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Sunday, February 5, 2012

52 Reasons why I love you

I am one of the many folks addicted to Pinterest.  While surfing this wonderful mecca of creative ideas, I ran across a project called 52 reasons why I love you.  Apparently, it's an older idea, but was made fresh again by those of us who discovered it on Pinterest.
So I decided this would be a great project for my husband.  Not only would it be theraputic for me to make it, forcing me to think about the many reasons I fell in love with my husband, and those that are new since we've been married for 12 1/2 years, it's a great reminder to him, so he knows all the ways I appreciate him.  It's too often we get caught up in day-to-day life, and I don't want him to think my love has diminished over time.  If anything it's grown stronger.
So I hope you enjoy my take on the popular project!

Start with a deck of playing cards.  I cut a front and back cover using the chip board from a package of DSP.  They are both covered with Mocha Morning flocked paper.  I used 4 large grommets for the binding.  A retired star brad for the closure, along with a piece of twine.  I hope you enjoy!

I have been asked by several of my stampin friends to please show the inside and what each page looks like.  Most of them are written on a piece of white card stock, and layered onto a piece of DSP.  Every bit of these pages were created using scraps I had laying on my stampin table.  
I guess I think he's silly because it's in here twice :-)


  1. shestamps@bellsouth.netFebruary 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    This is so awesome. You are one so talented and lucky to have such a wonderful husband.

  2. I am one of those people too, addicted to Pinterest!!!!!

    I just love love love this idea!! I am so bookmarking this idea to make for next year for my husband. Awesome!!

    I will be featuring this project on My Crafty Picks #53 with a link back to your blog on 2-19-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Thanks and take care
    Tiffany Bauer

  3. Found you from Tiffany's blog. LOVE Pinterest! I pinned this too! I am major addicted! I have over 6000 pins. I have MS and have to go to bed early even when I am not sleepy. Pinterest gives me tons of ideas and makes me feel like I am NOT wasting time. LOL
    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Thanks for the comment, Leslie :)
    Hubby loves the book, and every time I walk by it (it's on his dresser in our room) it's open to a new page. It really was fun to make. So glad you like my version :)

  5. This really is a great idea Ariel!! I ran out of time before Valentine's day to do this for my husband, but it would also be great for his birthday -- or for anybody you love (like my children)!!

  6. I pinned this project too! LOL. So glad to see your version. I even bought a deck of cards, ready to go. I found you by your comment on my blog today, thank you so very much!

    By the way, your project looks better than the original :) love the covers.

  7. What font did you use for the cover?

  8. @Anonymous: the 52 was stamped with an old Stampin' Up! set whimsical numbers. The "reasons why I" was hand-written, and the "Love you" is an SU! stamp, too.

  9. I LOVE your version of this project - I am sure it is a treasured gift. The colors look fantastic and you have such lovely writing the cards look amazing!

  10. I wanted to email this too - but I can;t find a contact address!

    I have created a website specifically for my “52 Reasons I Love You” project including a gallery where I would like people to link up similar projects they have created.
    If you are unfamiliar with the “Linky” phenomenon – it basically means there will be one picture of your project in the gallery – and when someone clicks on it – they will be taken to the blog post on YOUR blog. You should get some good traffic over time as well as some new followers!
    I would love for you to check out the gallery here and link up – OR I am happy to link your project up for you– with your permission. If you would like me to do this – please reply with the url you would like me to use.
    Kind regards, Lowri McNabb

  11. @Lowri - WOW! thanks for your kind words, Lowri! It really means a lot that you would like to include my version of the project on your website. I would be humbled and honored!

  12. Hi Ariel - I have featured your wonderful project on the 52reasonsiloveyou Facebook page today!
    Thanks again for linking up - I am sure your project will be an inspiration to many!

  13. can you please link me to a place where i can buy the same size grommets that you used please? and maybe where i can get a star brad? also, how did you attach the twine? thank you so much in advance. your 52 reasons booklet is the most pretty one i've seen. :)

    1. Hi, rkaur. The large grommets (or eyelets) and the star brads are retired product from Stampin' Up! You can check the Clearance Rack on my SU site to see if there are any left, or something else you could use instead by clicking here:

      I attached the twine first to the piece of chipboard with some Scotch Tape. Then I glued the flocked paper over it so I could hide it. You can find that gorgeous paper on my site on the Clearance Rack, too; it's called Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  14. what are those kind of rings on side called exactly? i've searched key rings but can't find any like that.

  15. @Anonymous - those rings are called book rings. You can find them in many sizes. Any office supply place will have them or Target in the school supply section.
    I would go into the store to buy them since I doubt you'd need 100 of them :-)
    Best of luck on your project!