We know, we know…It’s a commercial holiday. However, we see Valentine’s Day as a great excuse to tell someone you care about them, which we probably don’t do often enough.
So, we watched The Bachelor (because what doesn’t say true love like The Bachelor) and got crafty.
- card stock paper in various colors (try branching out from the typical pink and red)
- specialty paper in various patterns (found at PaperSource or any other specialty stationery store)
- glue (we like Elmer’s, none of that glue stick crap)
- glitter glue
- gold and silver Sharpies
- fine tipped Sharpies
- hole punch
- pipe cleaners
- paper cutter
- any other fun materials you might have around
For a few years now, Krista has reverted to that classic heart valentine with a ruffled edge. Think Billy Madison’s valentine from Principal Anderson, but with a slighty different intention…
1. Make two symmetrical hearts (one for each side of the scalloped paper). I rely on the old fold a piece of paper in half trick…works every time.
2. Trace a larger (about a half-inch) heart around my first heart with a pencil, and cut that out with a straight edge first.
3. Glue the smaller heart in the middle of the bigger heart
4. Scallop away — see how long you can cut continuously. It makes it easier.
5. Glue the second smaller heart on the other side.
To add detail, Krista relies on details like fine-point messages of “happy valentine’s day” or “xoxo,” bold and glittery polka dots or “XOs,” threading satin ribbon through hole punch holes, and of course the existing details in specialty paper. Often, less is more.
Unlike Krista who was full of brilliant ideas during our crafting session, Taylor seriously struggled to find an approach to anything worthwhile. Thus ensued her own personal craft session listening to country music to create an approach of her own…
1. Make rectangular cards. Any size works and a little variety never hurts! Using a paper cutter really helps expedite this process. Definitely a worthwhile investment!
2. Fold top half of card down so there is about .25 inches of space showing the inside of the bottom card.
3. Using a pencil, lightly write a special message on the front of the card. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, just go straight for the glitter glue. If you have very fine glitter (Martha Stewart Brand is always a great choice) you can always use Elmer’s Glue to write your message and cover with glitter.
4. Add a little personalized touch to each card. I went for dots along the .25 inches of space, a cute little heart and an arrow.
5. Once dry, finish the inside with a sweet note!
1. Make rectangular cards. Again any size works!
2. Fold rectangle in half.
3. Create a heart template (follow Krista’s sage wisdom with the old fold and make half a heart for a symmetric look) from a thicker piece of cardstock to ensure best tracing.
4. Trace heart onto front of card and cut out. Get creative with placement.
5. Glue a rectangle the size of one side of the card onto either the back of the front (where you cut out the heart) or the front of the back (where you write your message) depending on where you are writing your personalized note and if you want it to show through.
6. Personalize away!
SOME TIPS TO MAKE YOUR VALENTINES PERSONAL:
Your message depends on your audience, of course! Here are a few pointers for everyone special in your life:
- Co-workers: Keep it to a basic “xoxo” or “happy valentine’s day” message
- Parents: Include a simple proclamation of how much you love them and thanks for all they’ve done for you
- Friends: Somewhere in between a co-worker and friend message :)…Maybe even a funny poem that plays off of roses are red and violets are blue like, “Roses are red, violets are blue…being hungover is only fun when I’m with you!”
- Significant others: Be heartfelt! What do you love about them? How do they make you a better person? What do you think is now possible because of their influence? What are you proud of them for? What do you want to do later in bed? 😉 You can even try a poem. For example, Krista loves this one. Sometimes she removes the third stanza…
Stay tuned for our Valentine’s Day “cootie catchers” idea!
cheers! krista & taylor