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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

52 Reasons | Redux


This is one of the first crafts I'd ever posted online. I used to belong to a community called Craftster.org (waaaay back in the day). It's still around but I rarely remember to visit. However, it pops up on my radar about this time of year. One of my crafts was featured in their Valentine's Day collection on the forum. And now that Pinterest is here, my old post keeps resurfacing.

My problem is I took the pics and posted them in a bit of a rush. And seeing those photos back in circulation kinda makes me cringe. So I decided to re-take the photos and create a new post.

I am able to do it because 1) the boypiece still proudly displays my project and 2) he lives under the same roof. Which makes it simple to steal it back and retake the pics!

So here it is, back again, my "52 Reasons Valentine Deck of Cards"  (ps. If you want to check out the original post from 2008, you can find it HERE)


At the time when I made this, there were a few other versions out there. I decided to use the full deck of cards instead of just using cards as the "book cover" with cardstock pages. I also used ribbon instead of jump rings to bind the pages. There are still a few other versions out there, but this is just how I did it :) Oh and one other HUGE difference, mine says "like" instead of "love". And it's still relevant today, since we prefer not to use that other word (strange, I know).

Supply list:
  • 1 full deck of playing cards
  • 1 foot of red ribbon
  • paper hole punch
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • personal photos and clip art from the internet
  • computer


Quite possibly the most difficult part of this entire project was coming up with the 52 reasons! It probably wouldn't be so hard these days. But at the time I made this, we had only been dating a year and a half. Although, all the reasons are still true to this day :)



Step 1) Open up any word processing program on your computer and start typing out your reasons. They can be silly or sentimental...mix it up!


Step 2) Once you've got your reasons, it's time to figure out what pictures best compliment your words. I used a lot of clip art (yay, Google!) and a few personal photos from my computer


Step 3) Print everything out and cut down to size


Step 4) Spread out your deck and arrange your pics/text on the cards. Don't forget to leave the Joker cards for your front and back cover!


Step 5) Use your paper punch to add two holes to each card. I suggest punching the holes prior to gluing down your pages!


Step 6) Using your glue stick, secure each text/photo combo to their playing card


Step 7) Once the glue has dried, arrange the pages in the order you prefer


Step 8) Tie your ribbon through the holes and finish it off with a bow!



I also added a special Happy Valentine's Day message on the joker used as the back cover :)


The most time consuming part is finding the pics to use and coming up with the 52 reasons. If you can do that fairly quickly, you could throw this together as a last-minute gift! It's also great for birthdays or anniversaries if you don't really celebrate Valentine's ;)





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Have fun creating! And Happy Valentines Day!

43 comments:

  1. This is really cute! I've not seen this done before. I'm single at the moment so didn't do Valentines day, but I'll take note of this incase I meet someone I like 52 things about in the future ;) But I guess it could be used for friends too. Great tutorial! Simple yet very effective!

    xBeth

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  2. thank you! I think it'd make a great best friend present :)

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  3. I can't think of anything more perfect... you have stumbled on perfection!!!!!! I'm totally blown away & I can't wait to do this :)

    xx

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  4. I found your blog via Craftgawker and I love this idea! Thanks for inspiring...I'm bookmarking for next VDay.

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  5. This would be great for a lot of different occasions, like birthdays or Father's day. You could really have fun with it!

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  6. What size font did you use for the words you printed out? I want to make sure mine fits the first time I print it. Super cute idea, by the way!

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  7. unfortunately I did this several years ago, so I don't remember the font size. I would guess it was at least 20

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  8. Found this via Pinterest, such a sweet and thoughtful idea!

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  9. My best friend's girl friend did this for their one year anniversary...only difference was 365 note cards as to why she loved him...very cute idea! :)

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  10. My boyfriend is a blackjack dealer at a casino, so this will be the perfect gift for our 4 year anniversary next month! Too cute!!

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  11. I saw you pin on Pinterest on Monday. Our 28th Anniversary is Saturday. Can I get it done in time? Only the Lord knows that one. Not being sure I could come up with my 52 reasons I love him quickly enough I googled "52 reasons I love you" I got many links, yet many say to sandpaper the cards. I like yours better than covering all but the corners, or putting a big heart on the top with numbers in it, or inking them and wiping it off. Please advise if I should sandpaper them so they stick to the cards.

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    1. no need to sandpaper, just mod podge the pics/text right on :)

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  12. Would you know what size of font was used? I can't really estimate what size would be too large or too small.

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    1. 14pt to 16pt depending on how much room you need (or how large the pics are)

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  13. How did you hole-punch the cards? I think mine may be too small for a standard hole puncher. They're regular sized playing cards though...

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    1. I used a 1-hole punchers, not a 2- or 3- hole punch

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  14. love this! can't wait to try it myself! I'm doing a daily project and it's handy to have some fresh ideas!

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  15. Wow, this is real good. Simple yet very cute. Love the idea

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  16. My 15th anniversary is coming up...going to try to make a bunch of little special items, this being one of them! thanks for the idea :)

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  17. doing this for my 2 year anniversary, the first 4have turned out beautifully so far!!! thank you for the amazing on a budget gift <3

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  18. Are these regular sized playing cards you used? Or bigger? I looked at standard sized cards and it seemed like they would be too small?

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    1. This is just a standard sized deck. the graphics I used are about 1-2 inches, depending

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  19. I love this!! I am going to make this for Vday!! Thanks for the great idea! Did you mod podge over the text and pictures as well?

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    1. nope! I only used a glue stick on the back. I didn't want the pages to stick together. I had made it the night before I gave it to him, so I didn't have time for mod podge to dry :)

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  20. aCraftyChicky(SAM)January 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    what font did you use?

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    1. I'm sorry, it was so long ago and on my old computer. I was unable to recreate the font and figure out the name :(

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  21. Tsuki,

    This is a brilliant idea! I shared your 52 Reasons Cards with my readers as a part of my 5 {DIY} Valentine's Day Inspirations.

    Thank you for your tutorial!

    Jessica
    a Shimmering Star

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  22. I did this yesterday took me long but it was all worth it. I called it "52 Reasons Why I Love You". I didn't have much time to punched holes on the card because and also because I'd like to use a book binder rings instead of a ribbon. Some of the examples can be seen in the following:

    http://instagram.com/p/Vsbqh7uhKI/
    http://instagram.com/p/VsarJmxHH-/
    http://www.eyeem.com/p/7578446
    http://www.eyeem.com/p/7578341

    Thank you for sharing this idea. It is definitely was a hit and a lot of my friends love the idea. I also put it in my new post at http://foodiecessadventures.blogspot.com/2013/02/foodie-cess-valentines-day-tips.html

    Thanks again!

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  23. Que original!!
    Le encantarĂ­a...

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  24. I love the comedic touch! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  25. I would love to do this for my boyfriend for Christmas but I am scared he will think if is kind of cheesy even though I think it is super cute!

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  26. nice , i wish you can take a look at the top deck cards they are an awesome collection

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  27. Does it hold together well with ribbon? I've seen other ones done with binder rings, do you think it would work better with those? Or do they pages still turn fine with ribbon?

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  28. Do the pages turn well if it is held together with ribbon? I've seen other ones held together with binder rings, do you think that would work better?

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  29. Love love love this idea, it's just brilliant! You clever clever person!

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  30. We just love this craft that we included it in our latest blog post! Love love love!

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  31. Awww this is pretty cool! Love this craft and the Valentines day messages and reasons you wrote in each playing card. This is so amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Cheers and hugs xxxxx
    Marilyn
    http://easyday.snydle.com/valentines-day-wishes-and-messages.html

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