Last Minute Christmas Cards Tutorial

This year, I’m finally sending Christmas cards! Christmas postcards, to be exact. 

Besides being quick, photo postcards also have the advantage of being easier on the Christmas budget. Photos don’t cost much to print, and postcard stamps are cheaper than regular stamps. If you haven’t had time to send Christmas cards yet this year, try this method using regular old photos to send a picture to the grandparents, or send New Years cards!

You’ll need:

  • 4×6 photos. 
  • A sharpie.
  • A ruler. 
  • Postcard stamps.

1. Order Prints. Upload a photo of your Christmas tree, Christmas cookies, or a recent family picture, and order a handful of 4×6 photos from your favorite printer. Mine cost me $7.50 for 50, including shipping to my door.

 2. Using the ruler, draw a line down the middle of the back of the photo. Then, draw four lines for the recipient’s address on the right side, like so:

3. Write a message on the left side, and fill in the recipient’s address on the right.

4. Slap on a stamp in the upper right corner, and drop in the mail. You’re done! Christmas cards accomplished!

P.S. I discovered a slightly easier way of doing this. Upload your photo to Amazing Mail, and pick a post card size, enter your message and the address, pay, and they’ll actually print and mail the postcard for you within two days. It’s not as cheap as printing the photos yourself, but it might be worth it for the time saved!

Scratch Off Cards Made Easy

You may have seen scratch off cards on Etsy or in Better Homes and Garden’s February issue, and pinned them to your “Crafts To Try” board on Pintrest. I know I did, but I hesitated to actually make them. Was it more work than it was really worth? And what is “contact paper” anyway? With a little google searching, I found some tips that made the process considerably easier. Today I’ll show you step by step how I made my first ever scratch off card for Brian’s birthday last week.

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Tools For Encouragement

As you read this, Brian and I will be travelling back to the valley after a three day camping trip. We’ll be camping with several friends of ours, and I think it will be a lot of fun! I’ll let you know how it goes, and probably show you lots of pictures!

Back to the subject of making a difference through encouragement. I would be amiss if I didn’t highlight some helpful tools for encouraging others.

1. Cards
Sometimes sending a kind note to someone going through a tough time just to say you’re praying for them can make a huge difference. Take it a step further if you can, and let them know that you’re willing to listen, or help with whatever they need.

Keep the momentum going from Father’s Day and continue to encourage the men in your life with a card especially for them. After all, one of the most common love languages for men is “words of affirmation.”

When my dad was deployed overseas, we kept all the cards from friends and family. When we felt alone, we could flip through the heartfelt messages and remember that people were praying for us.

If you know someone going through a loss, sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to say. I think in situations like that, it’s very important to have the perfect card.

To keep all your cards organized, you’ll need one of these!

Several of DaySpring’s card organizers are 50% off, including the one above, that comes with 40 cards, all for $20. That’s a great way to jump start a card ministry! The card organizers come in a wide variety of colors, to see all of them, go to the “Special Sales” tab on the website.

2. Hospitality
Last Friday, Natalie shared a story about the encouragement hospitality can be. While hospitality is more about being available than it is perfect entertaining and it certainly doesn’t require special dishes, DaySpring’s “Life to the Full” line of dishes is 50% off this month. These are some of my very favorite DaySpring products!

The “Ever Grateful” collection is also on sale!
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3. Gifts
If your summer is anything like mine, you’ll have lots of opportunities to encourage through gift giving. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and hostess gifts are just a few occasions to take advantage of!

When looking for a meaningful gift, I like to check out what’s on sale at DaySpring. This month, they have several of my favorite products on sale. Check the “Special Sales” page to see all they offer, and also the “Clearance” section.

The selection of tote bags are 65% off right now. Who doesn’t need a nice bag for trips to the pool?

If anything I’ve mentioned today catches your eye, use the coupon code for free shipping on orders of $25+. You’ll find it over in my right sidebar!

What tools do you use to encourage others? Let us know in the comments!

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