I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day. Perhaps it is my love for chocolate or perhaps it is the pretty cards. My otherwise non-gushy husband often gives me a beautiful, sentimental card that melts my heart for the rest of the year -- (I usually hear "ditto" in response to my professions of love.)
This year I've made a flutter book for you using images of the valentines I remember from my childhood. Remember those pretty paper valentines with the silly sayings and thin white envelopes? One of my earliest memories is being home sick from school, laying on our teal floral couch (it was the 70's) and carefully signing my valentines in my best penmanship.
Whether as a gift for a friend, an addition to your collection, or as a way to share with your children the valentines of your youth, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to print and share as many as you'd like.
This is a big file, so be patient. Click on the image to the left to download. Print on nice paper. For the demo book, to avoid the stark white, I printed mine on Wausau Royal Fiber in Birch. Be careful when you print. If your print dialogue defaults to "fit to page" it won't work quite right. The book is designed to have the valentines centered on each page.
After printing your page, fold the paper in half with the images on the outside and use a bone folder to make your crease sharp.
With your paper still folded, fold each end into the middle fold. Remember to crease every fold. Unfold.
Now fold your paper in half lengthwise. Crease with your bonefolder, then unfold.
Re-fold your paper in half the first direction with the images on the outside. Cut with scissors, very carefully, from the top of the fold, down to the horizontal fold.
Keeping your book folded, use the outer two folded halves to push inward. The cut halves will fold the other way so you have an X.
Lay flat and press starting with the back page (the iron valentine). Voila!
For more free Valentine's books and instructions check out:
Happy Valentine's Day: Instructions for an Origami Book with Polymer Clay Mosaic Covers
A Valentine's Flutter Book for Your Sweetheart
Wishing you and your loved ones a nice holiday.