If he doesn't get me a gift, I really don't mind; but I get particularly upset if he doesn't get me a card!
Worse yet is seeing only a printed message inside a card, which makes me want to yell, "What's the purpose of getting me this then?"
That's why, when I have the time to do so, I try to make my own Valentine's Day cards. In general, I think making your own cards is the best way to go when you want to let someone special know just how much you love them.
Here are 5 reasons why homemade cards are so much cooler than store-bought ones--
I think that, as beautiful or funny as the messages in those fancy store-bought cards can be, using my own heartfelt words is better. Homemade cards are inherently thoughtful because I have to think about where to place the stickers, which decorations or pictures to include and what kind of message I want to convey.
2. Homemade Cards Are Unique.
For my son's 1st birthday, Equis received a bunch of cards from family and friends. As I opened them, I realized that Equis had received four beautiful Hallmark cards from four different people that were exactly the same!
One of the best aspects of a homemade card is that no one else has a card quite like it. By creating your own card design, you're ensuring that the recipient won't receive a duplicate card. I like to decorate the card with letter stickers that spell out the recipient's name to personalize the card even more. A homemade card is one the person will probably want to keep forever!
When you put so much thought into creating a unique card for someone, the card gains more meaning. When it comes to homemade cards, I could care less how professional or perfect it looks--these cards are my favorite by far because I know they were made especially for me.
I always save the homemade cards, and you'd be surprised at how many people tell me, "I still have that card you made two/five/seven years ago for my birthday/Valentine's Day/Christmas."
4. Homemade Cards Are Affordable.
Over four years ago, I bought two scrapbook sets from WalMart for $14.00 each and a bunch of 99-cent sticker sets. I'd then occasionally add to my collection with scrapbook items from the $1 section at Target because I just couldn't resist the great deals!
Since then, I've never had a lack of materials for card making. I've literally made dozens of cards for every occasion--baby showers, weddings, birthdays, Father's and Mother's days and Christmases.
I'd rather use materials I have around my house to create a gorgeous card of my own than spend $7.00 on a store-bought one. With a pair of scissors, stickers, colored paper, a glue stick, a computer, a printer and scrap material from things like magazines and candy boxes, I can always create a fantastic card without spending any extra money.
5. Homemade Cards Are Fun!
I'm not going to lie--creating a homemade card requires a bit of work, but the sense of pride and excitement that overwhelms me once it's completed makes every second getting glue on my fingers and furiously contemplating which sticker should go where worth it.
What do you think of homemade cards in general?
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