Have you gotten your Christmas cards ordered yet? I’m always a last minute gal but wanted to get a headstart and take advantage at a deal with Shutterfly so this wekend I ordered my Christmas cards. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast they came! I believe it was about 4 days and that was with regular shipping! So don’t worry, you still have time.

I try not to overthink photos for our Christmas cards and what I usually do is use photos from throughout the year. This year I wanted to do something a little more fun (without breaking my budget with a photographer) so I had Clever Tween wrap Clever Guy in holiday lights while Ty held the tinsel. I then filled the inside with photos from our year.

But if you do stress about family photos and cards don’t worry, Shutterfly has you covered with some tips about family photos and holiday cards on the Shutterfly Family Photo Site site:

Make it personal. Your holiday card may be the one time that you get to express your family’s true colors and truly connect with those you care about.

Add humor or personality to your holiday card. Style your family in their favorite band T-shirts or in something that gives a sneak peek into who you are.

Host a Family Photo Day. Organize a Family Photo Day with friends. Together, you can hire a photographer to take all your photos which can save on costs. This is a great way to have fun with your friends and get a Cardworthy™ Photo for your holiday card.

New 6×8 size cards are huge this year. Our largest size card lets you showcase your family in a big way. And there’s room to add your photos on the back too.

You can check out their best photo tips along with learning about their new iPhone app where you can upload photos directly from your phone to create the perfect card or gift from photos from everyday life at the Family Photo Site

The other night a few of us went to dinner and talked about holiday cards and got to see some Shutterfly cards in real life. I am simply in love with all of them like these ones:

As you can tell, I love all kinds of styles which is why I will be ordering another set of cards to go to friends!

Keep Up with Shutterfly!

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Photo: Cardworthy™ Photo Sweepstakes Week 3: Pets<br /> http://bit.ly/VYtlut</p> <p>Tips on making Holiday cards furry friend photos:<br /> 1. Choose a close-up shot of your pet that makes abig impact.<br /> 2. Choose a picture of your pet doing whathe/she loves (eg. playing fetch).<br /> 3. Give your pet an enhanced look with a sepia filter.

Think you have an awesome holiday photo card? Submit your card to the Shutterfly Cardworthy Photo Contest, each week they have a new theme and the best part is the grand prize winner gets to take their family on a dream vacation.  Find the contest here: http://on.fb.me/SXfDVI

If you by chance win I am definitely adoptable ;)

Photo: Shop our Best Sale of the Season<br /> The whopper, the big one, the world series of sales.<br /> Save 50% on top selling cards, photo books and calendars*. Use code SAVE50 at check out.<br /> http://bit.ly/x975Dy</p> <p>*Offer expires December 2, 2012 (11:59 P.M. PST). Offer is good for 50% off cards, excluding 4x8 photo cards, 5x7 photo cards, and 3x5 folded note cards, which will be discounted by 20%. Offer is good for 50% off all calendars and 12x12, 8x11, and 8x8 photo books and pages with hard photo, leather, padded, cloth, and croc-embossed covers only. Offer does not apply to 7x9 or 5x7 photo books, soft cover photo books, premium photo books, layflat pages, Storytelling™ styles and elements, or memorabilia pocket. Excludes taxes, shipping, and handling charges.

Be sure to follow Shutterfly on Facebook as they are always sharing promotions like this one for 50% off cards! This offer expires on 12/2 so be sure to work on those cards this weekend!

Are you ready for a giveaway? Check out the Rafflecopter below (give it a minute to load or hit refresh if you don’t see it)

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Disclosure: I received a credit from Shutterfly for my post along with a credit to giveaway. I had ordered my cards before receiving this credit so it’s clear to see I already thought they were fabulous :)

 

I love Picnik.com, it’s a free photo editing site that is for the short term memory people like me that have a hard time remembering steps in Photoshop and of course I’m really too cheap to pay for software. I  typically use Picnik to do a photo edit or to make a badge for the blog and I find it easy to use for making a clever photo collage.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end…..

Picnik recently announced the closing of the site with this….Take heed! The ants have invaded. Picnik will be closing April 19, 2012

Dang! That sucks but I do try to find the linking in every dark cloud. Good news for now is that they are offering all of their premium services from now until the end of the site for FREE! Yep! So my recommendation is if you have blog buttons or badges you want to make, do it now! It’s actually pretty darn easy and I have found some tutorials for you!

Want to make a header or button for your blog? I found this easy tutorial here: http://fosteringacreativelife.com/2012/01/14/how-to-create-a-blog-button-or-header-in-picnik/

Want to make a “grab my button” badge for your blog and put it on your sidebar? Kimberly shares an easy tutorial here: http://www.allaboutkimberly.com/grab-my-button

Want to make a photo collage? It’s easy, here is a tutorial video: http://www.butterscotch.com/tutorial/Making-A-Photo-Collage-In-Picnik

Take advantage of this while you can!

SO what happens after April 19th? Picnik was purchased by Google and now Google+ will offer a “Creative Kit”, not sure what that means but hopefully they will offer a comparison to the site with the Google + integration.  You can read all about the Picnik shut down here: http://www.picnik.com/

There are many alternatives to Picnik but only handful of them compare. Here are some alternatives I have personally researched and compared to Picnik:

  • Pixlr: I recommend the express version found here: http://pixlr.com/express/, loads fast, uploads quickly and is easy to use with some cool effects. I did not need to register but they do offer a “premium” service for $4.95 a month or if you sign up for the yearly service it’s only around $2 a month.
  • BeFunky: If you are looking for the fun artistic effects including graphic shapes, effects, frames etc that Picnik offered, try out http://www.befunky.com/create/#/home it seems to be user friendly and you do not need to register for an account.
  • Photoshop Express: I had no idea that Photoshop offers a free online version anyone can use with 2 GB of storage. You can sign up for an account here: http://www.photoshop.com/tools/overview. It’s not too comparable as far as the easy to use artistics that Picnik offered but they do offer a nice photo editing system.

These are just a few I’ve tried. I’m sharing some articles that others have written where they have also tried out some sites and they share their opinions:

So keep on Picniking until you can’t Picnik anymore with all of the free premium services and hopefully you can find a site that works for you to use in the future!

Have photos you want to put in a photo book? Right now Walgreens is offering a free one, just pay shipping! I believe shipping is $7.99.

This is from their Facebook page:

Exclusive Fan Sneak Peek! Here’s early access to tomorrow’s FREE 8.5×11 Classic Linen Photo Book (you just pay for shipping). Enter coupon code CREATEBOOK at checkout thru Saturday, July 9.* Create your book here: http://bit.ly/n8IOO1
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Wherever you go, have your loved ones in tow. Bag a FREE Brag Book! Enter coupon code BRAG at checkout thru Saturday, June 25.

Walgreens is offering a free photo brag book! This is great for your purse or as a gift for a grandparent! You do have to pay shipping.

Just go to : http://photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/storepage/storePageId=AFF1 and enter code BRAG

Offer good through 6/25

Got photos to print? There are 2 great deals at Snapfish.com right now!


50 4X6 prints from Snapfish shipped for only $5! Just enter code “DADDYPICS” through June 27th!

Also, get 3 FREE cards from Snapfish when you enter code TRY3CARDS!

http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/storepage/storePageId=Store_Offers_Page

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