Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carded.

As I mentioned in my last post, my Christmas/Holiday cards have arrived. They're very much Christmas themed though they don't technically say Christmas on them so I hope they don't offend my Jewish friends who will be receiving them, though to be fair, I don't think they are super offendable people. Honestly Christmas has become such a secular holiday ANYWAY that I think it's hard to offend anyone with it. Though maybe I just have cool friends who don't take offense that easily. Though I probably have some super religious friends who are now offended by my saying that Christmas has become a secular holiday which not only proves that I CANNOT WIN but is also not a false statement, see also: Black Friday shopping starting in the middle of Thanksgiving Day. (Ok, not QUITE that early, but give it a year or two.) Plus, TECHNICALLY, the Christmas holiday celebrations and customs were all ripped off from ancient pagan festivals, so... do with that information what you will.

This is also proving the not-shocking statement that I have a horrible inability to stay on subject.

ANYWAY. Cards.

When I was little(r) we always sent out Christmas cards. We didn't do the brag-letter but we sent cards. For some reason I had it in my mind that that was just something grownups DID - send out Christmas cards. I have done it every year that I've been on my own, and I sort of feel like an old lady doing it, or maybe I'm a bit of a traditionalist, but whatever, I don't care. I LIKE sending Christmas cards. I like receiving them too, but that is by no means an expectation. I think they're fun and even though they're frequently canned and "impersonal" (like mine are) it's fun to see everyone's family pictures. Especially if you hold on to them for several years and then unearth the old ones and wave it around and then you can remind your uncle of how much hair he used to have. I've never done this, but another tradition in my family is to take a picture of each family every year when we're gathered at my grandma's. I should really try to round those up, that would be so fun to compile and take with me some year.

AGAIN, OFF TOPIC.

SO I GOT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS. OMG KELLY STAY ON TOPIC WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU.

Since Shutterfly didn't do their blogger giveaway promotion thing this year (to my extreme disappointment - I even had my post all written and ready to go! What a waste...) I decided to DESIGN MY OWN. From scratch. I was so irrationally excited about this, you guys, and I second-guessed myself no less than half a dozen times because for some reason these cards had to be PERFECT because I had to prove to myself and anyone that I "still had it" - IT, of course, being my design skills, for which I went to college to learn. After two photoshoots and several revisions, I finally got to the place where I decided I was comfortable sending them to everyone on my holiday card list. At the last minute I, um, made myself a little logo to put on the back. Because nothing is a better idea than at the very last minute throwing some sort of brand together to establish a potential freelance "business." I tried to keep it somewhat visually tied to what I've been tinkering with on this blog, and my goal for 2013 is to eventually get all of my branding inline with itself and sort out what my intentions are for my web presence and maybe even get myself a real website and smash on a portfolio or something. I don't know. It's all very lofty. I also want to complete my first draft of a project I don't even want to talk about for fear I will jinx myself. (Henceforth to be known as: A Project I Don't Even Want to Talk About For Fear I Will Jinx Myself.) Lots of things to do next year. I'd say "this year" because WHY WAIT but this month is crazy busy so I'm not going to set forth any unrealistic expectations.

But, I digress. I had ordered my address labels about a month ago from Overnight Prints (the same place I had ordered them from last year, which I think I found because of seeing them on someone else's blog) because there are only so many ways you can lay out your address, but I was being a cheapskate so I selected the most economical shipping and processing, so they arrived approximately a day (maybe two) before the cards did. The cards themselves I ordered just a couple weeks ago and I sprung for the extra $2 to get the corners rounded because, I don't know, I like rounded corners, whatever, shut up.

Then I went home over lunch on Friday and there was a little box on my front step and I may have audibly squeaked and then I raced upstairs and shoved all the cards into the green envelopes that I had purchased long ago (this was a multi-phase process) and had pre-addressed and stamped (I got bored waiting for the other stuff to come in) and promptly took Wave 1 to the post office. Some of them may be being delivered AS WE SPEAK. This is monumentally exciting. (It's the little things, guys.)

I was very impressed with the quality of the cards. They're a nice thick stock and the printing was excellent. I should know, I work for a company that does commercial printing (among many other things). (At which point I will admit I feel like an asshole for using a cheap Internet printing service for printing my cards, but it was a fraction of the cost and as previously established I AM A CHEAPSKATE). The printing is so clear that I was disheartened to discover that there had been an errant cat hair or two on my scanner bed that I never even noticed had shown up in my image until I got the cards in hand. Oops. Mostly it just looks like a scratch or printing defect, but I know what it REALLY is.

All that to say... I'm not going to post an image of them just yet. Because I don't want to prematurely give away the look of them to anyone who is receiving an Actual Card. Because these are my favorite cards yet and I am eagerly awaiting to hear people's reactions. I'll post them eventually, don't you worry.

Do you send Christmas/holiday cards? Why or why not?

15 comments:

Danielle Russell said...

These Christmas card thing has become...an issue for me lately. I love getting Christmas cards. I look forward to getting two each year: one from my friends Courtney and Dan and their girls, and one from you. Personally, I'm not ready to send Christmas cards yet. I figured I can hold off for a few more years. Apparently people at work think that this makes me a grinch and that I hate Christmas. My angsty FB post yesterday shows my frustration with it.

foxypepperjack said...

You are so funny and I loved your post! I still send Christmas cards and my family always has too. It's tradition! I only received 6 last year, which bummed me out, but I still sent to my whole list this year. I refuse to let the tradition die along with Christmas and Christmas Tree. Can't wait to see your cards!

Stacey said...

I got your card this weekend and LOVED it! I shall be sending mine (well "ours" I guess since it's a joint card) out this week!

Stephanie Fink said...

I love the card! i pulled it out and saw your logo on the back and was all "Kelly needs to STFU about how she can't design anymore, 'cause clearly she can." :D I sent cards last year, but this year i'm skipping it. 'Cause... I dunno. It's just not "us" to send a photo of ourselves to people. I really like the idea of getting the bulldog involved in a photo, though... Perhaps next year.

suki said...

I think this year I'm not doing cards. :p Hope that doesn't get me any haters... lol

Kelly L. said...

Really? Snobby East Coasters. Honestly Christmas cards are kind of expensive but I do them because I have so much fun with them, and since I don't really do much by way of celebrating or gifting with a lot of people on my list. Also, it's an excuse to dress up my cat. So there's that.

Kelly L. said...

Thanks! I always send out my full list too... I've gotten a lot this year but some years it feels like nobody else is really sending them. I do it anyway. I don't care. :)

Kelly L. said...

Fantastic. I shall look forward to it. (I'm just assuming you're sending me one.)

Kelly L. said...

Awwww I want to hug you repeatedly for that. I was really self-conscious about trying to do a logo (especially since it was just a last minute thought)... I made Maria look at it and approve it before I actually put it on there.



Also, OMG, you MUST MUST MUST do a card with Griz next year. I have so many ideas for Kitty that I can't possibly do them all, I can toss some your way. Or else just look at Pinterest, that would probably give you some ideas too. I LOVE THIS IDEA. You better do it next year!!!

Kelly L. said...

No hate here. It's definitely an undertaking.


Fortunately for me, I start planning them IN OCTOBER. Because I'm crazy.

terra said...

Your card made me smile so hard. I think it's totally adorable and absolutely perfect and I love it. My cards are not that fabulous but are sitting in my car waiting for postage...I should probably get on that before Christmas...

Tori said...

UM KELLY AS ONE OF THE APPROXIMATELY ONE JEW(S) WHO RECEIVED A CHRISTMAS CARD FROM YOU I FOUND THEM VERY OFFENSIVE


(totally jk. they were adorable and miss kitty looks very dapper in her gear! also, i really liked the "KL Creative" logo!)

Kelly L. said...

FALSE! There were at least two of you.

Kelly L. said...

Also, I'm glad you liked the logo, it was a last minute decision and I went back and forth over it and finally just went "what the hell" and sent them to print.

Kelly L. said...

YAY! I'm glad you liked it!