|The finished valentine
|The original photo
I had him hold a pencil for the picture, and then I used Photoshop to remove the pencil and do the rest of the text and layout...
I realize of course that not everybody's mom is a designer with Photoshop. So here's another way you could do it. Take a photo with your digital or film camera. Pick the best one and have a bunch of prints done at your local Walgreens, Target, etc...enough for all your valentines. Use a knife and slit the photos just like I did...you can write on the backs, and even put some Valentine's stickers on the front!
I've really been enjoying having a mantel to decorate since moving here a year ago! Here's our mantel this year for Valentines. The mini picture frames have each of our faces in them, and I use them as place cards when I set the table for Valentine's day. The tall glass candle holders I just picked up at Goodwill a few weeks ago.
...I cut the stems shorter with a wire cutter and wrapped them around the frame, filling in the top with some ribbon from my scrap ribbon bin. Here's how it turned out in the end:
Not too bad. I'd love to try making a wreathe of felt flowers one of these days.
Today I'm busy with my boys baking sugar cookies, cupcakes, and meringue kisses in preparation for tomorrow's Valentine's day dinner! More photos to come!