DIY: Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

We know school parties can sneak up on you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still create a stylish presentation. Valentine’s Day treat bags are easy with our classroom cards and custom stamps.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags

Supplies

  • Kraft paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape
  • Classroom valentines
  • A custom stamp
  • Candy or treats

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bag - Materials For this project, we used the You’re a Gem Classroom Valentines and the You’re a Gem Gift Tag Stamp.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags - First Steps Start with a paper bag. Fold and crease it to create a flap. Depending on how many treats you plan to put inside, you may want a bigger or smaller flap.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags - Stamp Center your stamp on the flap and press firmly to get a clear impression.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags - Stuff and Seal Fill your bag with goodies – cards, candy, stickers, or other small treats. If you are using our classroom valentines, you may or may not want to put them in the included envelopes.

Next, measure and cut a piece of washi tape to fit the width of the bag and use it to seal the flap.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bag - Ribbon Use a hole punch to make two small holes at the near the crease at the center of the flap. Measure and cut a piece of ribbon. Make sure you have enough length to tie a bow.

Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow. In addition to being pretty, this will help to keep the bag closed.

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags - Finished Product Repeat this process for additional Valentine’s Day treat bags. Show us what you make by using the hashtag #expressionery on Instagram!

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How to Write a Love Letter

With its mass-printed greeting cards and high-priced chocolates, Valentine’s Day is often considered one of the most commercialized holidays on the calendar. This year, we’re bringing romance and authenticity back with handwritten love letters.

Love letters have been written for centuries, by everyone from Ludwig van Beethoven to Michael Jordan. But in today’s digital world, they carry more gravitas than ever. After all, you can’t fold up a text message and put it in a special place for safekeeping. Here are a few tips to help you craft a love letter that will stand the test of time.

How to Write a Love Letter

Confetti Fun Folded Notes and Detailed Diamond Wooden Stamp

How to Write a Love Letter

  1. Organize your thoughts. Before you start writing, spend a few minutes figuring out what you want to say. Are you going to quote a poem or include a song lyric? Decide in advance. You may even want to write a rough draft. Just make sure that you’re using your own voice – that is, write in the same way you would normally speak. You still want to sound like yourself.

  2. Choose your materials. Valentine’s Day is the best time to use your prettiest stationery. The look and feel of the letter is just as important as the content. You wouldn’t want to write your most romantic thoughts on the same paper you use for grocery lists.

  3. Start writing. If you have a special nickname for your beloved, include it in the salutation. Otherwise, you might want to start with another sentiment that evokes emotion, like “To My Darling.” You should also include a date. Love letters often become treasured keepsakes. You’ll want your recipient to be able to remember exactly when he or she received the note. Close the letter with another heartfelt sentiment, like “all my love” or “for all time.”

  4. Sign, seal, deliver. You can give your letter in person, hide it somewhere for your sweetheart to find, include it as part of a larger gift, or mail it. We like the latter idea. What a surprise it would be to find something so meaningful in the mailbox!
How to Write a Love Letter - Pretty Love Letter Stationery

One Heart Flat Cards and One Heart Address Stamp

Other Tips and Inspiration

  • Don’t pressure yourself. A love letter doesn’t have to be long and full of flowery language. As long as it’s sincere, the length doesn’t matter.

  • This is an opportunity to tell your partner how you truly feel. Sometimes it is easier to say things on paper than it is to say them out loud. Don’t be afraid to open up.

  • If you aren’t sure what to write, consider one (or more!) of the following:
    • A fond memory of a specific event or moment in your relationship
    • The qualities you most admire in your partner
    • Your hopes or goals for your future together
    • Something that reminds you of your partner
    • Three adjectives you would use to describe your relationship

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Introducing Classroom Valentines!

Classroom valentines have arrived! We have curated a collection of 15 clever cards by some of our favorite designers. With themes ranging from food to animals, each card comes in a variety of colors so your child is sure to find one they love.

Classroom Valentines from Expressionery

Apple of My Eye | Heart Roar | Dino-Mite | Pizza My Heart | Melted | Love Bug

These classroom valentines are perfectly sized for being handed out at school, but because they meet postal standards, they can be mailed too. That’s why we’ve decided to include envelopes with every order. And with his or her name pre-printed on each card, your child only has to write in the names of friends, classmates, teachers, and other recipients. Putting together a whole classroom’s worth of valentines becomes easier and more fun than ever. Plus, kids love to see their names on things – and who can blame them?

These cards can quickly be paired with a treat or craft of your choice. And because most of our orders print and ship within two days, your last-minute valentines can still be stylish.

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New Collection Of Specialty Stamps + A Giveaway!


We’re really big on that extra special touch. Whether it’s a cute piece of washi tape on the back of an envelope, a wrapped gift with bakers twine & a great little gift tag, or our personal favorite- a kraft tag stamped with a custom stamp.

Custom Specialty Stamps

We’re in love with the three newest designs to our Specialty Custom Stamp collection. Whether you’re giving a specialty stamp as a gift or selling online or at a market, you can easily make tags & labels for all your handmade goods & culinary creations with our Specialty Stamps.
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The Symbols Custom Stamp

You can make all sorts of stylish DIY tags for all your creations using this clever stamp!

Symbols Custom Stamp

The Heart Name Address Stamp

Make unique & personalized tags for all your handmade goods with this cute & polished stamp.

The Heart Name Address Stamp

The Special Recipe Custom Stamp

The Special Recipe Custom Stamp is perfect for making DIY labels or gift tags for all of your homemade & handmade creations!

Special Recipe Custom Stamp

Because we love these stamps so much, we’re going to do a giveaway! Simply tell us which one is your favorite either down below or on our Facebook page and we’ll randomly choose a winner on February 18th to get their favorite stamp FOR FREE!


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Wedding Stationery Trends for 2016

In this age of email and text messages, tradition has become one of the wedding stationery trends for 2016. Today’s brides may keep a wedding blog or registry online, but the wedding invitation is staying true to the tradition of an exquisite design on thick, luxe paper with a carefully inked address.

The moment it’s received, the invitation sets the overall tone for a wedding. In addition to creating anticipation, it can communicate a theme or color scheme, the level of formality, and more.

Wedding Stationery Trends for 2016 This season we’re in love with bold florals that look chic and stylish without being too feminine. The Midnight Florals wedding invitation suite is as eye-catching as it is elegant. Items available in this design include save the date cards, invitations, enclosure cards, RSVP cards, address labels, and envelope seals.

Wedding Thank You Notes - Wedding Stationery Trends for 2016 We’re also seeing brides getting more personal with their thank you notes. Newlyweds have started using this as an opportunity to give friends and family a first glimpse at their wedding pictures or to use that perfect engagement photo one more time. The Epic Folded Notes, for example, can be personalized with a favorite photo and a special message, like the newlyweds’ names and wedding date.

A custom address stamp adds a lovely flourish – but more importantly, it helps brides get their mountain of thank you notes out quickly. The Together Address Stamp looks gorgeous on envelopes and is perfect for newlyweds. Wedding stamps are great for save the dates and invitations too.

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