We Went to Europe and All We Got Were Selfies…


If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that Steve and I just spent the last two weeks of September traveling through Europe.


Our trip was an absolute dream. It was two glorious weeks of walking, talking, eating, and sightseeing. My desire for this trip was to blend in and hopefully appear as locals. Personally, I felt we didn't look very touristy. No fanny-packs, Hawaiian shirts or white knee-high socks. We used our phones for maps rather than clutching a folded paper map. The backpacks we carried weren't too large; perhaps people would think we're students. But this hope was quickly derailed every time Steve threw the Canon strap around his neck and I whipped out my phone to take videos; and this happen A LOT.

We saw everything we could think of and then some more that we just stumbled upon. We came home 16 days later with an unbelievable number of photos and hours of video. A tad overwhelming now, but in the moment, we wanted to capture all we could. As I began to sort through the photos, I started making a list of what we'd do with all of them. I fully plan on making a shadow box for each country, a photo album is likely, and then there is the Christmas card. 


I knew before we left we'd use a photo from the trip for our Christmas card this year. We like to choose a single photo that shows one of our best moments from the past year. 2016 was a picture from our trip to Alaska and the year that before was a photo from our wedding.

I have a short list of qualifications for choosing the perfect Christmas card photo. To start, we both need to be in the photo (duh!). But beyond that, we need a memorable backdrop, good lighting, and be sunglass-free. This is where things start to get tricky.

We came home with several photos that met these requirements. I don't know how I am going to choose!  Luckily, choosing the perfect photo is going to be the hardest part of creating my Christmas cards, all thanks of Basic Invite.

Basic Invite is an online retailer that carries Christmas and Holiday cards, as well as stationary, announcement cards, and any invitation you may need.

To begin, they have nearly unlimited color choices. Once a design is selected, you'll have the ability to change the color of each detail on your card. With over 180 color options, Basic Invite truly gives you the opportunity to create a unique, one-of-a-kind card. This is something you don't find with most online stationary stores. From there you'll get to pick your envelope color from another wide selection of color choices.

Once your design is complete, you'll have the opportunity to receive a printed sample. You can actually see, touch, and feel your card before placing your final order. There is something so comforting about holding the card in your hand before making your final decision. It gives me confidence in my choice and design; something a virtual sample just can't do.

But my favorite Basic Invite feature? They offer recipient address printing for Christmas card orders, no additional charge. They also offer an address capture service. Use any form of social media to reach out to your family and friends and request their address. Once they send it to you, it'll be stored in your account to use now and in the future.

With over 250 Christmas card and Holiday card designs, it's easy to find something you'll love! Below are just a small sample of some of the designs options Basic Invite offers to their customers. 

You can follow @BasicInvite on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for more examples and inspiration. 

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% of their Christmas and Holiday cards by using promo code: holi30. Now, I just need to pick a photo! Let me know below which one if your favorite. 

 As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Kaleidoscope Spinning. All opinions are my own. 

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