Friday, February 12, 2010

Grade School Valentines

In grade school, Valentine's was at its purest and sweetest. Chalky candies and miniature envelopes. Handmade mailboxes set on the ends of our desks. Red construction paper, class parties and perforated cards folded in half, sealed with hearts.
I wanted to capture those old memories in designing this free "Craft Pack" download. It comes with six flat cards (like the "You are just swell" one peeking out below), and eight fold-over cards that can double as treat bag toppers. Both styles are inspired by the classic conversation heart. The fold-over cards can be sandwiched over a glassine bag of candy hearts. Or they can be given as is:You can leave their insides blank and write a personal note. Or if your paper is thick enough for double sided printing, you can use one of the patterned papers included in the download to add a tiny heart print to the reverse side (before cutting).If you'd like to make these read on for download instructions. Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend and a happy Valentine's day!By clicking on "Download" above, you can download the whole set:
1 sheet of 6 flat cards
2 sheets of 4 fold-over cards
4 sheets of patterned paper
You'll be downloading a .zip folder and inside you'll find a single .pdf file containing all the goodies - you'll need Acrobat Reader to view it. I've done my best to minimize file size but the download may still take a few minutes to complete.
Additional Instructions: All sheets of the download print on 8.5" by 11" paper. For best results use a sturdier paper like card stock. All the cards have a handy light gray outline for cutting, and the fold-overs have score marks as well. I recommend using a bone folder and ruler for nice crisp creases. To seal fold-over cards use a tiny dab of glue. To attached fold-over cards to treat bags use a stapler.

61 comments:

che carina! said...

this is simple and charming..lovely work..exactly what i was looking for..thanks for the download!! happy valentines!

Kaotic said...

These are so sweet and pretty. Added my 2 bits for you on The Lovlies. Good luck with that.

Bascially said...

What a lovely creation!

country girl said...

As usual, WONDERFUL!
Thanks for sharing.
I still remember the Valentine's I got in grade school...my favorite was one with teenage mutant ninja turtles on it. :)
Happy Valentine's Day!
xo country girl

ANGELICA! said...

these are just beautiful, as always. you have such a gift!
ah, to return to the simpler times of elementary school <3

angelica
x

Stephanie said...

Too fantastic and sweet!

Hannah said...

SO pretty--I might just have to download! :)

Rachel Dangerfield said...

These are brilliant! I think less people would dislike Valentine's Day if we could just go back to these grade school roots!

Kristine said...

thank you!

Auntie Cake said...

You just make my day when you give the gift of a new post to us! I adore your sweet Valentine's and do miss the construction paper variety. My kids and I used to make all their cards for school until my kids realized that their cards were the only handmade ones and wanted to fit in and start buying them at Target.

Have a great Valentine's weekend, and for sure I will go and vote!
Kate

Auntie Cake said...

Okay, what category are you in? I had trouble finding you.

Anonymous said...

These are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

These are so fantastic!!

seakisst said...

Adorable!

Cookie-Fee said...

oh, thank you soo much for this download. it´s sooo cute :) maybe i´m even going to start liking valentines day ;)

*kisses*

Robin said...

thank you Livy! i love them. the file downloaded super fast. now i want some conversation hearts!

Searched And Found said...

Back in the day (elementary school :P) I used to bring in V-day cards for all my classmates. I wish that at 20 years old that was still acceptable.

Sara said...

These are wonderful! I love the shape and colors. Happy Heart Day!

SparkleFarkle said...

YES! This is the exact reason certain shoeboxes with mailboxy tendancies are set aside for safe keeping throughout the year at the Farkle house o' love! We're making them red-and-white-and-paper-lace-all-over fancy today!

P.S.Wonderful, inspiring post-- thanks!

Marsha said...

Thanks so much for the craft pack download - it's great! Please enter my Valentine giveaway - you could win a pink bead-knitted purse hand-knit by me.

S.W.A.K.

henzy said...

very cute

Herself said...

What a sweet posting! Happy Valentines!

dognbird said...

What a charming download! Love grade school valentines - a time when your entire community would choose love for all.

S.L.North said...

so cute ;)

tgmagazine said...

Awesome! Thank you - these are great! I also voted for you on The Lovlies - Good Luck! Heather

Manon said...

These are so lovely!
I just downloaded it and I absolutely love it!
Thanks for sharing.

Cassidy said...

these are the cutest !
ahh grade school .. those were the days . :}

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

why did it take me so long to find YOU !

got here via my dear friend, dawn at country girl..may all seasons be sweet to thee...

what a beautiful blog....

kary

JulieChats said...

I love these! Just stopping by from A Matter of Memories, thanks for the free download. I can't wait to read more of your blog.

Stop by & visit me too...I'm also looking for followers on my scrapbooking blog!

http://juliechats.blogspot.com

Helen Cuthbert said...

These are so cute. It wasn't like that in the UK! I missed out big time!!

Liz said...

Thank You!
I love these, such perfect pretty valentine's!
i linked them on my blog so I don't forget them for next year!

martha brown said...

Well, I missed these for this year -- but I will definitely use them next year -- they are so cute -- thank you!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

GOD I love your blog so so much :)

Sum said...

I miss those days of innocent Valentine's Days and cards and candy. All too good.

The Blushing Hostess said...

Just adorable! Thank you for this, will be great for the children!

urban flea said...

i've always loved those grade school valentines, and these are such a wonderful update. thanks for sharing, have a great week!

xo urban flea :)
http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

Pam said...

Thanks so much for the freebies! They are so cute and a lot of fun.

mandyannemurray said...

I just found your blog via Parasol and I have fallen—hard. Such lovely work and inspiration!

Mandy

molly said...

Oh, how I wish I'd found these in time for our four-hour valentine's bash last week! So sweet, so generous.

Noor said...

thank you soooo much,
this is very generous of you, and the designs are lovely and amazing!

seesaw designs said...

awe. these are the cutest.

Sarah said...

Wow! Another fantastic idea which I immediately downloaded and saved for next year. You are so talented! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I love it here! Glad to find you!Blessings and light, amy

Sandy said...

This project and your blog are both soo beautiful! Can't wait to see more of your work!

Design Candy said...

I adore these!

actually.love said...

very cute!
xoxo
missfashekiss.blogspot.com

Wolf and Willow said...

Now, I know I'm a little late for Valentine's Day but these are just so sweet, I'm still going to use them to share the love around. Thank you so much for your smashing designs x

Jen Kim said...

oh no, i'm late for valentine's day too, but i LOVE these! beautiful work :-)

Louise @ Illume Design said...

Fabulous..!

Ms M said...

I love theses! Love Hearts! Colour and photos are stunning!

Shelly Cherry said...

This is gorge :) S.W.A.L.K

Amelia said...

wow - thank you, these are delightful!

Amelia.x

Sharyn said...

Thank you!!

Daniella said...

What a lovely blog you have here! Gorgeous...

Used Office Furniture said...

Fantastic blog soooo lovley!!

isadora said...

Just wanted to let you know that I shared your lovely idea on my blog (www.THOMPSONandSPRING.com). Thanks for the inspiration.

Kellie said...

Love these... just pinned it! Many Thanks :)

Ina said...

i hop it will be okay to link this projekt on my blog.
On friday i will write a valentine special with cute projects from great blog on cityglamblog.com

kisses from germany
ina

Lou said...

it's great! i will do this. thanks a lot for this tip x

Lisa Marie ▲ said...

Wonderful idea. *-*

Sherilyn said...

Very cute :)

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