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Creating My Pinterest-y Christmas Cards

Guys! Guys! Our Christmas cards came in the mail today, and I am so excited!

Since this is my first baby’s first Christmas, I am admittedly going overboard this year. One of the items on my list of Christmas musts (yes, there is actually a list) was a Pinterest-y Christmas card. I think I can confidently cross that item off my list, don’t you think?

tiny prints christmas card

tiny prints christmas card

I wanted the perfect family photo for our card, but I didn’t think of it until just before Thanksgiving, and by then photographers were booked up or charging a premium rate. Psshh, I got this,  I thought. I looked up some tutorials on how to stage my own photography studio and get perfect pictures with a Christmas light bokeh effect. Easy-peasy.

Until I actually dusted off my DSLR and tried to get a 5 month old to cooperate with a photo shoot. First of all, I could not figure out how to get the aperture low enough to get the right effect. Yeah, if I’m being honest, I almost never use my camera in manual mode. Playing around with settings and effects is great, but… not when your 5 month old is cranky and so over this stupid photo shoot business.

My pitiful attempts are so funny that I have to share a few:

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I was testing the lighting here, but as you can see my attempt at lights in the background for a bokeh effect was pretty pathetic.

Harry was fed up with my lack of expertise in camera lenses and subject distances.

Harry was fed up with my lack of expertise in camera lenses and subject distances.

 

Anyway, I gave up on my dream of that perfect photo and just started snapping away using my phone. Harry cheered up when I let him play with some lights, and here are a few shots that I liked:

The winner

The winner

It was hard to choose my favorite, but once I finally did I decided to make my first ever customized Christmas card. I went with Tiny Prints — my Sister-in-Law used them for our baby shower invitations, and I was impressed with how good they came out. It took me awhile to choose the one I liked best (there were soooo many adorable options), but I am happy with my decision. I splurged and got envelopes with our return address printed on them, because the thought of writing our stupid address over and over has actually prevented me from sending cards in the past. If you’re really fancy you can have them print the delivery address– but I’m only somewhat fancy so I only had our address printed.

So! “Pinterest-y Christmas card,”–Check! What else should be on my list for Baby’s first Christmas?

 

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