Shutterfly Winner

As promised, the winner of the recent Shutterfly Contest I held is being announced via this post.  As luck would have it though, I had received several codes but a family member ended up not wanting a code, so the other two entrants are both winners!  Everybody wins!  🙂

Congrats to Lori and Jaime and thanks to everyone for sharing your favorite holiday memory.  Thanks also as this was the first “contest” I’ve ever ran and although only three people posted, it was still fun!  Details and promotion codes have been sent to the winners via email.

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.

Yearly Holiday Cards

Last year, Justin and I sent out some holiday cards to some of the family.  We had a credit from Kodak Gallery and used it to buy a limited number of cards that turned out pretty nicely.

Always wanting to try other services though, this year we’re going to try Shutterfly instead.  We have used them in the past for photo prints (mostly 4×6) and were happy with the result.  It has been a while since I’ve used their site, but I believe that it was easier to use than Kodak’s site.

Justin and I have been on a few trips this year that have yielded some good pictures of us in various locations so there are no shortage of photos to pick from.  Also, this year we had purchased a Canon T1i DSLR so the quality and “feel” of the photos has improved drastically since then and since we’ve learned to use all the features of the camera.  I’ve picked out a few stock designs from Shutterfly that are contenders for this year’s final design. I’m thinking about going with something from their Christmas photo cards although they also have regular Christmas cards along with more generic Holiday cards.

Along with having a wider selection than Kodak had, the stock photography in their examples gives the cards a somewhat vintage look – with some of the pictures we’ve been able to take with the new camera there are some cool opportunities there…  Which one will we pick?  Find out if you get a card!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by an offer from Shutterfly for 50 free holiday cards for bloggers.  Visit their site to get in on this offer yourself as well.