Monday, February 13, 2012

My Loves...A Valentine's Day Mini

When I saw Amy Tangerine's Daybooks, I fell in love! What a fabulous concept! Loads of beautiful papers in different shapes and sizes all in one sewn up little package. I decided to give it a go with some valentine papers and such from my stash. You may have already seen this in the gallery at Two Peas, but in celebration of Valentine's Day next week, I thought I would share it here.

The book is titled "My Loves" and is all about the people in my family and what I love about them right now. 

The cover is constructed of woven paper scraps from another project. I then did some messy sewing and went wild with washi - I just love that stuff! I love that when layered collage syte, it gives both a painterly and sketchy feeling to a project, and that makes me happy. Once I had applied all of the washi and alphas, I went over the top with a coat of acrylic gel medium for durability. To finish off the cover, I glued a felt flower from House of Three onto a curled and distressed circle of patterned paper.
Some doubled up bakers twine functions as the tie.
For the interior, I simply grabbed a bunch of papers from my stash in reds, pinks, blues and grays. A doily made it's way in there too. Then, I cut them into various shapes and sizes, folded them in half, and ran a seam down the middle. 
 Of course, I had lots of fun decorating and embellishing...

 Each person has their own little note from me with all the details of why I love them.

A sketchy heart punctuates the back cover. The best part about this project was not over-thinking things. I almost had a "smashbook" mentality, just adding bits of this and that with touches of tape, clips, and doodling. I had so much fun, I think I will make this an annual Valentine's craft project.

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentine's Day!!!


  1. I love this idea for a mini book. What a special treasure this will be for your kids.

  2. This is nothing less than awesome!!!

  3. wow~turned out fabulous and I love the part where say not to over think it!! You get the best results when you do that!!!

  4. Oh my! That's just absolutely adorable! I love every little bit of it!!

  5. I agree! Those books are so much fun.
    I think I want to use the one I have for our next trip!
    Yours turned out darling! So pretty :)
    And I love your layout in the post below.
    Fun to see your process and now I know I really want some of those papers from that line.

  6. I love how much you have going on in your book, but it still looks all put together. You certainly have a knack for that!

  7. Wow, this album is absolutely gorgeous! Love it. So much work and care. I have a similar flower to the one you have on the cover. Thanks for giving me an idea of what to do with it.

  8. WOW. WOW. and TRIPLE WOW! This is sooooo amazing! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

  9. Oh, wow!
    This is stunning. I LOVE IT!
    It must have been so much fun to put together.

  10. It's gorgeous - love all the different papers and stitching...just beautiful :)

  11. STUNNING!! So much detail and COLOR!!! Absolutely LOVE it! The messy thread is fantastic- that's always a hit with me- it just adds so much texture! Love all the stamping you did a s well. I love stamps but somehow always forget to use them on my projects.

  12. This is great! Love all the bright colors and collagey feel.

  13. I love all of your comments! Thanks so much!!!

  14. This is super fabulous! I have one of her daybooks just waiting to be used....will definitely be using yours as inspiration!

  15. This is so sweet.
    I love the concept of writing why you love each person. I think I may have to put this in my never ending idea book :)

  16. Absolutely love this idea. Your book is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Absolutely beautiful! How long did it take you to make this? What a lovely idea for a gift.


    1. Thanks Elizabeth! It only took a few hours because I just went for it! No holding back!

  18. Hi! Just blog hopping... Oh wow that is one gorgeous mini album!!! Love all the beautiful details.


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