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Thursday, February 23, 2012

cousin memory

Levi loves his cousins. He talks about them all the time. He says each one of their names and asks where they are. He gets so excited when he gets to spend time with them. So, when I saw this idea for a cousin memory game I knew I had to make a game for each of Levi's cousins. And they ended up being the perfect "valentines" for our cousin Valentine party. 

 I take no credit for this idea. I followed all of Emily's directions at Jones Design Company. I made a set with nine cousins for one side of the family and six cousins for the other side of the family. Levi's set has all twelve of his cousins. I loved that Cora could be part of the cousins for this project. :)

I used Photoshop Elements to make the front of the cards with each cousins name, picture, and these papers for the background. Don't ask me how I did them. I know just enough about Elements to be dangerous. I am sure I made them in the most inefficient way possible. :) I used red mat board for the backs of all the sets except for Levi's...because I ran out. I had a hard time cutting the mat board with a knife so I ended up using my kitchen scissors which worked great but gave me blisters on my hands by the time I got done. Crafting is hard work!

I put each set of cousin memory in a little bag and tied it with bakers twine. I was going to make a cute tag too...but I ran out of time...or I was too tired...I can't remember which!

Of course Levi and several of his cousins are a little young to play cousin memory but who doesn't like a set of cards with their cousins faces on them?! Levi spent lots of time going through the cards and taking them in and out of his mailbox.

We tried matching them but he was too excited about picking them up and looking at the pictures to do that for very long. 

And then he would mix them up and laugh. I think he thought that was the best part about cousin memory. Funny boy.

For now they are just cards with his sweet cousins' faces on them...but later they will be a great game for him to play. I think I might need to make him a cousin picture book. He would love that.


Blogger Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

These are so cute! I wish I knew how to use all of those "fancy" programs. :) Great job! I am pinning this.

February 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Nemmie said...

We do 'cousin memory' with a phone app, but this is way way cuter - totally making a set. Thanks for posting!

February 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Martini said...

Jess, this is such a great idea. So cute. Thanks for sharing!

February 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Levi is the cutest little boy ever! Well, except for my Nate

February 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

How perfect is that, I love it! It would be fun to do with pictures of grandparents, aunts, uncles too or their favorite toys, books, and things. Thanks for sharing.

February 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

LOVE this idea :)

February 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

All of your projects are so cute! I am the same way with photoshop elements... super inefficient and I'm sure there is a way to do everything I do in one step instead of 12 but I am too lazy to learn it!

February 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous LauraD said...

What a cute and crafty idea! I love it!

February 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Seriously cool idea! Thinking these would make cute Valentine's for next year!

February 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Meggie said...

Such a cute idea! Love!!

February 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Danielle H. said...

Your cute Valentine "Happy Heart" pic and blog is featured on the Eighteen25 blog today!!!

February 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Jenni Lynn said...

love love love this idea!

February 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger The Mershawn's said...

That is so cute! I really should make that for my kids. Memory is a big hit for sure, but with fun faces...over the top;)!! Thanks for sharing...

February 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Melanie Mueller said...

What an awesome idea!! I love this and may have to do something like this for my boys!!! Precious little guys you have!!!

February 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet chubby little boys. My kids are big now and I miss those busy hectic baby days!

February 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

February 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger The Bordens said...

Love this, going to do this for my daughters preschool class maybe for Easter or for the end of the year gift:)

February 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

jess you are SERIOUSLY amazing.

February 27, 2012 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger HWess said...

I love this idea, you're right it's great to have Cora in it (reader since before Levi was born but I rarely comment...)

March 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

Thank you for the idea! I saw this long ago, and just made my own version for my sons 3rd b-day!

July 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM  

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