A List Maker's Life: Designing Christmas Photo Cards: Pear Tree Greetings

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Designing Christmas Photo Cards: Pear Tree Greetings

Disclosure: Pear Tree Greetings offered A List Maker's Life gift credit to try their holiday greeting card design and printing.  The following account of my experience with their service is based upon this gift.  Any opinions included here are my own.

When it comes to holidays I am a "one at a time, please" kind of gal.  Thanksgiving deserves its full attention before all of the Christmas decorations and shopping begin.  Based on the displays in every store we visited during today's errands, I may be one of the only people still holding out, with one little exception...

As soon as our fall family pictures are taken I can NOT wait to design and order holiday photo cards.

For the first purchase of Christmas, 
my true love ordered me 
photo cards from Pear Tree Greetings

Pear Tree offers a fantastic selection of including religions Christmas, vintage holiday, and modern holiday designs.  In addition, there are New Year's designs for those who prefer to send greetings after the Christmas mail rush. Many cards include real foil accents to give traditional designs and bold fonts extra shimmer! If you intentional shop for something unique the banner greetings may be of interest.  Those who enjoy writing holiday letters will appreciate being able to incorporate extended text in several Pear Tree designs. 

 In the past I have used my own photo editing program to design a card, saved the image, and dropped it into a blank template provided by the printer.  With Pear Tree there were so many options to love I chose to use their design program exclusively.  It may have taken me a bit longer as I arranged and re-arranged different pictures into multiple layouts.  So much fun! I typically prefer simple designs with only one large photo, yet as you will see Pear Tree offers unique options for incorporating many pictures in one card.

This design process also offered options for font, message, artwork, and color within a pre-designed layout.  I loved the freedom to chose a design knowing any text could be edited and rearranged.  This isn't always the case with online printing services.  Even the color of the text could easily be adjusted. My Saved Projects page filled quickly.  Narrowing down my selection was the most difficult part of the ordering process.  However, Pear Tree offers orders as small as 20 cards per design making it possible to order 3 different projects within our budget.  As a side note, the price per card does go down with larger batch orders.

Our lovely cards are printed, shipped, and hanging out in their box.  I peek in on occasion to admire the print quality, fun colors, and sweet smiles. My next mission will be assigning which designs will be headed to which mailboxes.  Followed by addressing.  Lots of addressing.

First, we are going to enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving!

Do you mail photo Christmas cards?  Have you placed your 2014 order yet?
I want to hear about it!

Is your Christmas tree already up?
 Lets not talk about it!

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