I’m a stationery designer. I make holiday greeting cards for other people. Most years I come up with something unique for my own greeting cards. And by “unique,” I mean that I use a clever design to avoid taking a family photo. Because: Ugh. Every year, though, my cards are left to the very last minute. Some years, I don’t even send them until after Christmas. And then there was last year: the holiday season got so crazy with performances and parties and markets that I finally gave up on sending a card. I still have all the holiday stamps in my wallet from last year when I was delusional enough to think I could pull it off. In all my years of making cards, I’ve never considered having someone else do it for me. That’s just not the way my brain works.
When my friends at Tiny Prints suggested that we team up for a holiday greeting card project, I honestly didn’t know what to say. I mean, I usually design my own cards. It felt weird to think about letting someone else do the work for me. But one morning as I started my holiday to-do list, I realized something important: just because I CAN do something myself doesn’t mean I HAVE to do it myself. I was so relieved to figure out that I don’t have to design my own holiday greeting cards. I know that sounds ridiculous. But my holiday greeting card becomes such a stressful thing every year. Especially since I always leave them until the very last minute.
Thanks to letting go and letting someone else design/print the cards for me, I got my holiday greeting cards finished before December even began! I also get to enjoy the work of another designer, which is such a luxury in my field. Plus, I love all the fun holiday products at Tiny Prints. (Remember this holiday party I threw with them a couple years ago? So much fun!) Now I get to focus on the rest of the holiday prep and spend the extra time enjoying the people I love most. THAT’s what a holiday should be!
I always try to include a little hand-written message with my cards, so it feels more personal. This simple insert card is just the ticket! It took me about 5 minutes to design and print these insert cards, which add a personal touch to our holiday cards. I printed our address on the envelope flap to save a bunch of time writing return addresses. I’ve always dreamed of sending holiday greeting cards with some extra-special lettering used for the addresses. And since I let someone else do the work of designing and printing the cards, I get to focus on the special details! The only question is why didn’t I do this years ago?!?
There are two morals to this story:
- Just because you CAN do something for yourself, doesn’t mean you HAVE to.
- If you have a shortcut available, TAKE IT!
Seriously, busy parents should be able to enjoy the holiday season, too. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to create the magic that I forget to enjoy it myself. So if you have a great bakery nearby, go out and buy those cookies. You’ll keep the kitchen clean, and still have a beautiful, yummy treat to share with friends. If you can find a pre-designed holiday greeting card, use it! If the department store is offering free gift wrapping, go for it! A big thanks to Tiny Prints for helping me realize I don’t have to do everything myself.