After finding all the many adorable DIY Valentine cards last week on Monday, I got inspired to make one myself. I chose a layout that I had just used at the scrapbook retreat for a 2 page layout and adapted it for a card.
Hearts are everywhere right now, especially on Etsy & Pinterest with Valentines Day around the corner. I have one of Allison Davis’s awesome layouts fresh in my mind and decided it would be perfect to do as a card. This also reminds me of an Ali Edwards layout that has a grid full of hearts.
Shawna won this Creative Memories heart punch at the retreat and I was the lucky one that got to take it home because she’s gone digital and doesn’t use paper anymore. It’s perfect to make a card or for embellishments on layouts.
It even came with a cute heart container to store extra hearts that have been punched.
After punching the hearts, I scored them so that they would fold up to give some dimension. Then I glued them on with glue dots and sewed a stich through the middle with the sewing machine. It was a lot of effort to make just one card (keeping me up until almost midnight on a work night). I went to bed thinking I should have done a full scrapbook layout for all of this effort. At least I only have one honey to give a “love” card to!
Here’s the layout by Allison Davis at Sketch Support that inspired this card. (you can download the sketch with instructions at Sketch Support)
Here’s the “camping with the boys” scrapbook layout I did at the scrapbook retreat (completed about 10 layouts) in January that uses this same sketch.
I followed the design pretty closely but did make a few changes.
- Added a few more photos. I always end up adding more than Allison because I can’t narrow it down to the 6 in the design. Because I used more photos and my small ones below are larger, I made the green/pink mat behind the photos larger than instructed.
- Decided to not use a scalloped border at the bottom
- My stars were one of the patterns on printed paper. I cut them out of the pattern paper and so they aren’t symmetrical. I had to align them best I could before doing the stich but they aren’t equal like the design.
Supplies: pattern paper, Scenic Route – Laurel Drive (I had to buy this since it’s has my name, the back side is black/ivory/yellow/red and I used it a birthday layout two years ago), letters-thickers, buttons-misc from extra clothing button stash.
Thank you Allison & Sketch Support for the great sketches and ideas. I am completely addicted, if you could see my scrapbooks I think you’d smile at how many of them resemble your layouts/sketches.
P.S. > One other thing, I as I am writing this tonight I see that this week Alison has also turned her sketch into a card for valentines day! I shouldn’t be surprised but what a coincidence that I made the same card. The thing I love most about her sketches is that they are so realistic & easy to follow. Some of the things you see out there look beautiful but they aren’t things I’d be able to create over & over to use in my scrapbooks. Following this style has cut out all the extra time I used to spend trying to design new layouts for every page.