Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Self Portrait

I was less than enthused about the assignment at I Heart Faces this week to do a self portrait, but I forced myself to do it. I suppose I ended up having some fun in the process.

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Family Photos 2010

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All photos taken by Shonda Barlow Photography.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It’s That Time of Year

“. . . when the world falls in love, every song you hear seems to say . . . Merry Christmas. May your New Year’s dreams come true . . .”

Oh. Sorry. You caught me singing Christmas songs by The Carpenters.

What I meant to say was it’s that time of year when, if we haven’t already, we have to start thinking about Christmas cards.

I love being able to send out Christmas cards. Gathering all the addresses can be a bit of a chore, but since I can’t give gifts to everyone I know, a Christmas card is a fun way to say Merry Christmas. I even end up wishing I could send more Christmas cards than I actually do. This year, I have a head start on my Christmas cards because of Daylight Designs.

Have you heard of Daylight Designs?

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I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Blessed Little Nest featuring Daylight Designs, and I’m so happy with what I got! First off, Melissa (Mel), the shop owner was so easy to work with. When I won the giveaway, we had just had our photos taken, so I didn’t have them yet. (I know. I said I’d show them off, but I haven’t gotten around to it. That will be my next post. Promise.) I asked if I needed to use an older photo or if she would be okay with waiting until I got our photos back, and she was totally fine with waiting. Almost a month later, I sent her a photo with my request. She sent me a proof the very next day, and I had my cards the next week. I am so happy with how they turned out!

Since my cards were part of a giveaway, she printed and mailed them to me with envelopes. Her listings in her shop are for the card design. You send her a picture, she puts it in the design and sends you a file that you can print as many as you want using your favorite photo developer. But if you prefer to have the cards printed out, she also has that option available.

Daylight Designs has plenty of options to choose from. I love how simple and fresh the designs are. These are my three favorite Christmas card designs:il_570xN_93521911

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But Mel doesn’t only do Christmas cards. Visit her shop for baby shower invitations, birth announcements, wedding invites, and more.il_570xN_92916354

Thanks, Daylight Designs, for my beautiful Christmas cards!

Psst! I just read on Mel’s blog that she’s hosting another giveaway over at Mama Manifesto! Hurry over there and win some for yourself!