Planning My 2017 Holiday Cards!

A surprise arrived for me in the mail yesterday. I love receiving anything other than bills or flyers in the mail. Imagine my delight when I opened my mailbox and saw an entire catalogue of joy with my name on it. No, I’m not talking about the new Ikea catalogue – although that’s out this week too. I’m talking about the 2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday catalogue, filled with luscious products to help me build my holiday cards.

Please don’t shoot me. I realize that it’s only mid-August and it’s much too early to be getting excited about the holidays. It IS time to start planning though.

My Crafty Background

I’m a paper crafter. Specifically, I make holiday cards. I’ve dabbled in scrapbooking and décor, but cards have always been my Zen. I know:

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Holiday cards are my favourite, but I guess that’s not a surprise given my love of Christmas. When I was 16 I got a card kit from Michaels and I was hooked. I’ve made cards every year ever since.

I put a lot of effort into them. I typically spend two hours or more assembling each card. That doesn’t include designing, sourcing materials, or mailing. Last year I made 50 cards…so you can get an idea of what I put into these holiday cards. It’s totally worth it though. Recipients always appreciate the cards, and I get to add a special touch to their holidays.

A few years ago, it got harder for me to source materials locally. Chain stores cut back on their supplies and my favourite small business closed its doors. The stock that did come in, didn’t arrive until after Halloween. And I can’t wait until November for supplies if I’m going to have a hope of completing my holiday cards.

Frustrated with in-store options, I turned to the internet and discovered Stampin’ Up. It works like Stella and Dot. You can purchase products in person from a demonstrator or party host. If that’s not your jam, you can set up an online account and choose a demonstrator from a list who’ll get credit. It’s pretty simple.

Stampin’ Up has fantastic quality and variety. Their selection of stamps, embellishments, papers, and die cuts is always beautiful. The price point is also reasonable. Individual pieces go for what you’d expect in a store, and there are discounts for bundling coordinating sets. 

As you can tell, I’m all about these guys.

2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalogue

Let me start by saying that this catalogue is gorgeous! I’ve already looked through it about five times.

I love that it showcases the products by giving you great project inspiration. My focus is on holiday cards, but it also has examples of things like gift tags, wrapping paper, decorations, and more.

I’m currently lusting over the “Every good wish” and “Add a little Glitz” sets. They are so simple, but so beautiful!

Holiday Cards and Gift Tags Using Watercolour set
Coordinating sets can be used for multiple projects

If you’re more of a fall person, there are plenty of products for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and even New Years. This years’ offerings mix traditional imagery with matte and metallic colours. Very chic! Here are some projects that are so adorbs:

2017 Stampin Up Fall Projects and Holiday Cards
Thanksgiving, Halloween, and New Years Projects

My 2017 Holiday Cards

Anyway, now that I have the catalogue it’s time for me to start designing my holiday cards.

I am tempted by so many products this year, I’m almost over-inspired (is that a thing?). Developing a theme will help me narrow down the design though. First, I’ll compare my current supplies with the new products to see what works together. Then I’ll re-visit past cards to make sure I’m not repeating myself. Finally, I’ll research techniques. I’ve designed entire holiday cards around unique crafting techniques.

It sounds like a tedious process, but it’s how I get my creative juices flowing. I’m the type of person that gets excited for things the more I think about them. And given the amount of time I will be committing to these cards, I better damn well be excited about them. Don’t get me wrong, there will come a time in this process that I will curse all holiday cards and question my own sanity for doing this every year, but again, it’s just part of the journey. Unlike previous years however, I now have this blog and I get to take you all along with me in my craziness.

I promise not to overshare. I accept that I’m one of about 20 people that gets excited for Christmas paper crafting. Still, I think it’s going to be fun to have regular updates on the cards this year, as I’ve never really documented it before. Now back to the catalogue….

2 Comments

  1. Bowzer Mike

    August 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I always look forward to the awesome hand made cards around Christmas from you! They are always so well done!! 🙂

  2. 2017 Holiday Card Layout Testing and Design is Complete

    October 21, 2017 at 1:16 am

    […] stamps and embellishments. This year it’s the total opposite. After going through the Stampin Up Holiday catalogue a couple of times (ok, obsessively) a design came to me first. I know exactly what I want the […]

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