I'm posting on how I made my Valentine frame yet, as really, you can have this up any time of the year. Tanya at A Beautiful Calling at Harmony Acres asked me how I made it. Well, first off, I made it on a shoestring budget :o).
I had the frame kicking around for some other project that never happened. It's just a dollar store frame, but it's a nice sturdy one, and I liked it.
Then I borrowed a heart punch from my friend C, (thank you C)! I punched out the hearts on some old scrapbooking paper that was sitting on my shelf, and I punched a red one from a scrap piece of red paper that I dug up.
The wording was likely the most difficult part. I used our photo editing program to do it, but I'm pretty sure you could do the same in a word document. I set it up so that the words would print in a 5x7 space and chose a font I liked. There's thousands out there, so experiment to see what you like.
Here's where it gets tricky and I'll confess to my laziness. I eyeballed the hearts and spacing to glue them down. I still look at it and sometimes think it's crooked, but my dad who is an expert at lining things up straight says he doesn't see it, so I guess I'm just seeing things :o). I just used a craft stick glue to adhere them to the paper. It was nice in that it allowed me to shift the hearts slightly after sticking them down.
Well there you have it. Really quite simple -- and inexpensive too. You could also do it with larger hearts and in a shadow box so that the hearts could be slightly folded up to give it a more three-D effect. That's how the original one I saw looked, but I decided I had to work with what I had.