Happy Valentine’s Day, Single’s Awareness Day or Anti-Valentine’s Day, everyone. However, you all choose to celebrate or not either on the day itself or later, kudos to all and do your own thing.
Aside from making Valentine gifts and goodies, I’ve been looking up a wee bit of Valentine history. We all know of February 14th as being a day of love filled with hearts, candies, flowers, and cards. But did you know that the actual backstory is very morbid? There were martyrs both named or called St. Valentines who were persecuted in Rome in the years 169-270 A. D.
It was originally a feast to celebrate two martyrs decapitation. Talk about grim I say. There were many more martyrs that were referred to as “Valentini” that were persecuted years prior to these two, but not much is known about them.
Well anyway, you get the picture. This is just a bit that I read. Here’s a link to an article that I found if you want to read up on it for yourself. If you’re like me that has random sparks of curiosity from one time or another, have at it and enjoy:
Now on to the happy, bubbly stuff I wanted to show you. It’s a bit late I know, but better late than never as I always say. Also in the light of recent events, we all need faith and positive vibes in our lives as difficult as it may be at times.
The main reason I’ve been holding back on posting this is that I was making these gifts for my fiancé. Plus, I wanted to keep them a surprise until we saw each other.
Yes, it’s just a variant of the sugar cubes variation that I made back during the Christmas season. The only difference obviously is the heart shape. There was a bit more experimenting done this time because of the new shapes. For some of you that are probably reading my post for the first time, I have the directions to make them in my previous handmade gift post.
The second part of my gift is a bit artsier. It involves a collage book so it’s more of a mixed media touch than an ordinary Valentine card or a step above handmade Valentines that we are used to seeing with cutout hearts and such.
It started pretty much like this in the beginning of the project.
Ok, I know what you’re probably thinking. “What is with all the cutouts? It just looks like a jumbled up mess.” I can assure you that there is a method to my madness. But my method is not your method. You have to use what works for you.
It is pretty easy to get started and you can use what you already have laying around the house. For just a basic collage, you will need these things:
- Magazines of your choice
- Rubber cement (Glue sticks will work just as well.
Mod Podge (This you don’t have to have, but if you want your pieces to stay in place more securely or if you want to add clear texture, this is what you can use.)
- Cardstock or construction paper of any size to use as a firm background to paste your pictures Note: Regular computer paper or notebook paper will not work very well because rubber cement will cause the paper to warp and it won’t dry flat.
- Scrapbook Scissors (They have a thinner and sharper point so they’re easier to
- handle than regular scissors.)
Begin with a subject that you want. It can be as simple as dogs or cats. Cut up pictures or images that relate to it or words that you feel can add descriptions to the subject. You can do a collage based on emotions, politics, and family. Anything really.
You can cut out any pictures or images that you want to include. Cut out as many as you want and randomly. The best pieces come from the most unlikely of pictures and subjects. The choice is yours.
If really you want to add dimension because you can and you want brownie points, you can make it into a flipbook.
This is the cover of my flipbook.
This is the cover page of sorts and title. The rest of the pictures on here are meant to tell a story through images and words. It is up to the person to interpret it however he or she wishes.
I hope you have enjoyed the steps and images of my latest piece. If you would like me to post more ideas of the step by step process and how I go about it or if you have any questions, leave me a comment. Also, I would love to know what your interpretations are for this piece.
Until next time. Take care and God bless you.