by Richelle Naeglevalentine's layout made with Sweetheart Cricut cartridge

I know it's only January, but before you know it, Valentine's Day will be here. I'm getting started a little early and the paper crafter inside of me is OK with that. Today, I made a scrapbook layout and a greeting card.

Note: If you are looking for more Valentine's themed inspiration, check out our Sizzix Village Surf Shack project from a week ago, or scroll through our older Valentine's posts.

For the layout, I made a 12 x 12 design using designer cardstock. Normally, I don't like to do just one picture alone for an entire scrapbook page, but in this case, I made an exception. We are going to capture our love with a group photo on this layout.

I used the Sweetheart Cricut Cartridge to make the balloon heart bouquet and this was a great opportunity to get rid of some leftover paper scraps. The idea of paper strings didn't really appeal to me, so I used ribbon instead. I think it gives the page more depth, personally. The our love and the hearts shapes along the bottom come from the Love Photolights Rub Ons set. This layout is super easy and quick to make.

XOXO Cricut Card Project

valentine's day card with xoxoxoMy second project was this fun little Valentine's card. I just used a simple heart design and made it over and over in different sizes. Really, you can use any cartridge that has a heart on it. The card is 5" x 7" and after I scored it, I cut 1" off the front panel so that when I added the hearts to the edge they didn't stick out much further than the 5" width. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is awesome because it cuts and scores so quickly and with its dual carriage, you can simultaneously cut and score (just make sure you have a Cricut cutting blade and Explore scoring tip attached).

I cut out a few 2" hearts as well as a few 1.5" hearts. Then just randomly assemble them on the side. I added a little bit of ribbon and the XOXOXO comes from the rub-ons set.

In total, this card only took about 10 minutes to make. If you are looking for a super easy and quick Valentine's day card, this one will work perfectly!

Have you made any Valentines Day craft projects with Cricut cartridges, yet? I would love to see what you have created and I'd love to hear about how you came up with it. Please share them with me on Facebook! Save on Colored cardstock or get a new Cricut mat for your machine.

And if you're interested in taking a stroll down memory lane, check out these old Valentine's Day Cricut cartridge ideas.

Happy creating!