|'HEY, ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY' 2011|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2011
Hey guys...Well it is that time of year again and you might know what that means? If you follow my other blog MIND GIGGLES, you will have the scoop on the Annual Friends and Family Christmas Card Design? If you do not know, click here and here and here to get the skinny on how I create these cards and how I come up with the ideas. In previous years, I have made pop-ups, Christmas tree ornaments out of aluminum, mobiles, swinging trees, snowflakes and rubberstamped designs just to name a few.
|'POP-OUT" FRIENDLY SNOWMAN Blank inside 2005|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2005
Every year, I try to create this handmade 'gem' of a Christmas card that goes out to my all my friends and family. I have been doing this since around 1987-88. I have to check on that to be sure. The design is always a challenge to create because I have to create something better than I did the previous years. I put a lot of pressure on the concept and idea of the card design. The bar is always set high by everyone and myself, so they will be thrilled and excited when they open the envelope. They have to experience the 'MIND GIGGLE". Receivers of these cards say that they know that it is indeed 'The Holiday Season' and Christmas is on it's way when they get the card in the mail. As my brother Ken puts it." It is like the very well known window designs at Macy's in New York City, at Christmas time. When they go up, you know Christmas is near."
|'SNOWMEN ARE REAL COOL DUDES' (inside) 'so you be a cool dude, too!' 2006|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2006
As I have mentioned, each year the designs have been such a stressor a lot of pressure and they wear me out! I 'hunker down' for 3-5 days and just go to town, cutting, gluing, folding, scoring, paper punching and coloring, There are usually little papers all over the floor that I track around the house, but I don't care at the moment. I am in the 'zone' and a woman on a mission. As I say each year, "I am not going to do one this year, I ultimately feel compelled like something greater than me, has to get them done and sent out on time no matter how I feel. Some times I don't feel in the Christmas spirit. I'm feeling tired, low energy and just have some seasonal 'mood problems'. But each year as the date for completion comes closer, I ramp up my creative drive , and I put it in 'high gear' because it has become such a family tradition. I ask myself, "Would snoopy not decorate his dog house, if he was in a 'low mood'?" No way! " Would Santa not deliver the presents on Christmas Eve because he is 'too tired? Absolutely, not. They journey and carry on." So I have to say, "Let the game begin!"
|THIS SEASON LET'S CELEBRATE... ( inside) World Peace! 1998|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 1998
So, you might be wondering, "do I have an idea for this year yet?" Well, I am happy to report, that "I am almost there." I am so excited about it and I hope the final design looks as good as I have created in my mind. You can read here to see how I came up with an idea for past card design. I will be posting glimpses of sketches, mock-ups and prototypes that I use to help generate the final design, however I don't want to give away the idea, until the card is in the mail. Timing is everything. This year's design will be something inspired from my much missed Gram who passed away last year. In this card design, her memory will live on especially, at Christmas time.
|DEAR SANTA, WE HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR SO, PLEASE SEND SOME HOPE, LOVE AND JOY! IF NOT... (inside) JUST SEND CASH! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! 2012|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2012
Keep following along on this blog and my MING GIGGLES blog to see the evolution of the Annual Friends and Family Christmas Card Design take shape.