Friday, February 26, 2010

The Making of a Valentine....or 62 Valentines.

I know, I know.  Valentine's Day is long gone, right?

Well, it's still February, and so I'm totally within my rights to post this.  (So there.)

It seems that round these parts, people like to make their Valentines.  February always seems to be too crazy of a month for me to pull that off, so I have never done it in the past.  But my kids wanted to do the homemade route this year, Bria especially, and I could not disappoint.  I found an awesome idea online that was totally cute, involved scrapbook paper, the computer, conversation hearts, plastic and my sewing machine.  Already you know that this was way too much for me to attempt in my stressed-out state.  But, as usual, I suffered from delusions of creative grandeur and was absolutely sure I could pull off making 62 of those suckers with grace and speed.


After the first one, I knew I would have a long 30 hours of crafting ahead of me if I chose to continue.  So, naturally,  I didn't choose to continue.

I posted about it on Facebook instead.

And my friend Kirsti came to the rescue by posting this link.

And I said, "I can totally do that!"  And this time I knew it was true, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die.

The next day I took about a half an hour to do a quick photoshoot.  I figured these were photos that would be destroyed fairly quickly so I wasn't going to fuss about photographic perfection.

But, it still wasn't exactly easy.

First, I had to coax Sophia out of her favorite pink blankie.
Then I had to get her into an upright position.
Then I had to show her how to keep her hands out of her mouth and her fist out of her face. Smiling, however, was never a problem. Thankfully.
After something like 25 photos (taken by the window on a day so overcast they were still super noisy), I finally got something usable.

Bria is never a problem. Always the perfect little poser. Maybe a little too perfect. I just don't like the cocked head and the fake-ish smile. Or the ear sticking out of her hair for that matter. (PS--Don't you love her new glasses?)
< So after a quick fixing of the hair, coaxing the head to be more straighter (uhhh...did I really just type more straighter?) and joking with her to get her to laugh and give me a real smile, I easily got a keeper or five.

Then there's Chloe.

First we needed to address her apparent attention deficit disorder.
The camera's over here!
< Then she pulled out her genius fake smile.
Fake Smile
So, I began to joke with her the same exact way I had joked with Bria. I should have known better. Chloe doesn't like to be teased like Bria does. She takes it totally personally. And instead of a real smile, I got this.
If looks could kill...
I quickly came to my senses and remembered who I was dealing with and finally got a picture that was Valentine-worthy.

Then I had to photoshop them a bit, and I came up with these:
Sophia's Valentine Bria's Valentine< Chloe's Valentine
Assembly was the next step. I uploaded the pictures to Wal-Mart's one hour photo, and bought some lollipops and red cardstock and I was good to go. I didn't love the plain photo without something more sturdy on the back of it in the other blog, so I mounted them all on the red cardstock. Then I punched holes with my handy-dandy anywhere punch (which worked much better than the exacto knife idea, trust me on this) and inserted lollipops. Total assembly time: about 2 hours.

Not bad, considering I made 65 of these things and Sophia had one of her epic tantrums sometime in the middle of assembly. But that is a story for another day.

Here is the final product (these are the very first ones I made, using photos I printed off on my computer just to see how it would all turn out, and I used the exacto knife instead of the hole punch. You can see why that didn't really work...but I forgot to take pictures of the good ones.) (And they're long gone by now.)

Finished Valentines
Happy Valentine's Day! (Just a little late--I love you anyway.)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Those are really clever! What a fun idea.

  2. These really are so dang cute!

  3. Hey! We did the exact same thing!

  4. They are SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!! What a great idea!!

  5. What a great idea!

    I totally thought they were doing the Jersey Shore fist pump.

  6. Absolutely adorable!! So clever :)

  7. How cute is that??? You are so incredibly talented.

  8. I had seen these floating around blogs too and one of Elodie's classmates did them. They turned out so cute- love that eye trickery!!

  9. I love those! I was totally going to make some of myself, but then I remembered that I'm an adult now. :(

  10. I think they are incredibly darling! What beautiful girls you have. And what a fun valentine especially to send to the grandparents!

  11. Those are just dang cute! I won't lie though, I am so glad to not have to worry about doing valentine's for school anymore!

  12. way cute! and definitely looks easier than what you initially described.

  13. Wow. Amazing.

    My boys go to Target & pick their favorite superhero of the moment, a treat to go inside & there you go.

    You are too much Lara.

  14. If there's a heaven for excellent mommies, I'm going to hell. Those are so bloody darling, Lara!

  15. Wow-those are so cute! Good job.

  16. That is a really cute idea. And I love how they are personalized to your children!

  17. This is soooo cute! I will have to save it for next year...on second thought, maybe I should start on them now for next year!!!

  18. Soooooo cute! At first I couldn't grasp what all the fists were for, but then when I saw the final image I just about died from the cuteness! What a great idea.

  19. What a fabulous idea and so easy! I'm so glad you decided to give up on your other idea (whatever it was) it sounded way complex if it involved sewing! :) Really, these area really precious! Excellent idea.

  20. Those are so cute! Too bad my kids are too old to do valentines now...

  21. Lara, these photos are beautiful, and your execution of this awesome idea is just GREAT!! LOVE this.

  22. Those are adorable! We made them last year, but I took the east route this year and bought some. Those look so fun! Maybe I'll try it next year.

  23. This is redundant, but they turned out so adorable! I haven't seen them here on the East Coast yet (not as many crafty people as you might see in AZ/Utah!). I may have to try it next year!

  24. I love these!! It took a few minutes to catch on.....

  25. Very cute! You obviously put a lot more time into yours- they turned out great! People around here aren't into making Valentine's much- but every Valentine does include candy. These were my answer to that. (Visiting from Steph's blog!)

  26. 62! That is a lot!! I did the same thing but I only made 32. I will have to blog it some day... :o)

  27. These Valentines (and your children) are simply precious!