Maker Movement: Make Valentine’s about love

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.

With a news cycle full of depressing headlines and warnings about the future, perhaps a polarizing holiday celebrating love can help remind us that there really is good in the world.

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Whether you love the day or love to hate it because of its over-commercialization and how expensive it makes roses, let’s think about taking it back to basics and reclaiming Valentine’s Day as a day about love and acceptance.

At its core, Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating the person or people that you love.

Whether you focus on a romantic partner, a best friend or a child, it’s a great time to break out the construction paper and craft a card worthy of fifth grade art class.

These can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but it’s a great time to try a new technique, like carving your own rubber stamp and creating a one-of-a-kind print or using an electronic cutter to craft a pop-up card worthy of Hallmark.

Slide in a haiku or poorly rhymed poem and you can hardly go wrong.

I am never of the opinion that one must spend money to show their love, but I stand very firmly on the fact that you can not assume that someone knows how you feel. You have to tell them, or at least spell it out for them on paper at least a few times a year, if not every day.

We all receive and give love in different ways. There is, after all, an entire book empire built on love languages, but I have never met anyone who doesn’t like having a physical memento of affection.

How much glitter you add is your choice.

Brianne Sheppard is co-owner of Makeshift Kamloops and Far and Wide. For more, go online to

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