DIY Homemade Valentine’s Day Book Gift Idea + Artterro DIY Bookmaking Kit Giveaway

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DIY Bookmaking Kit - Homemade Valentine's Day Book DIY
I first discovered the collection of DIY Art Kits from Artterro back in April on Kanelstrand blog and fell in love with their eco-friendly bookmaking kit. Artterro was kind enough to offer me a bookmaking kit at no cost to review and I gladly accepted. This weekend my son, Cody, and I made homemade Valentine’s Day books using the kit. Not only did we have fun learning how to make our own handmade books, but we also learned some really cool things about the company itself.
DIY Bookmaking Kit from Artterro - Eco-friendly and Sustainable Art Kits
The Artterro Bookmaking Kit contains enough materials for making four small, handmade books and includes everything you need to make the books minus the scissors and glue. These kits include all natural and recycled materials, are made in the USA, use minimal and reusable packaging – the box can be turned into a frame for your artwork! – and they are assembled and shipped from Goodwill Industries in Milwaukee, WI. Following is how Cody and I used our kit to create handmade Valentine’s Day books filled with love quotes.
DIY Book Making Kit Materials - All Natural and Recycled Materials are Used in Artterro's Eco-friendly Art Kits
First we separated out the materials into small dishes so we could keep track of them. No sense in having beads and sequins flying everywhere. The decorative papers were so pretty I wanted to use them all!
How to Make A Handmade Book for Valentine's Day
We started by choosing the papers for the inside of the book and then a cover page. We used square pages we cut from the larger pages for the inside pages of our books and a larger sheet for the cover. Then we used the needles included in the kit to sew embroidery thread through the pages to hold the book together. Cody used the extra length from the thread to add some beads to his book that dangled from the bottom. He glued sequins and beads to the cover of his book.
Using Natural Beads to Decorate a Homemade Book
Unlike Cody, I strung beads along the spine of my homemade Valentine’s Day book.
How to Make a Homemade Valentine's Day Book to Gift to Someone You Love
I also used different sheets of decorative papers that I cut to my liking for the cover of my book and glued them to the cover. And I used decorative pages on the interior of my book and glued smaller squares of solid colored papers to these so I could write on them.
Writing Love Quotes Inside a DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Book
Once my book was completely assembled, I googled love quotes online and wrote these quotes on each page of my handmade book.
Writing heart and love inspired phrases inside a handmade book is a great Valentine's Day gift idea!
Cody, on the other hand, chose to wrote down his own love inspired thoughts and phrases.
DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Quote Book - Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea
Once we finished filling out books with words, they were complete and ready for gift giving to someone special!
So, why choose Artterro? Artterro is all about creativity! They design their eco art kits to offer an engaging experience with fresh fun projects and artist quality materials. They inspire and delight as you design beautiful jewelry, fanciful bubble wands, sophisticated storybooks and more. Helping people tap into their creativity with fun, affordable projects is at the core of Artterro’s mission, as is their commitment to sustainability.
Forrest Espinoza and Jennifer Conn of Madison, WI, are the two artists and mothers behind the scenes at Artterro. They founded Artterro because they believe everyone is born creative. Sometimes the pace of our modern lives keeps us from making time for art – and that’s where Artterro comes in! Their goal with every kit is to make them fun, easy and affordable for people to create art with family and friends.
If you’d like to purchase this bookmaking kit – or any other kit – from Artterro, use coupon code: SOAP20 through February 14th, 2013 and receive 20% off your purchase. You can also enter to win an Artterro Bookmaking Kit by entering via Rafflecopter below. This contest is open to USA residents through January 31st, 2013.

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  1. I would share with my kids, of course! =0)
    Today I just found the Artterro Bubble Wands Kit, and I know we’d have a blast with that. We made some homemade wands before, but the kit looks like awesome fun!

  2. This is a great giveaway. I AM very creative by nature and I always look for ways to incorporate my creativity into my every day life. These are some nice kits. I definitely see myself purchasing some, especially during the Spring solstice 🙂 Namaste, Tamara 🙂

  3. Where have I been that I had never heard of Artterro before?! The kits look like so much fun, and I love that they appeal to a wide range of ages, from little kids (with help), all the way up to parents and grandparents.♥

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway! xoxo

    P.S. Nice pic of your son and, um, *daughter*.; ) Good grief, Rebecca, you look about 16, 17 tops! ::shakes head in stunned disbelief:: (If we can ever crawl out of our budget hole, I’ll be stocking up on your soaps–they obviously have done wonders for your skin!♥)

  4. Thanks, Pat. Yes, everyone thought I was a teen mom when my son was born. It’s so hard to believe he’s 16 now and a good foot taller than me! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. Such a wonderful idea, I am doing this with my neices and nephews over the weekend for a gift for their parents I had fun picking out all the supplies for this project, can’t wait to see the little buggers this weekend. Thank you very much for the phenomenal idea. Have an absolutely wonderful week…


  6. I collect toys and other fun things for the kids at our local Ronald McDonald House and this would be a great thing for them.

  7. Oops, I forgot to mention that I would love to share an Artterro kit with my daughter and almost-4-year-old granddaughter!♥

  8. I would share the kit with my granddaughter.

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  10. My niece would love to make these with me.

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  11. I’d share with my 12yr old daughter who loves to craft with me.

  12. I would share with the kids I work with.

  13. with my son and the girl i nanny for.

  14. I would share the art kit with my niece, Allie.

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  15. THe book making kit it my favorite! I have a nerdy, bookworm of a niece who would love it 🙂

  16. I would share with my daughter!

  17. I would share this with my niece, Lily.

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  19. My 5 year old niece!
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  20. Christina – – I’d share my kit with my best friend Elizabeth!

  21. I would share it with my nieces and nephews – it would be a fun art project for us to do it together!

  22. I’d love to do this with my daughter, she’d love it!

  23. Such a cute book. My daughter would love to make this. Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  24. I would share it with my 9 year old who loves to write stories wilcarvic

  25. Love those kits!

  26. I’d share this with my niece, she would love it!

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  27. My oldest niece would really enjoy this.
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  28. I would share this with my daughter who is very creative.

  29. with my kids and home school kids