Happy Here’s some January desktop backgrounds to start off the new year. The mountains are my favorite pattern of the 2017 pattern calendar (so much so I got a put it on a mug).
Happy New Year!
address labels make great gifts for those near and far. they also make a thoughtful gift for your hostess. with all of the options in the shop, you will be able to find something for anyone on your list.
everyone knows someone who always know just the right thing to say. create a set of notecards for them that match their loving personality. (these notecards have always been popular teacher gifts).
create a notebook for everyone in your life – coworkers, students, business owners, teachers, etc… you choose the color, pattern, font and paper type so they are sure to get a notebook just right for them.
if you plan on giving more than 7 of these, send us an email for discounted pricing.
any shining star in your life would love a notebook with their name foil stamped in gold.
reporter notebooks will be appreciated by the list makers in your life – small enough to carry with them, but plenty of room for all of their lists.
help the travelers and outdoorsy ones on your list plan and record their next big adventure with notebooks and more.
kraft planners and calendars are great for the ones who like things uncomplicated and straightforward.
your friend who always has it together and you can count on no matter what would get a lot of use out of a weekly planner.
stickers, stickers and more stickers for your cheerful friend who loves to send cards, scrapbook, journal and just embellish everything.
a few sets of glassine treat bags will come in handy for the baker in your life who is always giving away their sweet creations – who knows, maybe they will give you a little bag filled with homemade treats as a thank you!
I almost never give my nieces and nephew gifts on Christmas (or their birthdays). I’m kind of a bad aunt that way. Instead a few years ago I started a tradition of making them an advent calendar. I started it because I thought it would be fun one year, but now it’s expected on December 1st there will 24 gifts for them to open.
This year I created a little DIY advent calendar kit. It comes with almost everything you need to create a simple calendar – bags, stickers and twine. All you have to add is the gifts and optionally some kind of clips. I’ve used the little bags for the past couple of years and they work great for me. The bags fit a nice size gift without being too big for a couple pieces of candy.
There’s plenty of ways these calendars can be displayed – on a wall, a large board or just sitting on top of a sofa table or dresser. The kit comes with 50 feet of twine, giving you plenty to work with.
The first few years it took a lot of thought about what to give, but I have developed a kind of formula over the years. There are 3 kids and I do a 24 day advent calendar, so that gives them each 8 gifts. I alternate kids everyday (marking the bottom or back of the bag with their initial).
ADVENT CALENDAR GIFT IDEAS
Sometimes I give a larger gift to each kid like a promise to bring them to the movies or an itunes card. If they were closer I would give a couple of gifts that were more experience focused like view holiday lights or making them their favorite dinner.
I hope you’ll consider making an advent calendar this year. It’s fun to know even though I don’t get to see them everyday, for 24 days they are getting a little gift from me.
Create simple and adorable Halloween favors with these foil stamped glassine treat bags. Choose from “Trick or Treat” in black foil or “give me something good to eat” in copper foil. These are filled with crispy M&M’s and chocolate pretzel spiders, but any treat will work.
Happy September! Here are some desktops to freshen up your computer this month. Even though it’s been a really long time since I have been in school, September still feels like a new start. My nieces and nephew go back to school, my parents close their pool and all of the organized people start ordering their 2017 planners and calendars. This month my desk is tidied up and there is a little reminder back up telling me it is time to be working.
Hope you a productive September!
Get ready for the school year and beyond with the new planners in the shop. Academic, weekly, monthly, spiral, binder sheets – there’s a lot to choose from.
Orders yours before September 1, 2017 and save 20% off orders of $20 or more.
A year or so ago my niece made lots of simple paintings that she hung up in my workroom for an inspiration wall. I loved looking at them everyday, but it was time to take them down. Instead of putting the pieces in a recycle bin or shoving them in a drawer I decided to bind them together into a little book.
The book is supper simple to make (especially if you have access to a binding machine).
– Make sure all of the pages have a straight edge for the binding to go on.
– Decide on a size for the notebook (Mine is about 8.5″ x 5.5″). All of the paper my niece used was from scraps so I had to do a little bit of trimming. Some pages are smaller, but I like the layered look in the book.
– Choose a cover (make sure it’s one of the largest pieces) and cut some chipboard for a back.
– Add holes and binding to make the book. I have a binding machine so I was able to do this myself. If you don’t have one your local office supply store or FedEx office can do this for you. There are some craft binding machines you can get on amazon if you plan on making more books. I haven’t used them, but if I didn’t make notebooks for a living I’m sure I would get one. An alternate binding option is to get binder rings and punch 3 or so holes in the pages and make a loose notebook. They come in plenty of colors and sizes.
Initially the book was curling up a bit so I placed it under some heavy books and overtime it has flattened itself some. There’s still a little curl, but nothing crazy.
Right now the book is in one of the piles on my desk and it’s fun to flip through every now and then. I’m hoping I get the chance to make more books from my niece’s artwork in the future.