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« on: February 10, 2011 06:59:04 PM »

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! Cheesy

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...



End result:



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.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011 07:32:54 PM »

I think they are wonderful and you are amazingly resourceful to do this!   Smiley

I am especially touched by your thoughts of the recently widowed.  I have been trying to think of something thoughtful to do for valentine's day for some friends of mine who are going through a lot right now.

I was reading a post on a blog recently (sorry, can't remember which) but she was saying how she received something handmade in the mail during a hard time and what a blessing it is to use our creativity to bless others, sometimes bringing a bright spot to dark days.  It is amazing what good use we can put our talents to.   Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011 09:11:19 PM »

Thanks, craftycakelady. One friend lost her young adult son and two friends have lost their (young) husbands in 2010. Holidays have new meaning, as I see them through their eyes.

Have you thought of what you'll do for your friends? I actually planned to make a few of them (the ones having various financial and family difficulties) some magnet sheep, but I think I just spent all my crafting time on this project!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011 09:00:15 AM »

These are great!
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2011 12:19:24 PM »

Thank you, Justkat. My daughter caught a glimpse of one of them and begged to see hers. I didn't let her see, but she has already decided that hers will have a place of honor in her locker. Cheesy
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