Perhaps you're like me...late to the party this year.
I don't yet have my holiday card...a tradition I really love.
I struggled with the whole process. Finding the right picture (out of literally thousands), the right design (out of literally thousands) and the right message. Honestly, I feel overwhelmed.
But, according to Cathi Nelson, of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, I'm overthinking it.
She offers these tips to keep our cool while ordering our festive message:
*HIGHLIGHT GOOD PHOTOS IN YOUR COMPUTER
"The first thing you want to do is flag your photos on iPhoto or for a PC, it’s a 5 star rating," says Nelson of West Hartford.
*DO SOME SELF-EVALUATION. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY WITH THE PICTURE?
"Think about what it is you find appealing in a photograph. Look for those photos that tell a little bit about your family. Are you a sports family? Did you travel somewhere?" says Nelson, noting the massive collages can sometimes feel cluttered, not classic. "From an artistic standpoint, less is more."
*HEAD TO A WEB SITE, A BIG BOX STORE OR A LOCAL VENDOR FOR A CARD AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCT
"I pick the template I’m going to use before I start putting the photos in and then I don’t look at any other templates," advises Nelson.
*MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON'T DITCH THE PROJECT BECAUSE YOU'RE TOO OVERWHELMED
"We are a people of stories, we tell the story of our lives through photos. So, a photo is a snap-shot of who you are as a family," says this mom of two. "Don’t neglect that because you can’t find the perfect story. It’s just one story. i think it’s just critically important."
See more of my interview with Cathi Nelson on Fox CT's Holiday Wishes, airing Friday at 9:30am!