Meaning of Love

Love – 
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, esp. when based on sexual attraction.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection.
3. a person toward whom love is felt.
7. affectionate concern for the well-being of others.
8. a strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking
11. a score of zero in tennis.
14. to need or require

Webster’s dictionary
(There are 19 total!)

Whatever meaning of love you prefer, Happy Valentine’s Day!

My library books are starting to pile up, so I wanted to work on a quick project today that would let me get some reading in when Tiny Tart goes down for a nap. It’s kind of ironic though that what I decided to do was cut up a dictionary! I have had these since elementary school, and with the use of computers, they have pretty much become obsolete. But rather than tossing them in the recycle, I decided to cut them up and use them for projects. I have seen lots of things going on with text lately, from wall art to decoupage furniture. Some of the ideas are really neat so I thought I’d give it a try.

For my last Valentine’s project I got my inspiration from these on Etsy. (search paper heart garlands) 

Picture from PaperPolaroid in Pennsylvania

Picture from 5280bliss in Colorado

Picture from Bookity in the UK
Each shop has their own version of personalization, and the wedding garlands are really cool. It’s a neat idea to have decorations at your wedding that wouldn’t be too “fussy” to hang in your home afterwards. I also think the one made from maps is brilliant. If you are an avid traveler you could have a heart from all the locations that you have been. It’s definitely a more creative idea than push pins on a map. (We collect magnets. Losers, I know!)
Any way, it was pretty easy to figure out, just grab some paper (my dictionary, turned to: heart) a stapler, and a cutting utensil. I used my Fiskars paper trimmer thing (check picture below), but scissors and a ruler would work too. Once you choose the depth you would like your heart (1 inch for me) just start cutting strips. My pages were just less than 9 1/2 inches tall, so that is the length I stared with. This made my final heart 3 3/4 inches tall. I only used two hearts instead of the 4 pictured above, so my strip lengths were 9 1/2 in. and 8 in. (2 of each).
With all of the short edges (1 in.) lined up, stack a short, 2 long, and another short strip. (If you are making more hearts think steps up and then down the other side.) Now pinching the layers together at the bottom (1 in.) fold two strips down on each side and line their bottoms up with the 4 you were already pinching. Staple through all 8 layers close to the edge. You will now be able to see the heart shape, but the halves will kinda peel apart. Pinching the 4 center layers slide your fingers up until you have the shape you like and add another staple through these 4 layers only. (I only have one of those mini staplers to work with, but if you have the large one (like a normal person) you can measure up the 4 layers and staple before folding the strips to each side.) 
Adding the string is a personal preference, if you would like them hanging vertically place the string in the center of your sandwiched papers before stapling. If you would prefer a garland you can punch holes through the hearts themselves, or add another small strip of paper in the center of the pile like the ones picture above. Once you know the process it is pretty easy to make them your own. 

Now thankfully the Valentine’s crafts are finished. I was surprised to find how limited it made me feel, but the crafts were cute, and I now have a bunch of decorations for next year! It does make me very happy to be back working on whatever the supplies or my whims lead to. 

What are you making for dinner tonight? My recipe is up tomorrow in another Tasty Tuesday. Don’t miss it!
♥Momma Tart
Running Tally:
#46 – Dictionary Heart Decorations

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