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