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Four Scrapbook Layout Ideas on Love for Valentine’s

I love celebrating a holiday or a season by scrapbooking stories related to that time. I’ve never decorated our house with red or pink hearts, nor given our kids Valentine’s gifts. I don’t make homemade Valentines. But I did enjoy scrapbooking love-related stories this past week!

Here are the layouts I made. Hopefully they’ll give you a few love story ideas so you can play with some fun Valentine’s products, yourself.

1. Our Romantic Spot

Scrapbook about a favorite place you love to go with your sweetheart.

Our Romantic Spot

Journaling: We have a tons of restaurants we love but D’Vine is special. We have lot of friends that we visit with while there: people who work there, friends we’ve taken, or friends we run into while there. But despite the social nature, D’Vine is our place. An intimate place. So even though it’s a very popular venue and the most social of any we visit, it’s our most romantic spot. ..Maybe it’s because it’s near us, or maybe it’s the live music. Maybe it’s because of the atmosphere. I know in part it’s because of the wine. It really doesn’t matter, though. It’s our place. Yours and mine. Photos: March 2011.

Our Romantic Spot (closeup)

Supplies: White rose-textured paper from The Paper Studio, Letters are Thickers from American Crafts; small hearts, i.love.u tag, 2, Love text paper punched with an EK Success scalloped punch and stripe paper punched with Fiskars Heart Punch is all My Mind’s Eye from the Love Me line in both 6×6 pad and 12×12 kit; Wooden “splendid” banner is My Mind’s Eye Kraft FunDay.

2. First Home

Scrapbook about your very first home as a young new couple. Or scrapbook about your parents’ first home.

First Home

Journaling: Newlyweds – a sweet single-wide with an extension. Chico, CA 1969.

First Home

Supplies: Patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye Love Me line in both 6×6 pad and 12×12 kit; vintage Valentine’s images from Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Paper Stash; Pink die cuts with gold foil from Heidi Swapp with Tattered Angels, colored with SWAK Glimmer Mist, red button by Jenni Bowlin, all other products are older.

3. First Love

Scrapbook about your first crush or your first sweetheart.

First Love

Journaling: Chris Huber wasn’t my first crush, but was my first sweetheart starting around age 3. Our parents were close friends and his parents followed mine to AZ. I remember taking walks to his house. Once we moved to L.A. and his family moved back to Red Bluff where our parents initially met, our families continued to visit. Chris and I used to play Tarzan and Jane, jumping off my bunk bed as if swinging on vines. Our families went camping and even to Mexico together. Lots of good times as young kids.

First Love closeup

Supplies: Core’dinations + Jenni Bowlin cardstock, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (similar to this one) colored with SU Cameo Coral Craft Pad and a Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Kaisercraft Canvas Tags, Crate Paper Buttons, Prima wooden buttons, My Mind’s Eye Love paper from the Love Me line scalloped with EK Success Punch; Heart was die cut from Tim Holtz grungeboard with his Love Birds dies and covered with paper from the My Mind’s Eye Love Me 6×6 pad Circled 1 – Echo Park, Letter circles from Authentique, everything else is older product.

4. February Reservations

Tell a funny story about how you and your partner relate to each other. We have no problem telling funny stories about our kids, but we don’t usually think to scrapbook the funny stuff as adults.

February Reservations

Journaling: You are perfectly happy to do embarrassing things to entertain me. Like that time in August when we were on a date. You called Pita Jungle, a casual place we love, and asked to make Valentine’s Reservations. Keep in mind, this was was August! The hostess on the phone was surprised, of course, and told you they don’t take reservations. At all. Ever. They tend to have space. Even on Valentine’s Day.

But you insisted, saying that you were worried there wouldn’t be a table for us when we come…in 6 months.

The idea of going to the Pita Jungle for Valentine’s Day is hilarious enough. And the idea of trying to book reservations there 6 months ahead is even more hysterical. I was laughing so hard (quietly, of course!) and I can’t believe you can hold such a long fake conversation with someone without cracking up or getting embarrassed, for that matter. But you don’t worry about the embarrassment part. You just like to see me laugh.

What was just as funny was when Valentine’s actually came. We were driving to a restaurant for dinner (not the Pita Jungle!), when suddenly you picked up the phone and I heard you say, “Hi. Pita Jungle? We’re on our way and I just want to confirm our Valentine’s Reservations.”

(Photo: Nov. 2011, Story: 2010 – 2011).

February Reservations (journal page)

February Reservations closeup

Supplies: Patterned paper and No. tag from My Mind’s Eye Love Me line in both 6×6 pad and 12×12 kit, large hearts punched with Fiskar’s,; Scallop punch is by Fiskars; Black brad by Teresa Collins, Metal Spinner by Tim Holtz.

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  • Anonymous

    Great ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelligsmith Kelli Gibson Smith

    The love you and Izzy have radiates through your pictures and stories. I love hearing stories of couples in love. Thanks for the post.

  • Lucie Hale

    Hey Noell, thanks so much for sharing so much of yourselves with us.  I feel like an extended member of your family.  You gave me some great ideas for Love layouts.  

  • Tutor/Scrapping Addict Carol

    Tarzan and Jane, eh?  Boy, that brings back memories of watching Tarzan in black and white every week–but us kids would endlessly play  Lucy and Ricky or Fred and Ethyl.  Totally, totally love what you did with the striped paper makiing it look like flags with strategic cuts and punches –the heart kind of course.  Happy V Day.  I am going to scrap now about my Mom and Dad’s first apartment, their garage swuite accomodations, their back of the theatre house where we could see the secreen from a crack in the door and stairs.. and the house they lived in two times separated by two other moves -all in our little town of 2000 people.  Thx, as always,  for the inspiration !

  • Tutor/Scrapper Carol

    oops, make that suite, not swuite.  :)

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Thank you!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    That makes me feel happy. Thanks for that nice comment, Lucie! :)

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Oh my gosh, that is really cool! What fun stories to share!!

  • c kelly

    I loved these layouts and journaling ideas!  I especially loved the valentine story!  What a riot!

  • Iceteeeeee

    I always enjoy and learn from your fresh perspectives! Thanks so much!

  • tillmz

    What a great idea, to make layouts about a certain theme! And I appriciate that you share your journaling like you do. Gives me thoughts and tips for my own journaling, that I want to approve and extend.

  • Kari Daverson

    I live in Chico!  How funny!  Loved the layouts.  I am definitely going to do this for Valentine’s day this year.  Not sure why, but I only think about doing layouts about my relationship on our anniversary. This is much better than a Valentine card.  :)

  • Georgie in Somerset

    Thank you for sharing your lovely pages. You’ve given me hope that I may actually attempt to do some myself!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Thank you! Sometimes I don’t post the journaling if it makes the post too wordy, but I try to do that most of the time since the story for me is the biggest part. Love hearing you appreciate it! :)

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    No way! My grandparents lived there and I spent a lot of time growing up out there. My grandpa built their house there and it tears me up that someone else owns that house. Nice to hear from you!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Just do it!! :)