On Vacation

 

Enjoying a few days of R&R. Shop will be open for business on Thurs. 28th July!

Will be listing new items as well!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Candace

100 Adorable Printables {they’re all free}

You really can’t go wrong with this list! Have fun :O)

MY FAVORITE IS NUMBER SEVEN

  1. Chevron Invitations & Tags – The TomKat Studio
  2. I’m Sew Very Happy Print – CRAFT
  3. Kokeshi Doll Recipe Cards – Creative Mamma
  4. Vintage Round Labels – Cathe Holden
  5. Summer Fruit Labels & Tags – Creature Comforts
  6. Gingham Set for School – Bird’s Party
  7. Whatever Is Printable – Arian Armstrong
  8. Vintage Shell Clip Art – Martha Stewart
  9. Beautiful Thank You Cards – Do-It-Yourself Invitations
  10. Toy Bin Storage Tags – Lily Jane
  11. Vintage Music Sheets – Crafty Secrets
  12. Star Trek Paper Dolls – Paper Thin Personas
  13. Lavender Wrapping Bands – Daily Suze
  14. Canning Party Printables – Cottage Industrial
  15. Star Wars Tags & Stickers – Living Locurto
  16. Vintage Inspired Placemats – The Pretty Blog
  17. Turquoise & Red Banner Invitations – HGTV
  18. Recycling Bin Labels – Poppytalk
  19. I Love Us Print – Eighteen25
  20. Mama’s Gonna Snap Poster – MaryJane and Galoshes
  21. Hello Lover Camera Print – Missie Krissie
  22. Vintage Thread Labels – Just Something I Made
  23. Vintage Envelopes – Fuzzimo
  24. Love Notes Box Printables – Eighteen25
  25. Yummy Cupcake Topper – Paperglitter
  26. Baby Shower Printables – Fresh Linen
  27. Gift Pillow Box – Up Up, The Blog
  28. Build Your Own Cupcake – Vol. 25
  29. Vintage Campers – The Handmade Home
  30. Yellow & Grey Baby Shower Printables – Bump Smitten
  31. Vintage Horses Art Print – The Graphic Fairy
  32. Ledger Printables – Mel Stampz
  33. Carpe Diem Print – Snickerdoodle
  34. Bunting Thank You Card – 74 Lime Lane
  35. Lemonade Printables – I Do It Yourself
  36. Travel Games – Free Puzzles
  37. Don’t Do That Thing Print – Hello, Good Gravy!
  38. Ice Cream Sundae Bar Printables – Eat Drink Chic
  39. Hello Kitty Birthday Kit – Shery K Designs
  40. What Brings You Joy Print – Fresh Picked Whimsy
  41. Pastel Party Invitation – HGTV
  42. Chevron Candy Pouch & Tags – I Still Love You
  43. Vintage Postage Stamps – Just Something I Made
  44. Skidamarink Print – Vintage Dutch Girl
  45. Creative Gift Tags – Art by Julie H
  46. ABC Print – Live & Enliven
  47. Go Fish Game – Meet the Dubiens
  48. Weekly Planner – Arian Armstrong
  49. Pretty Frame Templates – See Jane Scrapbook
  50. Make A Wish Birthday Printables – Eighteen25
  51. Photobooth Props – Oh Happy Day
  52. Polka Dot Gift Tags – Hello, Good Gravy!
  53. Vintage Post Card Images – Fuzzimo
  54. Get Well Tags – Just Something I Made
  55. Made Just For You Tags – I Still Love You
  56. Look At The Stars… – Sprik Space
  57. Bird Printables – Rebecca’s Misc.
  58. Rise & Shine Print plus more – Inspired by Charm
  59. Mailing Label & Tag – The Nimbus Factory
  60. Hello Lover Sewing Machine Print – Missie Krissie
  61. Floral Party Invitation – HGTV
  62. Happiness Is A Warm Glue Gun Print – Man Made
  63. Pinwheel Cupcake Topper – The Long Thread
  64. Airmail Thank You Notes – Jessica Jones Design
  65. Miss You Card – Vale Design
  66. Hospital Survival Kit – My Own Road
  67. Vintage Sweet Shop Baby Shower – Hostess with the Mostess
  68. Save the Date Printables – The Pretty Blog
  69. Let Your Dreams Set Sail Print – Sprik Space
  70. Prayer Changes Everything Print & More – A Step In The Journey
  71. Love Is All You Need Print – Inspired by Charm
  72. You Get What You Get Print & More – Becky Higgins
  73. Do What You Love Print – How Joyful
  74. Super Moo Cards – Oh My Handmade
  75. Gift Wrapping Set – Poppytalk
  76. Will We Have Rainbows Print – Making It Lovely
  77. Rule The World Print – Thirty Handmade Days
  78. Land of the Free Print – I Heart Nap Time
  79. Hearts Card – The Green Gal
  80. Yellow Lattice Invitations – Easton Place {HGTV}
  81. Don’t Worry Be Happy Print – Live & Enliven
  82. Botanical Print – The Graphics Fairy
  83. Party Journaling Cards – Creativity Prompt
  84. DIY Envelope Liners – Ellinee
  85. Family Subway Art – My Own Road
  86. Believe You Can Print – It’s A Crafty Life
  87. Lots-O-Dots – Allsorts
  88. Vintage Alphabet Cards – The Handmade Home
  89. Animal Note Sheet – Creature Comforts
  90. Beautiful Thank You Cards – The Pretty Blog
  91. Do The Impossible… – Thirty Handmade Days
  92. Sweet Tweets Treat Topper – It Is What It Is
  93. Those Who Bring Sunshine Print – Collected
  94. Floral Happy Birthday Card – HeySusy
  95. Awesome Bookplates – Frecklewonder
  96. Gift Tag & Bookmark – Simply Modern Mom
  97. Passport & Luggage Tag Printables – The Pretty Blog
  98. Red Coral Printables – The Graphics Fairy
  99. Measure Twice, Cut Once – Yellow Songbird
  100. Fox Bookmark – Lemon Squeezy
  101. I Love You To The Moon Print – Sprik Space

How to craft smarter!!!

I read this post a few weeks ago from from Ali Edwards’ blog:  http://aliedwards.com

I loved it SO much I wanted to share with you.

The article is about scrap booking and memory keeping but it’s good advice for the crafter/artist in general especially if  your life is busy and you need a few guidelines to encourage you and let you know that we all struggle with managing time and creativity. I’m not a scrapbooker but I got a lot of helpful tips from this post!  ENJOY

“How does she make it look so easy?” you often wonder when reading scrapbooking magazines and blogs. Pages and projects appear to come together effortlessly for some memory keepers, yet you sometimes struggle with designing an attractive page and feeling in control of the process.

There’s something you should know. Appearances are deceiving. Every scrapbooker has been in your shoes, tossing aside a page that just didn’t work and feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, there are common threads that help the most active memory keepers stay creative and productive.

1. Know your priorities

You’ve heard it right here before – sometimes we leave dishes to the next day or forgo a favorite TV program in favor of finishing a page. If you want to make progress in your scrapbooking, then it needs to stay at the forefront of your life, even integrated into it. This means that other items will slide down a notch and be of lesser priority. That’s OK, because it’s your decision, but you must make the choice to have memory keeping be a part of your life.

2. Practice controlled chaos

As creative people, we are stimulated by colors, patterns and textures. We gain inspiration from seeing our supplies. However, we also live in the real world, where too much clutter can add to an already overwhelming day. Let yourself play, but try to set boundaries (time and space) and make sure to pick up what you get out. If you need to, use pre-designed or self-created kits to help manage projects.

Once you’ve coordinated a selection of products, put away the excess for enhanced focus and efficiency.

3. Let go of perfection

It’s far too easy to get roped into a test of mental fortitude with lining things up just-so. But life isn’t that way – it doesn’t come with perfect focus or hospital corners. Life can be messy – so why should your scrapbooking be anything else? The easiest way to make memory keeping feel like a walk on the breach to treat it with the same easy, breezy attitude.

4. Bathe in inspiration

The most productive scrapbookers never run out of ideas but also do not let too-many-ideas feel overwhelming. They soak up inspiration and let the excess run off, knowing there will always be more to come. You can achieve this balance by selectively consuming information, keeping track of ideas that stir your soul, and then consciously saying “no more”.

5. Try new things

Every expert began as a novice and every great discovery started as an experiment. By trying new techniques and approaches to your craft, you sharpen your creative saw and gain even more experience. Also, in knowing that things will be OK if your experiment flops, you’ll develop an essential confidence to keeping trying new things and always be in learning mode.

6. Embrace shortcuts

Rulers are there for drawing straight lines and album templates to help you quickly create a beautiful photobook. You don’t lose brownie points for leveraging solutions and tools that make scrapbooking easier. In fact, you gain time for recording more memories. Shortcuts can help you navigate mojo-drowning creative and logistical hurdles.

Always be on the lookout for simple solutions, such as printing multiple photos on one sheet.

Every day as we live life and strive to document it, we’re evolving and growing as photographers and scrapbookers – as documentarians. Challenges and roadblocks are a certainty. With simple mindset shifts, however, you can leave behind feelings of anxiety and self-doubt and feel more joyful ease in your memory keeping.


Front Page on Etsy

This morning as I grabbed my cup of coffee and turned on my laptop I was pleasantly surprised to see that my hearts (bottom row,left) was on the front page of Etsy in this lovely treasury created byKatDesignsNYC . Great way to wake up!

sNEAK pEEK!!!

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST:

I’m introducing a new pennant banner option for my customers THIS WEEK that is personal(and customizable)  yet has that vintage touch we have all come to love.

I think I’ll call it the “Vintage story book banner”

The pinwheels in this picture collage along with the die cut” Happy Birthday” will be available for purchase as well. They’re new too!

Thank you for the amazing response to my humble blog! I’m not the best at it…..this I know….. but I’m glad to hear your positive feedback and see your numerous clicks :O)

x0x0 Candace

Starry, starry night

Last night after a bath and instructions to get dressed for bed, my kids decided instead to wear bath robes (mine), sit in front  of the fireplace and pretend it was Christmas. I promptly grabbed their new library books and made hot chocolate. Stolen, unplanned moments like these make me enjoy motherhood the most. We didn’t get to the books but watching them lay on the floor sipping hot chocolate from stirrer sticks, and offering me a straw to sip in tandem made me feel a little Christmassy.  T’was a night in July