My daughter and I always try to make something special with her Valentine's that she gets every year - we usually make some sort of scrapbook. This year I decided to make a special little printable book that she can stick all of her valentines in and keep in one place.
And... since I love you so much, I decided to give you all a copy as well! To get a copy, simply head over to the Becoming Martha facebook page, and click on the free download tab.
Once you have done that, here are the instructions for putting it together:
You will need:
- the printables (I printed the cover on cardstock, and the other pages on plain paper, double sided)
- a paper trimmer (to cut the edges off your paper)
- hole punch and ribbon OR stapler
Once you download the folder from google docs, you will need to unzip it, and then click on the unzipped file. There are four different patterned pages in the printable (polka dot, diagonal stripe, flower, and plaid), along with the polka dot cover. I printed them as images, because it centered it nicely between the margins of my printer (if you have a borderless printer, these are sized to 8.5x11, so you can print away!) I set my printer to double sided print, trimmed the edges, and then folded them in half. You can stack them in any order you want - in fact, you can even print only one style if you want. The nice thing about this is that you can print as many or as little pages as you want.
Once your pages are stacked, punch two holes down the "spine" of the book. If your hole punch doesn't reach, you may have to close the book, and punch half circles from the side - that is what I did. Then, I slipped a ribbon through the holes and tied it in a pretty bow. You could also use staples here too instead of holes and ribbon.
Each page has a space to tape on the valentine and to write who it is from. I stuck in some valentines that my daughter had from last year so you have an idea of how it will look when it's completed. How much fun would it be to decorate it even more with Valentine's Day stickers? My daughter (who is also super crafty) is going to be super excited about this! I hope your kiddos are too, and you can enjoy the memories for years to come!
**All graphics used to create this printable were made by Bella Gypsy Design, using the Give it Away kit.