5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

Hello! I’m Sylvia the designer from {via}vacious Designs. I’m so happy to be guest posting today and sharing my passion for stationery with you! It’s that time of the year when your mailbox is overflowing with beautiful, colorful holiday cards. I want to share some of my top tips for getting your own holiday cards ready to be sent to your loved ones.

5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

1. Order and send your holiday cards early

By getting them done early, you can focus on the other fun holiday festivities you have planned. Did you move recently? Sending your cards early also helps those on your holiday card list recognize you have a new home address.  

2. Proof for grammatical errors

We all have oversights during this busy season, even stationery designers, so be sure to thoroughly look at your proof to ensure everything is correct. One of the most common typographical errors I see during the holidays happens while signing cards. When signing your holiday card, there is no need to put an apostrophe in your name. So for example, when signing our card this year we’ll use The Stremmings not The Stremming’s. The apostrophe shows ownership, which is not the case when signing your card (correct example: Santa’s cookies).

3. Be candid

If you want a photo card, but didn’t have time to get any family photos taken this year, don’t worry! Your photo(s) doesn’t have to be professionally taken. The candid photos from throughout the year are many times the best and show personality.

4. Use your time wisely

If you write a personal message, have a goal to do a certain amount a night. Tackling your holiday cards this way will keep you from being too overwhelmed with your long list of friends and family members. You will also be able to get the rest of your holiday chores done, too!

5. Be efficient

Holiday cards don’t have to be expensive! There are many discounts available during the holiday season as well as shops where you can buy the digital file and print as many as you need. If money is tight for gifts, opt for a photo card—a picture says a thousand words.

I hope these tips help make your holidays a little less stressful so you can focus more on being with your family! To put these tips to use, I’m offering 20% off to Ciera Design blog readers with the coupon code CIERADESIGN20 good through Dec. 31, 2013. Happy Holidays! Find {via}vacious Designs on Etsy and on Facebook.

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Comments

  1. Latoya Smith says:

    Over the years I’ve ordered dozens of Holiday cards that were printed with less than expected quality. Last year my company in Pembroke Pines, FL printed some Holiday business cards with PCA Delta, and they were great. I’ve been printing with them ever since. If you need holiday cards printed go to http://www.pcadeltaprinting.com/ I strongly recommend them.

  2. Yesterday I ordered stamps online — via USPS, they usually ship out within one business day. I expect to get them Tuesday. It’s so icy here lately, and buying stamps online was cheaper than it would cost me to buy them in the store (if not the same cost). I also think it’s easier to just do a little at a time if you get overwhelmed easily. I went through and wrote the insides to them (I’m a bit generic and simple and quick, so every other one said “Merry Christmas! ♥ Liz 2013″ or “Happy Holidays! ♥ Liz 2013″), addresses envelopes and took a break. About an hour later, I then went through and stuck my address label stickers on the backs of envelopes before sealing them. Now, I’m just waiting for the stamps so I can get them out by Wednesday. :)

  3. If I had any tips it would probably be to “just do them already” haha! My parents ended up not sending out the ones I designed for them last year because they kept putting it off too late, and I think that’s something a lot of people do!

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