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a photobooth love project

I was instantly smitten when I saw this Valentine’s photo card project at Martha Stewart last weekend and knew I wanted to make something similar.




Originally I tried to get photos of both my daughters holding up a blank sheet of paper (I planned on adding the message later on in photoshop). That idea didn’t work out too well. Trying to get a 19 month old to hold a sheet of paper and stand still even for a few seconds proved to be a mission impossible.Plan B. I ended up using the photobooth app on my macbook and I gotta say, I kinda really love the way they turned out.


This is what I ended up doing with the printed photobooth strips:

Printed the photos onto an 8×10 photo paper and popped it in an IKEA Ribba frame.


Printed a smaller version on 5×7 photo paper.


Front of card. Kept the design simple and the pattern subtle – light grey stripes.

Inside of card. Will probably ask the girls to draw/write on the blank flap.

Back of card. Added a little message, something he says to the girls all the time.

I still have an 8×10 sheet of photobooth strips and a smaller strip leftover from the 5×7 print. Not sure what I will do with them, maybe they will end up in the Project Life Binder. (Thanks to Ali Edwards and Kelly of Willette Designs , I caved and ordered one).


If you’re interested in making something similar, you can access all of the project files in my DIY Project No. 4. The kit includes an 5×7, 8×10 and 8.5×11 layered photo template and also the 8.5×11 layered card template seen in example two. The layers are all fully customizable so you can change the colors/text to suit your needs. Enjoy the free download and happy valentine’s day!


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  • Nicole LeBlanc February 11, 2011, 11:29 am


  • Tali February 11, 2011, 11:30 am

    Oooh Liz this is so fantastic! I think I am going to try this today!

  • Agnieszka February 11, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Liz this is absolutly gorgeous! love your idea and the photos are sooooo sweeet! the imperfection is the perfection! thanks for the freebie!!

  • Mary Rogers February 11, 2011, 12:04 pm

    love this Liz!! so creative and fun!

  • Christelle February 11, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Very beautiful and elegant as always Liz πŸ˜‰

  • Janka February 11, 2011, 12:14 pm

    so amazing! i haven't tried the photo booth on my computer… till now πŸ™‚ thanks for the idea

  • Yarger gal February 11, 2011, 12:21 pm

    so so so so cute! love it, thanks for sharing.

  • Kami February 11, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Totally cute idea, Liz!! Thanks for sharing and I am sure your hubby will absolutely love this!!

  • scrapcat February 11, 2011, 12:46 pm

    thank you so much! I am doing this for DH's valentine's gift!

  • Monica February 11, 2011, 12:51 pm

    LOVE this sooooo much!! Awesome!!

  • Laure February 11, 2011, 1:12 pm

    This is so creative!!! Great idea!

  • Islander Girl February 11, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I am so lovin' this Liz! I'm so going to lift this idea!! Thanks always for the inspiration!


  • Therese February 11, 2011, 3:12 pm

    you are my hero !!! love this !

  • Tina February 11, 2011, 4:10 pm

    how insanely sweet! can i just say you have the most beautiful smile.

  • Monica February 11, 2011, 5:10 pm

    What a sweet idea, love it πŸ˜€
    Thank you πŸ˜€

  • LibbyWilko February 11, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Thank you ! This is such a cute idea!

  • Mylinh February 11, 2011, 6:14 pm

    This is so awesome! You've inspired me. I'm going to do this with my kids.

  • Broker Knowledge February 11, 2011, 6:16 pm

    Love this idea! I was so inspired that I created my own photo strip with my little 6 week old daughter, Emerson. I would love to share it with you but I am not sure how to do this..? πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Heart Day!

  • mrshobbes February 11, 2011, 6:39 pm

    Liz this is fantastic!!!! Dang now I really wish we had photobooth. I wonder if I can trick our webcam into doing the same thing πŸ™‚

  • CraftCrave February 11, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  • ovaltine February 12, 2011, 1:39 am

    Thank you so much Liz! Such a cute idea!

  • hsmema February 12, 2011, 5:42 am

    Your wonderful! Thank you so much.

  • suzielarose February 12, 2011, 6:23 am

    How do you come out with projects like that??? It's so cuuute and yet so simple. It makes me want to do this project today! Thanks a lot for the inspiration.

  • Barbara February 12, 2011, 8:18 am

    so so adorable!!! THanks so much!

  • -Krystal- February 12, 2011, 9:51 am

    Awww what a cute idea! Thank you so much for the freebie! I might have to give this a try! =)

  • Liz February 12, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Thank you all for the awesome feedback!

    Lexie – I'd love to see what you did! You can share by uploading your project to the paislee press flickr pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1454102@N24/ or send it to me via email.

    Cathy I'd love to see what you did too!

  • kym February 12, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Thanks Liz, your husband will love it and now so will mine. I just finished my 8×10 and is in print at costco right now. I also did one for my sister and kids. I love the photobooth feature on my mac.

  • CraftCrave February 13, 2011, 2:50 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Feb 10:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  • Mindy Hanson February 14, 2011, 11:14 am

    absolutely adorable!

  • Sandi February 14, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Great job – it turned out so cute. The girls and you are adorable. I'm sure he'll love this and cherish it always.

  • scrapcat February 14, 2011, 1:41 pm

    thanks for the template!
    here's the one I made:


  • Brooke February 14, 2011, 7:47 pm

    You saved me with this cute and easy idea. The template saved me so much time and my husband loved it. Too fun….

    Check out my 8×10 here… http://higginsb.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentine-project-for-daddy.html

  • Wendy February 14, 2011, 9:15 pm

    Thank you Ma'am. Can't wait to work with this.

  • Country Liv . . . February 14, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Adorable! What a lucky Daddy!

  • Liz February 16, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Cathy and Brooke, your projects turned out so great, thank you for sharing!

  • Kristi February 16, 2011, 4:54 pm

    This is so adorable Liz! I will have to make one…if I can get my kids to hold still for a second. β™₯

  • Ria February 17, 2011, 9:04 am

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! Love it!

  • miss fliffy angel February 22, 2011, 7:19 am

    simply inspiring !!! i love it thanks for the love xoxo

  • Betty February 22, 2011, 8:18 am

    Really nice.

  • β—•β€Ώβ—• M a S s β—•β€Ώβ—• February 22, 2011, 11:00 am

    this is wonderful ! thanks for sharing =)

  • Sarah March 12, 2011, 8:07 am

    This is so brilliant! Simple and perfect. Thanks so much.

  • lillimou June 10, 2011, 1:54 am

    Simply Wonderful! I adore it!

  • Tara July 27, 2011, 7:07 pm

    This is such a great idea! I have a Macbook with Iphoto and I am trying to figure out how to out my pictures in the template.

  • Truan January 30, 2012, 4:22 pm

    Wow, I love this idea! Might do for my dad for Father’s Day πŸ™‚

  • Sylvia February 11, 2012, 12:45 pm

    very cute idea.

  • corey May 4, 2012, 10:42 am

    Hi Liz! LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for sharing………I loaded this to my PS and “placed” the photo, but how do I get the image in the square’s. It’s just placing the image over the top of the square template, not “behind” it. Am I missing a step somewhere? Your expertise would be much appreciated!!!

  • Laura February 9, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Hello there,

    I know this is an awfully late question in light of when you generously shared this photo strip. But, how do you get a three strips in a page? I was able to get it done but with only with the strip that appeared on the downloaded PSD file. Thanks!

  • Chara December 23, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Hi there, ӏ discovered your website through Google at the same time trying to find
    a rwlated subject, your site came up, itt seems great. I’ve bookmarked
    it throughout my google bookmarks.

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