DIY: Holiday Photo Cards

December 8, 2011

It’s that time of year when the post office is at it’s peak with the hustle and bustle of people sending out packages and waiting on line for stamps to mail their Holiday cards.  I usually design my cards in early November and mail them out right after Thanksgiving (this year though, I was a little late).

Because I have young kids and we have family near and far that we don’t often get to see throughout the year, I like to design and send a photocard, but they can often be expensive.   In being somewhat of a frugal person, I decided to make my own Holiday photocards this year (and honestly, I like the result better than the plug-your-picture-in-and-print style).

After a long photo session with the kids (which I was the photographer of), I used the free program, Picasa, to make a collage of pictures that would be perfect for the card.  I had them printed at Walmart for .09 cents each (x 40), which ended up costing me just over $3.00.

I was originally thinking of using white index cards to mount them on, but then I was able to find really heavy and pretty card stock that was slightly larger than the picture.  The card stock came in an assortment of earth tone colors, and was the perfect backdrop for the photo montage.

Using Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner, I added three rows to the back of the picture to make a tacky surface so it would stick to the card stock.

This is the back of the photo, where you can see the three rows of Tacky Tape that I added.  I originally planned to use a gluestick to adhere the picture to the card stock, but this tape was SO MUCH BETTER!  It was easy to apply to the picture and then it adhered very well to the card stock surface.

I actually was lucky enough to receive this Tacky Tape from Aleene’s, along with some other “tacky” products that they offer. (and I mean “tacky” in a good way, not the overboard-ugly-too much way!)

Then flip the card onto the cardstock, and it’s complete!

Write something on the back, and they will be ready to mail!

We don’t really have an Aunt Betty…  I just wrote this out for the tutorial :)

If you’re interested in trying out products by Aleene’s to create your own creation, their products are available at Michael’s stores or online at www.Ilovetocreate.com.  I know you will be happy with the result of your project when you use their products – I sure was!

My Holiday cards are in the mail…  Are yours?

All the opinions in this post are 100% mine! Full post disclosure here

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, Savvy Southern Style, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, Creation Corner, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk, Under the Table & Dreaming

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Comments

  1. Hi Jenna –

    ADORABLE!!!! Love all the photos, but the one where your son is kissing his lil’ sis is priceless.

    XO Diane
    Diane@InMyOwnStyle recently posted..How to Make a No-Sew Snowflake Window Treatment

  2. I love simple projects like this that show you how to get a polished/professional look on the cheap! Thank you so much for playing with our adhesives! We featured your project on our FB page and linked to you! Please like us and check it out if you haven’t already! facebook.com/lovetocreate

    • Thank you so much Alexa for featuring my project. I also posted your feature on my FB page! Thanks for allowing me to try your adhesives – they were GREAT! xo Jenna

  3. I love how you did this! It is definitly personal, which is a MUST for our cards. I am late this year as well, hopefully being put in the mail tomorrow! :)

  4. I’m having a linky party right now on my blog! Love your holiday stuff! So cute! I would love it if you would link your stuff to it. Thanks! Here is my link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/13/linky-party/

  5. this is great I’d love you to add it to my What We Wore and Made link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  6. Love this!! Where did you find your card stock? I love the colors. Did you have it cut or was it already cut to size? Thanks for the wonderful idea!! Merry, merry….!

    • I found the cardstock at AC Moore and it was actually cut to size at alittle over 4×6 ( I think it was 5×7 paper). Thanks for your kind compliments!

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