Someone’s writing in my book

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This is it. Very plain and very simple.

A few years back I made a book that’s a collection of Valentine’s Day cards I’d created. I’ve not marketed it at all, and while it’s for sale it’s not something I ever expect to make any profit on. It’s purely a personal project that I’ve made available to the rest of the world in the hope someone might find it and enjoy it (info page here).

It makes for a great gift once in a while – someone I know gave a copy to a friend for a wedding. Stuff like that.

The layout of the book is very simple, with a little bit of text and a whole lot of empty white space. I have a few copies for sale at Alchemy where I go for coffee regularly, and one of these copies is for customers to write and draw in.

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Compared to most other pages in the book, this one has a lot of text on it.

I rarely see it happen. It’s been ages since I saw someone even just pick it up to look at. Still, over the years that copy has filled up with scribbles and drawings and notes from people stopping by at the cafe.

Sometimes I have a look through it myself just to see if something new has been added. I think pretty much every single page has had something drawn or written on it now.

And then, this very morning, when I step in to the cafe someone’s sitting there right next to the door drawing in my book. It’s a strange and wonderful feeling. I didn’t expect it at all, and it really made my morning.

I didn’t talk to the person, as I don’t want to ruin their moment, but I can’t help but glance over once in a while. I try not to, because I feel a bit like a creepy stalker when spying on people, but at the same time it’s difficult not to.

I hope they’re enjoying my book.


Also, as I’m previewing this post to make sure the writing is passable, I notice the person on the table next to mine has picked up one of the other copies of the book – one not for writing in. They flip through a few of the pages and then put it back.

It’s not for everyone.

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Someone’s writing in my book

This Year’s Valentine’s Day Cards

This is the third year I’m making cards for Valentine’s Day, and these are the cards I’ve made this year. The cards, as you’ll see, are very simple. I really only come up with the words on them. Feel free to add your own graphics if you want to.

If you’re short on time and running late, or maybe you just fell in love, feel free to use my words and make a card of your own. It can be as easy as getting a piece of paper and writing it down by hand. It’s the words and the thought that matter, not the cost of the card.

Anyway, here goes:

Admittedly, these aren’t quite all of them. I removed the ones that are too dark, or too weird, as well as the ones that require you to know me personally to understand. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in here though. If you do, I’d be happy to hear about it, and if you make something of your own, well, that’d be cool to hear about too.

Also, for those of you who’ve had about enough of Valentine’s Day, here are a few more from the past two years:

Okay, so maybe they’re a bit sweet too – in their own way. Deal with it.

If you want to have a look at more of the ones from the last two years, there’s an entire book of them (including a free download) here.


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This Year’s Valentine’s Day Cards

Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

As some of you may know, I quite enjoy making Valentine’s Day cards. I even made a book out of them (here – you can download the book as a free pdf if you’re looking for inspiration). Now is the time of the year when I start making new cards, and a friend of mine suggested I share my template so that others can try and make their own cards if they want to.

These are the cards I made this year.

I’ve used a program called Scribus for the template (same as for the book). It’s a free open source desktop publishing software and you can get it from their website, here.

The template file I made can be downloaded from my Dropbox, here:

Valentines2017_template.sla

In case you want to use another program, these are the measurements and the fonts I used for the pages (pictures below):

  • Page dimensions: 6″ wide X 9″ high
  • Font: Courier New
  • Regular page:
    • Text Box 1:
      • X-pos: 1″
      • Y-pos: 2″
      • Font Size: 14.00 pt
    • Text Box 2:
      • X-pos: 2.75″
      • Y-pos: 6″
      • Font size: 10.00 pt
  • Single Box Page:
    • X-pos: centered on page
    • Y-pos: 3″
    • Font size: 12.00 pt

I also drew up a quick visual representation with the numbers etc on:


Previous years I’ve used Gimp to make the cards, and that template is slightly different. I’ve included that here as well though, in case you prefer it. I’m uncertain about the exact positions of the text elements, but the numbers I have are as follows:

  • Width: 450 pixels
  • Height: 750 pixels
  • Font: Courier New
  • Font Size 1: 18 px
  • Font Size 2: 14 px

You can download the Gimp file from my Dropbox here:

gimp template.xcf

gimp-template

Gimp is a free and open source image editor and you can download it from here.

Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

Love

Valentine’s Day is in about two weeks.

Last year I had a whole lot of fun designing my own Valentine’s Cards, and I’ll be doing that again this year. The original idea came from when a friend of mine linked a page on some blog with quirky/alternative cards, and I figured it’d be fun to try and do something similar myself.

Plus, sharing some love and positivity has got to be a good thing, right?

Originally, I’d planned on waiting a little longer to start, but then I was informed that today (January 31) is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, and I figured that it was too good a coincidence to pass up, so I got going.

Here are some of the cards I did last year (click the images for larger, easier to read versions):

I’ve got a few done already, but I’ll save them for later and put them up closer to the day, or after, or some other time. After all, it’s not about the day, it’s about telling someone you love them – or just making people smile. That’s fine too.

Love