It started many moons ago. Rick and I have celebrated twenty Valentine's Days together but I think the first poetry book I made for him was a year or two after it all started. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift but I ran out of time -- and in time found it a better gift for the holiday of love anyway!
I will make a book of some sort -- and they have varied from pop-up books (that nearly killed me) to one with watercolor illustrations, photo books, envelope accordion books, journals that were already made and I filled to journals I made myself.
Each included poetry related to our year and this year was no exception.
This year's book used journal pages made in a workshop taught by Kari McKnight Holbrook that never quite got sewn together. (This was a good thing because I could add or subtract to fit the content!).
The books were 140# watercolor paper with fluid acrylics and stamps, cut into thirds and halves. If anyone really cares how that was done, I can explain better in an email!
I wrote till I ran out of creative thoughts and then started putting it together, printing the poetry and photos on vellum and gluing them down.
Then I did a few line markings and drawings in Pitt pen, just to add a little more interest.
After sewing it up, I did the cover, which included some raised blue metallic tape, a Margaret Furlong heart and a title from my label machine, along with some beads.
It wasn't a surprise. At this point in the game, it's a highly anticipated event!
But he liked it!
I guess I'll be doing this again next year!
(Oh, and for those who mentioned it before, Rick did make me the loveliest valentine at my card making party! A genuine treasure!)
(This post is linked to Jemma's Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Visit for decorating, recipe and craft posts!)
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