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What You Make of It: Vintage Pocket Valentine by Susan Duane

Hello! I'm so excited to be a part of Vintage Indie. I want to thank Gabreial for giving me the opportunity to share my love of vintage with all of you. I hope you enjoy my first DIY project. We are making a pocket filled with vintage ephemera for your favorite Valentine.

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You will need:

  • a page protector used for scrapbooking in any size you like
  • cardstock to affix your pocket to
  • vintage papers of all kinds (I used vintage ledger paper, sheet music, wallpaper, old Library pockets and tiny glassine envelopes)
  • punches
  • stamps
  • vintage buttons 
  • vintage ribbon, rikrak or seam binding for tying the pocket closed.

Start by cutting off the edge of the page protector with the holes.

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Cut your cardstock just a little wider than your pocket.

For the length you'll want about a 2" flap at the top. To fold over the top of the pocket.

I cut an old sheet music cover and glued it to the cardstock, this step is optional. If you don't do this you'll see your cardstock through the pocket which is just fine.

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Sew the pocket to the cardstock. If you don't sew don't worry just glue down your pocket or use fun staples.

Punch various shapes from your vintage papers. This would be a great way to use old Valentine's, punch out your favorite parts.

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Decide on buttons or anything else you'd like to put inside.
Stamp some tags with your favorite stamps.

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Put all your ephemera inside the pocket and tie it closed with your ribbon or seam binding.

This makes a thoughtful gift for a crafty friend or family member.  The great thing about this project is that you can easily adapt it to use what you already have on hand. No page protector? Try using a clear cello bag or transparency. No ribbon? Use twine or baker's string. You can stamp the flap for added interest, age the edges with your inks. The possibilities are endless, be creative and add your own touch!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

 - Susan

Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.


The Design Confidential

Susan, I just love this! So super cute and what fun it will be to do!

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How fun! I want to give this a shot. Thanks for sharing!

Beth Bertenshaw

Loved the DIY (do it yourself) Valentine project! Will give it a try. Great way to use all my vintage craft treasures that are begging to have a purpose again! Welcome to VI!

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Thank you :) Have fun!


i love this idea and i'm certainly going to make these enchanting valentines this year. each year i make my own valentines, this year they will be of the suz variety!

thank you so much for this marvelous idea, sweet friend.

Austin Wedding Planners

Hi Susan, what a cute idea. I think it is so much more personal when you actually make the gift rather than just buying it. So cute...I already have so many ideas that I want to play with. Thanks for sharing!



i especially like how the vintage wallpaper looks punched out into flowers. very pretty.

happy 2010



Oh Suzie! I am so proud to be your friend! This is just great! Way to go! I can't wait to see what you have in store next, keep up the good work!

Wishful Nals

so cute, thanks for sharing!


So excited that you will be writing here ! Love your project!

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