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7 years to get here... So now what?

PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 10/13/2013 8:36:37 AM
Looks like rain today so I'm thinking that once I get a few things done around the house that today is probably a really good day to start my Christmas cards... but for some reason I just can't get motivated to do them! I know that once I get going I'll be fine... and once I get them finished I can move on to something else but I seem to be having trouble figuring out just what I want to do with them this year, and I'm spending way too much time on Pinterest looking at what others have done! Have you started/finished yours this year?

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PeaNut 408,786
January 2009
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Posted: 10/13/2013 8:41:05 AM
I did two yesterday.



PeaNut 471,901
June 2010
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Posted: 10/13/2013 8:42:19 AM
I have not. Last year, I had big plans for making Christmas cards and never got them done! I think my problem is that I always want each one to be unique. This year I need to come up with a simple, uniform design! Hopefully that will motivate me to actually make them this year.

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PeaNut 39,057
May 2002
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Loc: Texas

Posted: 10/13/2013 8:48:38 AM
I love Christmas, but I don't think I am going to send any cards this year. The expense is just not worth it anymore,and I can't stand to think that the cards I put so much time into will be thrown away.

Anybody else feel this way?


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PeaNut 210,654
June 2005
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Posted: 10/13/2013 9:13:22 AM
I always make mine the weekend after Thanksgiving. I usually have the design worked out, but I spend the weekend on construction.


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PeaNut 303,881
March 2007
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Posted: 10/13/2013 9:31:30 AM
Christmas is my favorite holiday and for some reason I feel like a grinch this yr..lol I went down my christmas card list yesterday and took about half of the names off the list. There were so many that a christmas card is the only contact we have.
I put too much time and money on cards and don't want to send them to just anyone.
My plans are to start them on my next day off ( crossing my fingers)

Just remembered, I also have to figure out some kind of Thanksgivukkah card for my DH's family

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Posted: 10/13/2013 9:37:59 AM
I'm hoping to start them in about a week. I don't send out that many, but we'll have school portraits to enclose for the family. My daughter and I are going to choose our papers next week for the cards.

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PeaNut 502,481
March 2011
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Posted: 10/13/2013 9:44:26 AM
We don't send many, its not a Spanish custom and I subscribe to the idea of not sending cards to anyone I'll see at christmas, so I only have to make about 25. I do about 2 X 10 of the same and 5 individual ones. I also have to keep in mind the postage, so they can't be to heavy.
I've got one basic design done...just need to buy a load more ribbon but all the bits are cut and ready.
I have the basics for the second one but my Cameo is being a bit difficult about cutting the mirror board, so we'll have to see how it goes!

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PeaNut 383,577
July 2008
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Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 10/13/2013 10:10:30 AM
I have made my own cards for many, many years.
This is the first year that I started to colour some images this early.
I don't like to start any Christmas things until December.
Call it procrastination or not wanting the Christmas spirit to dwindle by December.

But on to the cards.
I used to make each card different.
Not only did that take a long time, but I also would agonize over who would get which card.
Last year I made all the same style cards, and used the same images but coloured them differently, didn't take as much time.
Plus once I coloured so many images, I ran the coloured images through my colour copier Even less pressure.

This year I am colouring different images, but all the same theme.
I will again run my images that I coloured through the colour copier to cut down on time.

My SIL has Christmas cards made for the next 5 yrs...she loves to make Christmas cards, lol.


7 years to get here... So now what?

PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 10/13/2013 2:10:25 PM
I've made mine for about 5 years. I have about 30-35 to make and I only do one design, but I mix up the papers a little so that each one is a little bit unique. I tried doing several different cards one year and not only was the process stressful, I don't think I liked a single card I made! I was almost embarrassed to send them out that year. Last year I had one extra so when it came time to do a Christmas layout, I decided to do a 2-page spread and use one page to highlight the card. I LOVE the layout so much that I am going to be sure that I have an extra this year to do the same thing because its the only card that I've ever made that I actually have a copy of. I have a couple of ideas in mind for my card this year - one is light and cute and the other is more soft and traditional. I want the light and cute because I think that's just more "me"... but all of my cards are that way so I'm almost thinking I should opt for the other style. I think I'm going to do a "prototype" of each, see which one I like the most and then start the "assembly line" process of making the rest! Or at least that is the plan at the moment! I almost feel like I need Christmas music playing in the background!

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PeaNut 400,602
November 2008
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Posted: 10/13/2013 3:02:54 PM
I design my own photo cards and print them at Costco. I usually send 80-100 (big distant families) which is way too many for me to make. I just found out that Costco has a new affordable option for double sided card stock photo cards w/envies. I'm excited to try it out! I know which photos I'm going to use and I know that I want to do an info graphic. Now I just need to get it started!
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PeaNut 190,252
February 2005
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Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 10/13/2013 4:15:46 PM
I feel like it is too soon to start...but I guess not. LOL Maybe I will start designing mine now.


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February 2012
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:23:23 PM

Nope. Hadn't even thought about them yet.


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PeaNut 6,447
September 2000
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:25:39 PM
I have all the papers picked out, but haven't come up with a design yet.


PeaNut 512,695
June 2011
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:26:58 PM
Oh yeah!!

done about 20 ish odd so far, I love Christmas !!!


PeaNut 86,316
May 2003
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:28:16 PM
I usually come up with the designs I want to use between now and Thanksgiving and make one of each. Then the week of Thanksgiving since I am on vacation I just get them all made and get them ready to go. Then on December 1st I mail them. I think I mail about 36 and a few of them are store bought.

I remember helping my grandmother as a child and I swear she sent like 100 of them. All of her siblings, nieces/nephews, kids and the multitude of friends she seemed to have got one. It was my job to stick the return address label and stamp on. Then I got to lick the envelopes.



PeaNut 248,970
February 2006
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:42:17 PM
Not started yet, but I did pick up a 25 pack of pretty red & white polka dot AC paper for $3 at BL that I would like to use for my cards. I'll probably start looking for my design soon, and maybe crank them all out (24 or so) at a day crop in 2 weeks. If I do it will be the earliest I have ever finished before Christmas!

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PeaNut 65,852
January 2003
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:46:22 PM
Started. Fine-tuning the design a little still.


PeaNut 326,513
July 2007
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:56:17 PM
I am drawing a total blank on the design of my cards. I make them every year in a two tier kind of way. People who get a kick out of handmade things get a card in the form of a decorated chipboard ornament. People who just want a little connection at the holidays get a handmade card too, but in a more traditional card design. There's always stamping involved.
This year: I am drawing a blank. I got nuthin'. I've had a very busy time at work and I'm spent. I'm going to try not to panic, it's October. I've got time, right?

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November 2012
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:56:38 PM
Yes, mine are finished. November and December are busy months for me. There's too much stress if I wait until then. I only need to do one for my granddaughter. I make 35 cards, but they're all the same.


PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Posted: 10/13/2013 4:59:10 PM
I haven't started my cards.
The last few years I've gotten a good deal on Tiny Prints cards.
So I'm waiting for that.
(And I need to get a good photo of me and DH too!)

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December 2003
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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:04:06 PM
Mine will be Thanksgiving cards - I have MUCH for which to be grateful. I've picked the paper - SU's sweater Weather designer paper on Very Vanilla CS, but no design yet. Need to get moving, thanks for the reminder! I'm down to 80ish, so it will be 1 design.


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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:09:17 PM
I've never made or sent out Christmas cards. Even before I started Scrapbooking. I really think its has to do with the fact that I don't like clutter, I don't keep cards when I receive them or photos of other people's kids so in my head I think it's me cluttering up other people's homes. I think it's great when people actually design, create and actually distribute/mail out cards. All the cards I make in the CTMH club and SU club I actuall gift in a cute basket with a book of stamps and a fine pen to my mother and aunts. They make a great gift.

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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:23:13 PM
Just doing a photo card this year- easy peasy! Well as li g as I can get all the kids in one spot lol!

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April 2004
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Posted: 10/13/2013 5:46:29 PM
Just finished them today. Did 12 last weekend and did another 16 today. I only used 2 sketches this year. I'm sure I'll end up making a few more as cards are received, but for now I'm considering them done.


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April 2013
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Posted: 10/13/2013 7:10:06 PM
I got about 30 done this summer, thanks to a crop and a card club hosted by a SU! friend in July. I need to go over my list and see how many people we are sending to but I think that will almost cover it.


PeaNut 274,864
August 2006
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Posted: 10/13/2013 8:36:58 PM
Mine are all done. I send/hand out more than 100. I had them done before my birthday in late September. The kids and I will sign them during the parade on Thanksgiving Day. The following Sunday, I start passing them out to folks at church.
I already have plans for 2014 and 2015 Christmas cards.


PeaNut 524,203
October 2011
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Posted: 10/13/2013 8:53:04 PM
I have mine started. Two different designs are prepped and bagged to work on at my crop weekend in a couple of weeks. I didn't want to have to carry all the punches and fancy paper cutter because I will be flying and didn't want excess baggage weight.



PeaNut 487,706
November 2010
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Loc: Wellington, New Zealand

Posted: 10/14/2013 12:09:39 AM
I've started my Christmas cards already - I'll be handing them out at Thanksgiving because that's when I'll be visiting!

Here's a way to get myself in a Christmas mood -

Christmas Smell - have holiday scented wax burner going
Christmas Music - Vintage classics like Dean Martin "Christmas Cocktails"
Christmas Movie - get the theme together and pretend it's near Christmas.

Being cold and windy here is helping as well.

Good luck!


PeaNut 577,450
January 2013
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Posted: 10/14/2013 1:35:26 AM
I have done five so far. I send out maybe 14 Christmas cards every year so i need to make more
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November 2004
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Posted: 10/14/2013 1:52:43 AM
I'm trying to convince myself to DO winter holiday cards at all! I mean, intellectually I know I want to, but then I end up just totally forgetting! Maybe I *should* start next month, not this month though cos I'm super busy with Halloween!

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March 2002
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Posted: 10/14/2013 12:07:05 PM
I bought the stamp I'm going to use and have a rough design in my head. I only do 30-40 and make them all the same. I do like to have an interactive element on my page. Last year was a pop up reindeer. This year will be a sliding sled.

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Posted: 10/14/2013 1:30:02 PM
Just did mine, I just went to this website and chose an awesome design, I really like mine unique and that's why I liked this website!

I did these....
Peace on Earth
I love LOVE the concept and they are totally good priced, I haven't bought mine yet, but I am planning on doing it tonight because there is a coupon for 30% off that ends tomorrow! The code is ZOGGIN30 I love all the things from that designer! oh and you get 500 free points just for signing up! So it's totally worth it for awesome cards!

I also love this card!
Mint Christmas Card
really love this designers stuff too!

p.s. the site does go really slow, but it will load I promise!
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