Our Christmas Cards + An Artifact Uprising Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, we drove 40 minutes up the road to Ashton, Idaho with our friends, the Pugmires, and we took our family photo for our Christmas Card. It’s something we do every year, and it’s such a fun tradition that keeps the whole family photo thing more casual and whole lot less stressful when friends are on the other side of the camera. I always take their photo (with Chris making funny faces to get the kids laughing) and then they take ours.

We stopped at two locations, just down the road from each other, and while I loved the white bark on either side of this trail…

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The moss and woods and girls cracking up in the one below stole my heart and made it to the card. We’ve gotten a few questions about how to coordinate outfits for cards. I just try to balance patterns and solids. This was our first year (ever) going a little more dressy for pictures–even Charly got some bells around her neck (these).

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Last year, we used Artifact Uprising for our cards and loved the quality so much, we ordered from them again this year. This foil-stamped “Merry” card spelled out exactly what I felt the girls were portraying and what we sincerely wish for all our friends and family.

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The foil comes in silver, copper or gold (we went with the copper) and it’s so pretty in real life. Can’t wait to get these in the mail! Our friends at Artifact Uprising are all about spreading the cheer and have offered up a $50 credit to one of our readers! Just leave a comment below to enter and we’ll choose a winner Friday so you can start planning your own cards.



202 Comments

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Rebecca

    Love the outfits. Thanks for sharing a giveaway!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Alex

    Adorable!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Raquel

    Beautiful Christmas cards! Love the girls laughing! Would love to have the chance to use a $50 gift card. I love there website! Although, I have not yet use there products.

    You’re blog is my favorite! Love how you love you’re family :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Liz

    Love the bells around Charly’s neck! And what sweet photos, too.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Molly W.

    Adorable! Thanks for hosting the give away!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Nancy Sherman

    I would love to send out picture cards this year. We lost all 4 of our pets by July 3rd this year & just now added to our family with 3 rescue cats – boom, one each week, they just kept falling into our laps, how could we say NO :)
    I would love a card showing off my grownup son & all of our new family members!

    -PS, your pictures are always so lovely!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Brooks

    New reader here! I just discovered the wonder that is blogland after we bought our first house last month!I love your style and it just correlates so well with what I like as well. Thank you for doing this, I’m sure it’s a lot of work!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Cindy

    I absolutely adore this picture!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Courtney

    These turned out amazing! I would love to print our cards through Artifact Uprising – for our first Christmas cards as a married couple!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Brooke

    Beautiful card!! Love the casual but sophisticated style. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Maggie

    Just took some photos but haven’t put the cards together yet! Would love the chance to try out Artifact. Your card looks wonderful!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Michelle

    Cute cards. I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Steph

    How fun! Love the pics that have kids cracking up!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Nicole

    I love your dress, Julia! Also, are those knee socks fitting Faye? I am debating getting some for my daughter, who’s in between your girls. Thanks!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Julie

    I love Artifact Uprising. I order prints and their quality is amazing. Love your tradition for taking the photos.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Julie

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Elizabeth Jones

    Great choice for the picture!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Sarah

    we just took ours yesterday!!! Hope we win the giveaway! Yall have the cutest little girls. I like the more rich earthy tones you picked this year. Very beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Tiffany

    I love the copper foil so much!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Beret

    Your family photos are always the best! Happy holidays.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Allizon

    Such a precious family photo! Can you share where your dress is from? Also, I LOVE Artifact Uprising! Used them for wedding thank you’s and holiday cards last year.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Matt

    YHL introduced me to our site via their podcast…. need to go into the archives for those kitchen projects!

    Love artifact uprising too!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Maureen

    What a charming family photo. Relaxed and comfortable and enjoying each others company.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Amber

    Beautiful family!! Thank you for the chance. I’d also love to know where your dress is from

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Sarah

    Love this picture, and your blog!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Jaimee

    Love! Read your blog religiously ! I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner, so fun (esp with kiddos!!)! ??⛄️?

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Kate

    Merry Everything! Love it!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Corteiga L

    So cute! The girls smiles are precious!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Erin Baer

    Such a great photo!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Nicole Kinney

    Such a happy pretty family!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Brooke

    These are darling and you look beautiful!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Sara

    Both pictures are great!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Elizabeth Rose

    Love the photos!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Allison

    Is it awkward that I want to see the Pugmires’ pictures, too? :) I had a friend take some “big sister” photos of my 2 year old, and I think having a familiar photographer was key in getting natural pictures.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Christine

    I used Artifact Uprising for our cards last year—great quality! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Chelsie

    Lovely. I always misjudge how many cards to order and never get enough

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Erin

    I love your christmas card! That green dress has me swooning! It’s so nice to see a different printed company besides the usuals!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Monica

    I love both of these photos! The first is great because Faye is so adorable, but I loved the second when I saw you had updated your sidebar photo earlier this week!

    We do casual photos every year with a tripod and remote. Typically the 1st phtoo is the best even though I take tons (just in case)! I would love to give Artifact a try this year!!!

    Also, Julia – where did you get your dress? I love it!!

    • Reply November 23, 2016

      Julia

      It’s just from TJMaxx, Calvin Klein brand. They only had one size, but I loved the cable knit so much, I just wore it a little loose.

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Jennie

    Great picture and card!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Jules

    Lovely family!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    lisa leyboldt

    Super cute. Love Artifact, so many awesome products!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Jessica Beaumont

    Such a beautiful card!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Adina

    I love so much that you guys include Miss Charly in your pictures :)

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Julie

    Such a beautiful christmas card! I am excited to order a photo book from them, for a surprise christmas gift, I have heard great things! Now I just have to get it finished ?!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Beth

    You are a wonderful family and look like such genuine and warm people in your blog posts and on your adorable Christmas card. I use artifact uprising to make all of our son’s photo albums and I would love a gift card. Thank you!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Greta

    These are such beautiful pictures and I love how you added the bells. Such a nice Christmas touch! Thanks for offering a gift card!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Danielle

    Faye is so cute in that first pic that I can’t handle it! Also, please tell us about your dress…I am loving it!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Erika @ EP - art.food.home

    Oh both these photo a gorgeous !! I love that you’re doing this Christmas card every year, it’s something I want to start now that I’ve moved out and am starting my very own family life :)

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Annie

    Faye’s love for Charly melts my heart! Beautiful family!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Whitney

    So so so good! Love this year’s card! You guys are killing it in 2016. So much good stuff this year. Thank you for the amazing content and inspiration!

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Amanda

    Your outfits are so darling and spiffy (you know, for the adults ;)). I love it! Thanks for the chance to win the gift card.

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