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