Thursday, December 22, 2016

Writing Christmas Cards

December is my absolute favorite month. It has a little to do with the fact that I'm a December baby, but more so to do with the fact that I love Christmas. And, I love Christmas because of the traditions.

Those traditions stem back to things we did when I was a child, sprinkled with things the hubby did as a child. But I also love the traditions we've formed as our own family has grown, too. One such tradition is writing Christmas cards.

Tri-fold style

I've always loved to receive actual cards with photos of the family and a little bit of news from the year. I remember as a child how our family would string the cards along as part of our decoration. As I grew up and started my own family, I especially loved the cards people had made with collages of their family photos. I knew this was a tradition I wanted to start for myself.

This year, Plug PR got in touch with me to see if I wanted to collaborate with them on a project with Fotomax to design some Christmas cards. I was just about to sit down and do this for myself, so it was perfectly timed. Fotomax is a Hong Kong based brand which prints photos, calendars and other special projects, so I couldn't wait to work with them.

The process couldn't be simpler. All I had to do was select a template. Make sure to select from Bella's Design Gallery (under the Designs tab) where there are lots of cute designs to choose from. There are three styles -- flat card, traditional card, and tri-fold, so we chose one from each style.

Then, I selected from my photos and used the photo editing tools to crop and flip them and place them into the template. Fotomax has the capability of uploading photos from your phone, laptop, Facebook, Instagram or from any photo storing websites as well like Dropbox or Picasa.

Finally, I got to choose envelope colors and submit the quantity I wanted for each design. The best part of it all is that the cards are printed and sent out within three days! That's perfect for a working mum like me who only gets around to this job a few weeks before Christmas. It's a busy season, but it's nice to know that these cards will make their way to our friends by Christmas day.

Traditional card style

 Call me old fashioned, but these days when there is such little actual letter writing happening, I like to sit with my address book and take the time to send out cards. Since moving to Hong Kong, we don't actually get too many cards sent our way, but I still end up posting around forty each year. I usually have the kiddos help me stick on the return labels, air mail stickers and stamps, so they can learn a little bit about this tradition and let's face it, about letter writing, too. That way, it's a tradition I can share with them and eventually pass along.

Flat card style

Thanks again Fotomax and Plug PR for helping me with this Christmas tradition this year. I've received many compliments on the cards we made, so I'll definitely be using Fotomax again.

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