Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Shutterfly Christmas

Oh how I love Shutterfly, let me count the ways...  I really do use Shutterfly and that is why I was excited when I saw a post on a fellow crafter's blog about a fabulous promotion happening with Shutterfly.  They are offering 50 free holiday cards to bloggers.  Click here to find out what you need to do to get in on this! 

Well, first I should start off by stating that yes, I am a handmade crafter at heart.  And yes, I would make every single Christmas card if I had the time.  The problem, is that I send around 100 cards every year and well, I like to have time to do make more than just cards.  I really do not want to stress myself out.  Plus, I know that some people who receive my cards really just want a picture of my children!!!  Okay, maybe a few want to see my latest creation, but that is the beauty of Shutterfly, I can be creative and give a pic of my kiddos without sacrificing all my time! 

Check out all the cards there are to choose from at Shutterfly!  The designs are fresh and new and there really are hundreds to choose from.  There are classic cards, cute cards and even cards with aqua, like this "French Vintage Holiday card found here (it might be my fave because it is similar to a card I posted yesterday!). A photo card is definitely the way to go if you want to have more than one pic on your card.  Multiple pics are perfect for children who do not like to have their photo taken.  Last year, I could not get a good picture of all 3 of my children together so I did 3 individual candid shots.

Besides cards, Shutterfly has so many other photo gifts...I am sure you will be able to cross a few names off your gift giving list.  One item I recommend highly are the photo books.  I created my first one 2 years ago because I wanted a quick gift for my MIL and a photo book of our family vacation was perfect.  Once I had her album done, I created a copy, made a few changes and had a book printed for my own family.  Another fun idea is to create a family recipe book, like my sister did for my Mother's favorite recipes with family photos sprinkled throughout.  For me, a photo book is the next best thing to a scrapbook page that I create.  Not to mention it is much faster!

I have also created calendars on Shutterfly.  The great thing is that all the dates are saved from one year to the next, so you do not have to re-enter B-days, etc when you make a new calendar!  

Shutterfly photo stationary cards are also great.  I purchased these in the past for thank you cards and I have never been disappointed.

For me, it all comes down to saving time.  Shutterfly allows me to create quick last minute gifts that still have a personal touch. 


  1. What a fab idea of the recipe book! Love it!

  2. Okie Dokie...gotta put a plug in for Amber's besties Breanne and Jeremiah here -
    Hopefully Amber will get a contract with them this next year!