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FREE Printable Valentines

FREE Printable Valentines

I had so much fun creating and sharing my Valentine’s Day printables with you last year, that I whipped up some new ones for this year. The ones I designed last year are still super cute, so if you didn’t get a chance to use them, here’s the link: http://lovepaperpaint.com/2013/02/03/free-love-paper-paint-valentines/ As with most kids of elementary school age around here, my boys are into Rainbow Loom and Minecraft. We’re not allowed to give away candy with Valentines at school, but the boys didn’t want to do dollar store pencils or stickers again…so they’re looming and crafting something for each and every classmate! That means 30+ rubber band heart charms and 27+ Perler bead “pixel” charms (that my husband and I will most likely be helping them with). Wish us luck! Seriously, I’d much rather be giving (and receiving) candy conversation hearts or chocolates, but rules are rules! To go with my kids’ handmade Valentine’s crafts, I’ve created both Rainbow Loom and Minecraft themed cards. There’s also a third set of custom designed cards that are more my style (note my obsession with black and gold continues). There are four designs on each of three files, for a total of TWELVE custom Valentine’s printables from me to you. 🙂 Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Enjoy! Instructions are simple…download or open the PDF files. Print them out onto 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces (there are dashed lines for cutting guides). You can layer them onto colored card stock, put them in an A-2 envelope to send in the mail, or use them as gift tags for goodies. For the Rainbow Loom version, punch a hole and attach a handmade rubber band bracelet with ribbon or twist-tie. Note: These are for your personal use only. You will not be able to edit these and please don’t sell or distribute for profit. If you’d like to share these on your blog or website, please link back to this original post. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest.  I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint, or let me know on my Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO ~ Katie LPP Free Valentines 2014 FREE MineCraft VALENTINES FREE LOOM...

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Best Love Story Ever

Best Love Story Ever

There are so many wonderful love stories in books and movies, but my favorite is the one from Disney Pixar’s “Up”. I am inspired, touched and brought to tears every time I watch this beautiful and heart-warming movie. I am amazed by how eloquently this animated feature tells the ultimate love story between Ellie and Carl, in under eight minutes and without any dialogue…better than any book has done in hundreds of pages or any movie in hours of film. The messages of love, friendship, loyalty and living a life inspired by adventure and passion are codes by which we should all live and love. So in celebration of Valentine’s Day and as a nod to my sentiments on the LOVE I strive to express in my relationships with family and friends, and my passion for my work, this post is a fun homage to the stories of love in Up. On one of our first days of summer break this past May (2012), my two sons and I watched Up for the umpteenth time (and yes, I cried…again). My younger son, Isaac (then 5 years-old) exclaimed that we should make a house out of cardboard, attach balloons and play “Up”…he would be Mr. Fredricksen, Mason would be Russell, and I would be Ellie (or Kevin or Dug later if needed). So the very next day, my husband constructed a small house out of two large cardboard moving boxes, and the boys and I hand-painted it. We attached a bunch of balloons we had leftover from birthday parties (just blew them up, no helium, and attached to the roof with a wire coat hanger) and it was ready for our adventure! My sister Julie, and niece, Paige, came over to check it out. Paige wanted to play too, so she took over as Ellie. It was so dang adorable that we couldn’t resist having a little Up-inspired photo shoot. The kids quickly threw together their outfits and props (PJ brought a few things over) and Julie snapped a few pictures (it was literally just a couple of minutes)…and then they resumed playing Up. Here are some of the unedited shots Julie took. It was so much fun…and I think Isaac makes the perfect Mr. Fredricksen. Adventure is out there…may you all find and share it with the ones you love! Happy Valentine’s Day! Photos by Lot116...

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FREE Love Paper Paint Valentines

FREE Love Paper Paint Valentines

I’m kinda into hearts and love and all that warm and fuzzy, lovey-dovey stuff (in case you couldn’t tell)…after all, there is a heart in my logo and my business is called “LOVE” Paper Paint. 🙂 I’m so lucky I get to show LOVE through the work I do each day: creating invitations for beautiful weddings and announcements for life’s special moments (love-fests); painting finishes and creating artwork for families and their cozy havens (love-nests). While I find that I design and send out a lot of save the dates, invitations and announcements in the month of February, I haven’t really done Valentine’s cards. This year I thought I’d put together a few of my own designs and share them with you, just for fun! Print them out onto 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces. You can layer onto colored card stock or use them as gift tags for goodies. There are four designs on each of two files, for a total of EIGHT custom designed Valentine’s printables from me to you. Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest. It’s my way of showing some love to all of you who support my work. Plus, I think they’re pretty dang adorable, it would make my day to know that you used them to show some love too. (I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint) LovePaperPaint Valentine Printable LovePaperPaint Valentines Printable These printables were custom designed by Love Paper Paper and are free for your personal use only. Please feel free to print, share with family and friends, but do not reproduce these printables online or for sale. The viewing, printing or downloading of any content, graphic, or template from Love Paper Paint is for your own personal use and not for republication, distribution, assignment, sale, preparation of derivative works or other use. No part of any content, form or document may be reproduced in any form other than for personal use. Graphics within the templates cannot be pulled, copied, or ripped from the templates in any way. If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY/printable link. Thank...

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Egg Crate Christmas Tree DIY

Egg Crate Christmas Tree DIY

We’re spending Christmas at home this year (we’re usually in the Bay Area with my husband’s family for the Holidays), so I’m trying to get into the spirit of things by doing a little decorating around the house. Not a lot, just making do with stuff we’ve collected over the years and materials I already have here. I’m in the middle of my busy holiday card production season, so I don’t have a lot of time to fuss with decorations (or blog about it for that matter), but I’m trying to make things somewhat festive around here. My kids are really excited about getting the house ready for Christmas and all the fun (inexpensive or free) activities we can do together as a family at home. Considering that it’s only the first week of December, we’re on a roll! Here’s what we’ve done in just a few days: 1. My boys helped decorate the tree last week… 2. We put up some white lights, paper and tinsel garlands around the house… 3. On Saturday night, the boys participated in a lighted bike parade… 4. Our mischievous elf (Zack) showed up to join the fun… 5. The stockings were hung up on the mantel… 6. We started watching Christmas movies and having homemade hot cocoa and cookies… On the agenda for this week: 1. The boys want to make mason jar snow globes and cake stand winter-scapes (like these we saw at Anthropologie)… 2. We plan to ride our lighted bikes around the neighborhood to check out Christmas lights (we’ll also go for a drive around other neighborhoods, maybe pick up some burgers from the In-N-Out drive-thru for a “light-viewing” snack)… 3. I have my annual holiday baking/treat exchange with my three awesome sisters (Mary,  Julie and Allison) this weekend… 4. I wanted to make some paper cone Christmas trees as a simple and cheap decoration for the mantel, using some of the pretty gold handmade papers I have in my collection. As I was cleaning up the kitchen last night after dinner, I noticed these egg crates in the recycle bin and it occurred to me that maybe I could make the trees out of these instead…so I gave it a go. First I rolled them into a cone shape and punched holes to connect the sides using twist ties. I folded the bottom in to form the flat base of the tree. Then I spray painted them gold and added some glitter on the “branches”…finishing them up with a little bling using self-adhesive rhinestones leftover from a wedding. I sat them each on a square vase wrapped with the gold paper I was originally going to use for the cone trees…and that was it! While I was at it, I hot glued some gold-glittered pine cones onto glass candle stick holders from Dollar Tree. I’ve had these things in the back of a kitchen drawer forever, and since they were only 50 cents a piece, I figured it wasn’t a big deal to turn them into mini pine cone topiaries (it’s not like they were being used to hold candlesticks anyway). Other ways to decorate the egg crate tree: 1. Hot glue gun buttons, beads, acorns and small pine cones, leaves, cotton balls or pom-poms; 2. Use a battery-powered string of mini lights, small tinsel or ribbon garlands, and pin on mini ornaments; 3. A dusting of epsom salts, micah flakes or artificial snow onto spray adhesive or Mod Podge would make the trees sparkle with the look of freshly fallen snow; 4. Poke holes and use as...

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