5 Tips to Creating the Perfect Christmas Card

Perfect Christmas Card

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about Halloween–It’s Christmas Card season! I’ve come to find that there are two camps: Those who LOVE Christmas Cards, and those who really don’t care. I happen to be a BIG fan of sending and receiving Christmas cards and grew up in a home where it an essential part of the seasonal traditions. I looked forward to opening up the envelopes and taping them up onto the door and seeing how people had changed over the years and what exciting news they had to share! So I’ve tried to keep up the tradition with my own family and also at work. I literally am jittery with excitement as I type this.Perfect Christmas Card

We teamed up with Chatbooks to create some lovely Christmas cards to send out to friends and clients! We posed in front of our new mural and wore items from our clothing collaboration with Winter Water Factory. The cards turned out so cute and I can’t wait to send them off! But I wanted to give you a few tips on how to create the Perfect Christmas Card, since I feel so passionately about the subject 🙂

See my tips and get 20% off your Christmas card order at Chatbooks!


1. Pick a location that tells a story

A good backdrop is key for a good photo, as it sets the stage. This doesn’t mean you have to make it too complicated–no need to stand in front of the Eiffel Tower to make a show-stopping photo. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home, or amid the changing leaves (or in our case, in front of the new mural we designed!) you want the photo to tell a story. This will add interest to the photo and provide the recipient some added detail.

We chose to use our new mural that we created for the city of Provo.

Perfect Christmas Card

2. Choose clothing that will complement your backdrop

You don’t necessarily want your clothes to match your backdrop, but you certainly don’t want them to clash! Choosing colors and pieces that will coordinate well with your backdrop will make the image look much more cohesive. You also want clothing appropriate for the setting. For example, you don’t want to be wearing sundresses in the snow-dusted mountains! In our team photo, we are all sporting pieces from our new collaborations with Winter Water Factory! They are styled with coats, jackets, and sweaters to make them more appropriate for fall and winter.Perfect Christmas CardPerfect Christmas Card

3. Create movement in the arrangement of people

No one wants to look stiff and uncomfortable in photos, but it’s easy to do when you’re not a professional model who’s used to taking photos all day long! With large groups especially, you want to make sure there is movement in your positioning. In other words, don’t just line up in a straight line. Try to create levels, dimension, and angles to keep things interesting.Perfect Christmas CardPerfect Christmas Card

4. Select a card that will enhance and not distract from the photo

When it comes to Christmas Cards, there are so many directions to take it! Chatbooks has some wonderful options this year. We chose a design they created in collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. The floral border was subtle enough not to distract from the photo but adds a touch of whimsy and seasonal fun! Their cards are also reasonably priced–20 cards for $20! They include everything in the price: envelopes, return address printing, and shipping are covered. Lucky for you Chatbooks is giving Lars readers 20% off their Christmas Card purchase! Use the code LARS20 at checkout. The code is only good for cards and can only be used once. Take advantage!Perfect Christmas Card

5. Add a hand-written element to add a personal touch

In this day and age, handwritten cards are a rarity! Though I completely support taking advantage of modern-day technology, nothing compares to a hand-written sentiment. Even if it’s just one line, try to take a quick minute to personalize your card with a quick note to the recipient.Perfect Christmas Card

Perfect Christmas Card

This post was sponsored by Chatbooks. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Lars thriving!

Photography by Jane Merritt


  1. Thanks for the great tips and info on chatbooks.com
    My hubby and I just adopted a big “puppy” and want to do a family photo card so your tips come at a great time for us. If you have any brilliant suggestions for where to take a pic with our beautiful furry baby ~ I would gladly accept them! : ) Thanks for always giving me interesting reading!!


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