I wanted to share with you the 2011 Christmas Card that I made to send to our family.  I created this in My Digital Studio after seeing a blog post on Mydigitalstudio.net about the Tri-Fold cards.  I really liked how it was all laid out with both a spot for a family photo and then a page for photos of the kids and then on the back a place to write.  In past years I would write a letter, print it out, fold it up and stick it inside our Christmas cards.  But with My Digital Studio the letter part can become part of the card instead of being an insert.  So that is what I decided to do for our family – I printed 35 of these – mailed out 34 and kept 1.

This is the card folded it up and it doesn’t look like much.  This is the smaller size of the the tri-fold choices – I have to go back and look for sure but I think the other one was either bigger or it was just turned to be portrait orientation.  It looks like a really small card but then when you unfold it you get this….

In the center panel I had a picture of our whole family and then the third panel has individual pictures of the boys plus a little note from us.

But there is more – turn it over to the back and you get this –

That is where my “letter” came in.  I used two panels to write all of our 2011 memorable moments.

I sent hand-stamped cards to everyone else on my list.  I still have a few more to get out.  But so far I have used 80 stamps!  I bought 2 packs of the Christmas stamps and used all those.  Went to the store to get more this morning and they were out of Christmas ones so the rest of my card have regular stamps.  I’ll finish up tomorrow with everyone on my list.

I hope everyone likes the MDS card and the hand-stamped cards.

Here is today’s Christmas activity –

Dec. 22 – Attend a Christmas Concert – I knew I had this one in the bunch.  We already did this earlier though – I should have planned my days out better when making the countdown project.  We went to the Etowah High School Band Concert.  Ryan is in the percussion section – his section of the band played three songs – he played crash cymbals on one song, the wooden block on one and jingle bells on one.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  we got word from Stampin’ Up! that the Stocking builder punch that is in the Holiday Mini catalog will be discontinued – so if you had your eye on that punch you better order it now.  The Holiday Mini catalog end on Jan. 3rd but I don’t know how much stock they have left and there will not be any more once they run out.   And remember the Clearance Rack sale – there are some great deals on other punches – current shapes but the older body style.  And a steal on the GoGo Boots Alphabet Sizzlets die set – I use this a lot for scrapbooking titles.


Have a productive day!