Originally Posted by tryingtofindtime
that's how I do my christmas cards too. I like to do a "cookie cutter" design. It takes me SOoooo long to pick out my paper and colors and stamps, then trying to figure out how I'm going to lay it out. OMGoodness....I better make a bunch. my first year of christmas cards I tried to do a different card for everyone. Oh that was just so stressful. I never did get them all done and it just wasn't fun. So that's when I went to this method. Its now fun again. this year I took pictures of all my cards and made a list of who I sent each card to so I want to duplicate any of my designs I won't send it to the same person. I think I read that on here somewhere's. GREAT IDEA-whomever it was. I have 9 of my 10 cards done for January. YEAH...almost there.
Yes, I make 8 similar cards each month so I end up with a manageable assortment. I also have a list - a spreadsheet type - with the card design number on the top and the names on the side. Then I put a checkmark in the corresponding boxes. It's not as much work as it sounds like as I copy it from year to year, just adding a few new names.
I've done my cards the CCC way for two years. I spend quite a bit of time deciding on the right design, colors, paper, etc. Then I make 8 cards. I also try to vary the theme from month to month, so I have a good mix of red, green, blue, white, etc. And a good mix of techniques from CAS to heat embossing or some other new technique I've learned. I've said it before, but I get so many good ideas from the CCC gallery!
Three years ago I just made a card then decided whether I liked it enough to make more like it. I ended up with about 20-25 different designs, and didn't like a number of them. This year, I liked all the cards I made. So I didn't have to decide who was going to get the ones I didn't like as much. ha!