A basket of roses, a box of chocolates or a fancy bauble might seem like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special valentine, but don’t underestimate the impact that a scrapbook of memories will have. The recipient of your scrapbook is sure to cherish his Valentine’s Day scrapbook for years to come.
The cover of a Valentine scrapbook can set the theme for the entire book. The Smilebox website suggests “A Love Story,” with each word written on a scalloped pink rectangle. “Crazy Love,” another suggestion, features each of those nine letters printed on individual squares of printed newspaper. The Love Story cover could feature a chronological history of a relationship, using photos and words, perhaps with personal commentary and stories of past Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Crazy Love theme could include memories and photos of wacky experiences and inside jokes that a couple shares.
Handwritten notes add a personalized touch to a Valentine’s Day scrapbook. Centered on a pastel-striped page and decorated with tiny heart stickers, a special note created just for the scrapbook might be used or perhaps a love letter from years ago. The Scrapbooks Etc. website suggests scanning oversize notes, reducing their size and making a copy so that you can hang on to the original.
Valentine Rainbow Colors
Pink and red are naturals for a Valentine’s Day scrapbook. One variation is to carry that idea a little farther with a rainbow of related colors for the background of each page, such as those designed by the Celebrating Valentine’s Day website. One possible selection might begin with deep violet followed by purple, lavender, light pink, rose, burgundy and red. On each page, use snippets of colors from the previous page for accents.
A scrapbook filled with simple Valentine’s Day cards packs a punch when the cards are embellished with a variety of decorative accents. Craftbits suggests using puffy paint that is applied and then dried with a hair dryer. Other embellishments for cards include sequins, fabric trims, stickers, felt shapes and beads.
If you think it’s all been said before — and better than you can say it — take advantage of all those great love quotes and devote each page to a different one. For example, Bill Keane’s quote “A hug is like a boomerang; you get it back right away,” would be fun to illustrate and decorate with a mini balsa wood boomerang. “A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea,” according to Honoré de Balzac. Imagine the possibilities of glitter-topped waves topped with a photograph.