CHRISTMAS CORRESPONDENCE: KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS INFORMED
Send your friends and family more than a simple holiday greeting or picture card this year. Our collection of unique Year in Review Christmas cards will help paint a vivid picture of what you and your family have been doing since January 2020. Rather than composing a page or two of text, explore ways to artistically recap all your family milestones in one beautiful and creative Christmas card. Each of our yearline holiday cards is fully customizable to effectively summarize your 2020 year in review with style and class.
Why send a “Year in Review” card you ask? The holiday season is a time for giving. Instead of sending a more traditional holiday card that matches the look that everyone else will be sending this holiday season, break the mold and give the gift of a detailed family recap. Your close friends and family will enjoy spending a little extra time reading through your card to capture a better understanding of what your family has experienced together over the last year. Make your holiday correspondence stand out!
WHAT TO SHARE IN A YEAR IN REVIEW CHRISTMAS CARD:
It can be hard to summarize the events of three hundred and sixty-five days on one 5” x 7” holiday card. Where do you start? What highlights are important and what events should be skipped over? What do your friends and family want to be kept up-to-date on? We have assembled this list of note-worthy events you may want to consider highlighting in your Christmas update.
Marriage or engagement
Graduation of some sort (school, training)
New job or promotion
New home or address
Big purchase (car, addition to the house, season tickets, membership, etc.)
Highlights from sports, dance club, extra-curricular activities
Family vacation destinations
Parties or events your family hosted or attended
CREATIVE STYLES FOR YOUR 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW CARDS
At Minted, we want to provide our customers with designs that are consistently modern and stylish. Our unique strategy of hosting design competitions on our website throughout the year helps up achieve this goal. We allow independent artists from around the world to submit their one-of-a-kind designs in our competitions and then our audience helps determine what designs will be sold on our website. As you browse through our top Year in Review Christmas card designs for 2019 on Minted, you will now have a better understanding of their origins and how fresh they truly are. When customers purchase a Christmas card design, a portion of the sales then go back to the contributing artist.
Here is a list of some of the creative design ideas and themes you may want to consider for your holiday card:
Top 10 List: This artistic design calls out your families top 10 merry moments of 2020. Maybe you sit down as a family and form your list of top moments and then widdle them down to just 10. Some of the events could be more monumental like a trip to Disneyland as a family, and some may be more simple like running through the sprinklers in your front lawn. Easily edit the template on Minted to create your own list of top memories.
Chronicle/Newspaper: This idea has a clever and slick look. The options for additional creativity and personalization are limitless. Adjust our design that looks very similar to the front page of a newspaper. You may come up with a creative name for your family newspaper, funny article sections that you want to highlight, and even feature a good variety of images (think “sports” section, “travel” section, “dining section”, etc.). If your family and friends fall in love with this format, you could opt to send volume two the following year.
Library Card: Remember those library cards that came in the front inside cover of books you rented from the library? We have a creative design that allows you to change different line items on a library card and then update the stamp date associated with each achievement. One sample line item could read something like “February 5, 2020: Jeremy scored the winning touchdown at the high school homecoming football game.”
Board Game: Update a board game stencil that has a starting square and a designated game path that must be followed to reach the finish line. You can then personalize the various steps along the way with achievements and milestones your family experienced in 2020. Artistic stylings of the card really make it appear like a game that can be played.
Stats: A few of our designs can be manipulated to display year-in-review statistics in creative ways. Highlight how many cups of coffee Dad drank in 2020 or how many school lunches were packed by Mom. Highlight the year with numbers and figures that would bring a smile to the face of your loved ones.
Photo Collage: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Just think what over 10 images would be worth. We provide a number of Year in Review Christmas card designs that are photo-heavy and intended to tell a visual story. One of our designs features a collection of as many as 20 images. Simply upload a collection of photos you wish to highlight and see how they look in our templates in real-time.
Column For Each Family Member: A good way to keep your family highlight recap fair and balanced is to have an equal section of your Christmas card dedicated to each member of the family. This clean design allows you to write a small blurb of text about each member of the family. Finish off the presentation with a nice family photo formatted above the columns.
Big purchase (car, addition to the house, season tickets, membership, etc.)
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CARD YOUR OWN
Once you have found a design template that you adore, use Minted’s easy customizer tools to personalize it and make it your own. Change text on the card to reference your own family milestones. Adjust the color scheme of the holiday card to match your preferred aesthetic. Attach additional details to the back of the card that you wish to share with your recipients. Keep reading below on just a few of the features you can customize.
Edit Colors: All of our card designs can be altered between numerous color schemes. Choose from elegant colors such as macaroon, crimson, tangerine, persimmon, and holly berry. Simply select a color option from the available color palette to see your design instantly transform in front of your eyes.
Edit Images: Quickly upload your images to each template so they appear in the location you desire. We also provide photo filters such as black-and-white or sepia, in case you want a monochromatic and elegant look.
Shape: Depending on the design template you select, you will be presented with various options for the shape of the edge of your card. Toggle between straight edges, rounded edges, a waved frame, a bubble scalloped frame, and more.
Backer: The back of Minted cards can also be customized. If you picked a card design that was more text or graphics-based on the front, you could always include a personal photo or two on the back of the card. Your friends will enjoy the subtle touch of a featured family photo.
Custom Foil: This year we provide the option to add custom foil text to each of our yearline card designs. Whether you want to add a short greeting, the year, or your family name, we supply you with the tools. Shiny gold foil text can really elevate the overall presentation of your holiday card.
Custom Envelope Liners: Wow your friends and family with a seamless card design presentation. Order custom envelope liners that match the overall look of your card. Remove an adhesive strip on the liners and insert them into your envelope. You can also order liners that come in various metallic foil colors.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
At Minted, we want to make sure your year in review card turns out looking exactly as you had planned. If you have any questions during the personalization process, take advantage of our live chat tool to quickly communicate with a team member. You could also reference our FAQ page where we have answers to a full range of questions such as when will you receive your order, how do you add recipient addressing, and how to request a change to a digital proof you receive. If all else fails, you can always email us or call us!
Once you place your initial order, one of our design associates will review your layout and provide you with a digital proof and any relevant feedback regarding your design. You will also be able to send specific design instructions or requests to your design associate. We will work with you to get the desired look you envisioned.
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