52 Reasons I Love You

Yesterday Aaron and I celebrated 3 years of wedded bliss. We are celebrating on Friday with a fancy date but we got each other a tiny little something to hold us over until then.

My gift for Aaron was pretty small, inexpensive, and a cinch to make. I made it from an idea that I found on pinterest. It may not have been something fancy but it was made from the heart with love. That’s what matters.

I filled the deck of cards with 52 reasons why I love my wonderful husband. This is only a fraction of why I love that man. The list is eternally long. But for this project I narrowed it down to 52.

I tried to include things he does for me, how he makes me feel, funny stuff, spicy stuff, but I also wanted to make sure that I put things in there that I love about him…about his character. Because it’s not always about how he makes me feel; it’s about who he is. And I wanted to let him know that I love him for who he is.

I want to encourage you. You don’t have to have a deck of cards or make anything fancy, but sit down and write down 52 things you love about your spouse. Big things, small things, silly things, sexy things, funny things, sweet things. Don’t worry about how great your writing is and don’t analyze it, just write. Write from your heart. Then sit down and read these things to each other. It’s a beautiful thing to show your appreciation and share your love for your spouse.

UPDATE: I’ve had a lot of feedback on this post. I’ve created a list of supplies I used to make this project. You can also browse through the comment section to see if I answered your question. If not, ask away!

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50 Responses to “52 Reasons I Love You”

  1. Maddy says:

    I love this idea Hannah!! And it's simple enough that even I can pull it off :) I hope he appreciated the beautiful gift and the time and thought you put into it!

  2. Lacey says:

    loooooove this! brillant. I'm totally stealing this idea!

  3. lesley says:

    I am in love with this idea! What a perfect gift. I think I might steal this and do it with my husband for my daughter's first birthday! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Jenny says:

    what a beautiful and thoughtful idea! Where did you find the little binder clips? And did you just use a regular hole punch? How did you assure that the cards were aligned? (sorry for the million questions!) I want to do this for my husband and I want it to come out just as perfect as yours!

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  6. Alyssa says:

    Did you put the cards in order? Or were they all mixed up?

  7. Hannah says:

    Alyssa, I'm pretty sure I shuffled the cards before I put the "reasons" on them. I like the sense of them being all shuffled. :)

  8. Becky says:

    I LOVE this! I am going to use it for my husband birthday! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Hannah says:

    Jenny, I found the binder clips at office depot in the accessories section where they have all the paper clips, binder clips, and nick nacks like that.

    I cheated with the hole punch. I used a heavy duty one at work and was able to do the whole stack at once. I marked 1/2 inch from the edge of the top card. The tricky part was keeping the edges aligned because the cards were very slippery. I carefully taped each side to help keep them from moving. Then hole punched. Maybe if you’re using a hand held punch you can mark each of them from the edge in the same spot and punch. It’s a lot of work and might not be perfectly exact but it would be close!

  10. Brittany says:

    Hi Hannah! This is wonderful. Did you use labels to adhere each "reason" to the cards? Did you use a particular kind, or a specific glue or tape? Thanks!!

  11. Hannah says:

    Brittany, thanks for asking! I used simply mailing labels to stick to the cards. The labels are Avery 5160. I typed each reason on a different label, printed them out, and I just stuck them in the middle of each card. Easy peasy! :)

  12. Nastacia says:

    So I'm trying to find the red binder rings, and I'm not having a whole lot of luck. You mentioned you got them from Office depot, did you actually go to the store or did you buy them online. If you have a link to them online, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!! =D

  13. Margaret says:

    I adore this idea! I also saw it on pinterest, but yours is by far the cutest! Who would have thought to use labels? Smart girl! :) Have a blessed day.

    - Margaret

  14. Jillian says:

    So cute! how did you do the front label?

  15. Riley says:

    I love the font that you used! What is it called?

  16. Hannah says:

    The font I used is called Ostrich Sans. You can find it here: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/ostrich-sa

  17. Hannah says:

    The front label I made in Photoscape using the line tool. The image side was a fairly small dimension, maybe 200×200 pixels. I printed it out at home, cut it out, then used a scrapbook corner punch from Michaels and punched the edges to give it that rounded look. Once I did that I topped it off by lightly brushing the edges with a black stamp pad to give it some extra kick.

  18. Hannah says:

    Nastacia, I bought them in the store. The closest thing I can find online is here: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/351019/Offi

    And wouldn't you know, last week I just threw away the package they came in so I can't give an exact product number. I hate it when things like that happen.

    I hope you can find them! :)

  19. Jaci says:

    Your by far is the best one I have seen! I am almost done with mine and so far, it has cost me nothing. I found a complete deck of red cards in my game closet upstairs. Pretty amazing since I have 2 girls under the age of 9, who like to destroy everything. I love this deck because they used and look a little vintage, which is the look I was totally going for! I can't wait to go to office depot and get the binder rings. Say….how did you do the front label?

    Thanks!!!

    Jaci

  20. stephanie says:

    How did you print the labels separately? Through Microsoft Word? I'm TOTALLY lost, HELP!

  21. Chelsea says:

    What font did you use for the cards on the inside? I went to the link for Ostrich Sans and it did not match the inside font on your cards. I love this idea and would love to use the fonts you used! :)

  22. Hannah says:

    Chelsea, I'm sorry I can't remember the exact font…and I would go look it up but I lost all of my fonts on my last computer. I CAN tell you that it's from Font for Peas…I do remember that! http://kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/

  23. Chloe says:

    I love this idea!! I am making my boyfriend one and I was wondering where you got the box? I really would like to put it in that kind of box. thank you!

  24. Hannah says:

    I got that box when I ordered my business cards from Millers lab. It's the box they came in. I think I've seen similar ones at the Container Store.

  25. Emily Van Roekel says:

    My labels won't work right. How can I get the labels to print on the label paper right?

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  27. Karla says:

    Hello,

    I got my cards hole punched and ready togo. I love the label you placed on the first card, the one that says "52 reasons I love you" on the striped blue background. How and what did you use to make it?

    Thanks

  28. Denielle says:

    Hey, I'm pretty sure that this is the font on the inside that Hannah used. Hope this helps!

    http://kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/pea-

  29. Ali says:

    This is so cute! I've seen many examples of this little project, but this is by far the cutest one I have seen. I am wondering what you use to get the cover, back, and photo to stick to the cards. I know inside the cards you used stickers… but I am cutting mine out in hearts and am trying to think of the best way to attach them to the cards. Thanks so much!!!

  30. Regan says:

    Where did you get the deck of cards you used, or what brand are they? Or did you just find them around the house?

  31. Regan says:

    A few other questions regaurding the front label. Was the paper you printed it out on striped or did you do the stripe design in photoscape? Also, what kind of paper did you print on? It looks a little thicker, was it cardstock? And one more question about the shape. So was it essentially a square when you printed it and with the corner cutter you made the little curve shapes? Sorry for so many questions that may seem dumb! I just wanted to clarify! I'm very detailed oriented haha! Thanks!

  32. Lana says:

    Great idea. Doing for husband of 31 years. Trying to think of way to make into a calendar as well. Love it!

  33. Catherine says:

    Hi. When I try to do this on publisher, it only gives me the option to make one label. How did you change the format so that it shows a page full of labels so you can type something different on each one and not waste a page of labels?

    ;)

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  35. Lesli says:

    Wonderful! You're so creative! Thanks for the encouragement to take note of the little and big in our spouses.

  36. Nastacia says:

    Hey so I found the red binder rings, but unfortunately, they are now out of stock. I am including the link just in case they come in stock again.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003I2E7YW/ref=o

  37. Nastacia says:

    Actually, I retract that last comment. Here is a link that is still selling them at the moment.

    http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=226143469&…

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  39. ashley says:

    This may be stupid, but how did you print something differnt on every label? I found labels that are a whole sheet but I cant figure out how to print a differnt reason on each label…Thanks!!!

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  43. Amy Raye says:

    I'm making one of these for my girlfriend and I'm so excited to give it to her! i wasn't sure at first 52 seemed like a lot, or at least using such few words, but once i started i kept going! by the time i stopped writing to count how many i had i was at 67. now i have to figure out which ones don't make the cut. thank you for this wonderful gift idea:)

  44. America says:

    This is so adorable! Do you remember what size fonts you used? Thanks for sharing!

  45. Iris says:

    Love the idea!

    I thought of making one of these to give to my boyfriend on christmas, but now i'm making a photo album with our photos, stikers,drawings, memories,stories and blablabla… I know it's too soon for christmas, but I'm preparing things very slowly.

    Oh and by the way: Congratulations to both.

    ps: sorry about my english, i'm portuguese

    kiss kiss

  46. April Gjerdevig says:

    How did you do the little picture of you and the hubby? I’ll be making one of these for our 7 year anniv :)

    Thank you!

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