Instead of a tradition Valentine card for my husband this year,
I made him a super-sized display using words/titles from one
of our favorite bands, The Beatles.
Even though the elements of the display are shabby chic
the theme of conversation hearts mixes in some pop culture.
The most important one to us at this stage of life is:
The frame and background was a last-minute Christmas project.
To cover up the stick on lettering from Christmas, three
layers of burlap ribbon was used.
Because the actual backing is cardboard, I was able to just use
push pins to hold everything the new display.
The clear push pins didn't look terrible but paper hearts punched
out of aged book pages (that I had left over from book page
For the actual wording for the conversation hearts, I was
able to draw on some of the many Beatles books Tom Kat has.
This one was the most helpful:
This was my first attempt at printing out the words:
Even though I thought I had left enough space around the
text to cut out hearts, I did not. This is what I ended up going to:
I had plenty of this antique-looking cardstock left over
from making programs at my daughter's wedding, so in the
reprint session, I gave the text plenty of space.
Originally, I was going to use the tea-stained doilies but then
I decided to save them for another time and just used some
white ones straight out of the package. A template was cut
out of paper from "craft fails" of printing this stuff.
In this age of light boxes and cutting machines this may seem
archaic but did you know that to find where on a piece of
paper you want to cut that you can hold it up to a window?
Since I am actually making this ON Valentine's Day, I'm not
sure how much longevity this display has but Tom Kat liked it
as his Valentine "card" for this year.