If you’ve been hanging around Team Phenix for a year or more, you know that we over-think our Christmas card. And by “we” I mean “me.” When people comment to Billy about how much we seem to love creating and sending cards, he’s fond of saying, “Actually, my wife loves Christmas cards and I really love my wife!”
True enough. I’ll take it.
I don’t make it to many parties and I certainly skip the “dress up in seasonal finery,” but one thing I certainly do with annual regularity is embrace the holiday festivities and exercise my creative muscles with our card.
This year might be my favorite outing yet!
It starts with a nugget of an idea. Mine came last year when I saw how a mom edited her sleeping baby into different positions. (here) SO fun! Immediately, I co-opted the approach for our card.
Of course, I’m not a photographer. I don’t draw. I don’t use Photoshop.
But those seemed like minor obstacles.
I started by enlisting the help of my amazingly talented photographer friend, Joy Cannis, and explained the vision. The key was to get us into poses that an illustrator could use to draw in Christmas bling. Joy “got it” and moved on the idea in two days time. Woot!
Next, we sent the pictures to my brilliantly artistic niece Lindsay who has, among other fabulous talents, mad skills as an illustrator. (She did my Nine Toes Production logo too!)
Lindsay busted out Photoshop and returned a cache of pictures. She took an image that started like this…
I wrote the notes. Billy and I edited our mailing list (the ugliest part of the process!), Billy and the kids folded and stuffed envelopes (I was traveling), and then we were done! Joy, Lindsay, and Lisa did the heavy lifting on this project and MAN are they great!!!
Love, Team Phenix!