Valentine’s Day Freebie

February 13, 2014  |  Shop  |  No Comments

Heart Printable Party Collection freebie | diyPaperJoy

I created this printable for our Cookie Bar for Valentine’s Day and wanted to share some love with you in the form of a free PDF download. You can download the Heart Printable Party Collection freebie here. The mini collection comes in both red and pink with three designs in each colour being customizable. That means you can edit the text that is printed on the food and beverage signs, the bag toppers and the 2″ toppers/tags. You can check out the designs below.

Heart Printable Party Collection freebie | diyPaperJoy.com

 

Heart Printable Party Collection freebie | diyPaperJoy.com

You can use these designs to label food and beverages at a Valentine’s Day party table, customize your own gift tags, top treat bags, add straw flags to your drinking straws at Valentine’s Day snack…you get the idea.

The download is a PDF file so, to open and customize the files you will need Adobe Reader, available as a free download here at adobe.com. Instructions for customizing your printable party collection are available here and cutting instructions are included with the PDF file. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

Hope you enjoy it and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XO Debbie

Cookie Bar for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014  |  Party Ideas  |  No Comments

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

Cookie bars or cookie stations are fun. They are popular at weddings and family reunions and big celebrations. They let guests play a bit, interact in a fun way and they are delicious too. But you don’t have to be having a big event to enjoy all the fun. A small scale cookie bar is a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day whether it’s just you and your sweetheart, your family or a get-together with some friends.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

Cookie bars are often cookie decorating bars. You know the ones, where the kids try to load as much candy on a cookie as possible. I wanted our Valelntine’s Day cookie bar to be a little less about the candy grab but still fun and yummy.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

So instead of icing I thought we would give dipping the cookies in a chocolate fondue and then in bowls of candy decorations a try. Still fun for the kids but a little more grown up for the adults. And if you want to grow up your fondue even more (if you are only serving adults of course) you can add a splash of your favorite liqueur.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

Plus we have the added bonus of dipping fresh fruit in the chocolate fondue too. Just supply the skewers and guests can assemble their own.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

A lot can be done in advance to make this a quick set up. The cookies can be baked days in advanced and stored in an air tight container. Or even a month or two in advance and frozen. The candy decorations can be placed into serving bowls and covered. Some of the fruit can be washed and prepped and stored in airtight containers a few hours before, but some of the fruit, like the bananas, will need to be prepared right before serving. Something to think about when choosing the fruit you want to serve. And here are some great tips for making the chocolate fondue ahead too. This is the chocolate fondue recipe I used.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

For the final touches I added a heart garland hanging down above the table and sprinkled some heart confetti in and around the serving dishes. I made the heart confetti by punching out hearts, using a hand held 6mm heart punch, from the scraps of cardstock left over from making the heart garland.

Cookie Bar for Valentines Day | diyPaperJoy

A fun and delicious Valentine’s Day treat for everyone.

XO Debbie

Heart Garland

February 10, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

Here is a quick and easy heart garland DIY to fancy up your Valentine’s Day this Friday. Making several strands and hanging them vertically will definitely send the message that love is in the air – or that hearts are in the air anyway.

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

All you need is cardstock (I used three shades of pink), a heart craft punch, ribbon, double sided tape and scissors. Heart craft punches come in a variety of sizes and are available at craft stores or in the craft department of large retailers.

I wanted the hearts on my garland to start with light pink at the top and get darker as they went down. I measured the length of ribbon I need and laid out the hearts to determine how many I needed. I ended up using 5 of each colour in a row (double sided equals 10 of each colour per garland strand).

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

To start I place double sided tape on one of the dark pink hearts and stuck the ribbon to the tape in the center of the heart, not letting the ribbon stick below the bottom of the heart. Then I placed double sided tape on a second dark pink heart and stuck it right on top of the first heart, sandwiching the ribbon between the two hearts and making sure the edges were lined up.

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

I continued to work my way up the ribbon, making sure the hearts were evenly spaced. I found it easiest to lay the hearts out, a full colour grouping at a time, with double sided tape before attaching them to the ribbon.

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

Heart Garland | diyPaperJoy

And that’s it. Easy, quick and hearts hanging everywhere – love!

Valentine’s Day Garland + Card

January 29, 2014  |  DIY  |  No Comments

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

My mom lives a couple of hours away from us, which means we don’t see her as often as I would like. So, I thought it would be nice to send her a little Valentine’s Day garland to reminder her that she is loved and that we are thinking about her.  What I like about this project is that not only is it a visual reminder of our love but on the back of each of the photos there is also a written message stating our love. A Valentine’s Day garland + card all in one.

{Step ONE} Photos

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

The first step is to gather your photos.  Photos you have on hand or Instagram photos work well but if you don’t already have photos that you want to use, it can be a lot of fun just grabbing your camera and taking some selfies. Do this near a window with lots of indirect light coming in. Then print out your photos and trim them to the size you would like. I cropped mine to 3.75 x 3.75 inches and printed them at home on 4×6 photo paper because I wanted a white border around my photos. Then I trimmed the sides to create a 4×4 inch photo.

{Step TWO} Note Cards

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

Cut note cards out of card stock the same size as your photos. You will need one note card for each photo. I cut 5 note cards from white textured cardstock to 4×4 inches each. I made a heart stamp by hot gluing a wood heart to a cork. Then I stamped a red heart in the middle of the note card near the top. Next I used a felt pen to draw a black border.
Write a sentiment on each of the note cards. These could be messages from each of the people in the photos, poems,  or an I Love You because… on each of the cards. It will depend on who the garland is for and of course, who the garland is from, but have fun with it. Then attach a note card to the back of each of the photos with double sided tape keeping in mind the order of the photos and the order of the note cards.

{Step THREE} Assembling the Garland

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

I used 1/2 inch red gross grain ribbon for the garland. I laid the ribbon out and played with the placement of the photos, chipboard and hearts before cutting it to the final length. I ended up with two lengths of ribbon for a double hung garland, but you could also hang everything on one length of ribbon for a single hung garland.

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

I used chipboard letters to spell out “You Are Loved” and punched some hearts in two sizes from a scrap piece of printed overlay. Printed patterned paper or solid cardstock would look great too.

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

For the large sized heart, I used a standard hole punch to punch two holes near the center at the top and threaded it onto the ribbon. My chipboard letters had very sticky backs and stayed on the ribbon fine on their own, but I have used lots of chipboard that was not very sticky, in which case you could either hot glue or sew the letters in place. Tip: If you want to remove the stickiness from the back of your chipboard letters before gluing or sewing them in place, sprinkle a bit of baby powder over the sticky side and then remove any excess.

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

I used 3/4 inch black binder clips to attach the photos to the ribbon and tucked a few small hearts here and there. After I arranged everything on the ribbon I cut it to its final length and used washi tape to hang it on the wall.

Valentine's Day Garland + Card | diyPaperJoy.com

I plan on wrapping this garland up and sending it to my mom for Valentine’s Day, so I’ll add a roll of washi tape to the box, so she can hang it on her wall. In the mean time I’m enjoying it on mine:)

Debbie