how i display our christmas cards

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ya’ll i feel like i’ve been photographing this post as if i were photographing the rising of the sun. which in actuality has something to do with the pictures. i wanted to share how i display our cards & thought when i switched the board out the week of thanksgiving i’d go ahead and photograph. well since i only had like 2 cards from 2013 at that point i pulled out a few from last year. but then i thought, that’s weird. the people that sent last years cards are going to think i’m a poser and trying to pass them off for 2013. once the yards began to roll in i took a few more updated. however, some of those pics have better lighting so you are going to see a christmas card display evolution.

and speaking of the rising sun, i shot these both early in the morning when my creamy white kitchen takes on a warm golden glow and then i shot some in the afternoon when the sun is not directly filtering in, hence the cooler whiter effect. which is proof that the knowledge of chosen interior paint colors really should have little to no effect on what color you choose to paint your own interior, because it looks different depending on your natural or artificial light in  your room.

wow. that part was free.

so. the card display. it’s a 3ft x 4ft cork board that i covered with fabric. the end. it hangs year round in my kitchen to hold various photographs. in the summer it’s loaded with beach pics. in the winter i often times use all black & whites. several 8×10’s. you get the  picture. ( pun intended).  this big ol’ board was the answer to my ” i have way too many small picture frames taking over my home” issue. if i had little hands making me monet & picasso paintings, it would be filled with their art.

i also hang little ornaments or ornaments that are expensive and i fear will fall to their death from the tree as the limbs wilt. i added some of the prints from jones design company including the stag. and the silent night from the collection she sold as well. the reindeer/buck is the country squire from janet hill. the O Holy Night is from lindsey letters.  the glittered JOY letters are from wendy addison, a collection i began years ago but you can find similar ones ( & cheaper) at pottery barn and even michaels.

for several years i had an artificial tree in the dining room that i’d place all our picture cards on. i think i might resurrect that plan again because i loved that as well.

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(imogen ‘s little brother aaron looking for santa & the reindeer. or brinkley actually.)

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here are a few pictures from last year’s board.

i printed a picture of my mom  when she was a little girl on santa’s lap, i printed it on canvas. then lightly sprayed over it with adhesive and then quickly sprinkled clear glitter. i love it!board 005board 007

here’s the expensive gifted ornament ( thank you tesha) that i’m always too afraid will fall of the tree. so it’s rigged onto the board!board 008board 023

this year i’m placing cards in a little marble bowl until i can hang them, but i’ve used this little red bucket as well.

board 012and this is a fun alternative. i can’t remember where i picked this up but these days i feel card holders are readily available. try your nicer stationary stores and even pottery barn.

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speaking of cards, savannah hand lettered our envelopes this year & i think she did an amazing job! it’s fun to see your “big kids” grow up and discover new talents & interests. she’s really budded into quite the hand letter artist.

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December 19, 2013 - 8:59 am

stacey thacker - Oh so cute! I have some canvases I may use with cute Wasabi tape!!!!

December 19, 2013 - 12:50 pm

DNese - LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your board. Always have. It’s amazing & the perfect compliment to your already gorgeous home. May I ask you where you found that size cork board, and did you staple the fabric to the back?? I would love to do a board like this in our home for the day my hubby returns from deployment. I think he would love it.

Thanks a million.

December 19, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - LOVE this idea!!! Your cards look so pretty interspersed with the little adornments!!

I so need to make a giant board like that. I want one for home and one for my office actually. Your cards look gorgeous!!! I hope you got ours this year. A few have been returned as the labels did not stick well to the kraft paper envelopes:( When you do get it look carefully at the photo;)

Kim

December 19, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Alecia - Beautiful…and LOVE your Christmas card…it’s perfect! 🙂 Merry Christmas sweet friend!

December 19, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Susie Nelson - Paige, I love the board you showcase all your holiday cards on. And those envelopes Savannah did are amazing!!!! You have one talented girl! I actually tried my hand at doing that this year, but quickly gave up and tossed the envelopes out.

Merry Christmas,
Susie

December 19, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Michelle Whitaker - It is so fun to see how people display their Christmas cards. I love your linen board. The little touches of art and ornaments make it so festive. Thank you for sharing.

December 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

chrissi - i am so loving your display board. a must do for me now. we do a photo tree each year too. it is my favorite tree to do. we add small frames of those near and far, gone and here…each frame holds so much more than a picture. so many great memories all in one place.♥

December 19, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Mary - Great idea Paige, (but that actually comes as no surprise). Love your family card too. Merry Christmas to all of you.

December 19, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Ella - I love your board. Now I want one too.
Your card is beautiful as well (of course since you have beautiful girls). Love Savannah’s lettering.
Whenever I see pictures of your home, I try to figure out the layout. Now I see the dining room is right off the kitchen.
Little Aaron is precious.
Enjoy all the beautiful cards you received.

December 19, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Heidi @ Decor& More - Simply wonderful! It’s like a revolving work of art! And your darling Savannah is clearly a talent! I know you’re proud of her and who wouldn’t love to get a beautifully lettered envelope in their mailbox?
Blessings!
Xo Heidi

December 19, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Natalie - It’s lovely! And such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! Might have to do something like this for next year… Instead of the cards taking over my door!

December 19, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Lori H - So gorgeous! I must find a wall to put such a board on. I loved your Country Squire print so much that I got it myself 🙂

December 19, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Michelle Whitaker - I forgot to mention earlier that your Christmas cards are the cutest thing ever!

December 20, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Love it! Want one! Your sweet girl has talent like her mama:) I have to know where you purchased that sweet swan ornament. Do tell:)

December 21, 2013 - 2:20 pm

tara - always love seeing how your cards are displayed…
looks like art to me!

I think Savannah should hire her services out….I’d hire her!

December 27, 2013 - 10:00 am

The Mrs. - Love this! Great idea!!!

December 22, 2015 - 6:36 am

Amber Summerrow - Ohhhhh I adore everything single thing you do in your home…you knew this was coming…the angel wings hanging on the board and the white or cream olored star with hook…are those still available and where did you find them? Its simply beautiful Paige!