Disclaimer: I seriously try to avoid thinking "this will be the best ever" or "this picture will turn out great." Thinking like that leads to a lot of disappointment. Real life rarely lives up to my imagination . . . I'm not trying to be negative. I try to be realistic . . . so when I take pictures, I click the shot a minimum of 8 times. I find the best shots I get are because of a heavy dose of luck.
I do have a couple pics that I'm really happy with and was getting to ready start playing with on card designs when my friend Mel posted this on facebook: Bloggers! You can receive 50 free Christmas or holiday cards from Shutterfly http://bit.ly/sfly2010
So I entered. And here we are.
I love Christmas cards. Now that we and our friends have children, it's so fun to get the cards and see how they've grown and changed . . . or if it's someone I see a lot, how they've posed their children. I even have a dedicated photo album where I keep the cards after I take them off display.
I swear to you I am not copying this from Simply Mel: I like my cards to have a religious theme (she says pretty much the same thing and I thought, I feel that way, too). I believe Christmas celebrates the most wonderful event in the history of the world, that a holy God loved us enough to send his Son to pay the price for our sins. And that Son came as a baby. The least I can do is demonstrate that with a verse or the sentiment on my card. And bake a lot of cookies. And play carols while baking. And cry when reading Room for a Little One . . .
I digress. I usually start out looking for a card with a distinctly Christmas message.
I love the "every good gift" and the silhouette scenes.
Or maybe just a simple sentiment:
Sweet pic, huh? I was thrown of with Mel's post, with the sample pictures on the cards and not her kids. But then, I can't really "let the cat out of the bag" and let you see the card yet, can I?
But . . . I think I'll need space for more than one picture:
I like how this one is simple and modern.
And there's this one:
I really like angels as a motif.
There's so much else on their site. We usually get our cards from shutterfly so I was really jazzed to be able to get free cards for writing this. I don't know how I'm going to pick just one design, though.
What would you pick?