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  1. #1
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    Dec 2003
    Crystal Lake, IL

    This years Christmas card (one of many drafts I'm sure)

    I'm helping my Mom make her Christmas cards this year. Her original idea was to have a photo taken of the outside front of the house with the family standing on the front porch and Christmas lights in the background. I told her I'd love to take on the project and do the photography, computer work, etc. She was happy to have me help

    Well, she has this huge wreath which she personally made that hangs over her fireplace (she's a "crafty" mother). It didn't take more than a few days for me to realize that it would make the perfect photo for a Christmas card.

    I told her my idea and took a few quick photos so that she could see what I was after. She was thrilled with the idea because she loves her wreath and others in the family like to make fun of it because it's such a pain for my Dad to hang!!! I think it's about 4 feet wide....anyhoo...

    The only problem I had to solve was how to decorate the mantle. What you see here is a combination of ideas and refinements. It's taken me at least an hour of placement and replacement until things finally came together.

    Originally, the idea was to have the candles in the candle holders lit as well but it turns out that doing that was just too much going on and it distracted from the wreath far too much.

    The photo you see here is a composite of a couple photos so that I could retain as much detail in the wreath as possible. It's been fairly well edited across the board but the general mood (warmth) it portrays was all part of the vision. Even the light colored background (which is roughly the color of the card stock) is taken into account.

    I'm EXTREMELY happy with the work I've done but still have to make prints. We'll be printing these a little smaller than 4x6 and pasting the photos to the card stock. A message will be written on the inside of the card.

    Okay, sorry to take so much of your time! I'm just happy with my results so far. Depenind on how the prints turn out and the paper matching there's bound to be a few more "digital" refinements until it's completely done.
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    Dallas, TX

    Re: This years Christmas card (one of many drafts I'm sure)

    I have to be honest...I was thinking another holiday wreath red and green everywhere!...woohoo (sarcastically)

    THAT is an AMAZING wreath---- THAT is an AMAZING warm festive photo. Wow...I am floored at how warm and elegant your crads are going to be! awesome (said QUITE seriously)

    your mom is a very talented lady...she needs to make and sell those suckers. there are too many ugly Christmas wreaths out there...maybe she can bring a little class to other people's Christmas. nice job to both of you

    so how the heck do we sign up for the christmas list so we can get one of those fancy cards ;)
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    Feb 2002
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    That is really cool! Way cooler than our home made cards this year.

    We bought a bucket of foam shapes in a snowman theme, and some cardstock, and the girls glued and stuck them on there. We had a great time.

    Can I be on the list too?

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    Re: Wow!

    That's gorgeous Trevor! I think you did an excellent job on the editing - I wouldn't have realized it if not for your post. Please tell your mom that no matter what the family says, the folks at PR love her wreath.

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    Analog Photographer, Digital World Axle's Avatar
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    Dec 2004
    Milton, ON, Canada

    Lightbulb Re: This years Christmas card (one of many drafts I'm sure)

    Indeed, that photo is awesome. Very warm, inviting, and holidayish.
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