Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Anniversary Gift: Paper!

About a month ago, Robert and I celebrated our one year anniversary. The traditional gift for your first year is paper and we both wanted to incorporate that fun idea somehow. So, today, I am here to share with you our paper gifts and some other ideas for anniversary one!

I decided to make Rob, a love frame (doesn't really have a name but that is what we will call it)! This idea has been floating around Pinterest for a while and it makes such a great paper gift!

What you need...
Picture Frame (I used an 8x10)
1 sheet of Scrapbook Paper
Letter stickers
Dry Erase Marker

First, cut your scrapbook paper to fit the frame and then start adding the letters. I decided to write "I Love You because...", but you could say whatever you like, "You're the best because...", "I am grateful for you because...", ect. I just eyeballed placing the stickers, it is not perfectly even but I think it turned out great! Now just place your paper in the frame, wrap, give and enjoy writing sweet messages to one another!

I also gifted Robert with a journal from Italy he pointed out when we were shopping in Florence one day. I was able to buy it when we were apart for only 5 minutes and hid it the best I could in the camera bag, but that little stink still found it, so it was not a surprise but a gift he couldn't wait to get:) The last gift I got him was a personalized deck of cards from Shutterfly, and oh my they turned out so cute. We love playing card games together and with friends so I thought this was the perfect gift and Rob completely agreed! Robert woke me up in the morning with a card and paper flowers that he made- so, so sweet. Then he gave me two other cards throughout the day- the best. Later he trailed off from the paper idea with my other gift- a hotel stay! Which I will take any day:)

A few more paper gift ideas...
- personalized deck of cards
- writing journal
- paper flowers
- cards
- tickets to an event
- buy something your significant other really wants and then use the receipt as the paper portion of the gift:)
- love frame!
- Photo book
- a jar full of scraps of paper- a reason you love him, a memory from the past year,ect. written on each slip. If you have time do 365- that way he can read one each day for the next year!

I could go on and on, but these are my favorite ideas! We might not stick to giving the traditonal gift every year, but this year it sure was fun! It is kinda nice to have a "focus"...

Did you gift the "traditional gift" for your anniversary? Share your ideas!

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  1. How fun! I love that you stuck with paper for your first anniversary.

    I made my husband (then boyfriend) a jar full of paper circles with things I love about him on them for Valentine's Day a few years ago. He pulled one out every Monday and it was fun for both of us. I may have to do that again!

  2. i made something similar to this for valentines day! it's such a thoughtful gift.

  3. I'm so glad you shared this because our first anniversary is coming up and we are taking the traditional route, too! I'm thinking photo book :)

  4. This is so fun! I like the traditional list better than the modern just seems more personal and allows you to be more creative. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love these ideas! Our 1st anniversary is coming up in August so I need to start thinking up some things. :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is such a great idea! I mean it's all about finding ways to tell the person they are loved each and everyday to show you care. Happy 1st year!
    xo Adri

  7. These are great ideas! It is nice to be traditional with gifts!

  8. Congrats on year 1! Keep it up and keep running the good race. I love how open you are about your faith. :)

  9. We chose to do the traditional route too. I made Travis a shutterfly book of all the pictures we have taken from the day we met through our one year wedding anniversary. He too made me a special little book. I love what you two did to celebrate the day!

  10. Love that idea for the anniversary gift!!! I haven't followed the traditional "gift" ideas so far and probably won't but its nice to have the guidance!

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