Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Way To Store Those Valentines

I knew I had a plan in mind when I made most of my daughter's valentines 3x4; I just didn't know what it was yet. Every year, after she enjoys receiving all of her valentines, they end up in a little drawer, where she keeps all of the valentines I have given her since I started this tradition. During the year, so this year, I wanted to store them in a way that could be incorporated in our Project Life album and make it easier to look at. There were a few "interactive" valentines that wouldn't fit into the pockets; for those, I just took photos of them added them to our album.

I went through my stash of page protectors and decided to use a DESIGN F Project Life Page Protector. There just enough 3x4 pockets for the valentines.

Here's the front: I used a 4x6 title card from the Project Life Love themed set. I just added some wood veneer accents and a extra "love mail" card I found in my scraps.

The valentines were both double-sided and single-sided, which made for a weird look on the back. I left the double-sided valentines alone so we would have to take the them out of the pockets to read the messages. For the single-sided ones, I just chose 3x4 filler cards from the Love themed card set to cover the backs. The 4x6 card here is from the same set and I just added embellishments. 

I Love the way it turned out and I think from now on, I'll do something similar to this. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 12th & 13th Valentines


Paper fortune cookies; so fun to make. Every "cookie" had a special message inside. I used the scraps I had from KI Memories Hot Date Collection from February 2011. Found the valentine themed take out box at Target's Dollar Spot (seriously, what DON'T they have?) and wrote my own messages on little pieces of paper that I cut. 


"Owl always love you." I used a piece of pink paper I found in my scraps, my EK Success stickers hearts once again (those really came in handy.), owl stickers I found at Michael's, some of Amy Tangerine's wood grain printed washi tape, and the 3x4 card is from the Project Life Honey Edition. 

That's all for now! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 8th-11th Valentines

 Only a few days until the 14th. It's going by so quickly. Here are the Valentines for February 8th through the 11th. With the Valentines, I used scraps and left overs that I had in my stash. It was a great way to use the paper and embellishments I just liked too much to toss or give away.


 This library themed valentine was made with left overs from American Crafts card kit I had last year.


The letters are from Simple Stories Letter stickers. The "Specs" sticker is from Basic Grey Oxford Collection. The polka dot sticko hearts are from EK Success.


This card was left over from one of my Studio Calico Project Life kits. All I added was the words, my American Crafts Precision pen, and highlighters. 


The front of the card is from the Project Life Seafoam Edition and the back card is from the Project Life 5th & Frolic Mini Kit edition. I had fun using Amy Tangerine's Inspire Embroidery Stencil Kits. The little sewing machine 3d embellishment is from her Hi Friend sticker set.

Some great homemade valentines can be created with left over scraps and embellishments! Having some cute wording in mind helps in picking out stickers and embellishments you'd never think you'd use on a valentine card. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

February 7th Valentine Mixtape

I made her a mixtape (as we'd say in the 80's)...

This valentine has to be my favorite because it is a playlist of songs for my daughter. Some of the songs are inspirational and motivational, some just have a positive message and vibe; just listening to them puts you in a good mood and makes you feel ready to conquer the day ahead, there's a few that I truly dedicate every word to her (be still my heart), and there is that one song that I used to sing when I rocked her to sleep every night. Whenever I hear it, it takes me back to those exact moments when I held her in my arms.

Okay enough gushing...Here it is: 

I made my own CD cover by cutting down a sheet of 12x12 white card stock into 8.5x12. Then I rummaged through my stash for heart stickers and I found Boombox chipboard sticker (Perfect, right?)

The Playlist. You can listen to it Here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 6th: You've Got Mail


Once again, Thank you, Pinterest, for the great idea! Here's the link if you'd like to make this for the person that makes you happy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 4th & 5th Valentines

February 4th and 5th Valentines were really fun to make. With the exception of some of the valentines I made for her, I cut most of them to a 3x4 size so they can fit perfectly in Project Life.


I got some pretty awesome ideas from Pinterest. I have a secret board that I pin to so my daughter won't see any ideas I have for her valentines. I re-pinned this Valentine and I'm so glad I did because my daughter thought it was really neat. I did a couple things a little differently because I didn't have fabric paint or freezer paper. I used my alphabet wood stamps from Amy Tangerine to stamp the LOVE YOU. For the I wrote 'to pieces' and drew the arrow by hand with my American Crafts Slick Writer (Medium point). I found that the stamp wasn't as dark as I wanted it to be so I also used the Slick Writer to color over it. I found the little drawstring bag at Michael's. It came in a pack of 2. The other side has a feather on it. Here is the link for the Love You To Pieces Photo Puzzle.


I made this one with some of the paper from Amy Tangerine's Let's Go Collection that I had left. The plane is a clear stamp from her Love Struck Collection and I used to my Fiskars cloud punch to make the clouds. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Valentine Tradition Continues

For anyone who doesn't know, I have a tradition for my daughter, who was born on Valentine's Day. I give her one valentine a day, from February 1st to February 14th. I make all of them. I think it's a great way to keep it personal and special for my girl. I'll be posting a few of them as we count down the days until her birthday.

On January 31, after she is asleep, I set it up with her first valentine for the month. I get "just a little" excited...

Here they are: 

The globe is from a Heidi Swapp clear stamp set. I hand drew the stand for the globe. I decided to write for this card so she could have some of my handwriting to look back at later. I also used Freckled Fawn Heart and Cloud washi tape, red card stock that I misted with Heid Swapp's Color Shine in White, and I trimmed down a Becky Higgins Project Life 3x4 grid card and her corner rounder to round off the edges of it all. 

Believe or not, I used a card that was just a part of the packaging from one of my Studio Calico Project Life kits and adhered a piece of pink cardstock I found in my left over scraps bin. I got lucky with the back of it already being lined and ready for journaling. The 'FOX' is Heidi Swapp stickers I had on hand. The smaller white stickers are Making Memories tiny alpha stickers

The base card is yet another packaging card from my December Studio Calico Project Life kit. 
I covered up the wording/advertisement on the card with Katniss Everdeen and red card stock. The hearts are EK Success dimensional stickers, and the arrows are clear stamps from (again) one of my Project Life kits. Wood veneer arrow, also made by Studio Calico. If you have any "Panemaniacs" in your life, you can print out some Hunger Games Valentines here

She may be getting older, but she still loves getting these from me (thank goodness)!