January 25, 2012

Love Bucks–Part II

As promised, Love Bucks - Part II.  These coupon books are SO EASY to make and you can be as creative as you want. 

I love to use buttons to embellish mine for two reasons 1.) my Nana gave me her huge button collection she had from her many years of sewing in this awesome tin and 2.) "Buttons" is my nickname from Mike, so it's always fun to incorporate them into these special coupons.

To make them you really, truly, only need paper (cardstock works best) and a stapler, but can add glitter, rhinestones, rafia, ribbon, stickers, and of course, buttons to take it up a notch.

I seem to always make them for Mike during Christmas and on his birthday, but these are a great addition to any holiday.  Especially with Valentine's Day coming up.  Enjoy!


Easy, quick, cheap and from the heart...my kind of present!


Choose your paper and embellishments if desired. 

Ideas for paper choices: 
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Scrapbooking Paper (abstract designs or themed)
  • Note cards/Stationary

Cut the paper to the desired size and shape.  Hearts would be cute for Valentine's Day while an oval shape would be perfect for an Easter basket surprise!


Lay out the embellishments on the paper with the desired outcome in mind.


Using regular Elmer's School Glue, Tacky Glue or even hot glue, place a small dot under each embellishment and let dry.  You can embellish just the cover or even add a bit of fun on each individual page.

Even if the glue comes through the button holes or seeps out of the sides, it will dry clear.


Decide what coupons you want to include in the book and how many and get writing!  Of course, if you don't love your handwriting, you could always print them on stickers to put on the card, but I think handwritten is the way to go, it makes it that much more homemade and "from the heart".

I always include an expiration date and you can also include time limits, monetary limits, exclusions, or inclusions as well.  Examples given below.

Coupon Ideas for Adults:
  • Uninterrupted afternoon nap
  • No Dishes Tonight
  • Take me out to dinner
  • Remote "Control" for a night
  • Movie Date/Rental of Choice
  • Massage (back, neck, foot)
  • Car Wash
  • Win an argument
  • Mani/Pedi
  • Weekend Sleep In - includes pancake breakfast
  • Homemade dinner and dessert of choice
  • Deja Vu (pick one coupon twice)

For kids/teens:
  • Stay up 30 minutes later
  • Extra story tonight
  • 20 minutes of undivided attention
  • 15 minutes of video game/computer/TV time
  • Skip 1 Chore
  • 1 Bear Hug
  • Cookie Making Session
  • Board game of Choice
  • Movie Rental of Choice (w/ popcorn)
  • 1 toy of choice (set $ limit)
**There are lots of other ideas for Romantic Coupons, that aren't included on this post, as some were pretty racy,  but can be found by using Google, or using your imagination.  Have fun with it!


These are great for husbands, wives, and kids of all ages.  I made blank one for Mike this year, assembled it and then he chose the coupons and wrote them to give to me. That is always an option if your significant other doesn't want to get in touch with their "crafty side" but still wants to participate.


1 comment:

  1. Yay!! I have been waiting for this post. Thanks so much. Now to tap into my non-crafty side.