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DIY “I Spy” Valentines!

February 6, 2014


It’s Valentine time and my kids are pumped about their Valentine’s Day cards this year. Last year, Eleanor drew up her own and I scanned, scaled, arranged and printed it out. That was fun. But this year, both kids are into I Spy books and I have been storing this idea away for the perfect year. My friend Sarah made one with her daughter once and the image has stuck in my mind since- “I Spy” valentines!

It’s incredibly easy. Here’s what you need:

– a camera (duh)

– approximately 20-2000 teeny tiny little trinkets and toys

– a platform of varied levels (we grabbed books with a pink or red spine)

– fabric or paper for a background

– a kid who loves to arrange, rearrange and re-rearrage

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This is one instance where I was actually glad my kids have tons of little trinkets!

The kids came up with some of the items on the list and I added others.  InDesign was used to arrange the photo and some text, but any photo editing program will work. I set the dimensions to print as a 4×6 photo (printed via mpix) and we will put them in A4 envelopes. We printed several extras to mail some to friends and family in addition to passing them out to their classmates.

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An early Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to you! If you make one of these, please share. My kids would love to hunt down items on your list!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Quade permalink
    February 6, 2014 4:39 pm

    What a great idea!!!!

  2. February 6, 2014 7:10 pm

    That is soooo FuN!! I love it!!

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