Working on your holiday cards for 2012? I love this design from Tiny Prints. Click on image to view on Tiny Prints site.


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Need helping choosing which photo(s) to use in your holiday card?

  1. Choose a card layout that fits your photos, not photos that fit your card. This can be challenging when there are so many great templates out there these days. But you really will be less frustrated and more satisfied with the results if you do it this way. Promise.
  2. Use photos that have a clear, single message. They shouldn’t have distracting backgrounds or too many things going on. I personally like one great shot that represents my family’s personality (and where everyone’s faces can be seen when possible.) The hardest thing to do is to separate yourself from a photo. If you were present when a photo was taken, you have an emotional attachment to the photo. It means more to you than what is actually shown in the photo. But your reader wants a clear, updated photo of your family (or family members) that they can understand simply by viewing it despite not being present when it was taken. Does that make sense?
  3. Be aware of how the people look, or end up cropped in your card. Can you see everyone’s face clearly? Have you chopped off any arms in awkward places. Are heads connected to necks? Don’t laugh, you’d be surprised what happens in group photos sometimes. Make sure the poses aren’t awkward and going to land you on that awkward family photo site. Oh, and make sure everyone has their arms, legs, zippers zippered, buttons buttoned. You get it :)
  4. Be sure your image is high-resolution. There is nothing worse than a blurry card.
  5. If you are going to use more than one photo I think you either need to have them all from the same setting or they all need be different. Half and half doesn’t work for me.
  6. If you are going to use a lot of images. Make sure they are close up and very clear. Most cards are smaller than 5×7, so once you get more than 2-3 photos on there, they start to get pretty small. You don’t want your reader to need a magnifying glass to see a photo. Well unless you are my great-grandma :)

Why I like the Tiny Print card above: The example above is one of all the photos being from the same setting (you can tell mostly b/c they are all in the same clothes). The consistency makes for a smart, clean-looking card. My eye knows what too look at to get the message of this card, and it’s not cluttered with background distractions. Your reader should be able to tell who the card is from right away by looking at the photos, second by reading the text. The graphics are simple and easy to read. Plus I love the rounded edge, and that you can customize the graphics area background color. Although I am partial to the grey because it doesn’t fight with the photos.

How I would do it: If I were ordering this card I would include one main close up family photos on the bottom, and then one photo of each of my kids (close up head shots, not full body because the space is so small) on the top.

So what are you waiting for? Go order your holiday cards before you forget.


Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

I could kick myself! I just ordered all our holiday photo gifts, cards, etc and then discovered I could have saved a bunch of money using Ebates. I found Ebates through searching for coupons for something I was buying (snow boots if you must know). But once I landed on the screen I remembered I seen it before. Then it hit me. It was on ChristianPF. I love those people, so after re-reading I knew they would not be steering me in a direction they wouldn’t go themselves. Now I’m signed up and hooked on Ebates. As long was we are stream-of-conscience-ing it here… I was then like, “I have to tell my photo friends. They NEED to order prints and gifts too. WHO doesn’t want to know about saving 8%, 15%, 20%. So pardon the un-solicited advertisement here, but I love sharing good deals when I find them. Don’t you?

My favorite online printing is done on Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery. If I would have gone through my new Ebates account I could have gotten 8% (Shutterfly) or 15% (Kodak) cash back using these two printers. No joke! I’m so annoyed. The holiday order is my biggest of the year.

Other photo printers using Ebates (some of which I have used) are: Minted (5%), Snapfish (20%), and you could print your own cards using Vistaprint (5%).

Follow this link to Ebates. I think you’ll be glad you did. I’m just glad I figured it out before I started my online holiday shopping. The more I save, the more I can spend on well… printing more of my zillions of photos.

Posted in DIY

Free Birth Announcement! It’s baby season around here. I’ve been doing a lot of newborn photo shoots over the last few weeks. I whipped up this free birth announcement template to share with you.


Sized for 5×7 high-resolution template. For personal use only.

Download by clicking here.
Save the image to your desktop.
Open the png file in Photoshop. (It might work with other programs, just give it a try, and let me know.)
Place your photo in the layer named “PLACE YOUR PHOTO HERE”
Resize your photo.
Add your own text in the grey box and circle space.
Print (or send to printer. I like to print here and here.)

To email or post on Facebook, re-size the file to 500 pixels wide and “save as” a jpg image. I’d love you to tag us in your Facebook post if you use this template.

Don’t have photo editing software?
Send us your print ready photo and we will add the template and text for you. Cost is $10 per final piece. Service does not include photo editing. We will email you a proof within 48 hours of payment. One set of changes may be made and may include photo and/or text. Send request and high resolution photo to email @

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