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Monday, December 1, 2014

Easy Christmas Postcards

I generally send out over 100 Christmas cards to friends and family members. It often takes me up to three full days to create a newsletter, hand sign and address all of the cards. This year since I was off to a late start and Christmas is just three weeks away I wanted to hit a big “EASY” button.

I also try to send out change of address postcards whenever we move so I decided “Why not combine the two this year?”

Typing in “vintage Christmas postcards” on Pinterest and found a circa 1910 image that reminded me of our Storybook Cottage on a snowy day.

Loading the image into Picasa I added the words “From our NEW home to yours!” as well as our family’s names. A bit of “snow” embellishment came in the form of “Stickles” glitter which you can find at Hobby Lobby and most scrapbooking stores.

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For the reverse side of the postcards I wanted a traditional feel. There are several styles available on Pinterest.

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Then I just created a small verse that was simple and to the point.

“The moving van just pulled up,

There are boxes everywhere,

But we wanted to take a moment,

To tell you that we care.”

This was followed by happy holidays wishes and our new address.

Easy peasy!

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The best part is that while a regular letter requires a .49 cent stamp a post card stamp is a bargain at just .34 cents. Into the mail they went the day after Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow I will be sharing the finished handmade mailbox garland that you can see in the beginning stages in the above photo.

May you receive a lovely letter today.



Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How lovely, Laura! I love this idea and it makes it a little easier on you this year, yet you still get your holiday wishes out.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this and the image really does look like your storybook house. Great way to let everyone know about the move.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hey Laura, what a great idea, I love it!

FairfieldHouse said...

Laura, Your postcards are beautiful. All that is going on in your world and you are still ahead of me! :O
Your Friend, Deborah

Vel Criste said...

What an adorable postcard! Anyone receiving that would be smiling for sure! I usually order from minted our year in review card and am sending them out today. :-) Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving in your new home!

Maureen Wyatt said...

That's a great idea to combine the two and your's turned out very pretty. Would you believe it costs over a dollar to send a Christmas card in Canada? My card list is getting very short!

Karena Albert said...

Lovely and so creative Laura!
Perfect to let friends and family know about your move and wish Happy Holidays at the same time.

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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great idea! xoxo

nonie everythingsewing said...

How clever and creative. Love that idea.



Totally LOVE your Christmas postcards for Christmas!!

Rita C. said...

Wow, Laura, you're unstoppable. What a perfect card!

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Terri Steffes said...

I love Christmas postcards! How lovely! When we moved last year, I did the same, combined our change of address with our holiday card. Wonderful way to catch everyone up!