Well its that time of year again when the weeks zing by & before we know it we are in the last weeks of the school year & the kids are bringing home bucket loads of cards with Christmas chocolates & candy canes. This year we are getting to it nice & early as we have many other things happening & need to be very organised & working to plan.
Again this year, nice & simple.... Kids drew a black outline drawing in Adobe Ideas & emailed it to me. Georgia & Charlotte now have their own email accounts. We then coloured it up in Photoshop, added some text & plonked the design to fit into a quarter of an A4 page. With Charlottes, she decided to colour hers in Adobe Ideas & we made a little pattern from her funny gingerbread man, like a tray of Christmas cookies. I then copied hers to the A4 sheet also.
Next I saved it as a PDF & uploaded to my printers website. Next day.... bingo, just need to guillotine the postcards & stickytape a Christmas treat to the reverse. Done. As inexpensive & as quick as can be. Its personalised and the kids don't have to sit writing out full greetings on 25-30 cards each so its very efficient. We just add first names to each one so they don't miss anyone out.
So I've just picked up the kids own designed cards from the printer & they look fabulous. This week the girls will get busy sticking candy canes to the back of them, writing names on them & they will be ready for dispatch to the kids at school next Monday.
If you haven't downloaded Adobe Ideas from the AppStore for your iPad, I highly recommend you do. Its still my favourite art [vector] drawing program for line work & its especially great because its simple for the kids. I reduced the quality of the images hee on my blog but the cards are lovely resolution & the kids are so happy & proud of their little drawings.
So tell me, do you love or hate doing the whole school swap Christmas card thing?
Do you still send cards in the mail? Do you like to recieve them?
Any good ideas to share?