If you have special people in your life, why not tell them how much you love them with a personalized Valentine’s Day book. Instead of buying a Valentine’s Day card, you can use some family photos to create a one-of-a-kind book that your loved ones will cherish for many years.
Decide on what type of material you would like to use to create the book. Many people use cardstock, but if you really want to create a unique book, use some foam. You will need about 8 sheets of foam that are 8×10 inches. You should get a few extra pieces so you can use them to decorate the book. You will need a three-hole punch along with some rings that will hold the book together.
Now, search the Internet for some romantic Valentine’s Day poems and other fun love notes. Print them out on some scrapbooking paper so you can glue them to the inside of the book. If you have stencils, use them to write things like ‘How do I love thee’ and ‘Be Mine’ across the top of the pages. Depending upon who the book is for, you may want to take a romantic turn with the book or you can stick to a simple love book.
Pick out about sixteen family pictures that you would like to include in the book. Use the extra pieces of foam to create frames for some of the pictures. You should also use a heart-shaped punch to create a few hearts out of the foam that you can glue onto the pictures. Arrange the pictures in a decorative manner on each page of the book. It’s up to you if you want to glue pictures to the front and back of each page or if you would like to stick to just the front of each page.
If you want, you can create a theme with your photos. Some people only use romantic photos where they are hugging or kissing. Others like to use random family outings to add to their book, it’s entirely up to you as to how you would like to make your book flow.
Under each photo, include a limerick or a nice note. The limerick or note should match the theme you have chosen for that page. For example if you have written ‘How do I love thee’ across the top of the page, the picture should be a photograph of you and your spouse or your loved ones. Underneath the picture, you can name 3 reasons why you love this person for example you could say:
* I love thee because you are always there for me when I need you
* I love thee because you are a good parent
* I love thee because you are my best friend
Don’t forget to add some decorative elements to each page. Lace and ribbons work great to add a little something extra to the page. Go with a Victorian theme to create a little romance to your Valentine’s Day book. Instead of always choosing red, try to use some other colors to accent the book. Silver, gold, and white can all be used for red and they add a nice look to your layout.
If you are creating the book for your children, include some pockets on the pages and have family photos that they can pull out of the pockets. Children absolutely love interactive books, especially when they are in them!
A Valentine’s Day book does require a little bit of time and effort on your part, but you will see that it is well worth it once you get started!
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