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Hello again! It's Monday--and per usual, I'm asking myself where this weekend went! This was the first time {cv} and I were both in Providence for a weekend since early November. Suffice it to say, we had plenty to do around the apartment. Though we don't have a lot of photos from the weekend, I do have some from our holiday card madness. With them, I'm linking up with Ashley at  a {little dash of ash} for her Instagram Mondays!


Last year, I ordered our cards from Minted--and I positively loved them. We used one of our wedding photos and it came together beautifully. After taking a few classes at RISD over the course of 2011, I decided to tackle our holiday cards myself! I printed the cards I designed via smartpress.com and was happy with the results :) I decided to print on both sides to maximize the fun photo from our trip to California in May and still share our sentiments on the back. {I blanked out our full names--it doesn't look that weird in real life, I promise!}


The envelopes and labels I chose were from a perennial favorite store--Paper Source. I loved designing everything, right down to the return address labels. More than 200 cards later, I'm happy to report that I'm taking these beauties to the post office to this morning! The best part of it all?! We saved a BOATLOAD of money compared to what we spent on our cards last year. yay!


I love sending and receiving cards, so this project was fun for me, even if it took nearly all of my Sunday. This may be the extent of my crazy crafting this holiday season, but I'm more than ok with that. I haven't decided if I'm going to make designing cards a regular thing, but I'd love to hear what you think! If you sent out cards this year, where did you get them? What type of holiday cards are your favorite to receive? I hope each of you have a fantastic start to this very festive week :) All my love!

25 comments:

  1. i LOVE your cards! they don't do them in italy so i'm going to make some to send to all of my friends here! :)

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  2. They came out so well! Looks like you had so much fun designing, I need to take some classes like this!

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  3. They're beautiful! I would love to be able to design each part of my card and envelope. You did such a wonderful job.

    xoxo,

    Carly

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  4. These are gorgeous! I am so impressed with your card making skills. I usually order mine via PaperSource (also a fave of mine). Maybe I'll have to attempt to be more creative next year and do them on my own. You are such a creative source of inspiration~

    And so good to see you last week- sorry it was only quickly. You did a fabulous job organizing. Happy holidays!!

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  5. Ah your cards look so great! Love that vintagey vibe :) Merry Christmas!

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  6. You did a wonderful job! 200 cards is insane! I thought I was going crazy by sending out 50 this year! I usually making mine through Target with Kodak Photo Shop on their website :)

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  7. oh, they're so cute. i love personalized cards vs. the blank ones you can just buy at wal-mart. bravo :)

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  8. darling! I LOVE IG so addicted! I will follow you for sure
    xoxo
    Jennifer

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  9. I love sending and receiving cards too! So fun! Your card is adorable!!

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  10. These are adorable! I'm working on our cards today and will *hopefully* get them in the mail this afternoon!

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  11. Wow those turned out amazing!! :)

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  12. love these! um how amazing is papersource?? we used their paper for our save the dates! love the recycled options! xo

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  13. I so wish i would have sent more cards this year, or done something fun with them, but i didn't!

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  14. really cute card...it's getting so close! :)

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  15. I love love love those cards! So cute! Good for you getting them out in time! We're still working with ours in my family!

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  16. So precious!!! Love projects like this.

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  17. Wow, those turned out great! I love receiving cards with letters; so fun to read!

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  18. Cute cards, I always make mine too, but more in the crafty way. This year I cross stitched a little snowman (but I only sent 25, not 200!). My favorite cards to receive are the ones with a handwritten note.

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  19. Congrats on making your own X-Mas cards! It came out really great! I know that those who will receive it will really appreciate them.

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  20. Adorable Christmas cards! I love them :) Love sending and receiving cards too. There's something so special about opening the mailbox to find a letter or card!

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  21. I love your cards, they turned out great! Everyone always seems to dread getting their Christmas Cards out, but I love picking them out and sending to all our friends and fam:)

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