Today was a snow day. At 6:30 am I was grateful. By mid morning I was certifiably crazy.
The solution: Making the kids take off the headphones I didn’t know they had on for two hours. No wonder no one was responding as my yelling reached record volumes. They were enjoying Bob Marley, Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson as I was pondering WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
As we restarted our day with a fresh outlook, we decided to tackle Valentine’s Day card making for Cooper’s class. We had purchased the traditional wild animal tattoo valentines at the store over the weekend. Yet, the other night as we toyed around with Sparkbooth software, we decided we could do something a little more silly.
All we needed was some time.
Enter Mother Nature.
We started with coloring signs: Happy, ♥ and Day. Then Cooper wrote out the name of each of his classmates and teachers on single sheets of paper. Soon it was time for him to get gussied up in the outfit of his choosing. Red collard shirt, brown corduroy hat. Love that kid.
In the Sparkbooth software, you can choose your preferred layout. We chose 4 squares, stacked 2 x 2, with a black base. We took 24 sets of photos. The 3 signs, then each of the 21 names.
It took lots of giggles, jokes and silly banter to keep the smiles genuine and delightful but we got the job done. All told, it took about 8 minutes.
I opened one file in Microsoft Paint and made a master copy that contained 3 of the 4 squares. Then I copy and pasted one frame with each name and saved them as individual files.
The end result was 21 adorable, personalized files. I uploaded them to KodakGallery.com and had them printed 1 hour at CVS. We picked them up, along with a pack of Metallic Silver Sharpies and headed home so Cooper could sign his name to each card.
The result was a set of sweet and silly valentines, that Cooper is proud of, for $4.83 plus the cost of the Sharpies.
The fun we had in the process almost erased my memories of our rough start to the day.
I said almost.