The 2016 theme for the Young Women and Young Men for our church is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).
Every year I design printables around the new theme and this year I ran into a dilemma. I’ve really been liking some watercolor floral prints lately – which is not usually the case. So I designed the theme with this in mind. I completed the theme and sat with it on my computer for almost two weeks without touching it again. Although I really liked it, it just wasn’t me no how matter how hard I tried. It’s official. Floral prints still aren’t my thing as much as I like them. I even tried buying a floral print shirt I saw on someone else and loved it on them. I put it on and promptly removed it. Not me.
So I reworked the theme to more of a geometric pattern which is 100% me. But the work is done on the first design so I offer you two options this year!
Free downloads include a binder cover, 5×7 print, 4×6 print and the stand alone logos. Feel free to use as you please (personal use only). Enjoy!
This is what our table looked like this afternoon, Valentine’s is in full swing!
Saturday, each of the kids decided what they wanted for their class valentine, here’s what they chose:
Capri-Sun Valentines: You are my main squeeze Bennett’s biggest hurdle was having to write his name 24 times. That’s a lot for a three year old. After the first row he asked for a break! We printed these on 2 1/2″ stickers from Avery.
Dinosaur Valentines: You are Dino-mite Valentine
We found these plastic dinosaurs on Amazon and because we only needed 27 – we now have a nice collection for ourselves!
Oreos and paper straw: We go together like cookies and milk
Hallie really wanted to do slap bracelets. All the bracelets that came in value packs were girly and Hallie was conscious that boys wouldn’t want a purple heart bracelet. She opted for something a little more gender neutral.
Hallie came home from school pretty disappointed the other day and announced that she didn’t need a Valentine’s box because they would be making one as a class.
Hunter came home with a note that he needed a box which instantly resulted in a “No fair, when I was in kindergarten they didn’t let us come up with our own.”
She sulked for a few minutes and then eagerly jumped on the chance to help Hunter with his box.
We browsed Pinterest and every few seconds he chimed in with, “Wait, scroll up, scroll up. I like that one.” Two minutes later I would get the same reaction, different valentine’s box. He liked the dragon, the football field, the ninja turtle, the minion and I can’t forget the toilet. Seriously – boys! I finally threw out the idea of making a box out of legos. He suddenly made up his mind and he ran upstairs with Hallie and they started sorting all the legos to find all the right pieces. He even came up with the idea for his initials on top.
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Is Valentine’s Day seriously just around the corner? Hallie’s ready to start on her box – I told her to make sure she needs a box before we start going down that road. I think I have her worried that third graders don’t exchange Valentines!
It will be hard to beat the last two years. I think we need to bring it down a notch just so next year the expectations will be simple again. When I suggested a cereal box covered in card stock she laughed at me. Lets be honest – Hallie will throw out some idea and I’ll agree it’s the best idea and we’ll run with it. Neither one of us is afraid of a little time and energy!
When my bff and crafting buddy came to visit a couple weeks back, I taught her how to use the jig saw. She had never used one before and she made these with ease, that’s how easy this is. You might remember my large scale Halloween town that sits behind my dining room table. I created a pattern off of them and made some table size chalkboard Halloween decor – spooky village that is just as fun and cute.
Download the pattern and print it to scale over a couple pages – the tallest house is 22″. Trace the pattern onto MDF and cut using the jigsaw.
We painted the houses with chalkboard paint – however I’m thinking black glitter would also be fantastic.
In order for the houses to stand up connect them using small hinges. One tip: when installing the hinges, space the houses apart as far as possible which will give you more movement of the hinge.
Dress them up with some chalk drawings and you’re set.