Posts Tagged ‘small photo cards’

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.

Tennis Anyone?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

sph_tennisracketTennis anyone?

Even though it seems Federer will once again come away with a win, I still want to watch.

But I should be working.

Did you know he’s won 44 of his past 45 matches at the U.S. Open? That’s focus. He’s a five time champion. That’s determination.

I could be watching it right now, if I wasn’t sitting here… working.

If YOU want to watch it, here is the schedule.

So I’m focused and determined too. I’m going to finish this blog posting right now so I can get on to… watching the tennis today.

Here’s Lilly on our small photo card with the tennis design. You can put that tennis design on any of our products and easily upload photos on our site.

If you read this blog, you know that. Anyway, I’ve got to go! No, Lilly won’t be watching, she started 8th grade today. That’s a whole different blog posting for another time.

Gingerbread Houses are Lovely

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


Gingerbread houses are a fun tradition to make with grown ups and kids alike to display in your home for Christmas.

There are a lot of options as far as making your own gingerbread house. You can make the dough, roll out the gingerbread, cut the walls and roof, bake them… OR  you can get the one ready and made for decorating.

Lilly and I like the decorating part the best, so I’ve opted for ready made. You can get a ready made house at many craft stores.

Once you have your house, go to the nearest candy store and stock up on your supply of colored hard candy, Necco wafers, candy canes, jelly beans and other colorful candies for decorating.

Make a big bowl of white frosting, divide it into smaller bowl and using food coloring, make red, green, pink, blue, purple and all the colors your heart desires for your gingerbread house. Don’t forget to keep a lot of it white for snow on the roof!

Now get to work! This is where the fun begins!

I don’t think anyone is too old to enjoy the creativity in decorating with candy.

Here’s a gingerbread village on display at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens. They have a beautiful display going on right now through the holidays.  If you go, don’t forget to see the outdoor skating rink!

Once you’ve had enough of the cold, go back inside and see the unbelievable exhibits thanks to Mrs. Smith.  The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse is Cleveland Botanical Garden’s exciting conservatory featuring authentic recreations of two of the world’s most exotic ecosystems: the sun-baked, spiny desert of Madagascar and the misty rainforest of Costa Rica.

Truly one of Lilly’s cherished places on earth.

Share the warmth of your home with our gingerbread stationery. It doesn’t have to be a holiday card, just a note to spread good cheer this holiday season.

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.


Darling Dolls and Bountiful Boys

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I’m always looking for something funny to give friends to pass the time when they are awaiting the new love of their life.  These paper dolls are sure to get a giggle from the gals at a baby shower and might even help make bedrest a little entertaining.

But once that little bundle of joy arrives, there will be no time for paper dolls.  Reality arrives without warning and all the sudden we wonder ‘what exactly did we DO all day’ without this little being demanding every second of our waking AND sleeping moments.



Make your announcement with style using our maryjanes for a girl or red wagon for a boy.  Perhaps you are lucky enough to get T-W-O or … hold your breath… T-H-R-E-E!  Whatever the case, Letters from Lilly has the announcement and stationery to fit your growing family. Now’s probably not the right time to mention that you’ll need to write thank you notes for all those gifts…