Sending holiday cards is a tradition for many families. Your family and friends look forward to getting that card in the mail every year so they can see what your family has been up to. With the joy you feel from showing off your family every year, comes the added stress of making an appointment with a photographer, selecting and buying matching outfits, and making sure everybody stays clean while begging them to smile during the photo session. Not to mention the time it takes to manually add a special note to each card, and make sure the right card goes to the right recipient.
Technology like the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone with its 41 megapixel camera and pro editing features lets you take super high-quality mobile pics that can rival a professional photo. Add the Camera Grip and you now have the ability to attach the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone to a tripod for ultimate stability to snap your own professional photo.
That alone can save you time capturing the perfect family photo to include in a holiday card. But the effort that goes into creating and actually sending holiday cards can also be reduced with the use of mobile apps and websites can let you create, address, and mail your own holiday cards with the click of a button.
The Best Apps and Websites to Make Holiday Cards A Breeze 1 of 8
Need to save time and your sanity creating and sending family photo cards this year? Look no further than these apps and websites to create your own beautiful holiday cards.
Nokia Creative Studio | Create the perfect family shot 2 of 8
One thing you can count on with a Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone is the quality camera and handy photo apps like the Nokia Creative Studio that gives the user a plethora of features to adjust your family photo to get the best look. With Nokia Creative Studio, users can change the brightness, color, clarity, and vibrance, as well as fix red-eye, change the image focus and create a collage from multiple images. Most of the options your local photo studio has, you also have right on your smartphone, sans the studio fees.
Christmas Cards | Fast and fun holiday cards 3 of 8
Apps like Christmas Cards for Windows Phone makes it easy to take existing photos and add festive background images and borders to emphasize the moment. After you decide on the look you want, you can save the image to your smartphone's camera roll, or share the image in an email to send as a holiday eCard.
FreePrints | High quality prints right to your door 4 of 8
Smartphones are powerful enough to allow you to take your own family photo and add it to a holiday card. If you don't trust your family printer, the FreePrints app from PhotoAffections lets you upload and order your family photo free directly from your smartphone. Whether you choose a photo from you phone's camera roll, or snap a new pic, FreePrints lets you choose the photo size (4x6 prints are free…hence the name FreePrints), add your address, and get quality prints delivered right to your door. From there you can awaken your arts and crafts bug to create the perfect holiday cards.
Zazzle Customer Greeting Cards | Fully customizable cards 5 of 8
Zazzle is not just for designing T-shirts, hats, mugs, or other gifts, you can also upload your images and create beautiful holiday cards to send to loved ones. You can upload images from your computer or Instagram and you have a clean canvas to work with to get the exact look you want. Since it's Zazzle, you can take that same design and create a mug, hat, or T-shirt as an added gift.
Minted | Simple holiday card creation 6 of 8
If you're looking for a simple site to create a holiday card from your photos, Minted makes it easy to upload and design your holiday cards using templates according to the occasion. Minted also lets you customize the greeting for a more personal touch.
TinyPrints | DIY or professionally designed cards 7 of 8
If you have the time to upload your own photos to create holiday cards for family and friends, you can also choose from a selection of holiday-themed templates from TinyPrints. You can upload images from a number of services including Shutterfly, Picasa, Flickr, and Facebook. If you're not the most creative, TinyPrints offers a "Platinum Design Service" where you can work with a professional designer to create the ideal holiday card.
Postcard on the Run | Physical postcards from your smartphone 8 of 8
Postcard on the Run is a cool mobile app that can serve as a one-stop shop to get all of your holiday card tasks done using only your smartphone. With Postcard on the Run, you can snap a new photo or upload an image from your library, add a message or greeting to the card, sign the card, add recipients from your address book, and mail all the cards in one sitting. Your family members will get their postcards in the mail in under one week.