New Year’s Greeting Cards For the Win!

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to send out well wishes, don’t you agree? So whether you truly get behind the significance of the Gregorian calendar, or you simply didn’t get your act together in time to send out holiday greeting cards: NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW. Sending out a Happy New Year card just makes you seem early, thoughtful and totally on top of it – I mean you got a card out in January – the first month of the year. You win!

New Years Cards

Beyond your impressive punctuality, friends and family member will be thrilled to have a photo card to post on their fridge that doesn’t seem seasonally out of place for the rest of the year. They’ll love that they don’t have to strategically cut the holly berries and snowflakes from the corners of your card so they can cherish your adorable photos after December’s red-and-green overload.

So choose some great photos, pick one of Mixbook’s fabulous New Year’s cards, and head into 2015 without so much as looking back! Here are a few of our faves:

Striped Collage
Choose a series of five photos to populate the bright yellow-and-white striped design that sends an unequivocally upbeat message.

Striped New Years Card

Happy New Year
The full-bleed layout of this minimalist design lets you extend a beautiful photograph from border to border. A modern sans serif typeface keeps your wishes simple and lovely.

New Years Cards

Rustic New Year
A versatile horizontally oriented photograph fits perfectly within two bands of rustic wood planks with well wishes printed in happy colors.

New Year's Cards

Chalked New Years
Fresh and modern, this chalkboard backed card features fun typefaces in an array of vibrant colors set next to your vertically oriented photograph.

New Year's Cards

Modern New Year Collage
Showcase a series of 3 photos in this simple triptych format, or convert your images to black-and-white to create a unified theme among disparate shots. The overall composition of this card is thoughtful and serene – just the thing you wish for everyone you love after the craze of the holidays.

New Year's Photo Cards

New Year Cheer
Marquis lights make the word “cheers” shine simply and beautifully against your favorite pic, which makes a lovely way to toast everyone you love at the start of the year.

New Year's Greeting Card

Happy Mixbooking! Happy New Year!

DIY Holly Leaf Drink Markers

We’re excited to announce that Gloria from Little White Whale will be sharing a few of her favorite DIY crafts on our blog this season! If you’re getting ready to host a holiday party, here’s a crafty way to keep your party classy and your drinks distinguished with festive DIY holly leaf markers.

My name is Gloria, and I’m a web designer with a crafty streak who blogs over at Little White Whale! I love dreaming up fun and easy DIY projects, and I have a slight obsession with whimsical design, bad puns, Pinterest, and horror movies. I currently live in Brooklyn with my husband and our mischievous French bulldog, Toby.

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My husband and I host an annual pot luck holiday party for our friends, and it’s always so much fun to catch up with everyone over delicious food and cocktails well into the night. What’s NOT so fun, however, are the cups littered across our apartment because no one can keep track of their drink! I’m determined to curb the abandonment problem this year with a crafty solution – cute holly leaf drink markers!

What you’ll need:

  • green cardstock
  • a printer
  • a pair of scissors
  • a hole punch
  • a pen or marker
  • festive straws
DIY holly nametags steps
  1. Print and cut out out this holly leaf template
  2. Fold the edge of the cardstock over about 1 inch
  3. Place the holly leaf along the folded edge and trace around it
  4. Cut out the leaves, then punch a hole at the rounded end
  5. Write your guest’s name on it, and slip it over the straw
  6. Drop it into a freshly made cocktail

DIY holly nametags

DIY Holiday Paper Ornaments

If you and your kids are starting to get into the holiday spirit, you’re in good company. There are tons of ideas out there for ways to celebrate the holidays—one of which is by creating your own decorations! Those indoor winter days can be long, so give the kids a project that will keep them busy, fill them with satisfaction and give them some holiday cheer.

We’re making it easy for you and your kids to make adorable ornaments, and all you need are scissors, ribbon or string, paper and a glue stick. Each of these three ornaments can be created in just a few easy steps.

Holiday Ornaments

Let’s start with the dove. For this one, we have a printable template that will guide you through. Start by cutting out the dove in the Dove Ornament Template. You’ll see the body shape, wings and additional feathers.

DoveTemplateDepending on how you or your kids prefer to decorate, you can color in the parts either before you cut or afterwards. Be creative! Use markers, glitter, wrapping paper, stickers or anything else you would like to decorate using colors, themes or simply your imagination. Once the decorating is done and the pieces are cut, simply cut a slit in the dove and fan out the wings and feathers. Then, attach a pretty ribbon to the top and it’s ready to hang!

Another fun ornament is a simple, pretty design that you could do in lots of different ways. One thing that would make this a really fun, eye-catching ornament is to use metallic paper. You could use any combination of metallic colors that suit your fancy, and it’s as easy as cutting a few strips and pasting them together on both ends.

Holiday Ornaments

Finally, if your tastes tend toward the classic designs, you can try this ball-based ornament. Again, you can color each circle however you like. Use metallic paper, markers, ribbons or scraps, or anything else you have around the house. For this ornament, it helps to use a glass or other round object as a tracing tool so that you know you’re cutting perfect circles. You could decorate each circle the same, or mix and match colors and textures. Regardless, you can hang these gems on the tree, around the house, on doorknobs, or anyplace that needs a little extra holiday spark!

Ornament Supplies Remember, in addition to making ornaments for your own decorations, they also make great gifts! A huge part of the holiday season is giving to others, and gifts need not be expensive. A gift from the heart—one that you or your children made with the recipient in mind—is the best gift of all. They can be simple and sweet or fancy and eye-catching. Regardless of how you create your ornaments, they are sure to add some holiday cheer to any room or household.