Holiday Photo Cards


FA LA LA LA LA…..and why do some of us wait until NOW to take some amazing photos (shown in a personalized 2006 anniversary design?!



Okay, I'm guilty of waiting…even with a summer trip to Cape Cod. I really thought I'd have some great beach candids, but given the ages of my kids (15,12,10) I think those days are over (for now).  Next year, right?!

Celebrating 5 years of Redefining the Holiday Photo Card!

Was it really 5 years ago when I thought…why not design personalized holiday cards that are not from a template?! I loved coming up with something unique for my family's holiday card every year, so threw the idea out there and watched it take off.

To celebrate our 5th year of re-defining the holiday card we've brought back 4 designs from the past at celebration prices. These designs are still hot hot HOT! Who knew ~ ! Check out our 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 designs. Classic, simple and timeless.

2005_front 2006 

2007 2008 

What I celebrate most is receiving orders year after year from the wonderful families that have made Paper Locket cards a tradition. THANK YOU!!!

Holiday Card Season is Upon us ~ well some of us!

Of course Holiday Cards are my passion, so this is the most exciting time of year for me! The store is open (so to speak) with new and unique designs that are meant to showcase photos first and foremost. That's the reason all our designs are made-to-order. I think our most recent review from My Four Monkeys said it best:

"I received a few samples of some of the hoMy_four_monkeysliday card designs and I have
to say that I am impressed. These cards have so many things going for
them. Here are some of the ultra cool features:
  • 1 – 6 photos on any design: The card is designed exactly to your specifications!
  • 2-sided designs on a flat 5×7 card: Most holiday card websites do not offer two sided cards at no extra charge.
  • pearl paper {our favorite} or smooth thick cover: The cardstock they use is amazing! It's not glossy, but it has a faint shimmer to it, very "expensive looking" and thick too!
  • white envelopes included
  • return address can be added for .20 each
  • proofs provided in less than 72 hours
  • delivers in 2 business days"


I want to get married again ….

to my husband just so we can dance down the aisle like this!

Had to pull out & dust off my 17+ year old wedding photos to preview the dancing potential…what do you think – holding back some dance moves?


What a fun way to take a pass on tradition and go for self expression. Love it!

Yes, my hubby would go for it ~ that's the kind of man I married…

and then there was my  Grandma Ruth, no dancing shoes needed! No question, she definitely would've danced down the aisle! Bless her heart.


10 Amazing Holiday Card Variations

Paper Locket's designs paired with our customer's photos & personal style ~








Six more?! Yes ~ fresh designs as sweet as a candy cane!! Check them out & remember, ordering a photo card from Paper Locket is simple!


How Can I Customize? Let me count the ways ~

Maybe we can't count the ways…because they're endless! It's not really important HOW Paper Locket is able to modify each design or WHAT your card could possibly look like with your selection of photos and personal content (for those who don't have a vision for this sorta thing) – what's important is that you will end up with a design that's perfect. It's as simple as picking a design that appeals to you (request changes to the design only if you want to), submit your photos and we do the rest. An online proof is sent to you in less than 48 hours for your review. We don't print your card until you love the way it looks.


Here is our popular Conversation Piece design ~ and below it are 3 examples of how we modified this design to create unique & stylish holiday cards specifically for each customer's photos, content and design changes:


Example #1 > Can I add more photos & change the font?



 Example #2 > Can the main photo be vertical, the background
changed to golden, and can 3 photos go on the back?


Example #3 > Can 1 photo go on the front & can the background be changed to red?


Here are some frequently asked questions we've received about our holiday photo cards;
and the answer to these questions is what? 


Can Paper Locket:

change the number of photos on the front of the card from 3 to 1 or from 3 to 5?

 change the colors on the card?

 combine designs from 2 cards into 1?

 remove all the fluff and have the design be a collage of photos?

 resize the individual photos to all be the same size?

use a design off the custom design gallery for a customer without charging the custom design price?

soften the edges of my photo?

make my photo black & white, sepia or translucent?

add captions to all my photos?

add a small family letter to the back of my card?


And that's why we're so unique ~

5 Simple Guidelines to Selecting the Perfect Photos for your Stylish Holiday Photo Card

It goes without saying that we all want to see current photos of our family and friends in a photo card. So think of distance or action photos as extras when assembling your holiday collection and be sure to include some close-ups of everyone. And parents, feel free to skip a year or two in appearing in your holiday card, but we all want to see you once in awhile too!Cropping

Also remember that a photo can be cropped and re-sized in many ways! Cropping can eliminate others from the photo and it can give a photo a n
ew shape (square, circular, horizontal or vertical).  

1. Go Professional
Professional photos can be easy and affordable. Contact some local independent photographers and ask if they’re offering a mini holiday photo session. ProMany times they’ll set aside a chunk of time for several 15 – 20 minute sessions, specifically for holiday cards. If they aren’t offering this option introduce it to them as something you’d be very interested in. Large families, neighbors or groups of friends can split the cost of a full session as well. Some photographers will sell a CD of images while others will sell individual photos. And definitely make sure they’re not copyright protected if you plan on using them in your holiday card.

2. Semi Pro
With the quality of digital cameras today, it’s almost foolproof to get a professional looking photo. Borrow 10 minutes of someone’s time in exchange for your good company, to be your semi-pro photographer. Semi
Dress in solid complimentary colors, pick an attractive outdoor setting and smile. Capture a group shot, several individuals and some candid shots too.

3. Tell us a little something
Send a smile through your photos ~ photos convey a huge amount of emotion, so whatever makes you smile will be a treasured gift to others! Smile

What happened in your life this year? Include photos that will tell your story ~ you moved, got a puppy, had a baby, got married, went on a vacation, learned to ski… Share with others what you love to do?  Story
Showcase photos of you and yours ~ hiking, biking, cooking, creating, performing, competing…

4. Up Close & Personal
Sometimes it’s just fun to see a familiar face or the face of a child who is growing up way too fast or a furry friend with a wet nose. Forget about the setting, just get into good light (outside is best) and snap a close up. Have them look at the camera or look away – try both ways. The magic comes in with the close-up cropping in photo editing software.Face
Better yet, leave this step to your card designer. I’m talking close up! This is a sure way for an average photo to look amazing.

5. Too Many to Choose From   
If that’s the case then here are some tips for picking multiple photos people really (really) want to see:
•    Maximum 12 photos – not an absolute rule, but a good guideline, so the photos can be sized appropriately and the card isn’t way too busy.
•   Variety – several photos from one photo session but different. Different expressions, emotions, poses, people. Or photos from the year showing a variety of experiences, expressions or groupings (sisters, brothers, mom & kids, dad & kids…etc).
•    Harmony – Bringing a lot of different photos together can be accomplished through color, altering them all to b/w or sepia or a combination of alterations with color images. Size also harmonizes images together. No worries though! Your card designer will know how to visually layout images in a harmonious way using the rules of design.
•    Individuals – generally we only need 1 individual shot of each family member. And remember, cropping can take one person out of a group shot!

And lastly, if you still can't decide, leave it up to your trusted photo card designer to choose for you!

How photos ‘fit’ into our holiday cards – perfectly!

 'Fit' might not be the right word to describe our perfectly made-to-order design process. Selecting a design is only the first step because the photo(s) really lead the way ~ and of course our client's requests for design changes.

This gorgeous family was photographed in September, by Paper Locket's partner in photography, Misty Thacker, of BabesWherryInk .  Wow, right?!

their favorite photos we were able to create something unique for them.
This custom design was a collaboration of several designs that caught
their eye. Custom

We loved these photos so much that out went the old Sprigs design and in came the new. Much better!!Sprigs5

Paper Locket’s Perfect Cup of Joe

Every morning I stumble into the kitchen and lovingly press the start button on my automatic Saeco Espresso Maker. Voila`! I’m sipping a triple latte (a Pacific Northwest staple) in my PJ’s. The real joy for me is that it’s fast, convenient and not just an ordinary Cup of Joe! So much of what my espresso maker does for me in the wee hours of the day reminds me of what I do for my customers during holiday crazy times. 

Confined by the reality of time – gone are the days of handmade holiday cards. In an attempt to send a ‘personalized’ card so many of us have opted for the template holiday cards from a local digital printing company. But what we really want to send our family & friends is more than that ole Cup of Joe card ~ right? Where is that automatic holiday card machine…

Anytime of the day or night you can point and click on a Paper Locket card design, and have a real designer fuss & fret over your holiday card, the photos and holiday content.  It’s our rare hand-touch design process that make these cards so very close to being handmade. And in only a few days, delivered to your doorstep, are your decadent & stylish cards, the ones you were just dreaming of. So the truth is, we can still wish for extraordinary things and actually get them (in our PJs).  Cheers!!