Every year, we make Christmas cards. We used to sit down with the kids and cut out scrap paper bits to glue and decorate each and every card. That took a good amount of time. It was fun for the kids but it wasn’t that fun for me. The end results weren’t as good as I wished it would be, compared to the time and effort that went into the actual cards. People who got them were probably like “oh how cute~ the kids made them!”. But that’s them.
Long story short, I decided to just make the cards this year on the computer, print them out and send them off with the family photo attached. I wanted to spend the time designing on my own and I also really wanted to just sit down and get them done. AND also make them pretty. My way.
So this time, I took the designs into Illustrator. Made some rough drafts of the cards I was going to print and send off to the teachers and printed them out.
But instead of me just getting this done and over with, I found myself enjoying the design process of the cards.
Every time I made a new card, it really felt good and the outcome was pretty. It was satisfying. I was having fun.
So since I had time during the morning when Tyler napped, I decided to make 1 design per day. I started with 3 designs, then made 4 and eventually landed at my 17th design.
It was getting more fun the more I did it. It was getting almost addicting.
Then I thought to myself. Why just Christmas cards? Why not make “get well” cards or “happy anniversary” cards?? So then I took my Macbook Pro, sat down, added another artboard to the main design file and started to scribble and draft up another card!
Right now I love doing this as a hobby. I think I stumbled across something that is making me happy. That is helping me release stress and is making myself proud.
Hopefully I won’t get all caught up and give up doing this.
For now. Gonna go make another greeting card!!!