My favorite Holiday Card ideas

Here at Shutterfly we’ve been thinking about holiday cards for months, which has given me plenty time to come up with fun card concepts and creative ideas you might find useful. They center around three of my favorite card designs:

1. Holiday Story Cards
2. Full Bleed Designs
3. Artful Collage Designs

Holiday Story Cards

Though I do not have children yet, I have many friends with newborns and several cousins with young kiddos. Our new Holiday Story Card designs make it easy to capture their childhood in a greeting card, or capture family moments throughout the year.

5×7 Flat Story Cards are a convenient way to quickly express your personality. These designs offer fun concepts like, “top ten moments of 2010”, “highlights of the seasons” or just the simple captions underneath each photo.

We also offer the 5×7 folded story cards. They look like the ordinary folded card on the exterior but most offer a time line template on the interior, which is a great way to sum up the year with a few highlights. While I love the idea of a time line, this template has several use-cases and I encourage you to be creative and think “outside the box” – what might work best for you and your family? For example, my boyfriend and I are wine lovers, so I decided to use the time line template to share our top four favorite wineries. I used each photo space to showcase a photo of us at each winery. Now we are able to share our mutual hobby and recommend favorite wineries to friends and family.

Some other creative ways to use the interiors of our 5×7 Folded story cards are:

1. Children – if you have children: have each child represented in each photo space and share a few sentences about their accomplishments
2. Travel – if you love to travel: use each photo space to share all the places you travelled this year
3. Newlyweds – if you are a newlywed couple: want to announce to friends and family that this is your first holiday as a newlywed couple? Why not use this time line concept?
4. Recipes – if you love to cook: share your favorite holiday recipes

Full Bleed Designs

These single-photo designs are great for elevating that one beautiful photo – most have decorative details overlaying the photo, which makes the design unique. If you’re wary of using one photo, we also offer these types of designs in the folded version so you can add additional photos inside the card.

Artful Collage Designs

These collage designs offer more than one photo space and are great for a few reasons:

1. You might have more than one “favorite” photo
2. Like me, you might like to keep it simple with a quick “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” and have your story conveyed through the photography
3. You have several children and want to feature a solo picture of each
4. The year is long…four seasons, tons of holidays – with this, there are so many photos you can choose to share with friends and family

These are just a few different ways to share life’s joy through your holiday greeting card…Please feel free to leave your comments and share your ideas!


  1. ashleysunshine49 says

    I already ordered my holiday cards from Shutterfly but you have me hooked on these story cards. I saw on the website a few sc designs that can be used as New Year’s Cards…I think I might try and send out “highlights of the season” for New Years…What do you think?

  2. Joey says

    I love that idea, Ashley!
    I love all of the cards – so many to choose from. I like to do a photo of my nieces and nephews & myself. It was fun picking out cards
    I helped my sister with her cards – i have so many photos of her kids as I seem to take the most pictures. So since we didn’t have time to do a family shot this year, she wanted to use photos of her kids. It was a tough decision but I think she’ll be happy with the results. She always has been when she ordered through Shutterfly. Having a chance to use more photos was a plus!

    Great tips Megan! Happy Holidays everyone!

  3. says

    Super fun designs. I do the digi scrap thing so I put my own cards together. I’m headed out tonight to get some fireplace decorations. Then this week i’m going to take my kids pictures for our cards. And of course I’ll be printing through Shutterfly! No one can beat their quality!!! To check out my past cards stop by my new blog~

    Thanks for the tips!

  4. says

    Great ideas, Megan! I love all the new designs and can’t wait to create my Christmas card this year chronicling my cooking adventures along with a few pics of the grandkids!

  5. says

    I love the story card idea for recapping the year with my family. One little line here and there for each member is a great idea to say this is what we did last year!

  6. shannonr says

    There are so many great cards to choose from this year. My husband is a graphic designer so usually he does our card but this year i told him no way it was all mine to create this year…LOL. He did come up with the theme though and we went with a artful card. We actaully ordered 3 different ones, cant wait for them to arrive in the mail.

  7. DeAnna says

    I have used the foldover Christmas cards for 6 years. I use the inside to write my son’s letter to Santa. This year, I have added my daughter’s letter. Including the Santa letter has become the highlight of the card for family and friends.

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