Homemade Valentine’s: I Love You Because…

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I’m back in Maryland this week after a low-key weekend in NYC to visit the Martha Stewart offices (post coming soon).  My husband decided, at the last minute, to join me for a lovely weekend away.  But, at the last minute, a relentless virus decided it wanted to come too and so, my husband was grouchy and sick for most of the trip.

It was so bitterly cold in NYC this past weekend that we didn’t leave the hotel, but luckily were staying at one of our favoirtes—the Mondrian in Soho—and they have a marvelous restaurant for dinner and breakfast, and comfortable rooms.  Truthfully, since we got rid of cable/television more than a year ago, even sitting in bed watching cable seems as indulgent as taking a bubble bath; while getting a foot massage; while eating truffles/caramel salted ice cream/and lobster linguini simultaneously; while getting my nails done; while listening to Frank Sinatra; while drinking champagne.  Of course, that would have been nice too.  When it gets that cold, I hear the Universe calling to me:  Goooo toooo Florridaa.

I had 4 hours on the drive up and back to NYC to plan my Valentine’s for this year.  I initially planned this project for my husband, but had so much fun with it, I then did one for my son, and just kept going from there.  It’s called 10 Things I Love About You and is intended to be used like an advent calendar–but for each day you count down to Valentine’s, you send/give one I Love You Because card to your Valentine.

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I made these sweet 4×6 cards in Illustrator, each one says I Love You Because…and there’s space to write in your own personalized love note.  I sized them to be 4×6 so that I could attach a 4×6 photo on the back of the person I was sending it to.  So, for my husband I included photos us together and of our family, for aunts and uncles I used photos that I have recently taken of them, and for my son I had fun going back to his baby pictures and included a mix of everyhing.   I hand wrote some of the cards and, on others, I printed my reason off and taped the phrase onto the card (it looked kinda like a fortune cookie).


Accessorize with any number of Valentine’s ephemera, including glitter, any of Heidi Swapp’s newest line, stickers, ribbons, twine, rose petals, candy hearts, dollies, etc.  I sewed a paper heart onto some of my cards, glued on cut-out felt hearts, and added ribbon to others.

Here are the 10 reasons I included on my hubby’s cards for some ideas/inspiration:

You give life the benefit of the doubt.

 You are unbearably handsome.

You give each day your all.

You are unwaiveringly reliable.

You grow with me in the direction of our dreams.

You inspire me to get better each day.

Your delicious kisses.

You laugh instead of losing your temper.

Your intense energy and how you express it.

You are mine (forever!).

If you’re signed up for the Valentine’s Day Banner class at the Muse, we’ll be making these Homemade Valentine’s: I Love You Because… cards along with our banners!


Kisses and hearts,


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February 3, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Kungphoo - I love this idea! I have been having a hard time trying to think of what to do for my fiance this year. This will certainly be one of them!

February 3, 2014 - 5:07 pm

rozbeads - Beautiful post, images and ideas. You do a great job.

February 3, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Stephanie George - What a fabulous idea! Well done.

February 3, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Elizabeth Rhodes - Thanks for liking my blog post! Your website is absolutely beautiful you are obviously very creative!

February 3, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Deanna Heiliger - What a fun idea! I did something similar using a deck of cards…but I did not use photos. I like the idea of using photos!

February 4, 2014 - 1:40 am

Veronica - This is such a brilliant idea! One for me to try. Thanks for sharing

February 4, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Gerald Farrell - Cool valentine idea!

February 4, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Barbara Loraine - What a lovely idea! I especially love how you included pictures on one side of the card. I think this is much nicer than any store-bought card. To bad for Hallmark; great news for the folks who sell printer ink! Hahahaha

February 4, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Deborah - What a great personalized gift. I would love to give or get something like this.

February 4, 2014 - 3:35 pm

David W. Murphy - Wonderful idea! This will be perfect for our 7 grandkids. Thanks for sharing!!!

February 4, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Kungphoo - Super cute! I should start making those soon! V-day is on it’s way! :-)

February 4, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Diana Foree - I love this sweet idea. No matter what the occasion, it’s a perfect and special gift!

February 4, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Caitlin Nicke - Wow! I think this a a super cute and great idea! I love these, and homemade things are always better and make me happier. Its the thought that counts! :)

February 4, 2014 - 4:39 pm

luzivone - Being a grandmother for my 8 months baby girl, everything related for the little ones touch my heart!

February 4, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Sue - So cute! I love this and it is still very personal too. Wish I had thought of something this clever!

February 4, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Mark Nelson - Great cards. I have always wished I was creative like this.

February 4, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Jeff Brand - Those photo cards are a great idea to share and keep the memories alive!

February 4, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Jim Striegel - I will show this to my wife. It is a great personalize gift idea you’ve created here.

February 5, 2014 - 2:06 am

Meli Horowitz - The cards are delightful and make wonderful memorabilia!

February 5, 2014 - 3:46 am

Marielle Altenor - oh noooo the top 10 things you love about your hubby made me tear up! This is too sweet for words! Cute little cards too!

February 5, 2014 - 5:11 am

Tom's Foodie Blog - These are really sweet crafts! Someone will be lucky to get these

February 5, 2014 - 5:15 am

Daniele Holmberg - You literally have the cutest pictures! What an awesome craft to make those cards! They are adorable:)

February 5, 2014 - 6:26 am

Veronica - Your baby is just so adorable. Very cute idea! Love the photos

February 5, 2014 - 8:30 am

Richard Harer - This is so romantic, can i borrow this? would love to make just like this to my hubby!

February 5, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Jennifer Clay - This is so cute! I am going to make some of these for my daughters.

February 5, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Badley Finnearty - Home made valentines are actually what I prefer. Anyone can walk into a store and buy one. But the heart felt work put into a home made valentine is sometimes overwhelming.

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