Valentine's Dates with Echo Park

Hi Everyone

I have a few Valentine's Day ideas coming up in the next week and this one is heaps of fun to make.


Each little paper container inside the jar contains a date idea. Each month we will pick one out and we have four weeks to make sure we set aside an evening to do whatever is on the card.

If you have read my blog before - you will know that these "Sour Cream" containers are one of my favorite projects to make.  

You can see a detailed tutorial on how to make the containers here and the measurements I used for these particular mini containers were 2"x4" or 5x10cm. I used the Yours Truly Collection from Echo Park. You can use either the 6x6 Paper Pad or the 12 x 12 papers

 

  1. Print and cut out 12 ideas for dates for you and your partner
  2. Roll the date up and insert into the container (see here for the detailed tutorial)
  3. Seal up the other end 
  4. Make 11 more!

The plastic jar I have used was one I picked up at a dollar store and I used some of the stickers from the Elements Sticker Sheet to decorate. A few small rhinestones, a paper circle in the lid cut with my Cuttlebugand Spellbindersand it's all done!


I have some more Valentine's ideas coming later in the week - and please post a comment with any questions.

Lowri

I am linking up this post to these websites here.

39 comments:

  1. I love this idea ! I think I am going to try it ! Thank you so much for sharing !

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  2. What a great idea and it came out sooo cute! I Love red and black together.

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  3. This is adorable! I love it.

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  4. What a fun idea! I'm pinning this to my lovey dovey board! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Great idea, thanks for sharing !

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  6. Lucky husband of yours to have such a romantic year long plan of dates sorted!

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  7. That's a great idea! I'm adding this to my project list. Vising from craft-0-maniac!

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  8. This is absolutely darling! Love the papers you used and the fun sour cream packets. This is such a great idea, I would love to do something like this for my kids too. Sort of like a reward system when they do their chores. Thanks so much for sharing Lori!

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  9. Super cute and adorable idea!! Would love for you to shaer @ handmade tuesdays www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  10. OMG.. this is so cute! I LOVE your whole blog... in fact, it is going into my Blog FAVS in pinterest! X0X0

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  11. I love this project! It's soo cute! and congrats on your one million page views and 1500 followers today! So so cool!

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  12. This is awesome. Thanks for the super cute idea. Saw you on Tip Junkie!

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  13. So creative! What a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day all year long. I had to pin it CraftBliss Sweet Valentine Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you. ~Dee

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  14. This is brilliant and I love it! Your blog is the best...thank you for sharing such creative tutorials :)

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  15. I saw this on the Paper Issues blog and had to drop by! This is such a cute idea.

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  16. How cute is that!? Thanks for sharing, and for sharing the tutorial too!

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  17. I love this idea. Saw this on Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts.

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  18. Love this idea! Date time is so important. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Love it, love it, love it! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Love this idea, do you have a suggestion for the maximum width of the date idea? I'm not sure how wide to make them and have them still fit in the container once rolled up...without distorting the container's shape.

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    1. Hi - I guess it depends on what kind of paper you print them on as to how tightly you can roll them up!
      Mine were 11.5 x x3cm but I printed them onto card and they were quite bulky! I rolled them tightly around a peencil and then fit infine.
      If you used plain copy paper to print on it would be a lot easier!
      Hope that helps :-)
      Lowri

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  21. I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  22. What a creative idea! I would love for you to share it at my Valentines Party @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  23. Great project! I shared your link with my readers at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/six-for-saturday-or-sunday_11.html :) ~Laura

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  24. I love the simplicity of each little card, but i'm having trouble thinking of date ideas. Would you mind sharing what you wrote on each card/date? I'd really appreciate it! :)

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    1. Hi - sorry but most of these reasons were pretty personal so no I am not going to share!
      I just tried to think of fun things we could do (mainly at home as we don't have easy access to babysitters!) that we take us out of our normal routine. Maybe cooking meal together and a nice bottle of wine, takeout and a movie on DVD, a no-TV night - things like that.
      You could try googling date ideas too!

      Hope that helps

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    2. Hey girl!

      I totally understand! I figured that they might be personal, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Actually I'm really glad you don't have all of your ideas showing because it made me actually think about what my guy likes, I just needed to stop being lazy :) And thanks for some of the suggestions you replied with.

      Some of mine ended up including "date: blankets, champagne, and stargazing" and "date: backyard, tent, sleepingbags, ghost stories, and s’mores!" and "date: fooseball, beers, and a little competition!" (All things he's into!)

      Again, thank you so much for the cute idea & for the tutorial on the sour cream packets! Too precious! :)

      Thanks!
      Mackenzie

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  26. I've never seen the sour cream containers before. TOOOO cute!

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  27. Neatest idea! I was going to make a date night blog post that would have been a little boring. This is so cute. I would like to feature this on Feb.11, 2013. I don't like to feature and not let you know. Grab the I've Been Featured Button on my side bar. Thank you for your creative ideas. Am following you by rss.

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  28. so so cute! I teared up when I saw this! I totally want to try it!

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  29. Hello! Loved this idea! Could you share the graphics on the outside of the jar for us to print out? That would be superb! TY

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    1. Hi Mary - you can purchase the digital elements of this paper collection online at jessicasprague.com or you may be able to find some of the stickers still available from this Collection.
      Try these links:
      http://www.jessicasprague.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.pbv.tabs.tpl&product_id=1876&category_id=10&keyword=yours+Truly+element&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=295

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  30. I love this sweet and cute idea! I'll be pinning!

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