Create your own Valentine’s Day photo keepsake

This collage photo keepsake is both a picture in a frame and a magnet. The ideas here could be successfully used for any special occasion or holiday.


  • 1 empty clear plastic CD case
  • 1 roll of magnetic strip (visit your local craft store and look for a roll of 1” wide strip with a peel off backing)
  • 1 sheet of construction paper or card stock from a file folder, cut to 5 3/8” wide by 4 5/8” high
  • Paper for tearing. Choose from the following kinds of paper: gift wrap, colored or patterned tissue paper, magazine pictures, or construction paper
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 bottle white glue
  • Family photo
  • Colored pens or pencils


  1. Tear up small pieces of paper no larger than an inch in diameter. Your pieces should be random in size. Avoid straight edges
  2. Using a glue stick, cover the cut out rectangle with torn overlapping pieces of paper
  3. Cut out a heart from any plain paper. A cookie cutter makes a good template for this
  4. Glue the heart onto the collage
  5. Using the plain heart as a guide, glue torn paper of a contrasting color or design all over the heart. Your torn paper should overlap the heart perimeter a bit
  6. Glue your photo at the center of the heart using the white liquid glue
  7. Cut off a 1” x 3” piece of magnet strip, pull off the adhesive, and attach the magnet strip to the back of the CD case (at about 1 ¼” from the top of the case)
  8. Using the colored pencils or pens, write a message on the back of the collage. Date and sign it. Place it inside the CD case


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