I am so excited to share with you a project that is near and dear to my heart. And to tell you the truth, it all began with a book. A fiction book. But it truly inspired me. I read it sometime last year and so many ideas came to mind. The book is called Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. It is a book about red paper hearts and the way that a couple uses them to share and document their love with each other. Every time during the year that they noticed something special about their husband/wife/family, something kind that they've done, a way that they've looked, a feeling that they've evoked, a memory that they created together, something that they wanted to remember about the other person, etc they would write it down on a stack of paper hearts. Then, every Valentine's Day they would string the hearts up with twine and each person would read what the other had written.
This inspired me in so many ways. Sad thing was that until now they were just ideas floating around in my head. However, with the release of the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies from Lil' Inker Designs I felt like this was the time to put at least one of my ideas into action. So now all I had to do was create my own paper hearts banner.
So, to start, I gathered my supplies.
I cut hearts out of various scraps of cardstock and used both the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies and the previously released Stitched Hearts dies. This sped up the process because I could cut two hearts in one pass through my Big Shot. I also used a spool of twine for this project, not pictured above.
Then, I chose where to hang my banner.
I had a colorful felt ball banner already in my entry way. I decided that this would be the perfect place to add my hearts banner. I did add more twine to strengthen my banner because once I started to get all of the hearts up, I knew it would grow heavy and the extra twine would help reinforce my banner.
The goal is to add a heart each day in February leading up to Valentine's Day for each family member to say something that I love about them, appreciate about them or noticed them doing that was kind for someone else. By the end of 14 days, there should be at least 42 hearts hanging up on the banner. The Dual Dotted Hearts Dies & Stitched Hearts dies are the perfect size to write little notes on!
I am hoping that my family will get in on this as well and that they will not only create hearts for me but for each other as well. Which means, I need a station where they can get supplies should they choose to do so.
Right inside my entryway I have this little station and it was the perfect place to put the extra hearts and clothes pins. I hope that these supplies will be used up and I'll need to cut more!
Now I told you that this was all inspired by a book I read. Well, the author of the book and her husband made this fun, quirky video to help promote her book and I thought you might enjoy it!
Before I go, I want to share one more card I made using the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies and a few other new products as well.
For this card I cut one of the new papers available in the Love You Paper Pack with the Cover Up Die: Pointella. These papers are great for Valentine's but they work so well for many other occasions too! I love the ombre of this print!
Next I die cut the Love You Greeting Die from black paper and back it with another print from the new Love You Paper Pack. I used a small leftover piece from the background paper to die cut the Dual Dotted Hearts Die and then took a piece of twine and stitched through each of the holes and tied a bow at the top. I like the texture and interest it added and it was simple to do!
I'm going to enter this card in the SSS Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge!
Well, that's all I have for you today but I have a bunch more to share tomorrow. See you then!
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Cover Up Die: Pointella
Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Love You Paper Pack, PTI True Black