2011 Christmas Cards

It’s coming up on that time of the year again to start preparing for Christmas.  This year will be especially busy as we will be going to China again.  It has been nearly three years since we’ve gone back and seen Justin’s family.  There is a lot of preparation work that goes into a trip of this scale along with time and money.

It’s good then that Shutterfly is making other parts of Christmas preparation easy for me.  I will be using them again this year for our yearly Christmas cards.  The first year we had used Kodak but used Shutterfly last year which I think was a better experience.  Last year we went with the design on the left.  While I was happy with the design, etc I was highly disappointed in how the pictures of Justin and I turned out but it’s my fault, not Shutterfly’s.  We had very bad lighting conditions and I hope that this year’s card is of a higher quality.  A few things helping in that area are that we know more now about how to use our Canon camera but also we now have a nice flash for it that should help.

Shutterfly has an almost overwhelming number of possible designs and layouts available, from their holiday cards to Christmas cards to standard photo Christmas cards.  While there is a very large number of cards available, it is quite nice to have such a range of choices and not have to do the same thing every year.

Last year Shutterfly sponsored my cards and supplied them for free which was quite nice.  This year they have taken it to the next step and supplied me with an extra promotional code for 25 free cards for my readers.  Post in the comments below what your favorite holiday memory is to win.  I’ll pick a winner at random on November 19 and contact you via email.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by an offer from Shutterfly for 50 free holiday cards for bloggers.
*Contest Rules: Contest is open from October 25 2011 – November 18 2011 11:59PM.  One winner will be picked at random and will receive a coupon code for 25 free cards from Shutterfly.  Shipping/tax charges may apply.

Sparky Ate Christmas

Over Christmas this past December, we had taken Sparky along with our Canon DSLR EOS Rebel T1i camera and took a number of pictures of various things during the holiday.

The following week, I had taken vacation time to get caught up at home and on one of the days decided to download the pictures from the card.  I usually just take the SDHC card from the camera and plug it directly into my Mac and then download the photos directly into Aperture.  This time, I took the card out and put it on the coffee table and went to get my Macbook.  However, when I got back to the living room Sparky had the card in his mouth and I heard a crunch!  I was able to pull the card from his mouth, but it was way too late already.  After taking the casing apart, it was very clear that he had destroyed both of the memory chips, thereby destroying the card and any chance of recovering the pictures.  For me, the pictures were bad to lose, but I was much more worried about the card itself.  This was a 32GB SDHC memory card.  It was only class 4, but still – not cheap.

For the past few weeks I’ve hobbled along on a small little 1GB SD card but last week I found a great deal for a 8GB class 10 SDHC memory card.  I haven’t had any time to play around with the card yet, but it will handle a better 1,200 photos versus the 140 I could cram on the 1GB – better given how many I’m known to take in a full day of shooting.  This card will be quite nice as well for high-speed shooting along with video capture.