Create Custom Valentines with the Martha Stewart Craft Studio App for iPad.

How many of you would like to create your own custom cards and invitations?  How many of you feel a bit inadequate in that area and could use a little bit of help?  Can you see my hand waving in the air?  I love to make my own cards, and I have plenty of supplies that allow me to create real paper cards, but the area that I really have been wanting to get better at is graphic design.  The Martha Stewart Craft Studio App is my ace in the pocket.

I have long admired those bloggers who can whip up a party invitation for their kids that looks like it was professionally done.  I have always wished that I could design our own Christmas cards, rather than have to go scrolling through countless pre-made templates.  I never knew how to do it, and lately I’ve been thinking long and hard about teaching myself, but I have no idea where to start (any suggestions?).  Well, the Martha Stewart Craft Studio App is something that I recently downloaded to my iPad and can I just tell you how much fun the kids and I have with it?  LOADS of fun!!!  I am able to make great looking cards/invitations/valentines/etc. right on my iPad!  This past week we have been trying out hand at custom Valentines.  Wouldn’t you love to give out one of a kind valentines this year?  Take a look…

This app is easy enough for a preschooler to navigate.  Let’s face it- some preschoolers can navigate an iPad better than most adults, but I still think that it’s incredibly cool that my kids have fun creating with the Martha Stewart Craft Studio app.  Here are a few things that we have created, starting with the holiday that’s on everyone’s minds right now… Valentine’s Day!

A super simple design or something more ornate…
the choice is totally yours!

Abby (9) and Levi (4) made these with no help from me.
Someone loves glitter!

Luke made this for me with the marker tool.


Although I didn’t use a photo in this Christmas card,
it is simple to add one or more photos to your design!

The Martha Stewart Craft Studio App allows you to choose from a 5×7 vertical card, 5×7 horizontal card, 5×5 square card, and just in time for Valentine’s Day a 5×5 heart shaped card!  There are several themes to choose from such as Love Letters and Sweet Stuff (for Valentine’s Day), Everyday, Birthday Party, Nature, Vintage Christmas, Pumpkin Carving, Vacation Adventure, and more.  Each theme comes with it’s own set of papers, stamps, punches, edging options, stickers, markers, and glitters… and you can mix and match supplies from different themes.  Share your creations by email, or on Facebook or Twitter.  Save them as a PDF.  Save them to your photo library.  The absolute coolest thing is that you can have your craft professionally printed with Snapfish directly from the app!  Forget the pre-designed examples… let Snapfish print your custom craft for you!

If you have an iPad, give the Craft Studio app a try, you have fun and be creating custom valentines, cards, and invitations before you know it!


I received the Martha Stewart Craft Studio app free of charge. The Southern Institute reviews are honest and unbiased.