Note from Design Mom: While I’m busy with the move to France, I’ve got a crew of talented Guest Moms filling in for me. Today, two Guest Moms have great Valentine’s Day projects for you. First up is this mix CD and cover from Danyelle Matthews.

Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite holiday for my children. We have enjoyed creating valentines together over the years but as they’ve grown older, they have become more opinionated about the over all design. My oldest son, Easton, is in fifth grade. This is most likely his last year for handing out valentines to his classmates and he wanted to go out with a bang. Easton had two specific rules regarding this years design:

1. Nothing too mushy
2. No pink

While brainstorming, Easton and I determined that most kids his age love music which lead me to the idea of creating a mixed CD. I designed a simple CD sleeve that Easton could assemble himself, with space on the back to write a custom playlist.

In deciding which songs to include on his CD’s I consulted my go to music source and dear friend, Passionista. I love all of her suggestions!

Count on Me- Bruno Mars
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley
Don’t Worry, Be Happy- Bobby McFerrin
Rhythm of Love- Plain White T’s
Can I Get Get Get- Junior Senior
Little Bit of Feel Good- Jamie Lidell
Be True To Your School- The Beach Boys
I Want To Hold Your Hand- The Beatles
All You Need Is Love- The Beatles
Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder
Upside Down- Jack Johnson
Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
Be OK- Ingrid Michaelson
Viva La Vida- Coldplay
I Do Adore- Mindy Gledhill

All of these songs can be purchased through iTunes or Amazon MP3.

I made the CD sleeve into a printable PDF to share with you dears too. Go here and print off as many as you need onto card stock. Then, simply cut out along the dashed lines and use a bone folder to get crisp edges. Secure the sleeve with a glue stick and you’re done! Choose your favorite songs, burn some Cd’s and have your child write out the playlist. Valentine’s have never been so hip. Or easy!

Check out more of Danyelle’s projects on her blog, Dandee Designs.

Update from Design Mom:
I’m turning off the comments on this post. Made me laugh when I thought of how things have changed since I was a teenager. Making mix tapes, and later, mix cd’s was the thing to do — copyright discussions were the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Such a different world now. Very interesting.