Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cheating on Christmas cards

I had a realization this weekend that I cannot make Christmas cards and write notes in them in the time that's left before I realistically need to mail the cards.  Last year I didn't deal with Christmas cards soon enough and this year I'm already cutting it close.

Enter my time saving idea.  Normally, I write a note to each person on my list and it's usually very similar from one card to the next.   Tonight, I typed up a Christmas letter.  Now, that's not a big deal because people have been sending typed Christmas letters for ages.  What I did that's a bit different is that I formatted my document with two columns and page margins 6" on the top and .5" on all other sides.  This gave me a card base that I could print out that already had the entire message inside except for the salutation and my signature.  I just put one per page for simplicity and as I cut them down, I'll keep the other half to build up a stack of card bases for OWH.  Yay! 

Here's a little diagram for you visual folks!
What do you do to make your holiday cards come together quickly?

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Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero (as of 10/9)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

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