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A Custom Style Christmas

Every year, my husband and I design our Christmas cards using a simple photo that always involves our dog.  I usually come up with the concept and he helps me execute it.

This year was the first year we’ve had Wensley for the Christmas card, and we weren’t sure he would be as easy to photograph as our last Jack Russell, who was an old pro at our crazy photo shoots.

Well, Wensley was amazing, and I managed to get the exact photo I wanted by take 7 or 8!  Lots of treats were given (so he was well paid) and he had so much fun playing the new “game” that he wanted to keep going long after we called it quits.  (I think 100 photos is more than enough, dog.  But thanks!)

UPDATE 10/17/13: This card is now available for sale in my Zazzle store. Can be customized.

So to my online friends whose physical addresses I do not have for sending cards, here’s a virtual version of this year’s card:

Card Front
I tied some red ribbon around our green storage ottoman to use as the “gift” prop.

Photo Inside Card
Wensley stands & sits on our ottoman all the time because he’s not allowed on any of the other furniture, so this was an easy shot to get.

Inside message:

Merry Christmas!  from the Wilkersons

“Oh, that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bore the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.”

                        Of the Father’s Love Begotten – hymn stanza 2

Card Back
We usually use a funny photo or outtake on the back, but we decided on something normal this year because it was the first time some of our friends & family would be seeing our new pup.

And here are two of my favorite outtakes that were not included in the original card:

“You want me to do what? You’re crazy.”

Most people know JRTs are fast, but here’s some proof.

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, everyone!

8 responses to “A Custom Style Christmas

  1. justinrian December 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    haha cute!

  2. Karen December 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Just lovely – and fun – and unique! Thank you for “sending” such a wonderful card. Merry Christmas, Brooke!

  3. thevintagetraveler December 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wensley makes a great model for your card. And he certainly is fast!
    A Merry Christmas to you!

  4. agirlinwinter December 24, 2012 at 2:30 am

    He is absolutely adorable! Happy Christmas!

  5. Cation Designs December 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dawww! Wensley is so cute and your green ottoman makes a perfect Christmas present. Hope you had a great time with your family for Christmas!

  6. tracihutton February 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm


    I always love the Christmas cards we get from you. They always make me laugh and are so well thought out. Thanks for that gift. I was wondering about that green gift box and where it came from.
    Now I know.

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