Sending Love Across the Miles : A Handmade Valentine Notebook

greeting card notebook diy


We recently received a cute handmade card and note in the mail from our 8 year old niece who lives far away. I know from firsthand experience of growing up far away from any extended family, that an envelope addressed straight to her would be most appreciated in return. I also thought a girl of her age would enjoy getting a little notebook with a secret letter slipped within its pages.

valentine notebook to mail


Since it is also near to Valentine's Day I went with that theme, using a pre-made card with a heart motif on it. It isn't strictly a Valentine card as it has no writing on it and came from a box of them that I bought years ago and have used for birthdays and other occasions too, so really any note card would work for this project.

supplies for diy notebook


pages for diy notebook


The pages are plain lined paper from an 8x10 inch pad that I cut to make 8 folded pages (so 16 in total), and the binding was done with 3 of the 6 threads from regular cotton embroidery floss.

I've made similar notebooks before and posted some detailed instructions for this method of tying the pages to the cover with an ancient bookmaking technique called Coptic Binding - here.

poking hole for notebook binding


coptic binding handmade notebook


I also made use of my new awl to pre-make the holes through which I passed the floss but as I showed in the previous tutorial, a pushpin and small hammer do the job fine as well.

close up valentine notebook


handmade notebook


handmade valentine notebook


For the note that I slipped inside, I used a template made by tracing a small envelope I received with a flower delivery that I had opened at the seams, and wrote my message directly on that and then folded it up and sealed it. The 'stamp' is a scan and printout of some vintage stamps I have from the 1940s or so, previously shown in this post from last year.

valentine note


I think this will be a nice surprise for this darling girl to get in the mail. I'm glad that she is showing signs of interest in having a pen-pal living in Toronto and am certainly keen to encourage that by sending interesting letters in response.

[For information purposes, I took the envelope to be weighed at the Post Office to see if it went as a regular letter (in case it was too heavy with the extra pages) and it did so I didn't have to add any extra postage to this, at least in Canada, that is.]

Also in last week's outgoing mail were a couple of vintage Valentines for my cousin's sweet kids, one of whom is seen here posing with the blanket I made her for Christmas.

vintage valentines


Thanks for taking a look. I hope your week is off to a great start with a fine Monday.
xo loulou
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5 Responses to Sending Love Across the Miles : A Handmade Valentine Notebook

  1. Lisa says:

    What a sweet little notebook! Fantastic idea! My little peeps will love to get those vintage valentines, they love mail! So thoughtful – brings back good memories of my childhood too for sure! xoxo

  2. Vix says:

    Oh, that’s lovely! What a gorgeous surprise to get through the post!
    Those vintage Valentines are adorable, too! xxx

  3. Julie says:

    oh wow, that is such a sweet idea! and I love the vintage valentines too, they are SO adorable, who wouldn’t love mail like that?

  4. Hollie says:

    Oh! That’s so cute and smart!!

  5. Shakti says:

    You make the cutest little notebooks

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