we are having another lockdown on boxing day. Family get togethers are discouraged but no matter what happens I am determined to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and well. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and may 2021 be the best yet. Thanks again for all your decorating tips!

  2. Beautiful cards Dianne!
    Wishing you, and your family a healthy, happy safe Christmas, and an amazing 2021!
    Enjoy your home beautifully decorated for the season!
    Thank you so much for all you’ve shared with us this year. You’re so talented!
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  3. Wishing you, Ed and your family a very warm and wonderful Merry Christmas! All the best to you.

  4. Great cards! You have such a beautiful family. Wishing you all a wonder holiday season. Lets hope for a healthy new year for everyone.

  5. I absolutely love the pic of you and Ed! Wishing you the merriest of Christmas’s and a very Safe and Happy 2021 to you and all your family.

  6. Love your photo cards!!! It is fun to get them in the mail… especially this year ♥️
    Your Spotify Christmas Playlist is wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been enjoying all the variety ?
    Have a Merry Christmas ?

  7. Love the cards Diane, you and Ed look great. Thanks for all you do for us all year long. Merry Christmas to you both.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and Ed,

    Last week you posted a wreath with either pine cones or red balls and candles in the center for a dining room table. It was just the inspiration I needed! Now, our dining room table is festive…no guests, but I’m enjoying it! Thanks so much. Stay well and all the best to your family in 2021.
    Carole

  9. Diane, last year after reading one of your posts about Christmas, I sat down and thought about what made Christmas special for me. As someone who lives alone, I had gotten to the point of not doing much decorating at the holidays. And as a result, they never felt particularly festive. Thanks to your post, I took the time to think about ways to make it festive for ME. Since I’m spending Christmas home alone this year, I’m glad to have come to that conclusion last year! I work from home, so right before I quit for the day I get the tree lights on, get some Christmas music going, and just spend some time relaxing and puttering at something – cooking or a puzzle or SOMEthing fun that brings me joy. I have a ton of Christmas decorations that I’ve gathered over the years, but I’ve spent some time this year weeding through them and using just the things that make me happiest – the stocking and ornament my grandmother made for me, white houses/churches in paper, ceramic and metal, LED candles, twinkly lights, glittery silver balls, and chocolate kisses. I want to recreate some of the things I grew up with (Santa candy dish made from a big brandy snifter, and the red felt tree skirt my grandmother made), but I won’t finish them this year, and that’s OK. It’s the journey, right ;-P Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!