The Reasons I Love You Valentines Advent Banner

With Valentines Day coming up, my crafty mind defaults to heart-shaped cookies, cards for the Little Bug’s classmates, something “cool” that my 6th grade Bigger Bug could do for any one he might find lovely and charming ;) and cute crafts for this little ol’ blog.

But this year, I figured my hunky hubba hubby – The Saint – deserves a little something special.  While he may not dig the touches of girly pink or all the lovey dovey hearts, the sentiments inside are heart felt and oh okay, maybe a little cheesy.  But isn’t that what love is? 

So, as a little 2 week long countdown of love notes, here is this week’s {create this} craft and tutorial … the reasons i love you valentines advent banner!!

Anyway, on with the show …

I picked up a pack of 12 little brown paper bags with kraft card stock inserts for a song at Michael’s with a coupon – I think $1.50 after a 40% coupon!  Score!  In addition to the 12 little bags, I grabbed cute little red and white envelopes, various number stickers, tickets, pins, chipboard hearts and scrapbook embellishments from my stash – buying less, using more!  Then, I just arranged (and rearranged and rearranged!) the 14 sweet little love notes.  I am in L-O-V-E with the way they turned out!  Here are a few close ups …

Get creative … tickets and pins, punched borders, chipboard hearts, number stickers!

Inked white chipboard numbers, a few more tickets and pins … all attached to jute with mini wooden clothespins! 

What do my sweet nothings say?  These are the reasons I love you so, Saint:

  • You are The Bugs’ biggest fans … they will always remember you cheering on the side lines.  Love that!
  • Your tenacious spirit and unwillingness to give up your hard won sobriety.
  • You go to the grocery store to pick up whatever odds & ends I forgot because I am already in my PJs.
  • You tell me I’m beautiful.  And I believe it.
  • You put your legs over mine in bed just because you want to know I’m there.
  • You spend more than our agreed upon budget because you say I deserve more.
  • You understand my need for a little alone time … and occasional retail therapy.
  • You loved me at 19 and still do at 33.  And still will at 93.  I can’t wait.
  • You wear flip flops because I asked you to.  Even though you’re a “shoes and socks” kind of guy.
  • You stop to help the woman who is stuck on the side of the road.
  • You say, “I’m sorry” first. 
  • You won’t let me settle.
  • You remembered I wanted a heart shaped ruby engagement ring.  And I only mentioned it once.
  • You love me when I don’t deserve it, forgive when you might not want to and laugh at all my jokes.  Will you be my Valentine?

This is a sweet and sentimental gift for someone that just totally floats your boat!  I haven’t even shown this little banner to The Saint, so if I can keep him out of my craft room, I am going to surprise him on February 1st!!   

Hope you were inspired to {create this}!!

More sweet ways to say I love you:


  1. Keri-

    This was BEAUTIFUL! I have been meaning to make one of these for a few years… and haven’t done it. I feel like you crawled in my head and made just what I was thinking. I love it! Thanks for sharing you love notes too…they were even more beautiful than the calendar.


  2. Very impressed! Wish I had a Valentine to do it for! Maybe next year!

    Lil Madre

  3. This is GREAT idea! It would be fun to do for kids too or for kids to do!

  4. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your Valentine line. It looks so colorful. Thank you for sharing your sentimental reasons as well. I bet your husband will enjoy reading them.

  6. Your hubby will love it! And you made it look so good!

  7. The banner turned out great. The sweet sentiments are sure to be loved by ‘the Saint’.

  8. What a cute idea!!! I think any one could make these with what they have lying around. great job!!!

  9. Great idea :) Laurel

  10. What a great Valentine calender.
    Good luck from Bacon Time.

  11. This is just so sweet and so cute!I would love it if you came over to link up at my party which is going on till Monday night!

  12. What a wonderfully creative idea! I love the way it turned out! I’d love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  13. WOW! You have such great ideas.. I love this reasons banner..
    I am so inspired to make one.. I should start writing some special reasons now.. :)
    Thanks for linking up

  14. What a adorable idea, love it!

    Warm Wishes,

  15. This is FABULOUS!!!! So creative, love it. Would like to invite you to share this with us at Sharing Saturday –

    Have a great weekend,

  16. More than the look of it, I was so moved by what you said ot him….that was precious and soulful.

  17. what a lovely idea with such a greta theme! Please stop by to enter my digital scrapbook giveaway!

  18. your valentine bunting is so sweet!
    we all like to know why we’re special.
    thanks for linking up @ catch as catch can.

  19. Such a sweet idea and an awesome post Keri! This would be fun to do for our kids too, tell them all the things we appreciate about them. Now I have an unrelated techie question for you:-) how do you get all those linky parties to show up at the end of your post? Do you have to link them one by one or is there a short cut? Thanks!

  20. Tracey – thanks for stopping by! I did take the time one day to link all of those link parties one by one. BUT when I want to add that same block of links to another post, I just copy the html and paste it at the bottom of the new post. I normally copy from the most recent post so I capture any new link parties I might have added. You could also add the text into your template and it would be added to every post you create. Hope this helps! You can also email me at shakentogetherblog {at} gmail {dot} com if you want and I’ll email you my html to save you time :)

  21. This turned out great! What fun. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  22. Absolutely wonderful! Wishing I had someone that loved me that way so I could make something like that for him. I don’t like my dogs would “get it”. Thanks for the inspiration.


  23. Keri-
    I LOVE this idea! LOVE it!! I also love your 14 reasons for your husband to be your valentine. I hope that this doesn’t sound creepy, but I could just take your reasons, and use them for mine. Almost exactly! Even are ages. Although, my favorite one is the flip flop one. I so do that. :)
    Thanks for the fantastic idea and having a fabulous blog. Can’t wait to check out the rest your blog.

    Have a happy week!

  24. Dropping by from nifty thrifty sunday. Loved the banner and the idea behind it. I would love for you to link up with my 2nd Glance Saturday I am leaving it open all week. I think it is worth a 2nd Glance.

  25. What a great idea! And I love reading all your ‘reasons’!!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  26. This is such a cute idea! I love the reasons you put in there too. Very neat way to thank someone for being a part of your life.

  27. what a cute idea!
    I’m a new follower thanks to the Talent Show linky!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  28. Such a special creation. Thanks for sharing.

  29. This is fantastic and something I know my girls would love, thanks for sharing!

  30. Wow, I’m in LOVE with this project. What a brilliant idea! Plus it turned out so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Warmly, Michelle

  31. This is so cute!!! I’m so happy that I have time to do this for my Valentine!!!

  32. So cute! I love this!! I am so glad I came across your blog. I am your newest follower and I would appreciate it if you followed me back at my blog! I am also doing a giveaway for free software!! You should come check it out at

  33. LOVE IT! I love this idea!! Please come share it at our linky party…

  34. This is so precious! I LOVE it! I think I am going to scraplift this idea and put my own spin on it!! I think my husband would find it rather odd if I put the same things you wrote down!! HAHAHAHA!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! I am a new follower!


  35. This is such a cute idea for the “special someone”. Thanks for sharing! We are so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another great idea! -The Sisters

  36. This is so sweet! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours Link Party! ;)

  37. What a fun idea–and thoughtful!

  38. Darling and so thoughtful!!! Found you from “Free Pretty Things” ~ so glad I did!


  39. I would love for you to add this recipe to my Famous Linkz Party!! I have one every Wednesday.

  40. PS I love your cute reasons why you love comments. I think anyone who has a blog and wants them to love it as much as they do feels the same way. #3 I would probably love to kick it wit ya cuz you sound awesome too!

  41. That is so creative and cute!! I want one!! :)

    I would love for you to come link up at my weekly party going on right now “Thursdays are YOUR Days”!!

    I’m your newest follower! I love your cute blog!!

  42. I just pinned this and I might try to do it for my hubs this year. I love the idea so much. I know you are getting requests to share this like crazy, but here’s one more: I would love if you would consider linking this up to my “Drab to Fab” party this Friday (tomorrow). The theme is taking the ordinary or simple and turning it into something fabulous! This post totally embodies that! I know my readers would get a kick out of seeing this! Here’s a link to more info about the party.
    Hope to see you tomorrow!

  43. This is a super cute idea! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow.

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    Grab your featured button and enjoy.. :D

  45. That is adorable!!! All I kept saying out load after reading each reason was “Awwwwwwwwwww!!!” You wrote such sweet things!! I love it!!

  46. Awesome idea! Love all the fun embellishments ♥

  47. what a very lovely idea!!! so sweet! would LOVE for you to link up to my Handmade Valentine party, happening now:
    blessings to you,

  48. Keri, you are such a sweetheart! I love this and shared it on Facebook! Thank you so much for linking it up! You’ve inspired me!

  49. What an adorable idea to show your love for you husband!!!! I love all the cute embellishments you used:-)

  50. This is SO cute!! My hubby would love this. Darling idea. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  51. I love this idea! Personalized Valentine’s are the best! I’ll be featuring this today at Creations by Kara.

  52. So sweet! Got to do this! And yours look so beautiful!

  53. Love this! We will be featuring this tomorrow at

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