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:

lukevalentine

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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.

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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

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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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