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We have had so many great photo ideas submitted that we have broken this into two articles.
Here is a link to the first section if you still need more ideas. Post your own Christmas card photo here.
By Coni, Evanston, IL
By Debra from Alabama
Around the picture we used the word (quote)Soccer balls, basketballs, baseball, track, and more... Oh, what fun we've had this year! We're anything but bored! (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)(/quote)
When they were smaller, I would dress them in red or green and lay them on the floor in the shape of letters such as J, O, and Y. Photo each letter separately from above and then use a digital editor to cut out the letters and place them on a card.
By Deb from WI
Another year we all fell into the pool sideways and had the caption "May you plunge into the Holidays with love and laughter"
Went to a cotton field and had an Arizona Snowball fight with cotton since we do not get snow.
My 9 year old sat on the floor, my 13 year old knelt behind him, I sat on a chair behind him and my husband stood behind me so we were in a tall stack. We each had on a different style of Santa Hat.
By Peggy - Arizona
By Karyl from Oahu
By Lisa Jane
By The Byerlys
"May the light of the Savior be reflected on you this Christmas"
We got so many great responses - we think we'll do a fun card like that every year! Thanks to everyone for their ideas - never would have thought of this idea without reading some of yours!
I did a joy to the world theme and put pictures of all the places my husband and I traveled that year. I created a blank 4x6 inch canvas in Photoshop and cropped all the other pictures to a 1x1 size and inserted them in leaving room for what was originally going to be 4 squares but then switched into 2 that said "Joy to"& "the World". Mine required 18 photos
Last Christmas I couldn't decide which family picture to use so I combined a few of my favorites into a montage using some graphics software. It was a smash hit! I've never heard so many compliments on a Christmas card (even from the ladies at Walgreens who printed them).
I think you can get these automatically done now from places like Snapfish or Kodak EasyShare but If you're inclined to try this yourself my only tip is to be careful which aspect ratio you're using--4x6 or 5x7 and do the layout accordingly. (My red border didn't come out symmetric on the prints.) It might take a few tests at your local photo place before you do the "big print."
This definitely raised the bar for me and now I'm on the prowl for 2008 ideas.
This picture was taken in my neighbors yard. My sister-in-law said it took a couple of days before she realized it was my kids in the pic. She had to see it hanging in her mom's house before she noticed it. My mom had made the costumes for the kids to attend an Advent celebration at church where the kids were encouraged to dress up.
"Let There be Light"
By Monica H
Wishing you a wild ride into 2009!
This was our 2nd Christmas card (the milk and cookies one).
This was our 3rd Christmas card...now with 3 kids. So we did the J-O-Y pictures to make it easier on ourselves.
Inside, it said:
Wooden letters and paint...$5
Choosing a card that didn't require a picture of all 3 kids together...priceless
And in the background is a chaotic picture of all 3, which is what we assumed would happen ;)
By Jeni S.
By mom of 4
By Jinny S.
By Carey D
Here is last year's card. It was perfect for a not so interested teen! We had the image printed onto card stock, with the caption: "Listening" to the Night Before Christmas. Notice the ipod in my son's ears and one of them looking at a sports magazine; both pretending to listen to their little sister's story!
Here is another: simple yet festive - the kids in their winter finery posing on our decorated front porch. Sometimes simple is good!
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By Restyled Home
By Kim A
By Debra from Alabama
By The Holt Family
Last year our Christmas card featured our cat, Kitty. I found the cutest card from Walgreens that said "Meowy Christmas" and it had little fish and bones, etc on it. She is "reading" 'The Night Before Christmas." We got rave reviews!
My son was a knight for Halloween, so it was great to get double duty from his costume!
I propped my 3 month old on his belly and elbows and put an adult sized Santa hat on him. I also got photos of him sleeping in his elf outfit that said, "Santa's little helper" and cropped the photos into a website that provided the template and ordered enough for everyone on my Christmas card list!
Get a box large enough to fit your baby in it. Wrap the box and put a ribbon on it. Place the baby in the box and put a bow on top of his or her head. You take the picture outside in the snow, or under your tree.
We love the movie "A Christmas Story". So last year we decided to pay tribute to the scene the boys love best, which is where one kid dares the other kid to stick his tongue to a frozen flag pole. I used my photo software to change the picture to black and white and frosted the edges. The caption on the card read "WE TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU TO HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS". Everyone loved it!
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We have had so many great photo ideas submitted that we have broken this into two articles. The first batch is below.
The first Christmas as a married couple, we did a Grinch inspired card that read "Merry Grinchmas and Happy Who-Year". Since then, our friends and family expect funny cards.
Our second year married, my husband and I pretended to be asleep in our bed. I took a separate picture of our dog in a Santa costume then, using Photoshop, superimposed him in a thought bubble. The card read, "The Nemecs were nestled, all snug in their bed while visions of Jack danced in their heads."
Last year, our third Christmas together, we made milk mustaches and had a plate of cookies in front of us and were toasting with champagne glasses filled with milk. On a fluke, the dog stuck his tongue in the glass as the camera went off, and the picture was hysterical. It read: "Wishing you a milky white Christmas."
We dressed our new baby in a red hat and red converse hightops and a diaper. We strung Christmas lights and garland around her crib and propped some stuffed animals around her. "Merry Christmas from Our Crib to Yours!"
This year we are using the following Photo. Our card will say:
"Remembering the reason for the season... Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!"
Here is the easiest Christmas card we've ever done because we could take separate pictures of each child instead of all three kids having to look right in one Photo (which is nearly impossible for us).
Here's ours from last year. We got a file box and wrapped the bottom and top separately. Added some tissue paper and popped our then 6-month-old daughter inside. The rest was pure luck! The expression on both their faces is priceless. We still giggle every time we see this picture.
Here's our first Christmas card Photo last year of our daughter who was 4 months old. I just put it on a Photo card with a Santa that read "HO HO HO".
We try to do a unique card every year too. We are a big sports family, so I dressed our oldest son in his football uniform with a Santa Hat, our middle daughter in her soccer uniform with a Santa hat, then our youngest son in his tee-ball uniform with his Santa hat. We sat basketballs, bats, gloves, baseballs, soccerballs all around. The caption was: "Merry Christmas from our HOME TEAM to yours!"
Last year, I took our Santa hats to the beach and had the Kids stand by the surf in their swimsuits. I put it in black and white and colored in the Santa hats. I ended up not using this one because I got an impromptu shot that was better. We went to the mountains to a Christmas Tree farm to choose and cut down our own tree. This was the first time we had ever done that. I took my camera just to document the day and snapped a pic of the kids by our choice of tree. I used the caption "We found the perfect tree. Hope you have a perfect Christmas".
By Lisa from Taylorsville, NC
We did the bubble bath pictures and highlighted the hats and rosied up their cheeks. We typed "wishing you bubbles of fun this holiday season" We got a ton of great feedback!
Sometimes you don't know you have the right picture until you look them over later. We had given up on getting our one-year old in a Santa Suit and our dog with reindeer antlers to pose and look at the camera at the same time. We tried everything including props such as a dog treats and a Christmas ornament for him to toss. After over 50 pictures of him pulling the dogs antlers, taking off his hat, falling over, and sobbing we decided to pack it in. The next morning we came across this gem - a little Photo enhancement and Voila!
Last year we had a 3 year old and a new baby of 2 months. I thought posing them in Santa hats would be really cute but somehow it failed. Madeline the 3 year old was mad that she was having to pose and Max the baby was fed up and hungry as well. So, despite all efforts I ended up putting the picture of her pouting and the picture of him screaming together and titled it "Better Not Pout".
This year we took a picture of a neighbor's Nativity Scene and superimposed a picture of our daughter dressed as Mary. The Outside says "It's Christmas". The inside says "Be Mary".
We did the "Santa, I can explain" one.
One of my twins was determined to catch the other under the mistletoe one way or the other!
By Debra from Alabama
We wanted to do something different for our Christmas cards/picture this year. The outcome was "Incredible!" I made the costumes and had a friend (who happens to work for the local newspaper) come over and take the picture in our living room. We cleared out the furniture and just had a fun Photo shoot. Then I used my Photo editing software to add everything else in (and remove my living room wall!)
By The Eastman Family
Cut your heads out in a paint program or Photoshop and paste them into a picture. We then added the Santa hats.
This is the shot I used for my 2003 Christmas picture. On my card I wrote: " He's making a list, and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!" I thought it was so cute!
Last year we used one of the ideas posted here - the silent, peaceful one :)
We used the little bakers idea last year. We got so many comments on the card! Thanks for the idea!
By Jen L
One of the cutest Christmas cards we did was take a Photo of my two girls dressed as angels (ages 8 and 10) and my infant son swaddled in a white blanket in a manger so it looked like baby Jesus with the angels looking over him. We just took the Photo at the church in front of the pulpit and used the candle lighter robes for the girls. The church had the manger from the nativity scene. I have gotten so many complements on this and have even been asked for the original so that an a friend could blow the Photo up and use it as decoration during the holidays!
By Nebraska Mom
Here's our card from last year. We had my son, who was 7, reading The Night Before Christmas to his 18 month old twin sisters.
Something I did with a little cutting and pasting last year.
We've been trying to come up with new ideas for years now. We've done the snowman with the kids' faces in the snowballs, we've done the "Ho Ho Ho" with the faces in the O's. Last year, we set the kids up with some musical instruments in the basement with a white sheet as a background, then cut out the photos and superimposed them on a Photo of a Christmas tree I found on the web (our tree wasn't up yet). The caption read "Have a Rockin' Christmas!"
We were not at the beach, but at the library swingset. But we loved this picture of all of our feet in the sand.
This was our card from last year. "Happy Mistletoes" It went over very well! We used the one with our toes up in the air, but the other one is cute too, shaped like a wreath.
I saw a great idea for a Christmas card on here and wondered if someone could tell me how to do it. They took individual pictures of their kids and made them into one picture. I've tried to figure it out but haven't had any success. Thanks!
You can do that - if you are skillful - with any photo editing software - like Photoshop -
You get them on the computer. Use the cut and paste star or box in paint brush. No need for professional editing or pricey software.
Another idea--if you are going to have them printed by Snapfish, Winkflash, or one of those kinds of places, they will have software on their site that will allow you to put your own pictures into a template to make a collage.
Christmas card photo ideas, anyone have an idea for a Christmas picture to go with cards that I purchased? The card says "Joy to the World" and "Peace". I have 2 children, a girl and a boy, 10 and 13. Thanks!
I'm doing a Christmas photo card with my 3 boys in Santa hats. One picture is from 2006 and the other is a re-created picture from this year. What caption could I put? I want funny =)
I am looking for a fun, cute, creative Christmas card picture. I have 3 girls 10, 6 and 3 . I have always done formal and want something different. Thank you.
Here are two websites that might give you some ideas.
Try dressing them up as "nutcrackers" or elves, etc. Or you could dress each of them up as Christmas trees.
Hope this helps.
Here is a page on ThriftyFun that has lots of clever photos ideas.
A cute pic of them making Christmas cookies would be nice.
Last year I took my then 7 year old and 3 year old, myself and husband and used our thumbs--dipped into the black ink and put on card stock paper, added lines for antlers (brown) and used a black marker for eyes and red marker for the nose and made reindeer. They were a big hit for all our family members and friends!
Have them lay down in the floor with their heads pointed to the center, then stand in a chair above them and make the picture. You'll have 3 heads in a circle.
How about you put little aprons and/or chef hats on the girls and take a shot of them making Christmas cookies? Gingerbread people would look great! Good luck!
One of my clients last year brought their children in for Christmas cards wearing their Christmas pajamas. She didn't want to bother buying them new Christmas outfits, and I think it came out really cute.
We married on the beach in Hawaii last August, sweet and simple, no guests. We'd like to use a wedding photo for a homemade Christmas card, (some friends and family haven't seen any of our wedding photos). Help!
By Angie from TX
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We have a tradition now of creating our own Christmas cards. This was our 2005 version and it was entitled. Jane was hoping for a quiet Christmas, WARNING! Be careful what you wish for.
By Jane Simpson
The new gazebo at the end of our dock cried out for decoration this season.
Searching for ideas for Christmas this past year and not wanting to write a looong Christmas letter, I found this idea. I sat the kids in front of the tree, plopped Santa hats on their heads, added a bit of tape and VOILA, instant fun!
Little Santa in training:)
By Julsinmaine101 from cowtown Maine
This was our 2006 card. The background was from Google images and Photo paint was used to place the faces.
By Doug from Quakertown, PA