Well, I'm a little late, but here's my finished piece for the Bead Journal Project.
I started with the purple heart, not because of Valentine's Day, but because of it's representation of the purple heart for bravery. To make the heart, I used a long piece of copper wire, strung it with random beads in purple tones and then bent it into the shape of a heart. From there, I just works one area at a time, letting the piece tell me where to go next, until it was done.
This picture shows the January and February pieces together as they will eventually be put together. Watch for the progression of the final piece as it develops over the year. I'll do my best to get them done on time from now on ;o)