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Easy Valentine's Day Cards (Free printable!)

PersonalDonya GjerdingenComment

Oh my! Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  

Honestly, I've been looking forward to this holiday since the day I took down all the Christmas decor.  When we lived in Minnesota, I loved keeping the snowy Christmas decor out during January, but in Houston?  Well, it just doesn't seem as appropriate.  Instead, it's onto the next holiday!  

And of course, part of the fun of Valentine's Day is passing out cards to classmates!  My 5 year old and I brainstormed a few different ideas and finally decided on giving his friends crayons.  Something we both love!


Crayons are best enjoyed with something to color on, so I kept the lettering open on the card, and created a small coloring page on the backside.  

And since it was so simple to put together, I decided to share it with you as well!



  • Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Crayons
  • Tape

The trickiest part is printing on both sides of the cardstock.  I constantly forget which direction to place the paper to get it to print correctly, so I always put a small pencil mark on the lower right hand side before printing, and then I can reference it when I need to flip the paper for printing the back side.


Happy Valentine's making!  


Photography, PersonalDonya GjerdingenComment

This year has been a life changing one. With the loss of my father, I can feel a shift in my perspective on just about everything. I can’t even pinpoint all of the exact changes it has brought, but I can feel a difference deep inside of me. Most importantly, it has caused me to see differently when I look through my camera.

As the holidays approach and we gather together to celebrate, perhaps some of our loved ones will be missing, but many will still be there. Be intentional with the photos you take during your time together. Think about the photos you’d like to have 20 years from now and be purposeful when you pick up your camera over the next few weeks.

Enjoy the sweet break from routines over the holiday season! While I plan to rest, I’m anxiously working on site refresh and am excited to share what’s to come in 2016.

lovely links:

* encourage good conversation at your family gatherings with great questions. you never know what you might discover about the people you love.

* some words are better said in another language. so interesting!

* oh! the memories this show brings back… that house most certainly helped build me.

At Home

PhotographyDonya GjerdingenComment

Thanks to a wonderful course I’m in the midst of taking, I’m feeling so much closer to my personal photography vision…and part of that is shooting sessions in your home. I already do this quite a bit, but I’ve realized even more why homes are my favorite places for me artistically.

Home is a space where babies and children feel natural in.

Everyone is more cozy and connected at home.

Favorite toys and items of meaning are available to us.

This recent newborn photoshoot featured a house plant her grandmother had given her mother years ago, and as they prepare to move halfway across the world in just a few months, the plant will have to stay in the US.

But the photo, she’ll have forever.