Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentines on Picmonkey!

Hey everyone!

So last year I literally failed myself (and you guys as well) with my number of blog posts. The previous year, I posted exactly one hundred times and last year I posted thirty-six times. No joke.

One of my biggest resolutions this year was to post more often and to really get consistent. Meaning "Get ahold of yourself, Anna! This works as your job, pull yourself together!" I would like to AT LEAST post once a week. I am picking Fridays as the designated day that there will be a blog post. Unless of course I have something tragic, exciting, or more important than a blog post come up. Hopefully that won't happen.

Anyway, I'm sure you would all like a bigger reason to read through this whole post and that's why I am now adding some context you may actually enjoy!




How to make a personal Valentine on Picmonkey {but still waste no time}. Now this is a post I would read!

Although, as a younger kid, I thought it would be the end of the world to not have a Valentine from the bottom of my heart, a.k.a. a valentine without candy. People grow up, and realize that no one cares about the little paper that comes with your candy, tattoos, pencils, etc.

Still, don't you feel that pang in your heart when store bought valentines are the best you are willing to do? If you don't, I will not judge you. Good for you! Really though, wouldn't it be great to have a valentine that would maybe be worth not throwing away?

Many people need valentines in bulk. You understand, right? For all those parties that make sure you bring enough valentines to give to every kid. Well, I for one know that sometimes I tend to be a lazy butt and not actually put a lot of work into my valentines because of this reason.

We have all bought those boxed valentines that have tattoos in them, or little stickers and such. But there's a cheaper way to do bulk valentines!

In conclusion to this long intro, here are my directions on how to make a valentine that you could do while lying in your bed.

First, pull up Picmonky, it is what we will be creating this valentine on. Next hover over the Design option and then enter in your custom size. I am using the dimensions 300x500. (However, after I completed the Valentines, I wish I had used the dimensions 300x600.) After typing in your dimensions, click the make it button. These dimensions are going to print out a folding valentine. 

Alright, now we have our base Valentine. Choose the color of this valentine. I'm going with Transparent.

Go to the stickers tab and click on the doodly hearts. Pick the one you want and add it to the canvas. Because this valentine will be folding in half, anything you place on the top of the valentine in this format, will be the back of the valentine you create. The back will seem upside down if we leave it normal. So flip the sticker. You will have to do this for everything you place on the top, so remember this because I won't be mentioning it again :)

The bottom of this format will be the cover or top so you don't have to worry about it.

Now add text to the front and back. All I did was "Happy Valentine's Day" on the front and a spot to write my name, and the person's name on the back. I placed both inside a heart to give the Valentine more detail.

After that, save your valentine.

Open another custom format with the same proportions. Write message on the inside. I kept this one simple and just wrote the average valentine message, but you are more than welcome to personalize it. I also made sure there was a spot for candy to be taped.

Save this as well.

Insert as many as you want to Microsoft. When you are putting them into a document, one page should be for one side and another for the other side of the valentine. When you go to print, make sure you are ready because you will need to flip the page and load it quickly back into the printer. You can ask for someone's help with this part. Also, I recommend Cardstock paper to print on.

After that your Valentine is completely finished! I hope you all had fun with this little project, I know I sure did!

Just to mention one more time, Friday has become my designated day for blog posts. I will attempt to post during the days between that as well. Come on Fridays to catch up and to get new ideas and tutorials!

Have a happy Valentine's Day!

XO AnnaD