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Get Holiday Ready with Printables

The holiday season is here! I know this because I’m feeling the pressure of the time crunch to get everything done. There’s gifts to be bought (only a few), then wrapped and stowed away under the tree. Not only that, there are holiday dinners to plan, last minute cards to distribute and I still have to finish decorating the house. Despite having a to-do list a mile long, I don’t feel too overwhelmed. I’m doing what I can each day and trying to not stress about it. I’ve discovered a few time-saving ideas to cross a few items off my checklist thanks to my new ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One provided to me by HP Canada as well as my Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One printer. I’ve had the printer for almost a year now and have used it for many different projects.

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Did you know that Snapfish, HP’s online design portal, has free printables for the holiday season? I’ve already spent a few hours on there browsing through all the fun and festive templates for cards, ornaments, gift tags, home decor and more. The first item I wanted to get crossed off my list were my Christmas cards. I send them out each year to family and friends across Canada. In the past, I’ve just purchased my holiday cards, but I disliked how impersonal they felt. When I found Snapfish and saw the huge selection of photo cards they had, I knew that I had to do something different this year. And I did. Snapfish has free 5×7 printable cards in their Print At Home section for just about every holiday. We celebrate Christmas so that was the section I immediately clicked and browsed all the available designs.

I had a few photos in mind that I thought would be nice to use on the cards. I uploaded them into Snapfish and added them to my chosen template. Then it’s just a matter of adding whatever message you want to write and you can even customize the size, font and colour to really make it your own. I ended up making a few different designs, but these were a few of my favourites.

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I printed my cards on HP Photo Paper with HP original ink and I couldn’t be happier with the quality. The colours were bright and vivid and the card looks so professional! It looks nicer than any card I’ve ever made before (or purchased for that matter!).

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For this one I changed the tint to ‘sepia’. You can also do them in black and white as well as other coloured tints.

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Being a huge cat lover, you know I had to make a Christmas card for my cats! I made this card to send to Princess’s cat friend, Anson, who lives in Alberta. He belongs to my friend, Kristen. Doesn’t Princess look festive?

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I fell in love with the Let it Snow Christmas Party Printables. The design was so pretty and I felt would go perfect with my overall holiday decor. I don’t need to buy gift tags this year either.

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Then I decided to take on a larger project: getting my table ‘holiday ready’. And yes, there’s printables for that too! I made a snowflake centrepiece using all these cutouts.

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They were actually really easy to make. Just print, cut and then tape or glue together and voilà! You have a holiday decoration.

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I also made my napkin rings. They are made out of regular HP Multi-Purpose paper that’s taped together around the back of the napkin.

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I even added Wine Glass Tags in the same theme.

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For future projects, I want to make my own jam and use the pretty Chalkboard Christmas Labels to personalize my edible gifts. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, make an Ornament Gift Box. They look so pretty and are perfect to hold smaller sized gifts.

I also wanted to share these adorable 3D Christmas Printable Gift Tags. They take a couple extra steps to make with a little more cutting and pasting, but are well worth the effort. My favourite is the Snowflake gift tag.

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I feel more prepared now for the holidays and I didn’t even have to leave the house! I’ve got my gift labels, holiday party decor and holiday cards all done. Maybe now I can relax a little? We’ll see about that I guess. It really was not much effort to do and I’m pleased with how nice it turned out. They sure do help set the scene for a memorable holiday. I can’t wait!

Learn more about the ENVY Recline 23 TouchSmart All-in-One and HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer. Watch for upcoming posts where I’ll be sharing more ways I’ve been using these items plus Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12 to cherish our holiday memories.

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HP and Adobe products mentioned in this post were supplied by HP Canada and Adobe Canada.

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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