Holiday Cards with Mixbook
First up, I designed our holiday spirited holiday card for all you floral lovers out there who want that perfect mix of glam (gold leaf!) and traditional Christmas (that deep green!). Personally, I love selecting a color scheme that’s a bit off from traditional green and red (think lots of pinks and golds and such!), but this year I’m feeling particularly traditional and glitzy.
One of the best features of Mixbook is the ability to change up and customize any part of the card. The default phrase to our card currently says, “Merry Everything” but honestly, it felt a little too chipper for how things have gone this year. Ha! I wanted something a little more reflective of the year in general and you know what, besides some notable victories (we bought a house! We’re having a baby! And some other big ones 😉 SO, we did some brainstorming for some new phrases. Here are some of our favorites:
- (COVID) 19 Cheers for 2020!
- “Coronavirus is coming to town”
- COVID knows when you are sleeping, COVID knows when you’re awake…”
- “So wear a mask for goodness sake”
- “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, coughing all the way”
- Corona Cheer!
- The best gift this year is to maintain 6 feet distance!
Or, of course, there’s just being honest, right? Here were a couple I considered:
- Could it get any worse?
- And I went with “What a terrible year!” because that’s how I feel (mostly!)
I’d love to hear yours!
Jepsen Family Photos 2020
While I wanted to take a more traditional route to our card, I wanted to spruce it up with lots of colors in our photos. I had some beautiful sweaters in mind for Jasper’s outfit and it kind of went from there. There are so many adorable fair isle sweaters for boys right now and couldn’t decide! Turns out, most didn’t arrive in time for our shoot so we went with the white button down sweater, but we also considered these ones:
Which one would you have gone with? (from left to right)
And I was dead set on wearing this red dress from a collaboration between Pencil and Paper and Dondolo. It actually fits around my 8 month pregnant body and the smocking is delicious. Then Paul added his own yellow touch and we were good to go!
Because I planned everything around our card collection, it was MUCH easier to go from there. Here’s what I started with. And clearly, I didn’t get too far with Paul’s ensemble.
Jasper’s a bit of a performer and this photo session was no exception. I mean, look how it went. He LOVES a family sandwich:
But the rest of the shoot was more like this:
Lars for Mixbook travel album and Year in Review
Along with our Holiday card, we have our exclusive travel album and year in review books with Mixbook. I made one for 2018 and one for our trip to Denmark last year, and decided to continue the tradition with a year in review book for 2019 (I’ll be getting to 2020 when it’s over…and probably a number of months tacked onto that!). It’s PACKED with photos of my son, because yes, I think he’s the cutest and smartest and funniest kid in the world.
Jane, our photographer, made a Mixbook from her trip to NYC and Washington, DC last year. She used our Year in Review book and turned it into a travel book.
And lastly, my cousin, Clare, who lives with us, made a travel book for her senior trip to Italy with her mom and aunt. It’s always so interesting to see how people make each Mixbook their own and give me so many ideas on how to do it myself!
Would love to see your choices! Tag us with#houselarsbuiltxmixbook so we can see them!
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