If your family is anything like mine, then you are well aware of dad in the office typing up the yearly family newsletter as an insert for christmas cards. When I was younger, I sat at my dad’s feet listening to the click click click of the typewriter…yes, we owned a typewriter. And then at some point, we started printing out the newsletters from our computers…and then it turned to virtual letters via email. The family newsletters stopped being published sometime when I was in college–and I kind of miss them.
We loved the idea of bringing back that tradition to our new family (currently just me, my hubs, and the pup). I’m not much of a writer myself, but as my husband can attest to, I’m a wannabe storyteller. Neither of us wanted to write my dad’s traditional version of a newsletter, so instead, we decided to include 3 snapshots of the top highlights from 2012. This way, we could help our friends and family feel like they were a part of our story. And as the idiom goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
To assemble the tags to the cards, we strung them with baker’s twine and wrapped it around the card just like a sweet little holiday present!
With instagram being all the rage these days (I’m addicted and can’t stay away), we cropped these 3 highlights from the year in instagram fashion and applied a few antique filters through lightroom to maximize the effect. And on the back of each photo, we’ve included a short description and date for each moment. It was actually very amusing when we were picking out our top 3. Everything we picked seemed to have happened in the last 3 months of the year. Maybe it’s just short term memory, but we didn’t want it to seem like we didn’t have any fun until September, so we had to dig through our memory bank to figure out something fun that we did pre-summer!
You’ll have to read our next post to get the scoop on the color choices. They seem random now, but make much more sense when you see the complete package. Stay tuned for more holiday card action, and enjoy the sneak peak!