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Holiday Photo Cards, Stress?

Friday, November 23rd, 2012


I lucked out this year. We needed to get a family photograph taken this summer and I was able to use one of them for our holiday Christmas cards. For being something pretty low on the list of important things in life, I allow it to take up more space in my brain that the process deserves. The fact is that my own priorities switch from my family’s cards to my customers as the holidays get closer. If my cards aren’t finished by Thanksgiving, it’s not going to happen.

There are all kinds of things we could do, but don’t to make getting the perfect family photo easier. Things like, we could take pictures all year long and get a good one while we have some color on our cheeks and spring in our step with the good weather. We could invite a friend over to snap some shots of the family during Thanksgiving, while the whole family is in town. Since most of us have iPhones in our back pockets, is there any reason we can’t take a lot of photos everywhere we go?

So here are some site with tips, if you haven’t taken your holiday photo yet. I think the best tip is to not let it get the best of you.

Digital Photography School


Simple Mom

Remember you can upload your photo directly to the Letters from Lilly site and make adjustments to end up with the perfect greeting for your family and friends this holiday season.

Holiday Card Options? You bet.

Monday, November 1st, 2010

We have five different items we offer for holiday cards. Take a look at the options below and choose from our 110+ designs. Any of our designs go on any item we offer.

1. Gatefold  (below) – Use as photo card or just have a greeting inside. Your photo can be affixed inside center or on a side panel. Custom greeting can be printed in the center or on a side panel in your choice of ink color and typestyle.


2. Photo Card 7 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ (below)

Use with a 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″ photo and have customer greeting printed inside. Horizontal or vertical.



3. Small Photo Card 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″(below)

Use with a small 3 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ photo and have customer greeting printed inside. Horizontal or vertical.



4. Flat Photo Card (below)

Attach your own photo or upload and edit your photo to fit our card on our site. See paper and photo printing options on the site and email us if you have questions

fhp_santa_text15. Fold Over Note (below)

Toss the idea of a photo all together and send a custom greeting card like the one shown below. Your greeting will be printed inside the folded note shown below.

note_doorAll Letters from Lilly stationery includes  the matching linings, as shown in these samples. The photo cards can be printed on ecru textured paper OR white paper. See our website or email us for details.

Sandcastles… School…

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

We’d all like to continue building sandcastles, but reality is quickly closing in. School starts for us the day after Labor Day. Thankfully, we still have time to play around in the sand before we have to shake off our beach towels and return to real life.

If you didn’t win the sandcastle contest this summer, there’s time to practice.  Look at this video to see what can be built. Pretty lph_sandcastleimpressive..

World's first sand hotel, Weymouth beach

The largest sandcastle on record is shown here, using 1,000 tons of sand! Giant Sandcastle at Weymouth beach, Dorset, Britain. Photograph: Rex features

If your kids are already in school, flip through your summer photos and pull out a favorite. Send it out to friends and relatives to remind them of the fun you had this summer.

Put your photo on our folded photo card, like the one above. You can order it for a horizontal or vertical photograph. If you don’t want to glue on the pictures, we’ll do it for you. If you want the photograph printed right on the card, we can do that too. Just upload your photograph on our site.

Easier than building a sandcastle, that’s for sure.

The Holiday Letter… Should you or Should you Not?

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Now that you have your holiday photo taken (hint, hint… get on it), it’s time to think about the holiday note to include. Let’s be honest here, not everyone loves to receive the holiday note, that is often a letter, and can even be… gasp… single spaced.sph_coneflowerbasketpad_coneflowerbasket_text 

If you include one of these, just know that some find them annoying.

Do I? It depends. I like to get an update on my friends, but I don’t really like reading a stuffed update.

I do want to hear what your everyday life is like and what makes you tick these days. I don’t want to hear about your fancy new car, all the A’s your kids get, and how many trophies each one of your children has added to their collection. It’s sort of bragging really.

Do tell me who you are sharing Christmas with or that you have a new garden full of hydrangeas that were more beautiful this year than last or that you’ve taken up the unicycle. You can even tell me about how you have done silly things in 2009 like leaving the sprinkler on in the garden for 17 hours straight… it will make me feel more normal since I made the same mistake! Sshhhh.

Tell me on pretty paper too. It’s a shame when someone sends a beautiful card and then they stick in a white piece of printer paper.  Many of these letters rub off on the pretty holiday card making it even worse.

Have no fear, Letters from Lilly has their stationery sheets that fit nicely inside all of our holiday cards. You can run them through your own printer, fold them once, and put them inside your card. The greatest part, besides the fact that the match in color, texture and design, is that they are a pleasant size to read. They aren’t the 8 1/2″ x 11″ notebook paper, they are  a fashionable stationery sheet.

So like the family photo that I am unable to help with, I can’t help write the family update for the year. Here are some tips though. Keep it short, double space it and … don’t brag. Just share happy things that make you smile throughout your everyday life.

Autumn Holiday Card Tips

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

fhp_sagewreath_textlph_sagewreathJust as April showers bring May flowers, autumn leaves falling bring… snowflakes, holidays, and the fun of holiday cards.

I bet when you read the words fun and holiday cards, you let out a little bit of a sigh.

Admit it, it’s a project. It’s not easy to keep up on the list and addresses, let alone the card and don’t even mention the photo.

Come on, I know what happens when you get the family together for the (dreaded) holiday photo session.

It’s something like this… you say at breakfast, “Honey, the sun is shining, we should really get the kids out and try to get a photo for our holiday card.” Then he grunts, almost like you did a few sentences ago when I first brought it up. The kids come in the room and your husband says, “Mom wants to take the holiday photo card today.” Immediately the kids are on the floor, withering around like earthworms freshly pulled from the earth.spv_sagewreath

So, before I take this too far and you just click away from my blog entirely, let me tell you how we can help at Letters from Lilly.

First, I should tell you, I am NOT available for the family session that needs to happen to get the photo, but I can help with the card.

We have made some exciting changes with our card selection since last season.

As you may know, our folded photo cards come in horizontal and vertical. But, did you know that we now offer photo cards with the photo printed directly on the card?gf_sagewreath1 We have the flat photo card shown on the upper left of this post. It’s flat, white and it comes with all the designs we offer.

We also have the popular cards we have offered for years, which are also available on a white stock that has the photo printed right on the card.

A very unique way to send a photo of your family is to use our gatefold, shown to the right, with your photo affixed in the center of the card.

1. Order early- There are LOTS of options for you to select from this season. I know, it’s still October, but if you get it going now, you can get them ordered and stop the children from groaning, the husband from huffing, and yes, you from sighing. We all love getting them, order early so that you can actually enjoy the process of sending a note with them.

2. Keep it simple – Whatever you choose, you can upload your photo right on our site. We’ll print it and stick it on the card, we’ll print it right on the paper…whatever makes the process easier for you. See all the options by clicking here.

3. Check it off as completed – OK, if you’ve thrown in the towel on the photo, just choose our fold over note shown below with a nice holiday greeting and skip the photo for a year.

No, don’t really do that…everyone likes the photos. Even you do, admit it.


Smocking Plaid to Roxy Plaid

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I’m not in denial. lpv_bluedressI know my smocking days are gone.

Gone as in G-O-N-E. There is not one smocked dress left in Lilly’s closet.

Today was picture day at school. For years, the smocked dresses were Lilly’s favorites and I have oodles of her school pictures to prove it. You can see on the Letters from Lilly site that I loved those days gone by. Last night she picked out her outfit and although I had a flashback of smocked dresses, reality came in with, “I’ll wear my pink Abercrombie top and my Roxy plaid skirt with my black leggings.”

It sounds horrible and ten years ago, the mere suggestion would have made my skin crawl (and Lilly’s too for that matter).  But, no surprise, her outfit today was quite cute and appropriate for a 7th grade school photo.1015412l1

 Smocking has been around probably as long as stitching has been. It’s an art really. Very small stitches are sewn together and gathered to make intricate and ornamental patterns. The dress Lilly is wearing above shows smocking across the front with tiny red flowers.

So even though she wasn’t wearing smocking today, hardly appropriate for a girl who is just shy of 13, I love the photo that came home on her student ID today. The baby teeth have been replaced by adult teeth, complete with braces, and Converse now take the place of the patent leather shoes. She’s grown up for sure, now it’s my turn.

Order our blue dress stationery for your little girl now, while you can. She’ll grow up in a blink and rather than talking with you after school, she’ll be texting you from the next room. Did I just admit that?