Since my Christmas cards take some time and effort to make, it's the same thing when it comes to organizing and mailing them off. It all requires a bit of a super easy step-by-step process so I thought I'd show you guys how it all comes together!
1. Purchasing Cards
I always try looking for cards that are both nice and super cute, if possible. The stores start putting these things out even before Halloween is over! Once November hits, I usually make a quick grab for these so I can get a good head start on my drawings while avoiding the gradual crowds.
2. Stickers, Markers & Glitter
I gear up my little Christmas art kit! With the drawings, all cards include some bright colour, flashy sparkle and even some festive stickers all straight from the dollar store.
3. A List
Next I make myself a list so I don't forget anybody! Once a person's card is done, I check off their name.
4. Let The Drawing Begin! (with Google Images)
And then the drawing comes in! Despite how detailed it may all look, it actually doesn't take me too long at all to draw up a quick picture. I pick something I like from Google Images then draw it up in a black fine tip pen.
Then colour it in and add a sticker and the glitter to dry overnight.
Growing up, my mom always got each of us to sign birthday cards with our own signature. I guess it made things a bit more "authentic" and now I've adapted the same rule. Once the cards are dried and ready to be sealed, I make sure Andrea and now Brian signs the ones where we have mutual friends (which are most of them, anyway!) I'll include a little hand written message too and always write the year in the corner (something else I picked up from mom!)
6. The Address Book
Most cards these days, I actually do have to end up mailing. Before I start sending off any, I always refer to my address book and send a confirmation message to my friends that there weren't any changes made to their address in the last year. If there was and they moved, I write in their new address and cross off the old one so everything is up to date.
7. Mailing & Stamps
There's a few cards that have to travel further than others, so I always keep those ones in a separate pile with a "To Be Mailed" post-it on top. This also means I have to stock up on stamps and double check with the post office for cards being sent out internationally - they generally need an extra stamp or two and it's always good just to double check before hand!
8.) Work Station (and some chocolate handy!)
It's clear that these cards take some work! So I need a good work station where everything can take place and be organized. I work the most on the cards at the dining room table because it's separate from the rest of the house, the table is big and spacious and there's a lot of natural light coming in from the big windows which I love. I also love to keep a little radio near by where I'll have some Christmas tunes playing or the jazz station turned up.
Last year, I kept all my Christmas card "storage" in a little basket on the floor of my room.
I've done the same thing this year only, everything is kept in a holiday-themed appropriate Christmas box. Brian actually gave this to my parents last year as a way to display their gift basket and now I'm using it for my card stash!
For those friends I will see over the holidays, I always attach some little chocolates and a candy cane to the envelope when handing them out for a finishing touch (just like a friend did for me last year down below!)