Don't you love this time of year? Leaves falling, the chill in the air. Before we know it Thanksgiving will be over, Black Friday sales will come to an end, Christmas will be nipping at all our our heels, and then you'll realize, "Crap! I haven't sent out our holiday photo cards yet!" This year, let's get them done early, get them out of the way and then you can enjoy the holidays and stress about getting the perfect gift instead of sending the perfect card!
Below you will find my holiday photo card designs, each can be tailored to fit you and your family. Cards are 5 x 7" and double-sided, designs are $18.50 each to receive your digital files and print them wherever you like. Interested in having me print them? I can do that too! Printed cards are $35 per 25 (envelopes included) + the one-time digital fee of $18.50.
Interested in learning more? See my designs below, email me at EAlexDesigns@Gmail.com with any questions or click on a template to order directly from my Etsy shop.
Merry & Married Holiday Photo Card
Calling all photographers!
It's been a pretty busy couple of days working on my website redesign, but I am happy to say I've come to the end of it! I'm hoping it's a total success but I'm looking to you for a last critique, don't worry, I went to art school I can take it. :) In an effort to drum up some feedback I'm offering a personalized stationery giveaway! And here's how it's going to work.
For one week, September 29 - October 6, 2015, I'm going to ask for feedback on my redesigned site. Take a tour and then comment below. Tell me what you like, or what you don't like. What you love, or what you hate.
Be sure to include:
I mean, there's always one right!? It's simple, it's why I'm reaching out to photographers! While I have the equipment, I'm not a photographer, most of my display work is put together digitally in photoshop. So I ask that you, the winners of my stationery, take a few photos of your specially designed stationery and send them to me.
Recently I designed stationery for Ashton Kelley of Ashton Kelley Photography, she plans to give them to her brides and grooms when they book with her. Today she sent me these extraordinary photos of my work, thereby giving me the inspiration to have this giveaway!
The optimal photo?
I'm not asking for anything super special, you've seen my site, just something that will go along with what I'm already portraying. I'll also be listing the stationery in my Etsy store and my Amazon Handmade store (under development). High resolution, horizontal photos are optimal but whatever you like, I'll like! Full credit will be given to you, as well as a link to your photography site. In the end, we both win!
What are you waiting for?
The winners* will be selected October 7, don't miss out on your chance, take a tour of my site and comment below!
*Sorry, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.
And the winners are...
Thank you to everyone who commented directly on my blog, on my FB posts and other social media outlets. Special thanks to my bestie and SEO God Jon Stroz for all of his suggestions! So, without further ado, the winners! Congratulations to Elisabeth Stone of Stone Werks and Alicia Yarrish of Alicia Yarrish Photography! Now if you'll please excuse me, it's time to dig into their brands and learn more about them! Thanks again to everyone!
With the holiday season coming up, many people are turning to the web for DIY Christmas presents to save a little money. I've been working on quite a few things, some you may have to wait until next year to see. After all, I have to give them as gifts!
One I can share is an annual gift I give to each couple I designed wedding invitations for, as well as each wedding I attend. This DIY literally cannot be any easier!
1. Gather your supplies
- Clear Christmas ornament (You can get these at Michael's for just a few dollars)
- Wedding invitation
- Straight edge & exacto knife or paper cutter
-Small round object for curling (a pen or pencil will work just fine)
2. Prepare your invitation
Use your exacto knife or paper cutter and slice up the invitation. I like to make sure I focus on the important things, so I don't slice through the center of them, such as their names, the date and the location. I don't take the time to be perfect with my slices either, when they are all different widths I feel like it adds to the intrigue.
3. Curl your slices & fill the ball
Again, super simple, just curl each piece around your round object, such as a pen or pencil and then drop the slices into the ball. You may want to use your pen or pencil to move slices around, I try and get the names to show and make sure there aren't any awkward empty spaces.
3. Finishing up
Last, but not least, replace the topper, add a ribbon and a bow and wrap up your gift for giving!
Now if you all will excuse me, I have some more DIYing to do.
Though I've designed holiday photo cards for family the past couple of years, I've never actually sold them. Thanks to Ashton Kelley Photography, that's all changing!
Check them out below and at my Etsy site at Etsy.com/EAlexDesigns. All of my holiday photo cards are 5x7" and double-sided, after you approve your cards I'll send you high resolution files for you to have printed wherever you choose!
Merry Christmas Custom Type: Two background options available, colors can be changed on first
Snowstorm: With this chilly weather it's better to be together (wow am I corny or what?!?)
Love, Joy & Laughter: Nothing's better than a family that has fun together
Happy Holidays Custom Text: Simple but says it all
Holly Illustration: Ribbon, tag and background colors can be modified
Our Most Perfect Gift: Just have a baby? Combine your holiday card and birth announcement
Initial Cap, Stripes: Such a cute simple card (greeting and colors can be modified)
Merry Christmas Chalkboard: For those who prefer to showcase only one photo
Merry & Married: For those who just got married (like me!)
Golden Dots Happy New Year: I'm in love with gold lately :)
So that's what I've got so far. I'll add more as they become available in my shop. Remember to get your order in early so you have plenty of time to print and mail them out! And if you're looking for something totally unique send me a message at EAlexDesigns@Gmail.com and we can work together to make this years holiday card the best ever!
Also, as a little extra announcement that I'll go into more detail on later, I'm going to be participating in the #EtsyGifts holiday marketing campaign. I'll be kicking it off on Tuesday, November 18 and running it through Small Business Saturday on November 26. Each day I will feature a gift idea from my shop at a discounted price for my personal campaign that I will be calling Twelve Days of Etsy Gifts! Make sure to like me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram so you don't miss out on any of the deals!
As I get super excited for my first Maryland stylized shoot this afternoon, I thought I should share the last one I participated in with you all.
On July 19, I hooked up with Ashton Kelley Photography and other vendors for the AKP Bridal Brunch in West Virginia. Since I gave myself an unlimited budget I decided to push my skills and try new things, I couldn't have been happier with how it all turned out! Check out some photos from the shoot, courtesy of Ashton, a great friend and amazing wedding photographer.
So that's it, stylized shoot one, finished!
Shout-out to all of the vendors who helped Ashton make the day perfect!
Now to make sure all of my details are perfect and head out the door for the next event I'm working on with Ashton (yes again) and Jillian Jenkins of Elle Ellinghaus Designs.
An aquarium trip while on vacation in Florida seemed totally normal to Brandi Engstrom, but only because she didn't know what her high school sweet heart, Jeremy Westfall, had in store for her! After an engagement in front of otters, they seemed the only way to go when it came to the invitation package!
Proposal photos used with the permission of Brandi & Jeremy
I knew a quick Google search of otters was in store, so I got right to the task at hand.
BTW, if you're having a bad day, do an image search for otters, it's really impossible not to smile!
I mean look at these photos, imagine what else Google has to offer! Soooo adorable!
Illustration time! I COULD NOT get over the cuteness the whole time I was working on them! First I drew them based upon my Google image search, then I transferred the drawing into Photoshop to add color.
Next up was making my thumbnail design come to life!
They were also in need of programs so we took one of my previously designed wedding programs and switched out the information.
I loved the otters so much that I felt I had no choice, I had to frame them!
I sent the print with my close, personal friend (and their wedding photographer) Ashton to give to them on their wedding day. I was so excited when she sent photos of them holding it later that evening!
After the wedding I got the best FB message from Brandi,
Jer & I were SO EXCITED to receive our otter picture!! We absolutely adore it & always will. It is so very special to us. Thank you so much!! We will (hopefully) have lots of babies one day and will be using you for cool stuff with Ashton's pictures.
Brandi and Jeremy were such a blast to work with that I literally CAN NOT wait to work with them again!
Thank you guys again for choosing me, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world, happy one-month anniversary!!!!!!
To see Brandi and Jeremy's wedding in full photo detail please visit Ashton Kelley's blog.
Blogging isn't a constant thing for me, but hopefully someone will get some use out of the things I say, no matter how far in between.