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My Holiday Card 2012

People often ask me what card I send out for my family at Christmas. So I thought it would be fun to show you the card we sent last year.
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I went with the Premium DoubleThick Matte paper from Tiny Prints because I wanted to add a little something fancy in contrast to the casual design. I chose the solid navy back design because it complimented our photos so well. If I had opted for no back photos, I would have definitely used the patterned back design to add interest as well as color to compliment the front design.
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Oh, and see that small smudge of darker blue there on the back of the card? That’s not part of the design. It’s where I licked the card to get it to stick to my head. Always extremely professional photo shoots around here!

What card will you be sending this year?

This card can be found here.
You can find all of my holiday designs for Tiny Prints here.
And Shutterfly holiday designs here.
Photography of my family by the adventuresome Blue Lily.
Photography of me and the slightly slobbered on cards by mi amiga, Rebecca Sanabria.

Carvleynne Graff - Jill, thank you for sharing your new website. It is beyond wonderful!!! I am so thankful that my son and grandsons have such a loving, beautiful (inside and out), and creative wife and mom!!!

Love,
Carvelynne

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo of a moment that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ A pistachios and pencils kind of day. }
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Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photo by Rebecca Sanabria.

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo of a moment that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Yep, pretty sure this one’s mine. }
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Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photo by Rebecca Sanabria.

Process

It’s neat to see how something gets from someone’s head to a finished design.
Jill Smith design process
Every day and every design is a little different. But I always start in my sketchbook with pencil drawings. Then I move to ink or paint on Rhodia blank paper, which is my favorite at the moment for hand lettering. It’s incredibly white, smooth and just the right thickness. The ink I used here is Daler Rowney in Black. Some days I choose pens over brushes. It just depends on my mood and what agrees with my hand at the moment.
Jill Smith design process
Once it’s dry, I scan it in and manipulate it to work best for the design I have envisioned in my head. Then it’s on to another fun step — layout and color choices.

Happy Bursts design available from Tiny Prints.
Luminous Laughter design also from Tiny Prints.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria which we shot while eating Jelly Bellies.