Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Valentine Flashback

Happy Valentine's Day!
I wanted to pop in and share that the Valentine's we made last year were featured on Pinstrosity today!  Click over to see the full post, but here is what I emailed:

We actually combined three pins and then put our own spin on it. I have always made my kids Valentine's for their classes, ever since Preschool.  When they were little I would just pick the idea and make it.  Last year my daughter got involved and helped put the spin on my Pinned V-Day ideas.  It started with these pins:

First up was the candy cane hearts. I had a HUGE tub of the mini candy canes left over from a work event in December.  I easy convinced her that they were cute and told her she could help me make them.  All was going well until I tried putting the sticks in with the white chocolate. I think the weight of the candy canes and candy was too much once you held them by the stick and the white chocolate kept breaking. Our spin #1 was to just omit the sticks. We easily assembled the remaining 30 hearts for her class and set them aside. 

In the meantime she saw me pin the pop rock valentine as an idea for her brother. She liked the idea and wanted to give out pop rocks, but we already had 30 hearts sitting on the counter. Working together we came up on the saying "You make my heart pop" so that she could give both the candy cane hearts and pop rocks.  

I decided to incorporate pin #3 and I put my photoshop to good use.  I designed a topper for the bag both treats would go in. As well as a bookmark sized insert for in the bag with the new phrase. The bag toppers are a vertical 4x6 printed photo folded in half. The front had a space for her to write her name. The back had a large red heart for her to write the classmates name. The book markers were also printed as vertical 4x6 photos and then cut in half and trimmed.  Our local Walgreen's always has a sale on 4x6 prints around Valentine's Day and I can upload and pick them up in an hour. Much easier than trying to print at home with three kids.

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