Our (REAL) 2011 Christmas Card
Merry Christmas from the Mrozs!
I love Christmas Cards. I have been anxiously awaiting the influx of fun Christmas cards in our mailbox for months now. It makes my day brighter every time I get a new card from someone after a long day of work. Plus, it breaks up the routine mail checking I do every day which mostly ends up being a ton of ads and bills…no fun.
This year, I started planning our Christmas card rather early—back in September or August, actually (I’m a huge dork). I was chatting with a friend of mine about how much I love poster art and album covers. There’s something unique about it all. If you come to our house, you will see a crazy amount of band art plastered all over our walls. Framed albums, framed posters, etc. I think it’s just the combination of everything I love all in one item which is why I am attracted to it. Usually it is made for/by a musician that I love, there’s great typography and design on them, and (of course) fabulous photography. This just = love for me.
That being said, I had been thinking about what we should do for our Christmas Card for a while and when we were discussing how much I love this type of art, I figured why not make a card that resembles this love. I know Matt really likes it as well, so the idea seemed perfect.
One night on vacation when we were out to dinner in Monterey, we were discussing ideas for this card. I drew out my plan for it on the white paper on the table and then Matt added to the design and we talked about how we could make it better. After that, we just ran with the idea. We had a mini photo shoot so we could get images of ourselves to draw from, and he and I worked hard to draw figures that resembled us enough so people would recognize them.
The first time I drew myself, I didn’t feel it looked very much like me…as usual, so I made Matt touch it up. Sometimes I think it’s so easy for me to draw someone else just because I see them all the time. It’s not as easy for me to draw myself, however. After we were happy with the way we looked, I worked out the rest of the details. I printed out a version of our card with us our figures on it and then hand drew the typography around our bodys so that it would fit perfectly. Then, I took a photo (my version of scanning) of the drawing and then used that as a template for my drawing in Illustrator. Whew, that took quite a while! If the Inkling that I got Matt for his birthday had come sooner, that process would have been much easier.
Anyhow, the final product turned out fab. I love it. We have been sending out so many “funny cards” (including our Christmas Card from last year) over the past few years that it was a nice change of pace for me to be able to do something totally outside that realm. I also really love the back side of this card. The colors, the stripes, the emblem from our wedding…it just all makes me happy.
Although I am a little sad we didn’t go with the Alternate Christmas Card which featured our glorious Christmas Mug Shots, I am really happy with what we did send out because I am proud of the love that went into it.
On that note…MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Have a fabulous holiday!