Valentine Keepsake Box

Valentine Keepsake Box

The thought of Valentine’s Day can be a little daunting since most retailer’s put all the Valentine merchandise on the shelves the very day after Christmas! With so many back to back events during the holiday season, a bit of a break is most welcome.

Valentine Keepsake Box

I do love receiving valentine’s and have accumulated a number of them, especially from my son and daughter. I wanted someplace special to keep them- aside from my other keepsakes, cards, and letters.  I had a bunch of cigar boxes someone gave me and had been meaning to use them for quite some time. If you don’t know anyone who smokes cigars, many cigars shops are willing to give, or sell boxes to you for a small fee. They come in so many shapes and sizes, I know I will find uses for the others throughout the house.

I took some red velvet paper and lined the inside bottom to give it a finished touch. I took some clip art (the couple on the lower left) printed it on acetate then layered it over gold vellum. In addition to the other vintage clip art, I used a doily, Floral stickers, LOVE sticker, and edged the picture of flowers with an edge punch. I didn’t have any antique keys at the time so used a punch and gold paper for that.

The center was done by typing Valentine’s Keeper on the computer, cutting out and layering with a Spellbinder’s die. I bet you have bits and trinkets that you could use on a keepsake box. Keep those loving sentiments in a special place in a box that’s pretty enough to leave on display.

All the best,

Diane Long



ONE WORD for 2014

one word for 2014

Looking at the year ahead

Now that the holidays are over, it gives us a chance to reflect on the year behind us and look to the fresh new start a brand new calendar can give. I’m not one for resolutions per say. but I have been reading and hearing about the concept of embracing a single word philosophy for the year. A motto, a call to action, to give clarity and direction to our steps for the year.

I like to take the month of January and refrain from shopping and even going to the store as much as possible. With all the rush, spending and eating out of the last few months, striving for simplicity is a welcomed change. It helps me to gain focus. To not regret the past but see where I’d missed the mark, get perspective and decide what I’d like to accomplish in the year ahead.

Looking through a dictionary or thesaurus can help narrow down your selection of possibilities. I will include a few links to help motivate you below but through prayer and reflection, my ONE WORD for 2014 is PURSUE

Pursue God (Matthew6:33), Pursue rest, Pursue organization, Pursue creative expression Pursue joy, Pursue health.

Displaying your One Word in places around your home or at work keeps it in the forefront of your mind. When you feel confusion set in, stress, indecision. Look to your Word for focus and direction.

It’s not too late to find your One Word. It can change your year, it can change your life!

Here is a great resource to get started at GetOneWord There are so many wonderful bloggers out there who share meaningful ideas and inspiration.Sharon from Mrs Hines Class shared what her One Word is for the year, You can read her post here.

If you are searching for ways to simplify your life, to scale down, gain order and balance in your life, there is a wealth of information on MoneySavingMom I will be sharing some other great blogs to follow in the January issue of my newsletter.

Are you up for a One Word challenge? I would love to hear what your One Word is for this year.

Here’s to pursuing 2014 with a passion!!

Diane Long