What’s better than sending Grandma a handmade valentine? Sending Grandma a one of a kind photo valentine with your sweet little face on it.
The days of divvying out your favorite cartoon character valentines to your school mates, while giving the best looking ones to your best friends and vice versa, are over. Though you can still do that if you do so please, photo valentines are a brilliant alternative that show your love for others in the most personal of ways, all while keeping your wallet full and happy.
There are a few ways you could go with creating your photo valentine masterpiece. If you don’t mind spending a little money and would rather most of the creating be done for you, you should stop by www.Shutterfly.com. Shutterfly offers dozens of lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day card layouts that are super attractive and make card construction a cinch. Simply select a card layout, upload your photos, and place your order. Card prices range from $0.40 to $1.49 a card, but the modern layouts and simplicity of creation more than justify the price. Just a heads up, if you’d like to make a valentine on Shutterfly be sure to order by February 8th(that would be tomorrow).
Free is so much better. Picnik has some awesome Valentine’s Day card tools, including collages, effects, stickers, and text that are free and simple to use (www.Picnik.com). The easiest method to create the perfect valentine via Picnik.com is to upload your photo(s) to one of their charming collages; there are even a few layouts that will print in sheets of multiples that resemble the traditional valentines from your grade school days.
If you want to make your valentine even more personal, try using Picnik’s nifty Valentine’s Day editing features. If you click the “Featured” tab under “Create”, you’ll find Valentine’s Day themed stickers, frames, and effects that’ll help inspire you to tailor the perfect valentine. There are also plenty of other effects outside of the suggested themed features. Add some stickers, and a few “I love you” texts, and voila! You have a personalized, free, valentine. Yay free!
Once you’ve exerted all of your creative talent, you can print your valentine and distribute accordingly. To further cut down on costs and labor, attach your photo valentine to an email and send it out to your family and friends. You’ll probably get a bunch of emails back telling you how awesome your valentine is. Feel free to enjoy that.
This next one is just for funzies: The absolute cream of the crop valentine is one that features your photo that is completely handcrafted by yourself. Nothing can top this valentine – not even the most delectable of chocolates, or cuddliest of teddy bears. Get creative and have a friend take a picture of you holding a sign with your valentine message on it. Edit as you please and print out a few prints of your photo. Then get old-school crafty; the kind of crafty that involves construction paper, elbow macaroni noodles, and plenty of glitter. Incorporate your photo into your collage of preschooler craft material, then sit back and stare at your charmingly ugly valentine. That’s a creation that you can truly call original.
Now go forth and let your creative photo valentine genius flow.