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Open When Printables for a Long Distance Romance

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JuggleMum Featured Post ImageWhen I was at university my boyfriend and I had a long distance romance for a year. It was really tough – being away from the one you love, but as the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and he is now my husband and we have two beautiful children.

I remember exactly what it was like to know that somewhere under the same sky as me, someone I loved with all my heart was out there but I couldn’t touch him when I wanted to. I couldn’t see him or even talk to him when I wanted as this was before everyone had mobile phones and a chat involved pre-arranging so I could queue for the public payphone in the halls of residence and he could walk to the local phonebook as he didn’t have a home phone! We really did have to ‘fight for this love’!

However one thing that got us through were long letters and little gifts to make each other smile. We used to anticipate the post coming as it could mean some communication from our loved one and I think that even now, 20 years on, we’ve never lost that romance. Because we know how hard it is to be apart, we make the most of each moment we are together, every day.

So if you are apart from your loved one, here is a great idea to bring you closer. These ‘Open When’ labels make a beautiful gift or token of your appreciation for your partner. It doesn’t have to cost much if anything to make your loved one smile, and these labels can be used on letters (totally free of charge!) or on a small gift that will bring them joy… A chocolate bar or lip balm could be an idea – something inexpensive but right for them.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, these make a great low-cost gift idea!

Open When printables… The first one is blank to put in your own message!
Open When printables

I used the 199.6mm x 289.1mm removable matt white label from Online Labels.com to print out these stickers. As I’d created a custom printable design, I decided to print onto one big sticker and cut out the individual labels – the big sticker I used was the A4 labels! This was me with my lightbox, drawing the gridlines so I could cut neatly…

BW lightbox shot

All you do is print the ‘Open When’ labels using the link to the free printable image in this blog post. I have left the first label blank so you can add your own message. Then apply the labels to whatever you choose! Envelopes, boxes, padded envelopes, paper bags. You can get really creative!

putting label on gift

You can use the ‘Open When’ labels on boxes to offer a surprise to your loved one…
All open when labels on boxes

Here is a body scrub I made and used an ‘Open When’ label on the bottle…
body scrub open when

Sweets in a bag is a cute idea for someone with a sweet tooth!
sweets in a bag

Do you have any more ideas for ways to use these printed labels? Let me know in the comments!
printed labels

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Comments to Open When Printables for a Long Distance Romance

  • These are fantastic! My husband works away from home part of each week and these would be a lovely way of letting him know we’re thinking of him x

    Em @ snowingindoors 1st February 2016 8:36 pm Reply
    • How lovely- I’m glad they are useful. x

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:15 am Reply
  • What cute labels. If you didn’t want to buy a gift you could have a special card or letter for each one. I adore the idea

    Jen 1st February 2016 8:53 pm Reply
    • Thank you Jen. Yes they can be used for notes and poems – it doesn’t have to be a gift!

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:14 am Reply
  • I love these, I don’t think you need to be in a long term relationship to use them though I’m downloading them to use for my fiancé x

    Sonia 1st February 2016 8:59 pm Reply
    • Totes! I hope he loves them… If they are from you – they’re bound to be well received! x

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:14 am Reply
  • They are such a lovely idea! My other half use to send me things in the post before we lived together, I still have all the notes!

    Sonya Cisco 1st February 2016 9:07 pm Reply
    • Aww so sweet! Post can be very romantic!

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:13 am Reply
  • I adore these; I think these would make a lovely gift not only for long term relationships but for friends who you don’t get to see often. No matter who it’s from, lovely post is always a nice surprise 🙂

    Rosie Corriette 1st February 2016 10:02 pm Reply
    • I know! Isn’t it exciting when we get lovely post?!!

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:13 am Reply
  • Great idea – I can actually imagine using these for my daughters too! Thanks 🙂

    Stephs Two Girls 1st February 2016 10:08 pm Reply
    • Yes! They’d be great for anyone who we love!!

      Nadine Hill 2nd February 2016 8:12 am Reply
  • Ahh, these are such a sweet idea! I love the sentiment behind them too.

    Michelle 2nd February 2016 9:29 am Reply
    • Aww thanks!

      Nadine Hill 3rd February 2016 9:41 am Reply
  • These would be lovely for my daughters when they’re away at university… although I have a suspicion that the gifts would all be opened very quickly!

    Izzie Anderton 2nd February 2016 12:01 pm Reply
    • haha I love that!

      Nadine Hill 3rd February 2016 9:42 am Reply
  • love the idea of these they would definitely cheer someone up! Would make a great reward for doing well at something as well xxx

    louise 2nd February 2016 12:50 pm Reply
  • Awwww what a lovely idea. Hubby rarely works away these days but when he does I shall keep this in mind :0)

    Kara 2nd February 2016 6:41 pm Reply
  • Aw I love this idea – so easy to make and so effective x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 2nd February 2016 7:39 pm Reply
    • Thank you – I was really pleased with how they turned out! x

      Nadine Hill 3rd February 2016 9:39 am Reply
  • Very cute, Nadine, and a very economic option of letting someone you care about them!xx

    oana79 3rd February 2016 12:30 pm Reply
  • Such a lovely idea, great for lots of reasons and occasions.

    Kizzy 5th February 2016 5:45 am Reply
  • Aw I love these…and love reading about your story too – I so remember those days of waiting for the phone in halls!! How times have changed! Lovely post.

    Globalmouse 9th February 2016 2:38 pm Reply
    • Thanks! Times certainly have changed.

      Nadine Hill 9th February 2016 10:04 pm Reply
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