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5 Tips to Creating the Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Photo Card #MiVidaShutterfly {GIVEAWAY}

It’s that fabulous time of year for festive gatherings with loved ones, baking yummy holiday treats, last-minute shopping and final preparations! You’ve been so busy enjoying all the holiday fun, that you realize in mid-December that you forgot to order holiday cards. You could run out and buy a pre-packaged box of cards, but you had your heart set on your own personalized photo cards.

Not to worry, here are five tips that can simplify the holiday photo card ordering process so that you can get back to celebrating what really matters during the most wonderful time of year!

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Selecting the perfect photo: With so many photos to choose from it can be a daunting task to find that perfect holiday photo or photos. Making a collage can be a fun way to remember the year’s most memorable moments, and they create a visually stunning card that tells your family’s personal story. Some card designs allow you to include additional photos inside and on the back which can be a lot of fun.

No photos? Grab the camera: If you can’t find a photo that you like, get your family together for a fun photo shoot. Keep it simple, and let your photos show your family’s real personality – silly faces and all. Oftentimes the best holiday photos are the ones that aren’t overly staged.

Get creative, personalize and place your order: Creating your holiday cards shouldn’t be stressful. A site like Shutterfly can help to simplify the process by providing hundreds of easy to use design options that you can customize to fit your family’s personality. And what’s really cool is that Shutterfly now offers a large selection of those designs en español!

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When selecting photos, choose those that truly represent your family’s individuality, and combine them with fun quotes – in English or Spanish. Shutterfly even lets you order cool envelope inserts with holiday inspired designs or bilingual greetings to really spruce up your cards.

Check your mailing list: You should review your mailing list BEFORE you order your cards to make sure that your order the correct quantity. There’s nothing worse than having an extra stack of cards that never gets sent. While you’re waiting on your cards to arrive, double check mailing addresses to ensure that they’re up-to-date so that you can send out cards as soon as they’re ready.

Address, stamp and send: When it comes time to addressing and stamping envelopes, invite your family to join you by making it a fun team effort. Providing delicious baked holiday goodies can help encourage everyone to participate. If this isn’t an option, you should order the matching address labels that are available for most cards.

And while you’re ordering customized holiday cards, why not order some unique photo gifts? Customized canvas prints, desktop plaques, pillows, blankets, and candles can make wonderful gifts for just about anyone.

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We want to give you, a chance to create your own personalized holiday card or photo gift from Shutterfly. Two lucky winners will receive a special promo code for $100 off their Shutterfly order! Entering is easy using the form below. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, December 12th and is open to readers of the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia, 18 years of age and older.

DiMe Media Shutterfly $100 Holiday Giveaway

Winners will be notified via email, in which they will receive the $100 off promo code. The promo code will expire on 12/20/15 (11:59 pm PT). The offer is good for $100 off one qualifying merchandise order of $100 or more (after any other discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling) through Shutterfly.com/mivida or Shutterfly mobile-friendly site.