Here are the Valentines he will be handing out to his preschool buddies. To be fair, I should tell you that this was not my idea. I read about this idea on a great website called I Am Momma, Hear Me Roar. Since hers were so adorable, I decided to try it, too.
You should know that I've resorted to taking photographs in my classroom, because, frankly, the light is much better there. Also, by the time I get home from work, it's dark, so my pictures don't turn out well. So if you see a stray pencil or random student in the background, you'll know why. I promise you, there is LEARNING going on there. It isn't just crafting all the time!
Back to the Valentines.
I took a few photos of Gavin making the kissy-face, and a few of him smiling. Then, I uploaded the photos on to Picnik. If you haven't gotten yourself a free Picnik account yet, what are you waiting for? It's an awesome, FREE photo editing website. I love it. Picnik is actually quite easy to use. Basically, I used their collage feature, and uploaded the two pictures of Gavin. Then I used their sticker feature to create the white squares with text. If you need the play-by-play, check out this post. Cheri does a great job of explaining all of the steps.
Once I had the collage done, I was good to go. The baggies I was using were about 8 inches wide, so I copied and pasted the collage into a Word document. I changed the orientation to "landscape" and stretched the collage (which was in a jpeg format) until it was about 8 inches wide. That way I knew it would completely cover the top of the baggie.
All that was left for me to do was print! (I used regular computer paper because that's all I had on hand. Card stock would look much, much better!) Then I trimmed the paper so I could make a little tent:
I filled the baggie with goodies and stapled the paper-tent over the top! Done! An easy, adorable, homemade Valentines treat.
Look how pleased this little sweetheart is! What a love.