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When I was teaching Creative Writing, my students and I used to do Found Poetry, where we cut words, phrases and pictures and put them together on construction paper as poetry. They used to do some really neat, clever things, and some of their Found Poems and my examples are still in my files.

Long after retirement, I still find myself clipping, as I did then, words, phrases and pictures, mostly for inspiration in making my miniatures.

This year I had a bumper crop, and dumped them from their plastic baggie onto the table top to see if anything was worth keeping. As I searched, I saw some interesting combinations, and then remembered those poems we used to do. Then came an AHA! moment - why not do Found Valentines?

I pulled another chair over and began laying out possible combinations on the seat. Hmm.

It's a dirty shame
you're not my Valentine!



Orange You Glad
That You're My Valentine?


I'm in the right
to have you as my VALENTINE!

It's About TIME .... you became my VALENTINE!


I'd Go OUT ON A LIMB ....
To Have You As My Valentine!



I'm sweet on you? or.
You're Better than Chocolate,

Have a Ball!
Bounce on over, VALENTINE!

Everybody Smile! 'Cause I'm Doggone Glad You're Mine!

GO Wild!

Oh, gee, this could go on and on, I thought, and decided to limit myself to maybe three samples for each child. Here are a few of the samples.

Sample One; "Be My Valentine." printed and mattted.

These clips, with some use of my PaintShopPro, ....

... became the front of a yellow folding valentine,

.... and these clips were on the inside. (I figured this one would be easier for my youngest granddaughter to glue.

I remembered some frames I was using for scrapbooking, so this became the final layout, along with a typed ".... to have you as My Valentine!"

I decided this was too much all together, so divided the pieces.

This became the front of a white folding valentine

... and this was the inside.

And so, these combinations (unglued) were placed in plastic baggies, along with with directions and suggestions. (See below)

I added the usual collection of stickers and doily hearts and glitter and all the other stuff I gave them to make valentines with in previous years.

including several pieces of cardstock in different colors.

I mailed a packet, including some treats in little red Valentine boxes (which they could use as treasure boxes later, if they wanted), to my out-of-town grandchildren about a week before Valentines Day.

I included wax paper sheets to use as work surfaces.

Besides glue sticks, I sent more Tacky, along with toothpicks and glue palettes.

I also included in the mailing box this gift bag for storing any extras to have for next year.

The label says it all.

My son wrote afterwards that he was sending a picture of my granddaughter with some of her valentines, but that my grandson has become interested in girls apparently, and was very secretive about what he was making in his room - and went off to school the next day without showing any of them to his parents!

And here in El Paso, my other two grandchildren came over for the weekend, but looked over what I had, and just decided it was simpler to print them out on-line from the Disney site this year. Oh, okay, I said. lol

Joel preferred making old-fashioned toys with his grandfather and working on a jigsaw puzzle, and Jenna spent her time testing all my fabric paints to see if they were all right (they were) and on the computer printing out and signing valentines for her entire class.

Which goes to show, I have independent grandchildren who think for themselves and don't mind telling Nana if they aren't interested in her "fun" projects. lol

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