You know, we hadn't realized until today that it might of been more fun if we had asked you to express your "ALL TIME favorite Valentine's Day memory" with yesterday's giveaway, but alas, it's too late to do a switch-a-roo. To make up for it, because it's not always the easiest task to travel back in time ten, twenty, thirty years (trust us, we know!), today's giveaway focuses on the "present" - tell us about a recent Valentine's Day moment that brought you tremendous happiness, and love. This is also includes the single folks out there! Maybe you bought yourself a fresh, beautiful bouquet of tulips, or you spent a favorable night amongst friends..whatever the case, state it, and rejoin us next Monday to find out if you're a WINNER!
Crate Paper Designer :: Michiko Kato
Not one, but two very detailed creations from our designer, Michiko Kato! The first is of a decorative box of chocolates beautifully topped with an assortment of Paper Heart embellishments, and patterned paper pieces. The second is of a layout accustomed to an assortment of florals, hand-trimmed from our "Petals" patterned paper.
"In Japan, Valentine's Day is a day to tell "someone special" that "you love him/her", followed by the gifting of a box of chocolates. When I was young, I made a bundle of handmade chocolate candies for a boy I liked, and paired it with a love letter. When I went to give the candies to him, my heart was pumping fast, and I'd been so nervous that I hadn't slept well the night before. Still, to this day, I remember the wonderful memory and the feelings it brought on..so very exciting! I now spend Valentine's Day with my daughters making handmade chocolates!"
Crate Paper Designer :: Shanna Noel
Shanna expressed to us that she had a lot of fun playing with the Paper Heart collection when putting together her mini album. Currently, her husband is deployed overseas, and before he left, she and her husband came up with "Ten Date ideas" for their girls and "mom" to enjoy while "dad" is away. The album provides space for the girls to write about their outings, and also, clues as to the location of each date. There's also room for photos!
"I guess my love of all things paper started when I was young, as my favorite childhood Valentine's Day memory would definately have to be picking out boxes of Valentine's Day Cards. I loved all the different kinds found in each box. I'd write everyone's name on them and then sealed them up with the help of a cute heart sticker. It was always so much fun!"
It goes by so quickly, those first days of being together along with the fireworks, first kisses, and such. To forever preserve them, this Valentine's Day, document them via a mini album, like this one from Rahel Menig. Consider giving it as a "gift" to your loved one as well, so the both of you benefit from it's retelling of the past.
Don't forget - leave a comment as to the above aforementioned subject in the first paragraph of today's post! We'll see you again tomorrow with more "Paper Heart".