pinned it, did it 6: printed valentines

This is a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of pinned it, did it post.

 scrabble gram: pin here / source here: oh happy day 

I needed an easy week - I just printed, cut, and I had a couple Valentines ready to use in my 14 days of Valentines project I am doing for Anderson. (I will be sharing some of my Valentine's advent this weekend.)

I love the graphic deer and bee and the blocked colors (found at the crafts dept). If you are looking for a modern, unfussy Valentine, this is it. Cut, fold, and stick in a tiny envelope and you are done. The envelopes are 3x3" ones that I picked up at Archiver's.

Another print, cut, and done "card". This one is from oh happy day.

Now I could try to impress Anderson and tell him I worked so hard and designed these, but he wouldn't buy it. He knows Photoshop makes me weep in agony so I am pretty sure he would call me out. 

On the whole Photoshop weeping note, how about the news that Picnik is closing? I know this is weeks old news, but I am just now able to talk about it. I am not mad or upset - I am nervous for the sake of my pictures. I have to learn Photoshop now... ugh. If you pay attention to details, you may have noticed that I stopped rounding my corners and I also have started watermarking my photos. While I am still doing color/exposure editing in Picnik, I am slowly weaning myself off of it and learning PS. Learning new photo editing is hard! whine, whine. I believe this is what the cool kids on twitter would call a #firstworldproblem.

What about you? Learning Photoshop? Or have you found other online software that is similar to Picnik? Do share!



  1. I'm using picasa for the time being. I'm thinking about getting My Memories soon. It's so precious and, dare I say, cuter than picnik!

  2. I use paint.net for photo editing. It's free to download and a lot less complicated than Photoshop. I also just recently discovered Windows Live Writer - I'm doing my posts from there now because it's super easy to resize and watermark photos. You can do some types of edits too. Good luck with Photoshop!

  3. These are so fun! I have Photoshop and I know how to do a few things in it, but I prefer Picasa and Picnik. Google+ is taking Picnik's place. It has all the same edits as Picnik, except I haven't found the "beauty tools" that Picnik had for when you want to remove blemishes, give yourself a sunless tan, etc. I think I'm just going to try to get used to using Google+.

  4. I JUST found picnik about 2 weeks ago. I don't know what I'll do- I'm just figuring out this one!

    PS: Those Valentine's Rock!

  5. Just found your blog and am slowly perusing backwards to enjoy all the goodness! (:
    I love the idea of dedicating a time to doing the things we pin... otherwise they might just sit on a virtual board forever! :P
    I use pixlr.com a lot, it's pretty easy to use and I love that it's within the web browser so you don't have to install or sign up for anything

  6. Hi Allison,

    Love your Valentines, thanks for sharing! My name is Jenn, I'm part of a team of former-Picnikers. We see that you've been an avid user of Picnik and are poking around for a replaceent. I wanted to let you know about www.PicMonkey.com -- a new photo editing site built by a couple of the folks who brought you Picnik! It’ll be familiar though we've got some new tricks up our sleeves and it's going to be totally user-friendly.

    Sign up on our site and we’ll keep you updated on a launch date. Also, feel free to send me your feedback, feature requests, and, of course, any questions you have!



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