Kids Valentines: Make or Buy??

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Posted 1/24/2014 by bluestardesign in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/24/2014 2:47:40 PM
In the past, I've loved making handmade valentine cards with my kids for them to hand out to classmates (along with the requisite candy attachment!). But this year our schedules are just crazy over the next few weeks and I'm not sure there's enough time to create the 30+ cards we'll need. So I'm contemplating just buying a box of preprinted cards and calling it good. Will I get my Crafter's License yanked for doing this?? (This is also a not-so-subtle hint to share any quick and easy cards ideas you may have that could rescue me from this dilemma! )

So what do you, my fellow scrappers, usually do for the holiday? And will the guilt of buying valentines be alleviated by the fact that I'll have more time to, uh, scrap?!?



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Posted: 1/24/2014 2:55:10 PM
No license revocation here


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Posted: 1/24/2014 2:56:26 PM
I ask my kids what they want to do for school. One wants to use the packaged Valentine's this year. I will make a very simple one or something off pinterest for the other kid.

I like to personally give Valentine's out to all the children in my family, but that is only about 10 to make.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:10:18 PM
Target has really inexpensive kits ($5) full of adhesive foam hearts in different colors and shapes. I cut and score cardstock and sometimes stamp and punch out a sentiment. Dimensional adhesive makes that a sticker too. My part takes maybe 15 minutes, then my kiddo puts them together however he wants. He's 6 and this is the second year we've done this.

He has fun, it keeps him busy for an afternoon, and he gives handmade valentines. I think it's a win win!
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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:13:20 PM
DS and I have made them a few years but he really could care less so we may buy them this year. He likes some crafty things but not this. Although, he wants Minecraft Valentines, which I haven't seen anywhere yet so who knows!


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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:15:01 PM
We always buy valentines ( but I make cupcakes, does that compensate? )

I really don't want to go to the work and expense of making 50-60 cards that will probably be thrown out by the end of the day.






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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:29:06 PM
Both. During the elementary school years, I always purchased (character or sports-themed) valentines for distribution at school & made personal/elaborate valentines for outside-of-school friends. This year I've been informed that giving Valentines to friends is not cool in middle school!

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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:38:05 PM
I bought a kit at paper source and let my 3 yr old put the valentines together. (They are cupcake shapes). So I didn't have to design anything and she really loved decorating those paper cupcake cut outs!
I suppose next year I might do something similar and cut out the pieces myself with my Cricut. But I love the idea of it being something my child can help make.
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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:06:38 PM
I have never, in my entire life bought a valentine.
My kids have never given store bought valentines either.
Not necessarily because I don't like them but because we love to make them.
We start planning our valentines before Christmas


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:10:53 PM
When DS was in preschool he was obsessed with frogs
Of course we had to do frog cards
For the life of me I couldn't come up with a good way to use a frog and what it would say
At 3 he planned the whole thing
We bought a big foam frog stamp.
Green ink
Used a neat heart shaped water splat stamp
An ombre pink to fuchsia to purple ink pad for the heart
And printed out "Hoppy Valentines Day" inside
The heart splat was all around the frog
They turned out quite cute


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:14:48 PM
When he was in 2nd grade we stamped a cool fish in black archival ink onto a bookmark we cut out of card stock
He used watercolor markers to color around the fish.
Then an aqua brush to do the watercoloring
We printed "Fishing you a Happy Valentines Day"
Then strung ribbon through a hole at the top

The kids in his class used those bookmarks for the rest of the year in the classroom


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:16:53 PM
I used to buy little heart doilies for DD, give her some vintage or antique valentine stickers and cards
She would glue everything down then glitter the heck out of the cards

They were always a hit


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:29:10 PM
I always let my kids pick out Valentines at the store. They get tossed in the trash anyway.

I get that it has been fun for you in the past, but they may enjoy choosing store bought ones this year.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:46:48 PM
My little stamped valentine cards are no match for Despicable Me tattoo valentines. Oh well! The minions are too cute!


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Posted: 1/24/2014 5:59:54 PM
ok, i'm glad to hear that some of you do store-bought cards. i know that most of them will end up in the trash after the candy is eaten, and i'd rather put the effort into family cards that might be more cherished! I can definitely be convinced to take a trip to Target (no arm twisting necessary!) to look for an easy kit or something that's sorta crafty, but doesn't require the time commitment like previous years.

Love the input! (and please keep sharing!)


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Posted: 1/24/2014 7:05:54 PM
I leave it up to my daughters. My older two are past the Valentine's day card exchange. My youngest dd (1st grader) asked me to make M&M cookies this year, so I bought heart treat bags. She was going to make the bag topper.

Unfortunately I might still be out of town, so she might be taking store bought cards.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 10:28:24 PM
I love making cards but I'm letting my big guy decide. He is a 7 year old boy. Really though, I think that I would have to put so much time in to making them to satisfy my perfectionism that it would be a waste because I think most kids end up tossing them eventually anyways!

Would probably be easier to just buy the store bought ones. Plus he wants certain designs (that look cool compared to mom's homemade crafts I suppose lol)

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Posted: 1/24/2014 11:08:14 PM
Buy. They get thrown away.
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Posted: 1/25/2014 6:48:41 AM
Ummm buy I have 4 kids times 20 kids in a class.....that is a lot of time I could be scrapping...


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Posted: 1/25/2014 7:09:16 AM
For elementary aged kids definitely buy them....honestly they only really like the candy or trinkets....my freshman daughter will probably ask me to hand make a few cards for her Bffs.


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Posted: 1/25/2014 8:04:23 AM
We have been making ours since preschool (now grades 3&5) and are in the midst of making them now. It takes less and less of my time and they love to do it! I went to Ms and picked out supplies and have handed over my brand new Big Shot to my ds10 to cut out hearts and a couple of stamp sets. With just a little guidance, they are going to town with it!!

We don't include candy and people do appreciate the home made quality. It is rare.


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Posted: 1/25/2014 8:12:52 AM
Unless a treat is attached to a handmade valentine, the kids' classmates probably won't care what they get.

Typically, when I was young, I saw classmates (especially boys) throw away any valentines that didn't have candy. Rude, but I bet it still happens.

Save the guilt for something else and buy the valentines. They will not likely be treasured by the recipients. Making them with your kids is a sweet tradition, but you could just make a few valentines with them for family members, and spend a lot less time doing it. Grandparents will be more likely to appreciate a handmade valentine from your kids than their classmates. You keep up the tradition that way, still have the fun of making a few valentines, but without the big time expenditure.


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Posted: 1/25/2014 9:34:47 AM
My DD is only almost four, but she loves making cards. Last year we made Valentines to send out to her grammas/grampas, aunties/uncles, cousins and a few neighbor friends and she had fun with it so we'll probably do that again.

Last year I cut heart shaped cards with my Pazzles and glued the top layer on for her, then gave her some stickers and crayons and let her have at it. I wrote a message inside the cards for her. Then she decided who would get each card when I addressed the envelopes. I continued to see those cards on people's refrigerators for months afterward, so even if it is a bit of effort on my part I'll do it. It beats dropping $30-40 at Hallmark (though I've been known to do that too) and it's something we can do together. Granted, this is a little different than passing them out to classmates, and I definitely wouldn't look down on anyone who goes the store bought route. It's all good.
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