My boyfriend and I have been together for 12 years and this year I wanted to make him a valentines gift that showed him how much I loved him...52 reasons to be precise!
What You Need:
pack of cards
2 sheets of 12x12 of sturdy paper/thin card (or 4 A4 sheets)
pen or printer
scissors or a cutting machine
Step 1 - Record your reasons
It took a wee while for me to get started but one I started writing things down it was easy to come up with my reasons of love. I tried to keep a mix of funny and serious (as my boyfriend is all about the jokes), taking inspiration from
- their quirks
- things they bring out in you
- physical attraction
- in jokes
- things they do for others
I used Wunderlist to keep track of my list as you can download the app on your phone and access online so whenever I got a spark of inspiration, I could add it to my list.
Step 2 - Print/write them down
I have a Cricut Explore which is what I used to cut out my cards and write on them but if you don't have one you can always print them out on your computer or just handwrite.
I cut my pieces of card to 1.5" x 2.5" as this fitted pretty well on the playing cards and it you are using your Cricut, then make sure you attach the text to the rectangle images before cutting so that the text is aligned.
Step 3 - Punch those cards
This is a bit tricky as the hole punch is just smaller than your average pack of cards so you need to be pretty precise to make sure you don't cut over the edge of the card.
Step 4 - Bind your cards
Taking your ring-binder, cut/rip your rings out the middle. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to help push it off the card.
I then cut out a piece of the ring-binder card that was slightly bigger than the pack of cards to use as the background, hole punching it and then tying the rings onto it so they are secure.
Alternatively if you want a ring-binder front and back then you could just leave the rings in the binder and cut it so that the whole binder is just slightly larger than the deck of cards, like a mini hardback book
Step 5 - Glue in your love
Open up the rings and put all your playing cards in so that the backs of the cards are facing up. Then glue each of your reasons on the cards, using one of the jokers as the front page with your title on it. Careful not to glue your cards together though!!!!
I'll be back,