Since we had some photos from the Valentine's shoot, I decided to create a photo valentine from scratch. I've always wanted to, but haven't had the tools. Now that I have PhotoShop Elements (PSE), I decided to give it a shot.
I was frustrated at first because I didn't know how to create a collage in PSE, and then my friend said, "How about downloading a free template?" Oh, right...
I found this collage template on Tidy Mom's blog. I plugged in my photos and downloaded Vanessa's Valentine font. I've only downloaded fonts to Word before, and I was pleased that the font just showed up in the PSE font library right after downloading it. Easy peasy.
I liked that I could make the "happy heart day" work with the photo.
The photo layout is 4x4 and I plugged four on an 8.5x11 Word doc and printed them at Staples. Next time I will print them on photo paper through mpix, though, because I think it would turn out a little crisper than card stock.
Now for the fun part: card creation.
I was a Paper Source junkie when we lived in California so I was ecstatic to learn that a Paper Source recently opened close to where we live.
I love their selection of card stock and envelope colors and sizes. And they even have some pearlescent finishes.
And no other place has a better selection of stamping and embossing stuff.
They also have all kinds of ready-made stuff, like cards and cute little gifts, too. It's a fun place!
The boys were with me so I couldn't go too crazy, but I picked up some red 5x5ish sized cards and envelopes, and I couldn't resist some red and white baker's twine either. I also got some cute little heart ornaments. More on those later.
First I cut down the photo collage.
Then I used some white card stock I already had and cut 4.5 x 4.5 squares to border the photo collage. I always use a tape runner for cards because it has the best hold.
This tape runner refill had a mind of its own...
I felt like it needed a little something to finish it off so...
I used that baker's twine to tie a bow in some heart buttons I had leftover from a 4th of July project. I love it when I can use leftovers! I hot glued it to the top of the card.
Then I let the boys do their thing on the back. They used markers and Thomas the Train stamp runners. Nothing else says "Happy Valentine's Day" like Thomas, James and Percy, right?
I made 25 cards and it cost a little under $25 for all the supplies. And as my husband says, I have the satisfaction of creating it myself.
By the way, the heart wrapping paper is from Paper Source as well.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, how about a little giveaway love? More details coming soon!