I took this photo last Christmas and was damned chuffed with myself. I popped it in a blog post at the time and revelled in the praise that was forthcoming. I remember one reader suggested it could be a Christmas card.
A few weeks ago I came across the photo on my computer and thought, “You know, they were right, this could be a Christmas card”. So I did some searching and found lots of online companies out there, happy to take your snaps and turn them into festive greeting cards. Having said that, many of them had this idea that everyone wants a jolly border, usually red, with snowflakes, to accompany the photo, together with the “Greetings from the Jones Family” scrawled along the bottom.
I didn’t want that. I wanted a Christmas card like the arty ones from Woodmansterne, or ones you pick up in little chichi craft shops, just an elegant image on the front, a simple greeting inside, and room for me to write my own message.
Much faffing about later, I came across the Bonusprint website and they allowed the customer to have the option of no border. Hoorah! Better still, if I got cracking, they had 25% off for a limited period. It didn’t take long to upload the photo, type in the inventive message “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” and press, ‘add to basket’.
A few days later, and a day or two of panic when I convinced myself I’d typed ‘Chrismtas’, they landed on the doormat. The result is this:
How about that! Large A5, stiff card, decent envelopes and all my own work. Of course the problem is, I would like the recipients of the card to know this was ALL MY OWN WORK and by not having anything pre-typed on it, they will think I’ve just picked it up from WH Smiths. So I will have to scribble “Notice the lovely picture? I did that!” on every one.