Sweetheart Valentine Mini and Card with Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you had a chance to play with the Sweetheart Collection yet?  I've fallen hard for the fresh, modern feel of this beautiful Valentine collection.  I spent a happy day creating this "Cupid's Got Nothing on You" mini album with a matching card.

This is a "from scratch" album, and I had such fun making it that I decided to create a YouTube video tutorial for you, so you can follow along and make your own.  Happy Valentine's Day!

The 5" x 6.5" x 2.25" album has a chipboard cover and red gingham ribbon closure.  And how about this chubby cherub on the cover?  I love this image paired up with the sticker sentiment!

I've used Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Red Licorice and Tricycle Red throughout the album.  The Red Licorice spine provides a contrasting border for the cover.  I've decorated it up with some Valentine charms and stickers from the collection.

The inside pages are just loaded with interactive features like this waterfall cascade, fold outs, flaps, flips, pockets and mini file folders.  I wanted the album design to reflect the playful feel of this paper collection.

The pages also have side mount pockets for holding photo mounts.

Matching  Sweetheart Valentine Card

I was having so much fun playing with Sweetheart that I could not stop!  I created this adorable card with scraps that were left on my worktable.  The card measures 4" x 5.5" with a top fold.  

To make the focal image for this card, I began by fussy cutting the cupid image from one of the 3" x 4" image cards.  Then I covered the image with embossing ink and Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel and heat set it.  This image was layered up with some painted corrugate, Sweetheart papers, die cut hearts and stickers.  I love the way the colors in this collection just pop off the page!

Inside the card, I added a stamped sentiment with some banner flags cut from scraps.  

This chocolate wallet is attached to the base of the card interior with Scor-Tape.  It's tied shut with a bit of ribbon.  

Inside the chocolate wallet there's an itty bitty window envelope with a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate treat.  The envelope is held shut with a paperclip embellie.  Everyone needs at least a tiny bit of chocolate on Valentine's Day!

Sweetheart Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

This YouTube tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of building the album cover, constructing the tab mechanism for the spine, and designing the clever pocket pages.  First I'll take you on a walk through of the album, then we'll build it together, and finally you'll be able to view a photo gallery of each page and interactive element in the album.  Are you ready to get your craft on?  Great!  Then grab a pencil and notebook and let's get this Valentine's Day Party started!

Wishing you lots of Valentine Hugs and Kisses!  Thanks for stopping by!




  1. Beautiful album! So many details to absorb...I watched the video twice! Now, I need to make one for my granddaughter.

  2. Love, love, love this! Such gorgeous paper and I love how beautifully you used it!

  3. This is just stunning Kathy!!! Love every detail and have to have this paper!!


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