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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

My answer to Christmas cards

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My answer to Christmas cards - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

I've always been impartial when it comes to buying Christmas cards. I don't like spending a lot of money on them, but then I also don't like buying cards that look like they came from the hot dollar store. Last year, I decided to do something a little different. I'd been eyeing Artifact Uprising's postcard set for some time, and it dawned on me one day that I should get a set printed and use them as Christmas cards.

Using Aperture, I created an album with fifty or so of my favourite iPhone photos that I felt could work as Christmas cards. These included images of beach, sky, seascapes, flora, and silhouettes. From there, I narrowed the shortlist down to 25 and exported the images at full resolution.

My answer to Christmas cards - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

In InDesign, I set up a template with the same document size as the postcard. I inserted twenty-four pages so that there were twenty-five in total. On each of the pages, I inserted one of the final images, making sure to bleed them right to the edge of the page.

I created two different designs - one where the words 'MERRY CHRISTMAS' could be typeset directly onto the image in white and one where the words were placed inside a white box to help them stand out against a busy background.

I loved how the cards turned out and can see this becoming a yearly tradition, as it's so easy to do yet the results are both stunning and special. If you're interested in downloading a copy of my template to use for your own cards, let me know in the comments below.

Tell me, do you have any traditions when it comes to Christmas cards?

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Update: Seems like a number of you are interested in the template, so here it is! This is an InDesign template. There is a CS4 version for those of you using CS6 and below and there is a CC version for those of you on the Creative Cloud.)