Show your besties some love this Valentine’s Day with this fun and festive printable. I’ve created these super cute, fully customizable printable Valentine’s Day cards. They can be used as is—as a flat Valentine’s Day card or they can be paired with fun DIY painted wood bead necklaces and used as jewelry display cards.
After creating the heart patterns, I customized my valentines using Avery’s Design & Print Online software and you can too! It’s a free feature on Avery’s site that allows you to create and customize graphics for any of their products. Just select a product, upload the graphics (available to download below) and customize it with your own text, choice of fonts and more. Then print it out on the Avery 8387 White Matte Postcards for Inkjet Printers. And you’re half way there to making the cutest valentines ever!
It’s as simple and click and print! I opted to create simple painted wood bead necklaces for my girlfriends, but you could also use these valentines to display friendship bracelets, flair pins, and bangles.
Print the cards and tear along the perforated lines. I recommend printing a low-quality grayscale print of your cards on copy paper before loading your printer with the postcard paper. This way you can make adjustments to the alignment before you print on the good stuff.
Paint the wood beads in any color you like. Use a very small round brush to add small details like tiny hearts, dots or x’s and o’s. Allow the beads to dry completely and then paint each with a coat of matte varnish. This will seal the paint and prevent it from rubbing off onto clothing.
Use an awl to make two holes near the top third of each card. Using the end of the necklace with the smaller clasp, thread the chain through the holes. Position the necklace so it hangs nicely on the front of the card and then secure the excess on the back side of the card with a piece of washi tape. Now it’s ready to gift!
Not only do these make fun, one-of-a-kind gifts, they also become a sweet reminder of your friendship. Nothing like a little DIY to identify your girl gang.
Because we all could use a little love and kindness and because you never know what you’re gonna get. The February 2017 wallpaper was one of my most favorite to illustrate to date. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and I hope it brings a little sweetness to your month.
I’m kicking off the count down to heart day with an oh-so-easy recipe. This marbled raspberry bark might look fancy but it’s really just 4 ingredients that quickly come together to make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
It’s the perfect sweet for your galentines—just package it up in some cute treat bags and add bring over a bottle of bubbly. And if you want brownie points at work, make an extra batch to share with your coworkers. Oh an don’t forget to make some for your valentine, too!
Marbled Raspberry Dark Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark
Place the dark chocolate in a small glass bowl. Heat in microwave in 20 second increments until almost completely melted. Stir with a spatula until fully melted. Repeat with the white chocolate.
Add a couple of drops of red oil based food coloring to the melted white chocolate until it’s the desired shade of pink.
Immediately after, use an off-set spatula to spread out the dark chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Pour the pink tinted white chocolate on top and use a knife to swirl it into the dark chocolate. Top with freeze dried raspberries and allow it to harden (you can speed up this process by placing the entire tray in the refrigerator for 15 minutes). Once hard, break into 2-3” size pieces.
White chocolate can be really finicky to melt. Just a few degrees to hot and it becomes a clumpy mess. The fix? Have all your ingredients ready and melt the dark chocolate first. Then slowly melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping it before it’s totally melted. Stir it like crazy using a spatula until it’s completely melted. If you wait to melt it completely in the microwave that’s when it will become too hot, trust me on this—it took me 2 attempts to get it right!
When it comes to calendars (both editorial and personal) I’ve gone completely digital.
I keep my Google calendar open throughout the day and use it to plan all my blog and video content and to keep track of deadlines. Now I’m hooked and I don’t think I could go back to using a paper planner (though their are some really cute ones out there). But one thing I still keep analog is a daily and weekly to-do list. Maybe it’s because there’s something just so satisfying to crossing off items on a list at the end of a day, am I right?
If you’re a fan of paper to-do lists too, you’re going to love this free printable weekly planner I designed. It’s perfect for keeping track of your week and is the perfect size for your desk.
Watch the video below to learn how to make it into a peel-off notepad!
Download the printable weekly planner and print it out full size (full bleed or edge to edge) on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If your printer doesn’t print all the way to edge you can get it printed at your local copy shop.
Cut each page in half lengthwise. Stack all the cut sheets of paper and line up the top edge. secure the stack of paper with bull dog clips.
Paint a coat of PVA glue along the top edge of the stack of paper. Allow it to dry and paint a second coat. Let the glue dry completely and then it’s ready to be used.
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It’s been a while since I shared a font round up so here’s a collection of 10 of my favorite brush fonts. They all have the look of hand lettering (since most were created with an actual brush and ink or paint) and are perfect for jazzing up your business cards, making stationery or getting a head start on Valentine’s Day cards.
Which one is your favorite? I’m loving Brush Up right now!