This is why I started working on my Christmas To-Do List right after Thanksgiving. If I tried and get everything done in December it would be too overwhelming. One of the first things on my list that I have been working on this week, are our Christmas cards and newsletters. This is an extremely overwhelming task, because there are so many different options out there to choose from! On top of that this year, Jon and I are on a budget (thank you Dave Ramsey), so I have been searching for a way to make cute cheap Christmas cards that won’t break the bank.
I searched several different websites and finally ended up at Wal-Mart. I’ve done our Christmas cards with them before and they have turned out well. Wal-Mart’s Christmas cards are also a reasonable price for our small budget. Right away I went to work attempting to sift through all of the Christmas card choices. Did I want 4x6 or 5x7? Did I want vertical or horizontal? Did I want one picture, two pictures, three pictures, or more? Did I want blue & silver or green & red or black and white? Like I said the options are endless.
|When it was all said and done, I had designed this Wal-Mart Christmas card.|
After I had finished making our Wal-Mart Christmas card, I began to total everything up. At $0.40 a card we were going to spend almost $30.00 just on Christmas cards. That did not even include postage! I was frustrated and discouraged.
A few days later I remembered that my friend Miranda always has the cutest profile pictures on Facebook! She adds a border and fun words to some of her pictures. Miranda's pictures inspired me to do something similar for our Christmas cards! So I went back online to Picnik (a photo editing website) to see what I could come up with. Below are a few of the Christmas cards that I made on Picnik.
These pictures are not extravagant. However they allow us to communicate what we want to say to our family and friends. The best part is that I was able to make these into a 4x6 photo size and at Wal-Mart you can print photos for just $0.09!! In all it was less than $10.00 for us to get these pictures printed and sent to our house!
It’s hard to go against the grain and do something different with our Christmas cards. What can I say!? I like cute Wal-Mart Christmas cards, but that is not what Christmas is all about. I am so thankful that Jon and I were able to find a way to do Christmas cards that was within our budget! I am also thankful that we could learn about God's provision through our Christmas cards!