Pins I’ve Tried: 52 Things I Like About You.

My daughter has been dating her boyfriend for almost a year now.  And yes, I still feel like, at 19, she is completely too young to date, but that’s a story for another day :)   She wanted to do something fun for him for his birthday and stalked Pinterest for some ideas.

52 Things I Like About You

52 Things I Like About You

She saw this pin and thought the idea was cute, so she went with it.

52 things I like about you

52 things I like about you – original pin

You will see that I didn’t link this picture to the original site – and that’s because it tracks back to a scraper website :(  And even going back to the website at the bottom doesn’t take me to the original website. That makes me sad. Please re-pin wisely. Blogs (and websites) are having their pictures stolen and used to get traffic to spam websites, and credit is not being given. It’s a bit of a bummer for us and it seems to have increased since Pinterest has gotten so much bigger lately. Okay, getting down from my soapbox.

What she used:

  • Deck of cards
  • hole punch
  • leather strips – we had these on hand
  • scrap book paper (used for the cover and back page only)
  • sticker letters (she used them on cover only, but you could use them throughout the deck)
  • Mod Podge
  • Elmer’s glue
  • imagination
  • Color printer and paper

First, she made two holes in each card – that way she wouldn’t make the mistake to put pictures or phrases where you have to make the holes later.

52 things - dancing

52 things – dancing

Then she came up with 52 different things that she liked about him and printed them out (Arial Bold font). She cut out each phrase and glued them to the cards. Adding pictures made it cuter/funnier.

52 things - good manners

52 things – good manners

As you can see, she has quite a sense of humor :)

52 things - clean

52 things – clean – She’s a bit of a Monk fan

Then she went over everything with Mod Podge. You don’t have to do this step, especially if you glue the pieces down really well, but using the Mod Podge made the surface smooth and even.

52 Things - joking face

52 Things – joking face

She let them dry overnight. This is especially important because if they will stick together if you don’t let them dry all the way.

52 things - beautiful

52 things – beautiful

Awww… as a parent, that one makes my heart happy.

52 things - gentleman

52 things – gentleman

Okay, what’s funny to me about this one is that she had no idea who the dancing guy is! I think I have failed at introducing her to the classics. I’m going to have to plan a few “old movie” nights.

52 things - moody

52 things – moody

That one makes me laugh too :)

After everything was completely dry, she made the front and back cover using some scrapbook paper and stickers. And a little bit of fire around the edges of the paper.

52 things I like about you-Boston Accent

52 things I like about you-Boston Accent

She strung the leather strip through, and tied the ends.

52 things i like about you

52 things i like about you

 

And that’s it. It’s an easy project that can be done in whatever  style you want, and for any holiday or special occasion. Or no special occasion at all. Make it funny or serious, with or without added pictures, and you can always use ribbon or metal rings to keep them all together if you don’t have leather strips.

I’ve been hinting that I would love one of them from my husband for my upcoming birthday… but he’s the same man who wrote me the following poem after much thought…

“Eliesa – I love you more than pizza”

No lie.

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Gifts from the heart are the best ever! I think you raised a very special daughter!!

  2. Love it!! :)

  3. I love that pizza poem. It reminds me of one that David Bower wrote in 8th grade (as an assignment, not to anyone):
    My lovey dovey so sweet and fine
    I love to kiss you at the stroke of nine.

  4. Eliesa, I must tell you, I made this exact same thing for my Mr last year for Valentine’s Day, but I like your daughter’s version so much better! How creative she is! The leather strips add so much charm, as do the images and her own personality which is reflected in each thought. I’m impressed, and I know he will be also!

  5. Michelle Nettles says:

    I did this for my college kids on Valentines day (for their first year in college I sent them special packages for every holiday I could think of to help them feel the love from home). I sent them a booklet of the cards with 14 reasons that I love them. I love your daughters creativity in what she chose for her booklet!! :)

  6. Love this! I can just imagine how I’d feel if I knew that someone took the time to create one of those for me. It’s such a special thing but that’s no surprise because you and your daughter are special people. And I love pizza so that poem might have just prompted tears :). Thanks for sharing friend!

  7. What a great gift your daughter made! I love the leather ties…they make it so masculine-looking. I also think the pictures added so much to the “pages”. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea with us. I sure hope the boyfriend appreciated this special gift.

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