Number 84: holly jolly

It may have been down to the wire, but yesterday I crossed number 84 off of my 101 in 1001 list:

84. Mail Christmas Cards out before Christmas

I have been a slacker with holiday cards over the last few years, so I feel pretty victorious that I accomplished this one. In 2008, we should have been sending our first Christmas cards as newlyweds, but instead we were saving our pennies after hearing that Nick was laid off in early December. In 2009, I just couldn’t find the time and instead sent out Valentine cards a few months later. This year, I was determined to design, print, and mail our cards before Christmas!

Sticking with a small, flat, typography-based design (much like my V-day cards), I based the layout on the lyrics of a classic holiday favorite, by Nick’s request. I gave it a bit of a weathered look which worked great with the cards I chose — Paper Source’s A2 flat cards in Paper Bag. I used red Riso ink and printed the design with my Gocco, and I think the final result is pretty cute.

Now I just have to pick up a few more gifts and finish my wrapping, and I’m officially all set for Christmas this weekend!

Anyone else coming in right under the wire with their holiday cards? Do you make your own or do the smart thing and order them from somewhere? (I’m a glutton for must-design-and-print-them-myself punishment. It’s just my way.)


  1. Oh my goodness, they look amazing. Not surprising given the great work your curious + co does but oh my gosh!! love them!!

  2. Love it! I designed mine and then had them professionally printed – they would never have been done had I gocco-d. My husband is taking them to the post office as we speak! Whoops! I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. working to get the done last night. Never again! :) My goal is to have them done by December 1 next year.

  3. Brooke, they look wonderful! Sure to bring Christmas cheer to their recipients! (We ordered ours this year, but only after I gave up on making them myself.)

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