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Paper Valentines are the Best!

January 23rd, 2012
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[Photo Credit:  Wikipedia]

St. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated on February 14th since 496 AD.  The day was initially named for one or more Christian martyrs.  (Though deleted by the Catholic Church, in 1969, by Pope Paul VI, from the General Roman Calendar of Saints according to Wikipedia.)

The first association with romantic love and Valentine’s Day is attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer when he wrote, in 1382, “Parlement of Foules” which translated states “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”

Victorian Valentines were treasured pieces of art which were made by hand using tissue, satin, lace, colored inks, embossed hearts and flowers, feathers, pearls, beads, etc. and often included poems and professions of love for recipients.

In the early 19th century. paper valentines became so popular that they were assembled in factories, according to Wikipedia.  Today, according to Wikipedia and the US Greeting Card Association, it’s estimated 190 million Valentine’s are sent each year and 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

While Valentine’s Day is also celebrated with gifts of flowers, candy, jewelry, and a wide-range of other tokens of affection, we still think Paper Valentine’s are the best!!  These special handmade treasures can take hours to make and truly set the holiday apart from other commercial holidays where gifts are purchased in minutes with very little thought or originality.  Go ahead and send off an e-Valentine or a purchased Valentine to your friends and family members, but for that special love in your life we suggest you take some time to assemble a special handmade card using homemade papers, embossed and cut papers, lace, satin, and beads accompanied with your own, unique words describing your feelings of love.

Handy Tip FYI:  Super Glue Corporation even has a terrific paper friendly super glue for you to use to ensure your collage items stay attached for years to come.  The Accutool is one super glue product that actually bonds to paper far outperforming traditional white glues and glue sticks!