Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Have to Suck

ATTENTION CLOSE FRIENDS OF MINE, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST. OR IF YOU DO, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. In case you’re living under a rock, Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means the aisles at Target are full of pink, red, and white, and candy lines almost every shelf. I’m not one to love Valentine’s Day. In fact, I’d probably say that it’s my least favorite holiday of the year. Maybe it’s because I’ve been single for 18 out of my 19 Valentine’s Days, but I still dread it every year. This year, though, I’m trying something a little different. Instead of focusing all of my energy on how I’m going to be single for life and will probably be that crazy cat lady, I’m celebrating all of the positive relationships I have with friends and family.

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

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Over the past eight months, I’ve formed friendships with people that are going to last a lifetime, and I want to celebrate that. I’ve also been really into all the cheesy Valentine’s quotes this year, so that’s played a large role in why I decided to not-so-much hate on Valentine’s Day this year. So what’s a better way than incorporating my love for hand lettering with my love for cheesy love quotes than to make a ton of cheesy, hand-made Valentine’s cards??

Let’s take a look at some of the cards I made this year:

For the supplies, I made the cards out of card stock and used my Micron pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, and BIC Mark It markers. As for design inspiration, I hit up Pinterest (of course), and for the nerdy computer one, Ryan Gosling will never let you down.

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

When it came to making the cards, I found out that the simpler the design, the better. Not only does it take less time to make them, but it has that nice, handmade look.

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Throw a craft night with some of your best girl friends, or do like I did and have a relaxing movie night with yourself full of sparking juice, face masks, good music, and crafting! (Relaxing nights in and being antisocial is my thing) This would be such a fun activity to do on Galentine’s Day!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

Don't buy in to the consumerism of Valentine's Day. Show your loved ones how much you care by creating your very own handmade Valentines cards! Find out how to make all the cards pictured above in today's post!

If you decide to make your own cards this year, please send me a picture! I love seeing what y’all create, and make sure to let me know if you like posts like this.

What are your feelings on Valentine’s Day? Are you celebrating this year? If so, how?

~abigail gray

  • These are so cute! I feel super inspired to make my own cards for my friends. Great post, & Happy Valentine’s Day!
    – katrina // Yours Truly, Katrina

  • Ariana

    I LOVE these! I will definitely need to work on my handwriting first!

  • These are so adorable! I love when you share crafty posts on your blog, you’re very talented and it always inspires me! 🙂 I mailed Valentine’s cards (not homemade, unfortunately lol) to my bestie from home and my boyfriend, they loved them! I also plan to leave some for my housemates, it’s such a simple way to brighten a day!
    paige // eyeliner wings & pretty things

  • Molly O’Connor

    Girl, these cards are so cute!! I wrote about being single for Valentine’d Day on my blog on Friday- I just like looking at the positive and showing everyone lots of extra love!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

  • I usually dislike Valentine’s Day too. Actually, I just hate February altogether. But, this year I have decided to give February a chance and to just be happy. I think one’s outlook can make a big difference.