DIY Love Coupon Book
by Kat Richter

Do It Yourself book of love coupons

Remember the coupon books you used to give your mom on Mother's Day? You'd get out your crayons and some construction paper and make promises to do the dishes, pack your own lunch or wash the car? Well, the coupon book is back, except this time we're not talking about your mom. And we're not talking about washing the car either (unless of course that's some sort euphemism).

So forget about the crayons and start thinking. With these adorable DIY Coupon Books, your Love Coupons may be too cute to cash in!

To get started, you'll need the following supplies:
  • One package of assorted cardstock
  • Scrapbooking paper in various colors, prints and textures
  • Letter stickers (you can “paint” your own letters with glitter glue but stickers are easier, cleaner and quicker)
  • Glitter paint (found in the fabric paint section of your local craft store)
  • One yard of ribbon
  • Assorted buttons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread (crewel thread or embroidery floor work best, as they're thicker and make more an impact)
Love coupon book supplies

Tip: Many arts and craft stores carry Designer Mat Pads by K and Company. They're little booklets of blank, colored cardstock printed with different patterns on each side. We used a Designer Mat Pad to create each of the pages depicted below.

The Cover

First you need to make a cover for your booklet. This will help you determine the overall design and color scheme.

Step 1) Select a piece of cardstock to use as the base of your cover. We used a piece of paper from our Designer Mat Pad and based the entire color scheme off of the floral motif. Once you've decided on your base, you'll need to select several sheets of plain cardstock in coordinating colors as well. These will help you to achieve a 3-dimensional "layered" look.

Step 2) Cut out all of the stickers you'll need to spell "Love Coupons." It's easier to arrange letters when you can position them individually before sticking them to your cardstock. Play around with the spacing until you're happy with the result.

Love cutout

Step 3) Trim the excess paper from around the edge of the word "Love." Thread your needle with approximately three feet of crewel thread or embroidery floss. Pierce the paper with your needle and pull the thread through, leaving a short "tail" of about an inch. Tape the take to the back of the cardstock to secure it and sew a simple running stitch border around the edge of your lettering.

Love cutout stitching

Step 4) Glue the decorated cardstock onto the base.

Step 5) Embellish your cover with a multi-layered flower. You can cut out the petals yourself or purchase a pre-made sticker. Either way, we recommend adding a few hearts, some rhinestones and plenty of glitter to jazz it up.

Love coupon book cover

The Coupons

Before proceeding, you'll need to decide what sort of coupons you'd like to give your sweetheart. A full body massage? Dessert? Their favorite chick flick? You can check out our list of love coupon ideas or create your own. We recommend selecting between 3-5 coupons to include in your booklet.

Step 1) Create your coupon pages in the same manner that you created your cover.

Step 2) Embellish your pages with cardstock cutouts that relate to the theme of each coupon. For our Bubble Bath coupon, we cut out three separate rows of “bubbles” then layered them on top of each other to give our bathtub a 3-D look. For our Dessert Coupon, we cut a three-tiered layer cake shape out of cream colored cardstock then embellished it with flower petals also cut from cardstock, rhinestones and fake pearls. Add a running stitch to the bottom to simulate frosting or a row of heart-shaped glitter stickers, or both!

Cutouts for romantic bubble bath coupon

Cutout for dessert coupon

Step 3) Write an explanation on each coupon such as "This coupon entitles you to a romantic and relaxing bubble bath" or "Your wish is my command! With this coupon I will grant 3 of your wishes but don't blow them all at once!"

Completed romantic bath coupon

Completed dessert of your choice coupon

The Binding

Finish it with some flair! If arts and crafts aren't your thing, a simple staple or even a hole punch with some ribbon will do the trick but we've designed a simple but stylish binding for your booklet that's sure to make a statement.

Step 1) Punch two holes through the left edge of each coupon. We recommend using an additional sheet of cardstock to create a back cover as well.

Binding the love coupon book

Step 2) Before punching holes through the cover of your booklet, cut a piece of cardstock measuring 2" x 4". Glue the piece to the left edge of your cover so that approximately one inch extends to the left side of the page to create your binding. Punch two holes through both the cover and the binding, then punch two additional holes through the binding on the opposite edge. Glue the opposite edge to the back cover, lining up the holes in the binding and the back cover.

Inside binding of love coupon book

Step 3) Close your booklet and sandwich your coupon pages between the front and back covers. The holes should line up through each layer.

Outside binding of love coupon book

Step 4) Cut a piece of ribbon that's about 18" long. Thread each end through one of the holes then tie a bow. Alternatively, you can use two pieces of ribbon and thread a loop through each of the two holes individually.

Binding the love coupon book with ribbon

Step 5) Wrap your booklet in tissue paper or a colorful envelope, then present it to your sweetheart for their birthday or an upcoming holiday. They'll be touched by your thoughtfulness and you won't have to brave the mall.

Finished love coupon book

Helpful Tips

Measure twice, cut once! It's always better to see how things will look before you start to assemble your pages so think it through before you grab the scissors.

If you're cutting out elaborate shapes, draw an outline on the back of cardstock first. It's easier follow an outline than to cut freehand, and if you draw your outline on the back, it won't show up in the finished product.

The sky is the limit! You can pick up special scrapbooking scissors to add zigzags or scalloped edges to your cut outs. Glitter glue is also lots of fun, just be sure to let it dry completely before assembling your booklet.

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