Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
1
FEB
2011

Valentine’s Day coupon book

by: Chica

Valentine’s Day coupon book
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Love coupons have always been a popular Valentine’s Day gift because they can be so fun to customize for your sweetheart. This year I decided to make my own version, inspired by another classic Valentine’s Day item — candy conversation hearts. Then I brought it all together by perforating each coupon and binding them into a book. So cool!

The first step was to customize the coupons themselves. I made a handy downloadable Word doc for you guys so you can make your own. It includes patterned pages to line the inside of the book and to create a title page, as well as lots of candy heart pages in various colors.

Download our free Valentine’s Day coupons

I edited the text on each page of the template to customize the coupons for my Honey. Then I just printed them onto paper and cut them out.

Valentine's Day coupon book

The next step was to perforate each page so that they would be easier to remove from the finished book. Coupons are way more fun if you can actually tear them out. Fortunately, this is really easy (and REALLY fun) to do with a rotary perforating tool that Jo discovered recently. I just ran it in a straight line about a half inch from the left side of each coupon. (Make sure to use a cutting mat underneath.) It’s amazing the difference this little touch makes!

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Then I grabbed a 4×6 Unibind album cover to create the book, and spiffed up the inside of the cover by using double-sided tape or glue to adhere some of the pattern pages from the download. Then I just tucked the pages in the cover and used the Unibind Photobook Creator to bind the book. (Learn more about this tool our other Unibind project posts).

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After the book was bound, I raided Jo’s stash of lovey-dovey scrapbook supplies to decorate the cover for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day coupon book

I know my Honey is going to love tearing out the pages of his coupon book. I have a feeling that “Takeout from the Indian restaurant” is going to be the first one he uses.. he loves Indian food!

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We had the chance to share this project with others when we hosted two make-and-take sessions at the Unibind booth during this CHA Winter show last weekend. Here are some pictures of booth guests having fun assembling the books and a picture of one of the completed projects. We had a blast working with Unibind at the show.

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5 comments so far:

  • 1
    Rachel 02/01/2011 at 8:17 pm

    Yay! Thanks so much for doing this and for sharing. These are great! I’m off to spread the word!

  • 2
    Jo 02/01/2011 at 8:47 pm

    Rachel, as always, thanks for the link love. We really need to meet some day!

  • 3
    Charlene 02/02/2011 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for allowing us to personalize it! My husband will enjoy getting this from me, I’m sure.

    I don’t have a cool rotary perforating tool, so I’m going to try running the paper through my sewing machine without thread in it, and see if that works.

  • 4
    Jo 02/02/2011 at 1:22 pm

    Charlene, I have heard that using the sewing machine will work just fine for perforating.

  • 5
    Annette 02/09/2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love the valentine’s coupons! Thanks for sharing.

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