Design by Vicki Boutin
Pair favorite photos with heartfelt journaling to create a page about a special relationship. Help photos stand out by matting them with contrasting cardstock. Punch patterned-paper accents and layer them to create easy embellishments. Vicki added stamped designs to help ground the accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Daisy Bucket Designs ("love," pink, punched hearts), Pink Paislee (brown bracket, stripe, multicolor dot, beige hearts, green). Rub-ons: Making Memories. Chipboard accents, die cuts: Pink Paislee. Gems: Queen & Co. Stamps: BasicGrey (scalloped circle), Gel-a-tins (circle). Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Tombow. Punches: Fiskars (circle, heart), Marvy Uchida (scalloped circle).
Design by Shannon Zickel
Snap photos of kids holding the valentines they give to family and friends and create a page commemorating the annual card. Reinforce the Valentine's Day theme by embellishing with a variety of hearts. Shannon mixed chipboard, felt, and paper hearts on this layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (brown dot), Jillibean Soup (red dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid, blue dot). Stickers: American Crafts ("delivered," numbers), Doodlebug Design ("&"), Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations (label). Rub-ons, chipboard accents, felt accents, pen: American Crafts. Die cut: Jillibean Soup. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Jen Lessinger
All you need is love (and a few photos) to create a heartfelt page about your significant other. Try a "by the numbers" journaling approach to include details about your relationship, such as an anniversary date. Highlight fun details with small letter stickers. Jen arranged her stickers on black circles to make placement a snap.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, bingo card: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design (hearts), Jenni Bowlin Studio (letters). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Amy Grendell
Handwritten love notes add a sentimental touch to this two-page layout. Mix fonts and digital elements to create custom cards for your family to fill out. A simple grid structure keeps photos organized. Trim individual shots into squares or arrange them on a single canvas in image-editing software and print.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts (red), Doodlebug Design (black). Buttons: BasicGrey. Pens: American Crafts. Punch: Carl Manufacturing. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette by QuicKutz. Digital elements: Project Cuts--Specialty Edges Shapes by Jen Allyson.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Journal a special message to your son or daughter commemorating the day. For the glitzy heart background, trace your design on the back of glitter paper and hand-cut it (or use laser-cut paper). Then add patterned-paper pieces underneath and pop up with adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Specialty paper: Creative Imaginations. Fonts: Maiandra (journaling) off the Internet, Bernard MT Condensed (title). Chipboard: Making Memories. Digital elements: Serendipity paper pack by Erica Hernandez. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Create a layout sharing how your family celebrates Valentine's Day each year. Use image-editing software to write details, such as the year a tradition started, on photos before printing.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (blue, purple), Dream Street Papers (floral), Fancy Pants Designs (stripe), Making Memories (background), SEI (pink, green), The Crafter's Workshop (green). Font: CAC Pinafore off the Internet (journaling), Adobe Caslon Pro (captions). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Rusty Pickle (frame). Gems, pearls: Queen & Co. Punches: EK Success (small, medium scalloped circles; medium, large hearts), Fiskars (tag), Marvy Uchida (small heart), Stampin' Up! (1?4" circle, large scalloped circles), Target (flower).
Design by Kelli Crowe
A stitched pocket that doubles as a journaling block makes it easy to tuck valentines away--and allows kids to save their favorite cards. Build a funky title from a few scraps of favorite papers. Hand-cut the scraps into strips for a personal touch, or use a trimmer and ruler for a cleaner look, then piece the strips into letters.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (teal, white), DMD (green). Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (brown), Cosmo Cricket (green fish), Doodlebug Design (orange), Hambly Screen Prints (red), KI Memories (green dot), October Afternoon (stripe, teal dot, gray dot), SEI (black-and-white), Scrapworks (stars). Metal accent: American Crafts.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Let photos guide your design. The T-shirt in this pic inspired the title, embellishments, and color scheme. Striped paper gets glammed with glitter and adhesive. Just pull a tape runner over a stripe, cover it with glitter, and tap off the excess.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letter, felt accents: KI Memories. Stickers: KI Memories (journaling label), Luxe Designs (label). Brads: Making Memories. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Glitter: Doodlebug Design. Punches: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Photoshop. Digital elements: Owl Always Mini kit by Holly Brooke Jones.
Design by Pam Callaghan
Subtly incorporate hearts into your design by accenting the page with small stickers. Branch out from the traditional red and pink accents by including a variety of heart hues, as with the heart-shape dot of the "i" in the title.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: Pebbles, Inc. Font: Georgia. Ink: Ranger Industries. Digital elements: Photo Cluster No. 6 by Katie Pertiet. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Use a die-cutting tool or punch to cut multiple patterned-paper hearts. Adhere them to cardstock squares to create small journaling tags. Stitch the squares to a piece of cardstock on three sides to form pockets. Have you and your significant other handwrite 10 things you love about each other and place the notes in the pockets. Reinforce the heart theme by taking a photo of two people forming a heart with their hands.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Vellum: Stampin' Up!. Transparency: Little Yellow Bicycle. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling, tabs), Love Letter TW ("love") off the Internet, Bernard MT Condensed (numbers). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Little Yellow Bicycle (phrase). Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Gems: Queen & Co. (pearls), Little Yellow Bicycle (rhinestone hearts). Punches: EK Success (small circle), Marvy Uchida (tab), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Sheri Reguly
Replicate an element shown in your photos, as Sheri did with the candy heart on this page. To get the look, she used a combination of cardstock, punches, thread, and chalk. An unused lollipop stick completes the embellishment.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Honey Script (journaling), Kunstler Script (title) off the Internet. Rub-ons: Die Cuts With A View. Die-cut: Papertrey Ink. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), Doodlebug Design (aqua), KI Memories (metal-rim). Lollipop stick: Wilton. Chalk: Pebbles, Inc. Punches: EK Success (flower), Martha Stewart Crafts (border), Stampin' Up! (border). Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Digital elements: Aster kit by Katie Pertiet. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0.
Design by Hilary Kanwischer
Design a Valentine's Day layout around a hobby you love. Substitute a quilted heart in place of the word "love" to add a handmade, vintage feel to your page. To make the accent, trace a heart on the back of an old quilt and cut out the piece. Don't have any old quilts you're willing to cut? Look for inexpensive used quilts at garage sales or thrift stores.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white), Stampin' Up! (kraft). Patterned paper: October Afternoon (black), Sassafras (cream), The Girls' Paperie (text). Font: Papyrus. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Melissa Frances. Ribbon: Making Memories. Twine, buttons: Papertrey Ink. Embossing folders: Provo Craft. Embossing tool: Sizzix. Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives, Tombow.
Design by Sande Krieger
Hand-cut hearts from cardstock and patterned paper to create made-to-match accents. Stitch around the edge of a large heart and ink the edges to give the element a masculine look. Mixing various sizes and colors of letter stickers adds interest to a long title -- and it's a great way to use leftover stickers. Journal on notebook pages to make a love layout cool enough for a teenage boy.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), BasicGrey (blue). Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (black checkerboard), BasicGrey (notebook). Stickers: 7Gypsies (small phrases), BasicGrey (black), Cosmo Cricket (small red, blue), Jillibean Soup (large red), Making Memories ("adore"), Pink Paislee (large bracket). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (French words), Making Memories ("love you with all my heart").
Design by Erin Clarkson
Home is where the heart is. Highlight the area you grew up in for a special layout about a place you love. Use image-editing software to add a digital heart and title to your photo before printing. Once your photo is printed, pierce holes within the heart element to ensure even spacing, and fill in the heart with embroidery floss or thread.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: 1942 Report (journaling), 2Peas GGs Love Me (heart) off the Internet, Impact (title). Stickers: K&Company (heart border), Making Memories (all other). Rub-ons: American Crafts ("but my," "is always at home"), Little Yellow Bicycle ("together"). Brads: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Design by Amy Licht
When you're lacking inspiration, jump-start your design by taking a cue from clothing. Amy crafted an embellishment inspired by the sequin heart on her daughter's shirt for this page. To make the heart, simply glue rows of sequins to a cardstock heart.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Transparency: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: KI Memories. Ribbon: KI Memories (hearts), Michaels Stores (red). Sequins: Darice.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Layer various sizes of punched, die-cut, or hand-cut hearts to create a cute puppy embellishment. Top the piece with button eyes and a ribbon bow. Tuck special Valentine's Day cards into an envelope.
SOURCES: Cardstock, envelope: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: American Crafts ("cutie pie"), Little Yellow Bicycle (all other). Punches: Family Treasures (½" circle punch), Martha Stewart Crafts (1" circle punch), Marvy Uchida (small heart punch), McGill, Inc. (hole punch).
Design by Sharyn Tormanen
Share a favorite card by including it on a layout. Remember to leave the edges free so you can open it and read the message inside. Include a picture of the one who sent it for a special reminder of those who love you.
SOURCES: Cardstock, paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Bradley Hand ITC off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Technique Tuesday. Flowers: Doodlebug Design. Ink: Encore (silver), VersaMagic (red). Pen: EK Success.