Go Green with An Electronic Christmas Letter

electronic christmas letterChristmas letters are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends during the holidays, but printing them out and sending them through the mail isn’t a very eco-friendly process. Fortunately, there is now an easy way to create a colorful, fun, personalized electronic Christmas letter online. It’s easy and requires no special skills. If you can drag and drop photos, you’ll be able to create an eco-friendly digital Christmas letter you’ll be proud to share with everyone on your holiday mailing list.

Smilebox is an online service that makes it easy to create environmentally-friendly electronic Christmas letters, as well as personalized holiday slideshows, invitations, recipe cards and more. They offer cards for every day and all occasions, but they’re particularly helpful for anyone wanting to create colorful digital Christmas letters without needing a lot of technical know-how. The Smilebox application can help you create your eco-friendly holiday letter in just a few minutes. Here’s how.

1. Download the Free Smilebox App
To create your environmentally friendly electronic Christmas letter, you’ll first need to Smilebox and download their app. It’s free, safe, easy-to-use and will give you access to hundreds of Smilebox designs for the Christmas holidays, as well as other special occasions and every-day use.

2. Pick Your Electronic Christmas Letter Design
When you open Smilebox on your computer, you’ll be able to see all the holiday designs available to create your electronic Christmas letter. Smilebox has more than 1000 design templates, and they’re separated into categories so you can easily find the perfect one for your project. You can browse the design templates by format (photo cards, slideshows, newsletters, invitations, recipes, calendars, etc.) or by occasion (holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc.). To see the available Christmas options, choose Holidays and then Christmas. Select Newsletters to get started on your digital Christmas letter.

3. Create Your Eco-Friendly Electronic Christmas Letter
After you select your Christmas letter template, you can start personalizing your digital Christmas letter. Smilebox makes the process easy. First, go to the right-hand column where you’ll find options to Choose Your Music, Choose Your Layout, Choose Your Title and Choose Your Font Title. Select the options you prefer.

Now go to the left-hand column and look for “Get Photos.” Choose how you’d like to add photos and select the images you want to include in your holiday newsletter. The photos you select will show up in the left column and you can then drag and drop them into your >electronic Christmas lettertemplate. If you want to move a picture, just drag it to the new place and drop it. If you want to change a photo, simply drag another photo into the template.

After you’ve finishing adding photos, you can start writing your holiday letter. To do this, just highlight the sample text and start typing. Your words will then appear in the template and you’ll be able to see what it will look like as you go. When you’re done writing, click Preview to see your digital Christmas letter, including the Smilebox animation and music you’ve chosen.

4. Share, Save, Print or Burn to DVD
If you’re not quite happy with the preview, go back and make changes until you’re satisfied. Then save your creation so you won’t lose it. Now you can email it to everyone on your mailing list or share it online. Both of these options are completely free and are supported by ads that appear when others view your Smilebox creation. You can, however, upgrade to an ad-free version for a small fee. In addition to being ad-free, premium Smilebox creations can also be burned to DVD or printed at home. Not sure if you want to upgrade? Try the two-week free trial membership to Club Smilebox and you see the difference.

Ready to get started on your eco-friendly electronic Christmas letter? Then visit Smilebox and get creative!

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