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DIY Holiday Card Moodboard (Video!)

OMG. I can’t believe I’m already writing this, but I’ve got HOLIDAYS on the brain!  Our Gold Foil Christmas cards from Mixbook arrived in the mail, and in the spirit of sending out cards, I’ve also been thinking about a way to display cards at our house.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

You see, I love giving + getting Holiday cards, but what I haven’t so much loved is hanging all of them up in my house. Until recently I couldn’t find a way to collectively hang them that fit cohesively with our seasonal decor. Usually we designate a basket for them on our dining room china cabinet, but let’s be honest, we rarely look in that basket once the cards are opened. So basically the cards just sit there collecting dust, and where’s the Holiday spirit in that??

This year? This year there will be more card enjoyment and less dust collection at this house. I’ve taken the idea behind the inspiration mood board (you know, the kind you hang at your desk and pin collected snippets to) and created a Holiday edition–a spot for corralling cards from loved ones, patterned paper that’s too pretty to toss, special ornaments, fresh greenery, etc.–all the little things that inspire you throughout the season. Check out this little video on how I made it.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.   Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

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Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

1.Hang the grid on the wall with two nails, or lean it on your tabletop against the wall.

Mood Board Styling 101: Create layers which add depth and interest to your board.

2. Start with a base layer of decorative paper and/or fabric with clothespins. Use larger than greeting card size paper/fabric so that it’s still slightly visible once cards are added.

3. Attach greenery for texture.

4. Begin hanging cards. To help curb the chaos, hang cards straight up and down and not at an angle.

5. Next tie on ornaments and feathers in open spaces or layer them on the cards for additional dimension.

6. Lastly, drape Christmas lights on one side of the board, and add additional Holiday cards as they arrive in the mail!

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Here’s a look at our family’s Holiday card from Mixbook we’re sending out this year. About a month ago, we set up a tripod with a timer on the side of our house, just before the sun was about to set, and snapped these pictures of the three of us. We tried alot of takes, and this was the ONLY one where Sylvia was actually looking at the camera. Ha!

Something new this year with Mixbook is their real foil cards. We chose the Holiday Glitter Frame Card, and the gold foil is SO pretty and tasteful in person. I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Not quite ready for Holiday stuff yet? Pin this project for later!

Sylvie’s Outfit Sources: Penny and Lila Head Turban  ||  Tea Collection Christmas Sweater

This post was created in partnership with Mixbook. They’re my go-to for Holiday and announcement cards (Remember these?). All ideas are my own.

 

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Welcome Baby Girl

Baby girl, Sylvia Leigh Francois, made her debut in early February, and we’ve been laying low since then enjoying our new bundle and learning the ropes of life with a newborn. About two weeks after Sylvia was born we had family photos taken in our home, and the moment I got them back I couldn’t wait to get Sylvia’s birth announcements ordered. I’ll be posting more from our family shoot soon, but in the meantime, I’m so excited to show you the custom birth announcements I designed through Mixbook!
 
 
 
I did our announcements through Mixbook, because I had a specific idea in mind for the design of the card, and they have a ‘Blank Canvas’ tool that lets you create a custom card from scratch. Their website makes creating the custom design ridiculously fast & easy, which as a new mom, that’s just about number one on my priority list.
 
You basically just drag and drop your photos into their interface, add text and any visual effects like bleeding the photo off the edge of the card. Then add to your ‘shopping cart’ and BOOM. Mixbook prints and mails your cards within a matter of a few days. (I should also mention they have lots of card designs to choose from too, if designing something custom is not your jam!)
 

 

 
I chose a square card format which compliments Sylvia’s announcement photo nicely, as well as Mixbook’s super thick, matte paper option, because in my book, the thicker the paper, the better!
 
Before getting the announcements in the mail, I added a few extra personal touches by signing Ken & and my names in metallic gold ink on the back of the cards and sealing the envelopes with gold heart wax seals, because I may be a sleep-deprived new mom, but I still love DIY. This was my first time doing wax seals, and to my pleasant surprise they can now be done with a glue gun–no more dripping wax! Who knew?! Here’s a little video of how the announcements came together with the extra touches:

 

 
Sylvia’s announcements turned out exactly how I envisioned in my head, and I can’t wait to get them mailed off to family and friends! If you’re doing announcements and have a custom design in mind, I highly recommend having Mixbook help you bring your idea to life. Use my coupon code, FRAN40,  and get 40 % off sitewide. Expires May 22nd Midnight PST.
 
 
This post has been made possible by Mixbook. Thank you for supporting my go-to brands that help me keep the DIY inspo flowing direct to your inbox!
 
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