Just when you thought you had finished the holidays, along comes another! Valentine’s Day is fun and easy. We’ll show you how to make a Valentine’s mug with Shutterfly, show you some other designs on other sites, and give you some ideas for making the gift more than a mug!
I chose to make a mug for my friend with the three beautiful dogs. (You’ve seen them on the photo socks and stamps.) On Shutterfly.com, there are several Valentine specific designs. (Note that you could use the Occasion filter on the left to filter on only Valentine designs.) I picked the latte mug (she loves coffees) with the Paw Prints (what could be more perfect?)
Shutterfly has a straight-forward process to use. Choose your design (to determine how many photos you’ll need), choose and upload your photos, drag the photos to the design template, add text if appropriate, and preview the result!
Shutterfly has easy editing tools — drag & drop your photos into the template, click a photo to crop (and scale), drag a photo to a different position in the template. It also has the best preview for a mug that I’ve seen. With your mouse, you can rotate the mug so that you see all sides!
You may note that there was a sale on the price of the mug. Don’t forget that you will have shipping charges in addition (in this case, $8-$10.) I received my mug eleven days after ordering it and was extremely pleased. You can just make the Valentine’s Day deadline!
Many photocrafting sites offer photo mugs. I like the Zazzle designs that allow you to put your photo into heart shapes. Beware, you do have to be more careful about your photo selections as they get cropped by the heart shape.
The website AwesomeThis! offers a cute sippy cup for photocrafting. I didn’t find anything specific for photos for Valentine’s Day but you could add some clip art to your photo. The creation is straight-forward but you need a photo that is wider than it is high.
My niece has a Valentine’s travel mug for her sweetie from Shutterfly. To make it even more special, she’s going to put a bow on top or fill it with heart shaped chocolates! Your Valentine’s photo mug doesn’t have to be for your sweetie — maybe a friend or a parent or even a child. Fill it with chocolates or their favorite candy. How about giving a mom a Starbucks gift card? Maybe a nail file and some polish? For my latte mug, it would be a perfect soup bowl so I may add a couple instant soup packets. Photocraft a non-breakable cup for a child and add legos or chapstick. Then top it with a ribbon or bow!
Whatever you do, have fun using your photocrafting skills to create gifts of love!
Many thanks to unsplash.com for providing available photos
for the Zazzle mugs and the AwesomeThis! sippy cup.