When’s the last time you received a love note? Or sent one?

Homemade Valentines: When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

My own love story started with a note. So, I really love the idea of sending a handwritten love note, something that probably doesn’t happen very often in this age of text messages and emails.

Other than cards for birthdays and Valentine’s Day, I can’t remember the last time I sent a handwritten love letter to my husband (or the last time I received one). And while our email messages may be filled with sappy sentiments, it’s just not the same as putting pen to paper and pouring your heart out.

Valentine's Day Ideas

So, today I’m sharing with you an easy-to-make love note kit as part of The Scoop’s Valentine Tour. I’m one of 25 bloggers sharing heart-filled ideas for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check the schedule at the end of this post and visit the other blogs for lots of Valentine’s Day inspiration: decorating, crafts, recipes and more.

Anthropologie Love Note Kit

This project was inspired by Anthroplogie’s Love Note Stationery Kit. When I saw it in the store, I thought it was adorable and sweet — and something I could easily DIY using supplies from my scrapbooking stash.

When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.  Great idea for homemade Valentines.

And that’s exactly what I did. I rummaged through my paper, scraps, rubber stamps, ephemera, ribbon stash and doodads looking for everything pink and love-related.

Homemade Valentines: When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

I cut down an ivory pocket folder to hold my kit. (I made mine 6.75 by 9.5 inches, but any size will work.)

I stamped hearts randomly in three colors on the front of the folder, then printed out a Love Note Kit label on some vellum sheets.

This was, by far, the trickiest part of the craft. It took a few tries before I got the thin vellum to feed through my printer. (Here’s a tip: Fold a piece of regular printer paper in half and attach the vellum to it with removable tape. That gives it enough weight to go through the printer.)

When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

Click here or on the image above to download a high-resolution PDF (without watermark) of the Love Note Kit label that you can print on vellum or paper of your choice. It would also look great on patterned scrapbooking paper.

I used some miniature brads to attach the vellum label to the front of my folder.

Homemade Valentines: When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

Since I trimmed the folder, I had to secure the edges of the inside pockets with double-stick tape. Then, I covered the interior of the folder and the pockets with some coordinating scrapbook paper, cut to size.

Filling the love note kit was the fun part.

I made pretty envelopes out of scrapbook paper, including a sheet printed with one of Shakespeare’s love sonnets. I stamped some plain printer paper and note paper with hearts, flowers, swirls and sweet messages.

When's the last time you sent or received a love note or sent homemade Valentines? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

I decorated some journaling stickers with lovey dovey messages, X’s and O’s and hearts.

I embellished some muslin drawstring bags with rhinestone stickers and stamps. Now, they’re perfect for sending a little love token.

A few vintage Valentine cards found their way into the kit, too.

Some other things you might like to include in your love note kit: ribbon, baker’s twine (to tie up those bundles of love notes), heart-shaped paper clips, heart confetti, homemade Valentines and scented flower petals.

And if you’re not a scrapbooker or stamper like I am, consider decorating your love note kit, envelopes and paper with washi tape, stickers and hand-drawn doodles. You’re limited only by your imagination — not your supplies!

When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

Here’s another idea for the cover of your love note kit if you don’t have stamps. Just print out this cover label I created and adhere it to the front of your folder. Click here or on the image above to download a non-watermarked version for printing.

When's the last time you sent or received a love note? I love the idea of creating a love note kit. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them.

Not to sound sappy, but I’m really in love with this project!

Before I hand you off to the other bloggers participating in The Scoop’s Valentine’s Day tour, I’d love for you to check out my other heartfelt Valentine’s Day projects.

Romantic Valentine Craft Ideas: Gilded Heart of Gold Heart Plate

Heart of Gold Plate

Romantic Valentine's Day Cootie Catcher Craft

Romantic Valentine’s Day Cootie Catchers

What a great idea for Valentine's Day using items from the dollar store! Valentine's Day Garland

Bucket of Love Valentine’s Day Garland

Dollar store craft Valentine's Day cupcake liner wreath by AttaGirlSays

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Liner Wreath

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Comments

  1. Very adorable! Good for you for using your stash! Who needs Michaels? We can just shop each other’s goodies!

  2. Amy, what a great idea! There is nothing like a hand written note! I always open them first when I get the mail. How darling that your love story started with a note! So romantic! I really need to be better at writing notes. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love this! I used to place notes in Dearest’s lunch everyday…not sure why I haven’t kept up that practice! I was just thinking for this month I’d send little quotes and notes once again. Inspired post-a great Valentine tour post!
    Kathy

  4. I love the idea of a Love Knot Kit! This would be great to make and use all year long! I’m going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration, Amy!

  5. So sweet Amy- I love your kit. Handmade notes are such treasures!!

  6. Wonderful idea Amy! We need to make more Valentine’s for school & will definitely incorporate your ideas!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  7. Love this Idea Amy! So creative and such a treasure too!
    xx
    Anne

  8. Too true, people don’t appreciate handwritten notes any more. Great idea!!

  9. Such a cute idea Amy! I love getting handwritten notes!

  10. What a wonderful idea! I know I’d much rather receive a handmade card than a store bought one.

  11. I have to say, I miss the art of handwritten notes! I used to love picking out notecards and stationary! Thanks for sharing this!!
    Jennifer recently posted..Homemade Valentine’s Day CardsMy Profile

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      I am a sucker for monogrammed note cards, Jennifer. And I used to make every birthday card I ever sent, but I’ve fallen out of the habit and run out of time. But I do love getting and receiving a handwritten note. And it truly is a lost art — especially thank you notes!

  12. Your kit is adorable. I love giving and receiving handwritten notes!

  13. I love this idea! Hand written notes are such a treasure these days! Thanks for the printing vellum tip! ~Christy

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thank you, Christy. It took me a couple of tries to get the vellum to work in my printer. But I finally overcame the paper jam and got it to work.

      Have a great weekend.

      Amy

  14. What a wonderful idea! Hand-written notes are a real treasure! Loved that cootie catcher, BTW! Thanks so much for joining us…hugs…Debbie

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thank you, Debbie. I always have so much fun hanging out with the Scoop Group. Now, when you were a teacher, did you ever confiscate any cootie catchers?

  15. This is really cute! I love all the handmade cards too.
    Hugs,
    Jamie

  16. This is a fantastic idea! I love sending little notes to my husband and this is a fun way to do that.

  17. Handwritten notes are my favorite! This is a great idea. Happy to be on the Valentine Home Tour with you.
    Samantha Conner recently posted..Simple Valentine DecorationsMy Profile

  18. Such a great idea!

  19. I’m loving this idea! 😉 Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
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    Co-Host OMHGWW

  20. Amy, it would seem we agree on so much about the meaning behind receiving something handwritten in this day of texts and emails (not to mention all other types of social media). I’m a huge fan and advocate for the lost art of letter writing and I love all your paper inspired ideas here. P.S. I also loved your boldness in pressing the ‘send’ button to your future husband! Visiting you via #SITSShareFest

  21. Such a great idea! A great way to send notes all year long too!

  22. What a sweet project!
    Akaleistar recently posted..Coca-Cola RedMy Profile

  23. This is such a lovely idea! And so pretty! I featured you for this week’s #FoodieFriDIY linkup – just went live!! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. :)
    Jenny B recently posted..DIY Valentine’s Day #FoodieFriDIY 33My Profile

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