A heartfelt handmade gift means so much, both to the giver and receiver. You know how much love goes into making something special, so it is equally important to know who your recipient is as you create it.
I decided it would be fun to create an entire coordinated ensemble of altered artwork to mix and match for a good friend or two.
Finding vintage-style coordinating scrapbook paper online a few years ago, I loved it so much that I bought all that was available. It's a subtle Valentine mix of dark red, soft yellow, sage and black -not a hint of pink or bright red in the bunch.
Since I just altered a wooden plaque (see February 2 post), I decided to create coordinating items, addeding a small notebook, pillar candle, clothespin clips, a large spiral notebook, a note holder, and of course, a glass jar filled with chocolate.
Here is the beginning of my embellished mini notebook. I found these small spiral notepads (with pens) on our recent visit to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- in the college bookstore for less than $2 each. Here are the before and after notepads.
And a surprise envelope inside for love notes or perhaps a sweet gift card?
And a few stamped images throughout the pages.
...the large spiral notebook
and this altered glass hinged jar full of kisses--chocolate kisses!
And a photo of the complete ensemble:
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(Lindsey's first linky party!)
Hi there - I LOVE these projects.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. It is much appreciated. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
I love everything you made ;) The papers are fabulous!ReplyDelete
Love love love vintage paper! I love everything you made with the paper. So fun and creative. Thank you for sharing and linking! :)ReplyDelete
Love these papers together, what a great eye you have! Thanks so much for saying hi today!!!ReplyDelete
Looks great! Such a thoughtful gift idea.ReplyDelete
wow - cute, cute stuff! Love it!ReplyDelete
Hopped over from the creative girl blog hop. :-)
Cute! I need to up my game in the paper crafting arena. These look awesome. Thanks for stopping by. http://homestitched.blogspot.comReplyDelete
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I looove the spiral! So cute!ReplyDelete