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In 2014, Eliza decided she’d rather have valentines with her art (and her fandoms) than store bought ones. Rather than hand-make 30 odd valentines (we’re way too procrastinatey for that), I scanned her art, added words, and printed them in school valentine sizes.

Jonas jumped in on the tradition last year and this year Ava made some too.

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For Ava’s valentines, we made a tiger out of construction paper hearts and I scanned that. She said she wanted a mama and a baby tiger, so I shrunk a copy and added “You’re Puuuurfect Valentine!”

Tigers are her favorite animal right now, so these really are puuurfect.

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Jonas went for a more abstract design with hearts and a fist with the number 1 in them so his friends know they’re #1.

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Eliza made a bunch of cat drawings for hers. To transform her pencil drawings, I used the magic wand in photoshop to select the lines she drew and fill them with black. The snorkeling cat required a bit of digital coloring-in as well.

I’m so glad the kids get to give out little works of their art and have this form of self-expression. I love seeing what they choose to make from year to year.

The kids’ past valentines: Jonas’s 2017 Robot Valentines / Eliza’s 2017 Hamilton Valentines / Eliza’s 2016 Harley Quinn Valentines / Eliza’s 2015 Spooky Valentines / Eliza’s 2014 Doctor Who Valentines

Each year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 4 of 52 for 2018! If you want to join in, share your projects at #52Projects2018.