Christmas cards are not for everyone. I completely understand that. They take time that many of us just do not have. Call me crazy, but creating our family Christmas card every year is something I look forward to. I like to put something together that is out of the ordinary or is something meaningful that friends and family can enjoy. Whether you have the latest and greatest photo editing software or just the internet, you can create something meaningful as well and it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated.
This year, I used my Chromebook14 in order to put together our cards. I also used a little photoshop magic! This year I snapped our photos in front of a white wall and sheet and the put them on a kitchen background. Our kitchen has little to no light and is “L”shaped so it just wasn’t ideal for the card. However, even if you didn’t have photoshop you could create something similar with the same effect using free online software.
The Chromebook14 is handy because I can store all of my photos on the Google Drive and I can take it with me wherever I go. I can use the photos I have stored and upload them to PicMonkey.com in order to edit and add embellishments for free! Once I was done adding fun touches with Pic Monkey, I simply uploaded the picture to Snapfish.com. There were tons of card options to choose from and I even chatted with someone online who was extremely helpful in finding the perfect layout.
Another simple way to create a memorable Christmas Card is to take some treasured photographs from the year and put them into a collage. Snapfish has several beautiful options for you to select multiple photos for display. The card stock is premium and makes you feel like you’ve spent a fortune (even though you didn’t).
Not only has the Chromebook14 helped us put together our Christmas cards, but it has quickly become the best friend of my kids (especially Davis). With the thousands of apps available to download from Google Play, Davis has been mesmerized at a new way to play that involves a keyboard and a larger screen. Recent surveys show that kids are loosing their keyboarding skills due to the popularity of tablets, so it has been refreshing to watch him learn to use a traditional computer interface.
It has also been nice to have the internet on the go! The Chromebook14 has 3G and 4G connectivity options which means I can keep on working even when there is no WiFi. The slim build (about 2 pounds) makes this a great option for a girl that already totes around the kitchen sink! Not to mention, it comes in 3 colors that just makes life a little more fun.
The Chromebook14 starts at about $299 which makes this an affordable option great for gift giving this Christmas.