Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids to Make!

For the past couple of years, my kids have been making their own Valentine’s Day cards for the classmates at school. I thought it would be a fun project that we could do together and something special that they could hand out to their friends. Here’s samples from last year:



You can make these cards in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and either print them at home or from any photo printing store. I like to print them 2-up on a 4×6 photo and send them to Walmart. The cost ends up being either .09 or .15 cents depending on whether you want 1 hour prints or regular processing. So for a class of 26 kids, 1 hour prints, you’ll only end up paying $1.95! Plus, kids love being able to help with designing their own card!

I start by creating a 3×6, 300 dpi document in Photoshop. Grace (my youngest) decides what papers, elements, photo of herself, and fonts she wants to use for her Valentine’s cards and I place everything for her, asking her how big or small she wants each image or font and where she would like it. My son, Luke, is old enough that I’m able to have him sit down and make the cards himself, teaching him the steps. It’s a great way to show your kids Photoshop! After the card is finalized and saved one last time, I flatten the layers and save a copy as a jpeg. Creating a new file that is 4×6, I place the jpeg file of the card side by side creating 2 cards on one 4×6 photo, as show below. I then make sure that my layers are flattened and save this file as a another jpeg. This is the jpeg file that I’ll be uploading to the Walmart site.


After picking your cards up from Walmart or wherever you sent them, simply cut them down the middle and tape a small candy, pack of gum or stickers to the back! Kids love helping with this too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Luke’s Card: Supplies from Weeds and Wildflowers

Grace’s Card: Supplies from Shabby Princess

June House Party Blog Hop – Inspiration & Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Welcome!

My name is Jen Dipzinski and I’m very excited to be a part of the June House Party Blog Hop! This month’s color theme is titled “Whimsy” and the kits created from this are FA-BOU-LOUS! What an amazing array of colorful, bright, fun kits perfect for summer photos! You can check out out all the Whimsy kits by clicking on the image below:


Remember these kits are on sale, 30% off, through June 5th.

My contribution to the Blog Hop is a bit of inspiration and a tutorial. This layout is of my precious daughter, Gracie, 2 summers ago when we had a photo shoot done.


I decided to do something different by “cutting” circles from my selected papers. I then picked a brush out (I picked stars), adjusted my size, angle, spacing, and scatter options in the brush preset menu before drawing the stars around one of the circles. Make sure you do this in a new layer, not the layer that contains your actual circle. I then selected one star with the Magic Wand Tool, clicked Select, Similiar. This will select all of the stars. Keeping these selected, I clicked on the layer with my “paper” circle and hit delete. You should have a cut out of your design from the paper circle. Next click Layer, Layer Style, Drop Shadow and set your desired shadow preset to make your cutouts more prominent. The presets I chose were:


This will make your circles look like punched pieces of paper. To make the cutouts appear more realistic, don’t put too heavy of a shadow on them.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Whimsy House Party Kits and take advantage of the great sale!

I’m also very excited to announce that I have joined the amazing Designers here at DHD! My store is also on sale, 30% off, through June 5th! I’m slowly but surely loading my products into the store so stop by again to see what else I have added each week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! The next stop in the June House Party Blog Hop is Jessica Jeppson. Click on the arrow below to visit her blog!

next stop

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the stops:
Design House Digital
Tasha Lanigan Creates
Inkling and Wit
To Be Remembered Scrapbooks by Melissa Marti
Hoffmann Creations
Ratty Tattys Blog
Chers Flair
Jen Dipzinski Design (you are here)
JJ Designs
Sassy Sanctuary

Or if you want to start at the very beginning, then click on the image below.

Black Friday at Two Peas!

Check out what’s going on over at Two Peas in a Bucket for Black Friday! We have a lot of great sales going on including 25% off all digital scrapbooking products! To continue the Black Friday Celebration, hop over to my Facebook page and Like Me to receive a special Freebie! Collect all the freebies by various Two Peas Digi Designers by Liking each of their pages! Have a happy shopping day!

A Day on the Slopes Mini Album

My husband and I use to be ski instructors. He instructed for 2 years and I ended up instructing for 10 years. In fact, I was still teaching when I was pregnant with my son. I loved ski instructing! So it was natural for us to get our son and daughter out on the slopes at a very young age. They both started right around a year and half and fell as much in love with it as we did! I love that it’s something our whole family can enjoy together (and that it doesn’t take batteries)!

I came across these pictures from a while back of a beautiful, sunny day that we went skiing, just the four of us. I had plans to create several 12 x 12 pages with them, but decided to use this mini wood album by Kaisercraft. I’ve been working on it for several weeks on and off and finally finished it. I really love the way it turned out and thought I would share it with you. I’ll be happy to post my list of materials… just as soon as I remember where I put it!  :)

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Last week I was so happy to receive an email from Francine Clouden asking me if she could feature my layout for the Friday, November 9th post at Craft! She is the editor for the Scrapbooking Section of Craft, a fabulous website that has all kinds of DIY and handmade crafts ideas from candle-making to scrapbooking! Francine is an extremely talented lady who lives in France and has a blog called Callaloo Soup that I was drooling over! I was so excited that she picked my layout, “Last Ride” after seeing it in the Two Peas Gallery! I was unable to blog about this exciting news due to being gone for work these past few days, however, I wanted to make sure that I posted this today. Thank you again Francine for featuring my layout! I’m so honored that you choose me!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!

The Peas are hopping for Digital Scrapbook Day
and this is my post on the journey!

You should have come from Jackie Doremus and your next stop will be back to the Two Peas Digital Blog where you will get your final letter! If you get lost along the way you can pop along to the Two Peas Digital Blog to get the complete list. At each station there will be part of a code for you to collect. At the end of the line (so to speak) you will have a complete code that will allow you access to the fabulous collaboration FREEBIE (limited time only) in the Two Peas Store.

My own contribution for the DSD Collaboration Kit is this:

Here’s a bit of inspiration that I thought you might enjoy using my kit plus other fun goodies from the collaboration!

I’m also giving away a FREEBIE on my Facebook Page for anyone that wants to hop over there and “Like Me”! Some cute versatile jounaling cards!

As well as this freebie there are a range of challenges to inspire you, each of which gives you the chance to win a $5 gift certificate to the Two Peas store.
The challenges can be found here.

I hope you enjoy your freebie and find time to join in with our challenges.

The part of the code from my stop is: