Heart-Topped Box Template

Happy Valentine’s Day! We don’t really celebrate this holiday at our house, but I do love helping the kids make little Valentine’s for their friends. We’ve never bought them – we always make them. Usually, I’ll find a few different crafty-type ideas for Valentine’s and then the kids will choose from those. And since we’ve always homeschooled, the kids don’t need 30 of whatever it is we’re making. This means we can kind of spend some time and effort on our ideas.

This year, Bethany wanted boxes again, but she wanted the boxes to have a heart on the top. Lars engineered a cute take-out box with a built-in heart that closes on the top. She wanted to use the Hugs & Kisses kit from Robyn Meierotto. They turned out so cute! And Bethany just loves them.

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SNAG THE TEMPLATE >>> Heart-Topped Box

I’ve included both a PDF file and PNGs. It’s an immediate download. Let me know about any download problems – I’m new at this file-sharing stuff.

We made some Red Velvet Puppy Chow (thank you, Pinterest!) and filled some small bags. We figured out that each box holds a little over 1/2 c.

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Hybrid Card: Thank You

We had the nicest surprise yesterday! One of our fantastic neighbors gave Gavin a belated birthday present. It was a Little People airplane and he loves it. It was so sweet of them to think about our little guy! I wanted to send a thank you card, but our regular cards are all packed up for the move.

So I made one.

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It’s based on a sketch from RetroSketches.

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It’s my first time participating over there and I really love how it turned out!

Supplies:

This Year by Scotty Girl Design

Skinny Stitches by Scotty Girl Design

brad – All is Bright by MME

 

Stay-cation!

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We’re now less than a week to the big Moving Day and we finally started to get serious about packing the house up. The stress has been a nearly palpable thing, and this has led to some of the kids just breaking down into tears at random times. All the school stuff is packed up so they spend their days being bored and fighting with each other.

And I’ve been so focused on holding it all together emotionally and financially while Lars goes back and forth to Vernal.

We’re all exhausted.

We desperately needed some fun.

So Lars and I spent a few days last week conspiring about a possible super secret stay-cation for our family. We wanted to pull one over on the kids, but it’s hard to do because they’re always with us. Lars ended up booking us a room at a hotel in the Salt Lake area with a pool, water slide, and splash pad – all indoors.

Friday morning, I packed up our bags without the kids noticing, and Lars took down the pack-and-play when he came home for lunch. We threw it all out our bedroom window and Lars picked it all up and put it in the back of the car. We told the kids that we were going to Salt Lake for piano lessons that afternoon.

The kids had NO idea at all. They didn’t get suspicious when Lars ran into the lobby to check us in. They didn’t ask questions when we started to get out of the car at the hotel. It didn’t click with any of them until we started to hand them their bags out of the back of the car. Then they freaked. It was so fun to see their expressions and reactions! It was fun to laugh and be happy again!

We dumped our stuff in the room and headed for the pool. Lucy loved the little splash pad portion. It was shallow enough for her to run around and “schwim”.

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Gavin didn’t like any of it at all. Poor little guy shook the whole time. At one point, I thought it was because he might be cold (the pool was heated, but you never know!) so I took him out of his little tube and held him so that more of his body was in the warm water. He still shook and whimpered. He lasted a little while, but I finally took him out so we could sit together and watch the rest of the family.

Bethany spent most of the time playing water basketball with some other kids her age. Max found a little friend and they went down the slide over and over and over. Livy was everywhere. She would spend some time on the slide and then go sit in the hot tub. She would play with Lu on the splash pad and then go sit in the hot tub. Then she would swim around in the deep pool – and then go sit in the hot tub. She’s a funny little thing.

We took a break for dinner. We ordered pizza and hot wings from the concessions in the hotel and just ate in the room. After dinner, we headed for the arcade, where I beat Lars at air hockey and schooled my kids on the old pinball machine. I’m not as good as my dad, but I’ve got some skills!

The kids wanted to go swimming again after we were done playing in the arcade. Lars took the older kids and Lucy while Gavin and I hung back and played in the room.

I got these pics with Instagram right before they went down for the night swimming.

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The next morning, Lars took the kids back to the pool while Gavin and I cleaned up the room and got ready for check-out.

It was only overnight, but I’m so glad we were able to have some family play time! It was so needed.

Hybrid: Valentine Treat Boxes

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My kiddos did this for friends last year and it was a big hit. I bought the Standing Pillow Box template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs over at The Digichick. I think it’s typically used with the Silhouette cutter, but she’s included png and pdf files as well so it can be used by everyone. I don’t have a cutter like that so I just used the pngs.

This year, I used Robyn Meierotto’s brand new kit called Hugs & Kisses. Here’s a LINK to the full kit – patterned papers and elements. The cardstock is sold separately. CUTE! And so perfect for hybrid projects.

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Last year, I wasn’t at all familiar with the template so I just clipped one paper to the whole thing, printed, assembled, and then tried to figure out how to do the tag on the front. This year, I mixed it up with different papers on the sides and front/back. I also created the tags digitally right on the template and then pulled them onto a separate page to print.

I think this one is my favorite! The front and back are blue. The top, bottom, and sides are the hexagon pattern. I love how the front turned out!

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I used the hexagon clipping mask from one of Robyn’s Cut.It.Out. kits. I gave each hexagon a white mat and then used the blue straight stitch from the Hugs & Kisses elements to go around each shape. I added the little cut-out heart to the bottom hexagon, but I thought the box would look cute with a little splatter. I pulled the four hexagon shapes onto a separate page to print. I printed out the box with the splatter already on it. I cut out the hexagon shapes and added them using some pop dots.

Last year, we filled them with some salt water taffy. I think each box held 7 or 8 pieces. It was perfect.