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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Handmade Boys' Car Birthday Card

Anyone who know me knows that I love to make cards. It's fun, and  a nice way to turn a hobby into something that others can enjoy. I like to get my boys involved sometimes too. It can be a fun activity for them, and we end up with something special to give someone.

Little Brother and I made this card together for one of his cousins. I printed the little cars and let him color them while I put the rest of the card together. Then I cut out the cars and put them on the "4" with foam tape. 

I found the instructions for making the number and was inspired by this card here

The thing I really like about this card is that there are no special stamping supplies needed. You could even write or print the "Happy Birthday" sentiment if you don't have a stamp, and the cars were printed from this "City Icons" font.

Have fun creating!


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We Love You Photo Gift Free Template

This picture collage would make a super cute gift anytime, but it'd be especially great for Valentine's Day! We made it for the boys' grandma on her birthday last year. As you can see, there was some sillyness with the picture taking, but that made it even cuter in my opinion!

I chose a different background for each of my boys, so that there would be some contrast between their pictures.

We took them in the same room, though, so the lighting was similar.

Then I put the pictures all together in Photoshop, printed them, and put them in a frame.
It turned out cute!

If you have Photoshop, you can download and use the template for the photo collage here.

Have fun creating!


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Family Valentine Card Template

A couple years ago we took a bunch of Valentine's Day pictures, and I put together this cute printable Valentine for our family. 

It was a cute way for the boys to say "We Love You".

I'm making the Photoshop file for the card template available for you to download here for free. You'll need the appleberry font for the "Happy Valentine's Day" heart, or choose a favorite font of your own! Get some ideas for pictures from my post here

Have fun creating and photo taking!


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Valentine's Day Picture Ideas

 For the past several years, I've tried to take a picture of the boys for Valentine's Day and we send it to family. It's a fun way to remind them that we love them.
This is this year's picture. The actual picture took less than five minutes. I've learned that the quicker the better when taking photos of the boys as they lose interest (there may have been a candy incentive for them this year...yeah, I'm not above bribes).

Last year, Big Brother just wasn't feeling the whole  picture thing, but Little Brother was crazy about this!

This one wasn't easy and is VERY edited, but I thought it turned out cute. 

Lots of hearts are always a winner for Valentine's Day! 

Add a cute heart sign and it's even better! 

I got in on this one, so we had a picture to give Jeremy from the 3 of us.  

Keep it fun, because when you're taking photos of your kids, it's not going to be perfect. There are bound to be moments like these...

But keep clicking away, because you might just to catch something like this...
He was being such a goofball, but this turned out to be one of my favorites from that day.

Good luck with your photo taking and Happy Valentine's Day!


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School Valentines For Boys

Big Brother has been in school for several years now, but this will be the first year that both boys will be celebrating Valentine's Day at school. We've done a few cute Valentine's over the years, and I thought I'd share some of our favorites!

This "I Am Wheelie Glad We're Friends" Valentine is one I made in 2015 in Big Brother's 2nd year of preschool. You can find the free printable I designed here. Big Brother added stickers, we wrote his name on them, and they were good to go! I like how they can be attached to the Hotwheels package without taking the cars out of it.

These Paper Airplane Valentines were great, because they were essentially free. As long as you have paper and ink, you can use this free printable from One Charming Party and make them too.

There are a couple of other cute paper airplane Valentines I've pinned over the years too. 

I think I used that last paper airplane for a Valentine one year when I did 14 Days of Valentines for Jeremy.

This year we found a Valentine that will work for both of the boys. I don't know if we'll be able to pull that off every year, so I'm going to take advantage of it while I can!

We had to make 40 Valentines this year, so we didn't want to spend a crazy amount on them. These were perfect! You can find the free printable and link to find the rockets here at I Can Teach My Child.

Need more Valentine's Day ideas? Click on the pictures below!

 Valentine a Day


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