A day for romance. Traditionally it was the day used to anonymously express someones secret love with a card. According to the Post Office, this is the second most busy period for them.
Apparently, St Valentine is not only the patron saint of lovers but also of beekeepers and those with epilepsy. Make of that what you will. However, it would seem that he's a busy Saint. In Finland, since 1987, they began to celebrate 14th February as 'Friends Day' which is a lovely idea. No hearts for them, just cards and maybe small gifts for very close friends. Some of us do this on the first Sunday in August for "Friendship Day".
Apart from the online shop, we also run workshops from our base in Gravesend and have been looking at ideas for new workshops. One that we have been working on is mini-albums and the first workshop will be on Friday 1st March, 10 am - 4 pm.
One of the delights of mini-albums is being able to use many different techniques to decorate the pages. Die-cutting, stamping, stencilling, gilding, embossing and a whole range of colouring tools - mixed media heaven. The books can be very decorative or simple and elegant.
Mini-albums don't just have to be used for photos. They are small memory albums, perfect for journaling, recording events, thoughts, favourite quotes or poems. In fact, anything you fancy. Standard memory album pages are 12" square and that is a large space to work with. Mini-album pages, being much smaller are less daunting and make lovely keepsakes and gifts.