Monday, January 30, 2012

How to Make a Valentine Using Instagram Pictures


Welcome to We {heart} INSTAGRAM week! And a special hello to all you Studio 5 Viewers! We hope you'll stick around awhile and see what we're all about here at My Sister's Suitcase. And make sure to follow along as we share a new Instagram idea every day this week.

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To give a little introduction, I have to explain my fascination with the Instagram app. I rarely use anything but my phone these days to take pictures of my kiddies. It's just SO convenient because it's always with me. (Seriously, my poor Canon DSLR is gathering waaaayyy too much dust.)

But let's face it, phone pictures don't always look the best. Enter Instagram. HELLO! I can now make my fuzzy little iPhone picture look...artistic? Can I use that word? Haha.
BUT. These ideas are in NO WAY exclusive to Instagram users! You can use any picture format you have - from your phone, your digital camera, and even some old prints you have lying around. So, hang in there. You'll see it's really easy.

To kick off a week of fresh ideas, we're starting with a simple little Matchbook Valentine. It's a perfect way to get those pictures off your phone or computer and into the hands of someone who loves 'em. (Think Grandparents!)

You'll need:
- white cardstock (if printing at home)
- printed Matchbook cover template
- at least 5 pictures (but you can easily add more, see below)
- printed Photo Insert template
- Scissors/cutter
- Stapler

Start by grabbing these two templates here: Matchbook Cover and Picture Insert
{If you're using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to add digital pictures, leave a comment or send us an e-mail and I'll email you my PSD file!}

*Edited to add: Here's a great video tutorial I found from Deb Duty on printing Instagram photos from home! http://www.debduty.com/2012/01/printing-instagram-photos-for-project.html

Next, you'll need 5 pictures cropped to a square. So you can either take them that size (Instagram) or crop them later on your computer, or cut out pictures you have printed. If you're going the digital route, just drag onto the template and re-size to leave a small white border. The pictures should be about 2.75 in by 2.75 in (Or right at 3x3 if you don't want the white border) if you're cutting them out by hand.


Here's what my template looked like with my Instagram pictures on it.
1- Cut into two vertical strips and glue two strips together to make one long 5-picture strip (using the little "leave blank" tab.) **Here's where you could add more pictures easily - if you have 7 kids and want a picture of each... simply attach more 2 or 3 picture strips, but keep in mind, the total must be an odd number for the folding to work out correctly!**


2- Now it's time to fold! The easiest way to do it is start from the bottom. You won't need to fold on the last gray line above the "leave blank area" so start folding DOWN on the next line up (basically, make the two bottom pictures kiss.)  From there, go back and forth until you get a nice accordion fold. If you have a scoring blade on your paper trimmer, go for it! I use the non-sharp edge of a butter knife :)

3- Fold on all the gray fold lines on the Matchbook Cover once you've cut it out. Now it's time to put it together. And it's pretty darn easy. Stick that bottom "leave blank" tab into the bottom fold of the matchbook (see video for more help). Then just do two staples to keep that part attached, making sure they are only 1/3 way up the blue chevron strip.

4-This is so you have a little bit to tuck the front cover into. There you go! All done!
You could totally use this same accordion fold with your own cute paper and simply write a little love note on it. Make it your own!

Finally, I hope no one was scared off by the LENGTH of this post. I probably over-explained it. And the other 4 projects this week are much more simple. So please come back! We have some fun things coming up! Click here to see our latest Instagram idea :) And if you want to share the love, grab our button:

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P.S. I just have to give a big 'ol shout out to my wonderful husband. Here is the awesome setup for our little video shoot that he did! He is not only incredibly talented, but incredibly patient with me and my crazy ways. He just brought me some "brain food" (a banana split he made himself) while I'm writing this post! Love you, Babe.
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130 comments:

  1. i'm so glad you left us comment... now i have a new, beautiful blog to add to my google reader!! and we hope to meet the two of you at Snap. congrats!

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    1. Jamie, we're so happy you stopped by! I tried to email you back but it was a no-reply email :) So if you read this comment, I just wanted to say thank you and we can't wait to meet you guys at SNAP! Are you all going? We noticed you pinned our yarn LOVE letters today... thanks so much :)

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  2. This is adorable!! I have got to make this! {and I've got to start using instagram- I feel like the last person on earth who isn't using it!!} I was distracted from your tutorial though by your cute kiddos! :) They are darling!

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    1. Seriously, I have the cutest niece and nephew, huh??? I get to see them this weekend!! I can't wait!! Thanks for your cute comment :) luv, Holly

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  3. Such a cute idea!! I LOVE this! I think I will make these for the Grandma's for Valentines! I use Photoshop, could you email me the photoshop template?? Thanks so much! mcalleigh@gmail.com

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  4. I loved this idea on Studio 5! I'm definitely a fan of your adorable blog and fun ideas! I can't wait for the rest of the week's Instagram posts!

    www.briellephotographyanddesign.blogspot.com

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  5. That is so fun, Natalie! I didn't realize you had this snazzy crafty blog. I'm excited to read it more! :)

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  6. I love the idea! Could you email me the photoshop template? racheljbarth@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  7. I saw the video on Studio 5 this morning. Such a fun project! Then I noticed you won the ticket on SNAP. What a great week! I'll be at SNAP too. Hope to meet you both. I'm trying to find you on Instagram but I'm not sure what your user names are. I'm @obSEUSSed.

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    1. We'll look for you at SNAP for sure! It is going to be a blast!!!

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  8. This looks like a great project for the grandparents. I use photoshop, could you please email me the PSD file tobyanddenise@hotmail.com? I can't wait to start working on them. Thanks!

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  9. this is so cute. i love it! the design is fabulous too.
    thanks for sharing!
    would love if you stopped by my place.
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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    1. Lauryn, your blog is super cute! I love the pigment pots... I had never even heard of such a thing. The eye shadow idea is fabulous, I need to find some this weekend :) Thanks!

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  10. So clever! Too cute for words! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is such a clever and cute idea. This would also be awesome as a mini brag book for a new mom or grandma (with some different wording of course)

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  12. Cute Idea, could you please email the template at Colleenfordham@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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  13. I love it! I love it! I love it! What a fun project--- the tutorial was great-- I need a lot of info :) I found you through My blessed life-- & signing up to get your feed. Thanks!
    monicadhenry@knology.net

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  14. I just love this valentine idea--it's so clever! Would you be willing to link this up to my Crafty & Clever Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle
    http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

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  15. This is so stinkin' cute! I'm pinning it right now and hope to do this for the hubby. Found you via It's Overflowing link up. I'm a new follower :)

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  16. Nat!!! You are so cute in that video! Well, you're cute all the time, too :) And such a fun idea!

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  17. I love this idea! I love printables and I'm obsessed with Instagram so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    (Found you through It's Overflowing)

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  18. Love love this idea. Could I please get the photoshop file??

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  19. I LOVE this idea! It's super adorable..I am definitely going to have to check out the rest of your ideas..I just created this list of ways to use Instagram Beyond the App.

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  20. so awesome! could you send me the psd?? brandilee220@gmail.com

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  21. love this project - would you please send me the psd file? aaglaser at gmail dot com - THANKS!

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  22. this is adorable!! I'd love the photoshop file. THank you so much! christieleespencer@yahoo.com

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  23. I have a stupid question - How do I get the instagram photos from my photos from my phone to the computer? email them to myself? How do I do that part?

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  24. Love this!! Found you ladies through A Little Inspiration.
    Newest Follower :) Would love for you to come say hi!!

    Kelly
    www.livelaughrowe.com

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  25. Love this! I would love the PSD file for photoshop elements! bdowdle@byu.net Thank you!

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  26. PERFECT IDEA!! I love it! Would love the PSD file, please!! My email is div@didiita.com.
    THANK YOU!

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  27. would love to have the psd file! This is two cute, might be just the thing I was looking for! thanks
    mrscushman@gmail.com

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  28. I love this idea and I love instagram photos, I would love the PSD File...
    bethany_dewitt@yahoo.com

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  29. Way cute - the grandparents would love this and I would love the PSD file for Photoshop Elements! Thanks!! schlorholtz@gmail.com

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  30. id' love the psd format. alidegraff@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much!

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  31. this is the most wonderful idea! thanks for sharing it. I am using it for my niece and nephew photo booth photos...and I'd love the photoshop psd file: mollyblogs@gmail.com.

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  32. Oh my gosh!!!! Cutest Valentine everrrr. I'd love the file!

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    1. Hey, Lisa! Thanks for the sweet comment! Could you e-mail us your e-mail address so I know where to send the PSD file? Thanks!

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  33. Awesome! I love the matchbook!
    I would love the psd format! Thank you!
    kishouh at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  34. i'd love the psd format too! staciandtodd{at}yahoo{dot}com Thanks!

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  35. This is great! I would love the psd format.
    scrap4fun2day{at}gmail{dot}com
    Thank you!

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    1. Great idea! And so darn cute. I'd love to receive the psd file. jennhv{at}cox{dot}net Thank you!

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  36. Thanks for the gift. I'd love the psd format. pbonucchi@hotmail.com

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  37. This is soooo great! I can't wait to print these out:) I would love it if you stopped by to share this at my linky party going on right now:)
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/02/diy-craft-link-party.html

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  38. Look at you, Nat!! I think you have a future in telly. They should give you a regular slot!!! :)

    And, oh my goodness, you two girls are unstoppable!! Every time I visit your blog you've got something amazing going on!!

    I pinned this to my printables board and I'm definitely giving some of these cuties out to some lucky grandparents. Thanks SO much for sharing!!!!

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  39. Oh wow, this is adorable, I would love the PSE version too! Thank you so much!

    michelle@dealsworld.com

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  40. Such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing the printable and tutorial! LOVE IT! Featured this on my facebook page tonight :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  41. I'm sooo gonna make these! Please send the psd to lightwriter2@comcast.net Thanks!

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  42. Such a great idea! Please send me the PSE to cdunaway31@me.com. Thank you!

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  43. This is sooooo adorable. I would LOVE the psd file:)

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    1. Could you e-mail us an address to send the file to? Thanks so much! sisterssuitcase@gmail.com

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  44. I would LOVE a copy of the PSE file, pretty please? Email to Kristina.terrell@gmail.com. This project is cuter than words can say! thanks so much!

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  45. Such a cute idea! I love instagram too. Please send the psd file to rutzb@hotmail.com- thank you!

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  46. Love this valentine's idea! I am going to make that for my husband:) Can you please send the psd file to akadebbie@hotmail.com?
    Thanks so much!

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  47. I'm in love with this idea! Will you kindly send the psd file to Lottiefla@msn.com ? Thank you so much!

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  48. I love this! I am definitely making this for hubby! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower :)
    xo, Patty from www.mycraftspotlight.com

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  49. Love this! Can I please get the psd file, janet.tierra@gmail.com

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  50. What a cute idea! LUHUV Instagram!!!!!! @lifeasapepin- i'll be sure to find yours!

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  51. Just made this for my hubby for Valentine's day. It is soooo cute! I think I might make one for my in-laws too :)

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  52. I stumbled across your blog from Tatertots and Jello and all I can say is OMGosh... this projest is sooo k-a-ute!! Could you (pretty) please email the PSE file for it? jnpellegrino@gmail.com

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  53. Thanks for this! I would love psd file - vickih76@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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  54. I Just found this post via eighteen 25. This is sooo cute!! I would love to have the PSD file. gohnandco@comcast.net
    Thank you!!!

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  55. Love this! Thanks for sharing :) I'd love to have the psd file - yvonne_lvl90[at]hotmail.com
    Thanks!

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  56. This is so fantastic! I would love to use them for my save-the-date cards! Is there any way I could get either the photoshop file or perhaps customize the colours a bit?? SO CUTE!

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  57. Found you through eighteen25 - what a fabulous idea! And I just so happened to pick up a new iPhone for myself a few weeks ago. I'd love to get my hands on the psd file. These will be perfect for the grandparents and my hubby. Loking forward to following along with the rest of the blog as well.

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  58. Just saw this on pinterest! would love the psd file! Thank you!!!
    rani@ranishah.com

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  59. Saw this on pinterest and instantly LOVED it! I'd love the psd file please :) ronagavino@hotmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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  60. Very cool! I used Photoshop CS. Could you send me you template? Thanks a bunch. :)

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  61. Ummmm, I use PSE--I would love your psd file. THANKS--super cute and easy!

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    1. Thanks! Could you e-mail us an address to e-mail the file to? Thanks so much! sisterssuitcase@gmail.com

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  62. would love the template for elements, thank you!

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  63. Great idea! I'd love the psd file.
    My email: finley.kat@gmail.com

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  64. Way to go Charles and Nat, the video turned out great! We're going to have to do some little kiddo versions of the scriptures for FHE sometime and record them...:)

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    1. Thanks Kira! Yes, we really need to do that!

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  65. I love this! Could you please send me the psd file?

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    1. Thank you! I would love to send you the file! Can you please e-mail me at sisterssuitcase@gmail.com so I know what e-mail to send it to? Thanks!

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  66. Thanks! This looks like a really fun project!

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  67. I would love the psd file barronmaddox@yahoo.com thanks so much!

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  68. Would also love the psd file!

    kensgirl91@gmail.com

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  69. Hey! Love this!!! Could I get the PSD file?

    miskaupton@gmail.com

    Thanks!!

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  70. I want to do this for valentines. so very cute. could i please get the psd file? drhawkins12@gmail.com
    thank!

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  71. I love this!!! Could you please send me the psd file? gcavalcante@hotmail.com
    thanks a lot!

    =)

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  72. Hi! I am so glad I found your blog. I wanted to let you know that I included this matchbook idea along with your yarn love letters in a roundup of valentine diy crafts/printables. You can see my original post here:

    http://leemaemarie.com/2012/02/05/tons-of-free-valentine-printables-diy-crafts/

    I hope you're having a great week!

    -Janelle

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  73. What a wonderful idea. thanks for sharing. dsomer@shaw.ca

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  74. I saw you on craft gossip! wonderful idea! thank you so much for sharing! (and the video turn out great!!)

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  75. Featuring this post, too! You guys are amazing! :) Adorable! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/02/take-look-at-you-be-mine-valentine.html

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  76. please send photoshop file badlon@gmail.com

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  77. You guys are so awesome for sharing! Thanks! Please send me the psd file to julz35@msn.com

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  78. So cute! Yes, please to the .PSD file. So very nice of you!

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    1. Robin, I'd love to send you the file, could you please e-mail me the address to send it to? Thanks! sisterssuitcase@gmail.com

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  79. I just found your cutie idea on Pinterest and will be using it this year! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

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  80. I love your blog! I would to have the PSD too please! kimberly_johansen[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  81. Love this idea. Please send me the psd file.

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    1. Linda, I'd love to send you the file, could you please e-mail me the address to send it to? Thanks! sisterssuitcase@gmail.com

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  82. I shared my final product on my blog and linked back to you! http://titus2workinprogress.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentine-crafts.html

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  83. i would love the psd file too! katiehale04@yahoo.com

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  84. Please, may I have a copy of your cute file? ditzyblonde@cox.net

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  85. Found you on craft gossip! You now have a new reader and I am going to pin this too to do next year for the gparents. Tonight, i will do one for my girl's daddy! Any way I could get the PSE file?
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!! dana_w_jone AT hotmail dot com

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  86. sorry, didn't give you the complete addy!!! dana_w_jones AT hotmail dot com

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  87. could i get the photoshop template? my email is piggypbs23@yahoo.com i'm wanting to make this for my boyfriend for valentine's day! thanks! coco

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  88. I would love the psd template/file! Such a cute Idea!
    Thanks for sharing
    Sarah@sarahcrank.com

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  89. Thanks so much for sharing your cute idea! I too would love your PSD template file.
    LMSQuilts@gmail.com

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  90. Would love the PSD file! chayabug@hotmail.com

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  91. I'd love the PSD files. Great idea! vlfavieres[at]gmail_dot_com

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  92. I would love it, thank you for such a great idea!
    missyrae3@hotmail.com

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  93. I love this idea, can you send me the PSD please to butterflykayla@gmail.com Thank you!

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  94. Hi I would also love the psd files!!! Thanks leanate6[at]gmail.com

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  95. Can you please email me the files for these? I can't get them to open!

    Kaleyallison10@gmail.com

    Thank you so much! I am using these for my engagement announcements!

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  96. Can you send me the PSD file also? Thank you sharing this adorable idea. :)

    brookeross@rocketmail.com

    @Kaley Allison - that's an awesome idea!

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  97. This is sooo cuteee! But i can't download the templates :--( I would also want a PSD file please ohvenus@rocketmail.com thank you very much

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  98. Oh wow, this is adorable, I would love the PSD version too!Im going to make this for my friends bridal basket :) skinner.kms@gmail.com

    Thank you so much

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  99. Love this but i can't download the templates either I would also want a PSD file please skinner.kms@gmail.com thank you very much

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  100. sr can you send me PSD file, i can't download in your link:(

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  101. I am the one who commented above, sr i forgot to leave my email so my email is innocent_anita55@yahoo.com. Thanks so much:X

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  102. Such a sweet idea! Could you email me the Photoshop template? Thanks! karla@westernesse.com

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  103. Hello
    I really love your blog- and everything is so cute. Have just found it and im looking forward to follow you. Do you think you can send med the Photoshop elements template please???

    Thanx from Norway
    email: camilla@mormorscafe.com

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  104. Hi, Awesome blog, and great ideas! I would love to make this but I'll need the Photoshop file, could you sent that to me please??
    My email is karlapuga89@gmail.cm
    thank you!!

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  105. What a great idea!! Thank you for posting the tutorial. Have you ever used PostalPix? I ordered some 2x2 pictures, that although are small for this project they still look super cute. I also want to try using the Photoshop file. Please email me when you get a chance. Thank you!
    oaxaca12@aim.com

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    1. oops just saw the tutorial on printing your Instagram pics...so yes you have used PostalPix. :)

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  106. I'd love the PhotoShop file for this! Thanks
    lydiabillings@gmail.com

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  107. What a great idea. I would love to have the photoshop file. Many thanks!
    sherthebear@gmail.com

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  108. Super cute! Would love the Photoshop file. debralarnold@yahoo.com

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  109. i really like what you got here.

    i think i might need a psd file. siuila.uele@gmail.com

    pls and thank you.

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