Y'all all can do more interesting things than this; I've seen 'em. You can probably turn this into something really
fun for Valentine's day for friends. If you do, with all your rad skills, I wanna see!
It's just a bit of a story, and I like how they came out. I hope the recipients do, too. I'll laminate them tomorrow, but took pictures tonight so there'd be no glare.
Tuesday morning, a friend asked me to "do something crafty" to make a bookmark Valentine for each member of the youth group she leads out of a stack of "attribute cards" the kids made for each other at the Christmas party. (Write each name on its own sheet of paper, everybody tries to write something nice about each name.)
So I started Wednesday morning and spent who-knows-how many hours trying to learn to use the "new and improved" (HA!!) Microsoft Publisher so I could make the name-side of 19 subway art bookmarks, one for each kid who'd been at the party. Each one is entirely different, and I tried to use what I know about each child to affirm something they're insecure about front and center. (My two teens are part of this group, BTW.) Example:
Then I realized that if my friend passes them out Sunday night at youth group, somebody might be there who didn't make the party and would be left out. So I did generic names the Bible calls believers on extras. (This is a Baptist group, after all.) Example:
Then I needed something for the back, so I modified Father's Love Letter (easily found online) for a younger audience, addressed it by name to each kid and signed it "Love, Dad." Click to read both versions:
Then I thought--while I was at it-- I'd make some and send them anonymously to three recently bereaved/widowed friends, on their first Valentine's day alone. Sort of a divine love letter in the mail (folded in red tissue paper) on a hard day.
Then I thought, why not make some for a couple of friends who are having a little bit of a hard time for other reasons?
At that point, I decided to go for broke and make my mom and my breakfast group their own, too, modifying the generic one just a bit to save time, something I'd spent gobs of by this time on these things. Here's one, personalized...
Holy cow. Somebody stop me.
My kids are eating warmed up leftovers and I'll have to fold clothes until midnight tonight because of all the time I've spent doing this these last two days. Help!!!
Comments and ideas for improvement (in case I get a wild hair to do more!) very welcome.