I am a card person.
I love sending the, receiving them
and making them!
I start thinking about next years 
Christmas Cards, 
before this years are sent out.
I don’t want to send out a card that
hundreds of other people have purchased.
Here’s the photo that was on last years card.
I like to create cards for all the holidays.
I want my cards to reflect who I am,
and how I feel about the people that I’m sending them to.
I also like to send thank you notes.
It just feels good to let people know
that even the smallest kindness is appreciated.
I drive my husband nuts, searching through office
supply and craft stores, looking for just
the right paper, stickers, pens, and embellishments.
I love to include photo’s, and I’m always looking
for photo opportunities. I send pictures taken
on vacations, at birthdays, Christmas and Thanksgiving.
This year, I have a new Service Dog,
so I have to come up with three Christmas Outfits
for my furbabies.  I’m trying to convince my boys
to put up the tree in the next few weeks, just so that
we can take our annual Christmas photo.
They can take it down again right away:-)
Do you do something special each year?
Do you make cards and stationary?
What about photo’s…do you print them and give them out,
or just keep them on memory cards?
Here are some types that I’ve found to be helpful
1.  Don’t wait until the last minute to look for, or make cards and notes.
Shop all year long – watching for sales, and closeouts.
2.  Think outside of the box.  You don’t have to buy
expensive – specifically for crafts – items.
Look for buttons and half used spools of ribbon,
artificial flowers,  broken pieces of jewelry,
and fabrics of all kinds,
at yard sales, and thrift shops.
3.  Recycle cards that you’ve received in past years.
Take photo’s of them, and then cut them up to reuse.
4.  Keep a designated space to store your finds.
There is no sense in having these things, if you can’t find them.
Clear plastic storage containers are easy to find and inexpensive.
Make sure to label the outside.
5.  Make extra copies whenever you print our 
send in your photo’s to be processed.
Place them in your storage container, or keep them
in a notebook with pockets – sorted according to 
6.  Always keep a camera with you.
(Disposable cameras are available at almost
all large retailers, and can be kept in your
purse of car’s glove compartment.)
  You never know when a fantastic photo opp will take place.
Candid shots at wedding receptions, birthday and
anniversary parties, make wonderful gifts.
You personalized card can be kept and framed.
7.  Don’t overstress – sometimes the simplest card
can be the most appealing. 
8. If you don’t have a lot of time
to spend  putting together cards, with adhesives and do-dads…
think about making your personalized holiday cards online!
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