Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!
It’s the perfect time to celebrate all of the sweetest things in life ~ family, friendship, and LOVE! Although these cherished relationships are special every day, it’s lovely to make celebrations of the heart a bit more tangible on Valentine’s Day!
So, I’ve been busy downstairs in the Paper Garden (my papercrafting studio) for several days making handmade Valentines. It just makes my heart happy to mail off simple, but heartfelt, tokens of affection.
There is a very special handmade Valentine for my husband, too.
His simple Valentine gift is always a challenge though. For he truly enjoys being a minimalist!
He doesn’t really want things. He doesn’t need them or collect them at all.
I really had to be creative, but I finally came up with a plan…
(Keep reading… ♡ You’ll be surprised!)
Luckily, I found just the inspiration I needed on Bev’s blog, Flamingo Toes. A very talented seamstress, Bev used beautiful fabric to create her Love Notes Valentine’s Day Bunting. (See her complete tutorial.) What a happy idea, with so many possibilities!
I just love to hang bunting and banners throughout our home to celebrate the small moments that make each day feel like a little celebration. The past few years, I have made heart-shaped bunting for Valentine’s Day. We needed something different.
So, I thought it would be fun to recreate Bev’s idea, using patterned paper in masculine colors, for a different version of
Love Notes Bunting.
The whole project came together very easily. Using an Envelope Punch Board, I created seven small envelopes.
Each envelope required one 8×8 inch sheet of patterned paper, adhesive, and a vintage button for embellishment.
Basic Supplies Used:
Tools ~ Envelope Punch Board (or just steam open an envelope to make a template), bone folder
Paper ~ Recollections patterned paper
Adhesive ~ Tombow Mono Multi to create the envelopes, Zots to adhere the buttons
Vintage Buttons from my collection, Natural Hemp to string the bunting
My Valentine surprise is tucked inside of each envelope in the bunting…
Each contains a small, decorated card with the title of a song!
My real gift is
♫♬ Love Notes ♬♫
(favorite love songs that remind me of us!)
There is a surprise You Tube playlist filled with songs (with lyrics) that tell our story!
(It’s waiting on his computer right now.)
I’m sure there will be lots of singing-along! Maybe some dancing, too!
♫♬ LOVE NOTES ♬♫
Just a simple gift of the heart.
For all of my blog friends that I don’t know personally,
I love to share our happy story!
We were introduced by a dear, mutual friend
and met in our later years.
It was a first-time marriage for both of us.
It was such a happy wedding day!
I think we will be ‘newlyweds’ forever!
Whether your Valentine’s Day is a romantic celebration, a day of family fun,
time spent with friends, or toasting the single life…
I hope you feel adored, appreciated, and your heart is filled with love.
Love is all around us… and life is filled with wonderful surprises! ♡
Thanks for being here! I LOVE it when you stop by to visit!
P.S. Do you have a special Valentine’s Day memory or tradition to share? Or a song that tells your story? We’d LOVE to hear about it!