Introduction: The Valentine's Present <3

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This Valentine's present never gets old because it changes everytime I make it! This is a simple project you can do for your boyfriend, hubby, kids, heck even your kids can make it for their sweethearts! Here are the steps to making a sweet Valentine's gift from the heart, and yes it is a book type thing.

Step 1: Materials and Links =^^=

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Materials:

~ Hole Puncher (3-hole punch)
~ Scissors (safety scissors if you are working with a child please!)
~ Ribbon or string (any color will do, if you want to get really festive use red or pink, if it's xmas use red and green, etc.)
~ glue or tape (i find that glue works better)
~ Coloring/Drawing Supplies (markers, crayons, pencils, etc.)
~ An assortment of paper, around the same size if you wish.
~ Construction paper (2 of one color you are going to use.)
~Various cut-outs or drawings (you could even draw them yourself, I drew some and got a few pictures from the links at the bottom == as well as a few from a cheap coloring book)
~ An imagination (can't forget that now can we?)

Links I Used:
~ DLTK Crafts : http://www.dltk-holidays.com/valentines/index.htm
~ Pudgy Bunny : http://www.pudgybunny.com/
~ Coloring Book Fun (they have TONS of coloring pages) : http://coloringbookfun.com/

Step 2: Step 1

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1. Figure out how many pages you are going to use for your present == I had 14 since it was valentine's day. And 3-hole punch the pages, so that you are able to string them together. I added pictures of my title pages at the bottom, so you can get an idea of what to do for the cover haha.

Step 3: Step 2

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2. For the cover, Paste your favorite pictures onto the construction paper. You can see what I did for my cover and back in the previous step, i will post them again here anyway. Don't forget to leave room for the holes! But if you want an extreme collage look you can paste over the whole page and hole-punch. (if you are doing a collage you might want to get a bit thicker paper such as card or heavy weight construction paper)

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3. Now for the pages! Be creative!!! What date was your first kiss? If you don't have a first kiss, when did you meet? What do you like about the person? Make things that you believe would be meaningful to them. If it is your hubby don't forget to thank them for everything they've done for you! I drew a bunch of pictures, and even used Notebook paper to write the lyrics to "When I'm 64" by the Beatles, Anything can go into this book it's just a matter of what your heart wants to say. If you want to you can even write a few poems to them or copy some offline == Anything goes with this gift.

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4. Once you are finished with all the pages, and they are dry, free of marks, etc. (lol), then you may string it together with the ribbon, simply line up the pages and slip the ribbon through. Tie in knots or bows if desired, I used twirling ribbon, so I added two strands to each hole to create a frilly effect == You can use anything you want, recycled garbage bags, yarn, bread ties, satin ribbon, and if you want to get fancy you could buy some rings for scrapbook charms and hook the book together that way,adding the little charms if you desire! It's all up to your imagination!

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5. Accompany with a kiss on the cheek or a hug, and if you want to, buy or bake a sweet treat for your sweetheart. I made almond poppyseed and banana nut muffins which are his favorite, in the shapes of cat faces, I will post a seperate recipe tutoral on here for those (check out the pics at the bottom!!! :D), but for now I leave you with your finished project. Look upon your work with joy, because it will bring much joy to the reciever == Happy Crafting All!! ==

Comments

WhyHello (author)2011-03-06

great :) I have a folder filled with sweet texts shared between me and my BF :)
*fav*

pie popper (author)2010-02-12

the animals on the front are adorable!

bushra (author)2010-02-05

wow thank you so much i was wondering fo a nice present :D

b_a_b_e (author)2009-03-14

C_U_T_E

Kaiven (author)2008-06-08

!!!!! WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE PLATES?!!!!! WE HAVE THE SAME ONES! Either from california, Germany, or Korea... I must know where you got them... the design is on ALL of our plates... last picture forsize comparison.

Gwenieviere (author)Kaiven2008-06-09

I think my parents got them either in the philippines or korea, so my guess is we have the same plates xD That's sooooo weird! xD My parents have this whole set of them =O_O=

Kaiven (author)Gwenieviere2008-06-09

she just said they are in walmart and k-mart too... uh, maybe not a bid coincidence xD

Gwenieviere (author)Kaiven2008-06-09

haha its no problem xD

Kaiven (author)Gwenieviere2008-06-09

sweet. My guess is it could be either place. Korea and the phillipines are pretty close, so probably could be either place. wait, my mom said she bought them in germany... hmm...

Goodhart (author)2008-02-26

That is very cute.

shutterbugbug (author)2008-02-14

Thanks for this idea!!!

You're very welcome! :D

megapun13 (author)2008-02-08

are you a guy?

JakeTobak (author)megapun132008-02-08

I'm 99% she's a female. Mostly because of her name, profile, and drawings.

Gwenieviere (author)JakeTobak2008-02-08

Thanks for clarifying before I got here == lol

wargoth (author)Gwenieviere2008-02-08

And the picture of her hand...

Gwenieviere (author)megapun132008-02-08

No megapun13, I am a female, hence my profile picture lol ==

reedz (author)2008-02-08

Umm...in light of the other comments. This is an awesome instructable. I would love to get a gift like this any day.

Gwenieviere (author)reedz2008-02-08

Thanks for the comment! == My guy LOVES it when I do artsy stuff for him like this, I just thought the idea would make more people happy ==

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