Sitting in Our Tree

Christmas Cards

Merry & Bright with Paper Culture

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Family photos by Chelsea Diane Photography

We continued one of our favorite holiday traditions this year by partnering up with a dear old friend & a new-to-us card company… & I’m really excited about both! We’ll share the rest of our photoshoot with Chelsea Diane Photography soon. There’s some real good ones.

This year we worked with Paper Culture after receiving a couple cards from friends using them last year, & I was completely sold on their mission. “Instead of cutting down forests to fill your order, we use post-consumer waste and wood alternatives. We offset the carbon footprint we create. We plant a tree with every order.”

We design for a world of trees, because we fear for a world without them.

& sure enough at the end of placing my order, I was immediately redirected to part of their site where we dedicated a tree planting to Crew. As we try to do our part to be a sustainable, recycling & eco-conscious family (& also set an example for Crew), this was a total match made in heaven.

As always, the hard part was picking a design, because Paper Culture has no shortage of good ones. We went with a Christmas themed card, but they have a great selection of holiday AND New Year’s cards also available. At one point, I had 12 tabs open with all viable options, but we narrowed it down to our pick. The winning selection features a really beautiful copper foil design, which just looks SO pretty with the colors Chelsea captured at the DC park we took our photos at. Paper Culture truly has really great modern designs, with something for everyone, whether you’re more inclined towards sleek & simple or bright & fun.

At this point, I will settle for nothing less than envelope addressing services, & Paper Culture’s was SO easy to use — In fact, the easiest I’ve come across to date. I keep my addresses in a spreadsheet that gets updated every year, & it took me less than 2 minutes to get it uploaded to their system. (Last year’s was a bit of a bear.) Their envelope designs are a mixture of options that range from adorable to classic to beautiful.

Family photos by Chelsea Diane Photography

Another year of cards are in the mailbox as we speak, & I’m so happy to continue this tradition. It’s so fun to flip through our collection & see how much we’ve grown - Both grown UP & in number. It also helps when you can put a curly-haired 19th-month-old front & center. Cuteness factor off the charts.

So grateful to Paper Culture for these cards! Head on over & check them out for any card needs you may have throughout the year that you’d like to put a sustainable spin on!

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Merry! with Artifact Uprising

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It's that time of year! If you've been following along with us for the past ummmm, 6 years, you're aware that we take our Christmas cards pretty darn seriously. I will never tire of this tradition, & hopefully none of our recipients do either... It's just my favorite thing to once a year -- Slow down long enough to track down everyone's current addresses, buy postage, & lick envelopes. We've had some extra opportunities to send snail mail this year with a bazillion thank you cards going out for all the help & gifts we received upon baby's arrival, but Christmas cards still take the cake.

This year's cards were extra important, as we have been anticipating the year that we finally add a baby to our cards since maybe before we were married. The stakes were high. We were in good hands, though, as it is seriously an honor to be partnering with Artifact Uprising for this year's cards. (& hey! Use our code "KB20" for 20% off your holiday card order through this Friday, 12/8!)

The hard part? Picking a design. Holy moley. With artist collaborations from some of my favorite Instagram hand letterers (like Eva Black & Chelsea Peteja), their selection of 80+ cards is only hard to choose from because you really can't go wrong. We mostly just love that it's aaaall clean, minimal designs, recycled paper, & classy foil options without having to filter a hundred other styles out. While their Christmas collection is divine, they've also got you covered with their holiday assortment if post-Christmas is more your speed. Ultimately, we decided to go with their Merry! Handlettered Holiday Card as an appropriate follow up to last year's card. (That I designed, thank you very much -- Happy to hand over the reigns to AU this year. Phew!)

The best part? That envelope addressing service. Artifact Uprising debuted this service this year & once you partake. you'll never look back. Collecting addresses from our friends & family members that, like us, seem to move every other year or so is enough of a task. Popping those addresses into a spreadsheet & hitting upload is one of my new favorite holiday traditions. 

& so another year, another batch of made-with-love cards in the mail to all of our favorite people. 2017's is definitely, without a doubt, our favorite card, & we are so filled with joy that this year, that sweet baby boy is front & center. It is truly an absolute dream come true.

(Psst! Don't forget to place your holiday card order from Artifact Uprising using our code "KB20" for 20% off by this Friday, 12/8!)

(An extra ps. You can read some of my styling tips for family photos over on Style Refined!)

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The More, The Merrier

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https://www.tinyprints.com/shop/upload+your+own--picture-christmas-cards.htm
Favorite Memory: White Flat Holiday Photo Cards

Our Christmas cards this year are a pretty great example of me getting an idea & not being able to rest until I've seen it through to completion. This is our third year partnering with TinyPrints, & even though they have a MAGICAL & vast selection of predesigned cards (I had 10 designs favorited... Like this one, this one, & this one), I couldn't get this phrase out of my head for this year's card. Fortunately... TinyPrints feels me on all the levels, & their create-your-own option was the perfect fit.

Also, I've probably spent as much time talking about how life altering TinyPrints address printing services as it would have taken me to write the addresses myself. But seriously... Life altering. May I never write our nearest & dearests' addresses on another envelope. It was LOVELY.

It's hard to imagine that we'll have a nearly 8-month-old babe joining us on next year's Christmas card. AHHH. But it's about time. Six years worth of just Jared & Kelsey on Christmas cards is like fiiiiine... But the world's prettiest baby will make it 934857983745x better.

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