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The first time I came across a personalised Christmas card was back when I lived with my parents, sent from some distant relatives in the USA. I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15, and I remember thinking what a self-indulgent practice it was. I couldn’t imagine why you’d want to send out a card to your friends with your face on it.
Fast-forward 16 years: 3,000 Instagram selfies later and here we are, fully immersed in the era of over-sharing. I LOVE SENDING THINGS WITH MY FACE ON!
In all seriousness, I think it’s lovely way of connecting your family with others. My cousin’s wife Beccy is brilliant at sending out personalised thank-you notes after her daughters’ birthday parties (my kids love receiving them), and my friend Lizzi is the best at sending cards specific to you that will bring a smile to your face. This year, after a particularly challenging couple of months, she sent me a card that featured a photo of me trying to dry myself in one of those Dyson Airblade hand dryers (there was a cocktail-on-dress incident). It made my week, and even now I keep it in a drawer in the kitchen for when I need a pick-me-up.
Let’s hear it for the friends (@lizzihirst ????) who, when they hear you’ve been having a shitty time of it lately, send you cards featuring yourself attempting a full-body blow dry using a Dyson Airblade (@bryonybarwell’s hen do: there was a cocktail making accident). My friends have been the absolute BEST thing in these last couple of supercrap weeks. We might not see each other all the time, or even live in the same country, but those ladies are loyal, caring and loving. You know who you are, I kiss your faces ????????????????
Now, I haven’t got around to sending out photo Christmas cards yet, instead panicking and last-minute ordering a hundred of the cards designed by Elfie at school (though I’m sure last year’s resembled a pizza rather than anything festive). But this year, with plenty of time to go before the final Christmas postage, Snapfish got in touch and asked us if we fancied having a go at making our very own family card.
They wanted us to have a think about our favourite celebrity Christmas card and re-create it (and you can do the same by winning £25 Snapfish credit – keep reading to find out how).
We decided to go all Hugh Hefner, pop our pyjamas on and rope in our pets – i.e. our favourite stuffed animals. Here’s the man himself with a bunny (and a puppy), though I stopped short at the silky PJs and instead went to M&S.
One of the things I love about working on this kind of project is the memories it leaves you with. The photographs we have ended up with from sitting and having a cheesy photoshoot together for half an hour: if it wasn’t for the Christmas card we were creating I wouldn’t have done this little snap session, and I’m very happy that we did. I’ll be able to look back on these lovely photos of the three of us for years to come.
It’s not just the posed pictures, either. Some of the best images were the outtakes. This one is currently making me smile as my iPhone’s wallpaper. Of COURSE Hux clonked himself in the eye with a space rocket the morning before, meaning he has a lovely shiner to look back on in years to come:
(What do they say? Never work with children or pets?!)
Here’s Elfie’s favourite, as I jumped in front of the self-timer. It’s probably not going to make it to our 2016 Christmas card but gave us a good laugh…
I think we did a great job. Elfie and Hux were on a bit of a high as they’d been bought spanking new PJs for the project (I’m not above bribery – Elfie’s are here and Hux’s here). They seemed to be enjoy being a little bit cheesy for the camera as much as I did! I kept it simple and had us snuggle up on the sofa – something we do A LOT of – and added in the poinsettia for that little extra bit of festive cheer. Here’s the best of our Playboy mansion-esque bunch:
Making up the cards was super easy. I simply edited my original photos in PhotoShop,HP10 0TT to Snapfish, selected the style of card I fancied, uploaded the image and sent them off to be made up. I tried a few different styles with my favourite being the first I reckon (‘Merry Christmas: stylish frame‘ it’s called), though if you had an image with a solid block of colour at the top I think the second (‘flurry Christmas‘) would also be brilliant:
I quickly processed these through the Snapfish online system and bobs your uncle, they’ll be with me in less than a week! I don’t know about you but I’d be all-out delighted to receive one of these as a Christmas card ;)
Have a go at creating your own Snapfish Christmas card – mine will be on my Instagram as soon as it arrives! I hope you have just a ridiculous and fun time as we did making memories…
Snapfish are kindly giving away £25 online credit to a MTT reader so you can trial the service for yourself. All you have to do to enter is tell me the kind of Christmas card you’d send in the comment box, and record your details in the Rafflecopter widget below: good luck!
Thank you Snapfish for working with MTT.
Competition is UK-only. Competition closes at midnight on 28th November. Snapfish/Edelmen are responsible for the delivery of the prize. Winner will be notified via email within 3 days.