Tag Archives: Free Printables

2014 Memory Jar Printable

31 Dec

It’s New Year’s Eve and we are getting ready to pop some champagne and open up our 2013 Memory Jar and reminisce about all the things that happened to us over the past year.  (Here is my post from last year 2013 Memory Jar Printable.) I can’t wait to start our 2014 Memory Jar and document the coming year.  If you would like to create your own memory jar you just need a large mason jar (or another large jar) and you can print out the below labels, attach them to your jar and start documenting memories.

2014 Mason Jar Label

2014 Mason Jar Label

2014 Mason Jar Top

2014 Mason Jar Top

Happy Memory Making!

2013 Memory Jar Printable

15 Jan

MemoryJar

With busy days and hectic schedules, its easy to lose sight of all the good things that happen in our lives.  A memory jar is a creative way to record all of the good things, both big and small, that happen during the year.  This year, our family started our first memory jar and we already have a couple memories recorded!  On New Year’s Eve we plan to open our jar, read our memories and reflect back on the year.

I used a large mason jar I already had and created decorative labels in PSE for both the front and lid of our jar.  The files are below if you would like to print them out for personal use.

2013MasonJarLabel

Mason Jar Front 2013

MasonJarTopper2013

Mason Jar Top 2013

A New Milestone (First Day of School Printables)

7 Jan
First Day of Preschool

First Day of Preschool

FabDaughter had her first day of preschool today and it couldn’t have gone better. She seemed a bit timid while walking in but it didn’t take too long for her to warm up. We hadn’t even been there for 10 minutes when she looked up at me and said “You can go to work now Mom.” Sniff. Sniff. I can’t believe that my sweet baby angel is a preschooler!

I’ve seen other Moms create signs for their kids to hold for their first day of school picture and I wanted to make one for FabDaughter. After I finished my design, I printed it out on standard copy paper and glued it to a piece of foam board to make it easy for FabDaughter to hold. If you click on the links below, you can download PDF versions of a similar sign for grades preschool through fifth. Enjoy:-)

Boy – First Day of School Printable Sign
Girl – First Day of School Printable Sign

Hot Chocolate & Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

1 Dec

I love drinking hot chocolate and I also love dipping things in chocolate:-)  I combined two of my favorite things to make a cute treat for friends.

Warmest Wishes

Items Needed

  • Milk chocolate Merckens wafers
  • White chocolate Merckens wafers
  • Candy canes
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Candy bags
  • Ribbon
  • Labels

Directions

Melt ½ cup of Merckens milk chocolate wafers in the microwave.  I use Wilton Stay Warm Candy Meting bowls to melt my chocolate in, but you can use disposable candy melting bowls or even a glass bowl.  Microwave the wafers in 30-45 second intervals at a reduced power level (I use power level 3), stirring after each time, until the chocolate is thoroughly melted and smooth.

Dip candy canes into the melted chocolate and then let dry on waxed paper.  (Optional step:  sprinkle colored sprinkles, sanding sugar, etc. over top the melted chocolate instead of drizzling melted white chocolate overtop the chocolate.)

After the chocolate dries, melt Merckens white chocolate wafers in the microwave.  You can either transfer melted chocolate to a squeeze bottle (I use Make’ n Mold decorating bottles) or use a spoon to drizzle melted white chocolate over top of the chocolate candy canes.

Cady Canes

Package one candy cane with one bag of hot chocolate in a large candy bag, tie with a ribbon and then add the Warmest Wishes label below.

Warmest Wishes Hot Chocolate Label

Meal Planning Printable

14 Jan

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to be more organized about meal planning.  In an effort to do so, I created this weekly meal planner using Photoshop Elements.  I printed it out on cardstock and then put it in an old frame I had packed away.  (I’m not sure I like the frame but it will work until I find something I like better.)  I just used a dry erase marker right on the glass to fill in our weekly dinner menu.  I’m hoping that this will in turn help me to more effectively plan my weekly grocery lists as well.  Here’s to 2012 being my year of better organization!

Here is a picture of my framed meal planner:

Here is the downloadable meal planner for your personal use:

Christmas Treat & Gift Tag Labels

11 Dec

Ever since my Aunt Peggy shared her secret peanut brittle recipe with me, I’ve been making peanut brittle every year at Christmas.  This year, I decided to try to make a cute label in Photoshop Elements to put on the bags of peanut brittle.

Peanut Brittle with Christmas Treat Label

Below are the labels in case you would like to use them.  One set features a redhead baker, one set features a brunette baker, one set features a blonde baker and one set features a baker with black hair.  You can either print the image out on a sheet of labels and stick them to your candy bags, mason jars or candy boxes or print them out on cardstock and attach with tape or glue.  I prefer to use labels as opposed to using the cardstock.  I use the Inkjet white full sheet labels from Office Max.

Christmas Treat Labels Redhead

Christmas Treat Labels Brunette

Christmas Treat Labels Blonde

Christmas Treat Labels Black Hair

After I made the treat labels, I thought I would modify the design a bit and make gift tag labels.  Here is the image for those if you would like to use them.  Enjoy!

Christmas Gift Tags

FabDaughter’s Cowgirl Birthday Party

22 Nov

A year ago, we had FabDaughter’s 1st birthday party. It was a cupcake theme and it was super cute! I am a very detail oriented person and believe that it is the small things that can make a big impression. I spent a lot of time before the party planning and making decorations. It was going to be a big party, so we decided to rent a party room. However, we only had a half hour to get the room all set up before the party started. Thank god I had a bunch of family and friends to help! Fast forward to planning FabDaughter’s 2nd birthday party…I thought I was going to be smart and have it at home so I would have unlimited time to get ready beforehand. Well that quickly turned into me going overboard but it was sure a lot of fun to plan and so worth it to see FabDaughter as well as our family and friends having a good time.

First things first, we needed to pick a party theme. I LOVE a theme! I saw a company nearby that will bring a pony AND a miniature horse to your house. The best part was that it wasn’t that expensive. All the kids can have a few pony rides each and while they are waiting in line they can brush and decorate the miniature pony’s mane. So the idea of a cowgirl party was born. Next, I had to think about invitations, decorations and activities. I decided that I should buy Photoshop Elements (and learn how to use it) so I could create all the super cool things like invites and cupcake toppers myself. Good thing I started planning this party months in advance. Here are some of the pony pictures.

My first project with Elements was making a “Wanted” poster using an online tutorial I stumbled across from Six Revisions.  Here is the link: http://sixrevisions.com/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-make-an-old-western-wanted-poster-in-photoshop/ I thought it was pretty easy for someone who’s never touched Elements before. I had trouble figuring out a couple of the steps but thankfully I had some Photoshop masters at work who helped me out. (Thanks again Sarah & Michelle!)

My first project in Photoshop Elements!

Then I decided to dress up FabDaughter in some cowgirl gear in hopes of getting a picture I could use for her invite. I got one good picture taken before she was over taking pictures and wanted to move on to something else.

After finishing the invite, I decided to make another “Wanted” poster using the same picture from the invite.

While surfing the web, I saw some pretty awesome western towns made out of cardboard and I decided that I wanted to copy. So I enlisted the help of my dad, FabPop. He groaned when I told him what I wanted to do, and I was thinking what’s the big deal, this will be easy peasy. Not so much! FabPop and I worked on the town for two whole days. He is very methodical and measured out all the store fronts, then drew everything in pencil, then went over it in permanent marker, and then I painted everything in.  Finally, we both went over everything again in permanent marker to bring out the details. Although it was a lot of work it was fun! It kinda reminded me of the days when I was in school and had to have FabPop help me with projects like the egg drop from science class. The western town ended up being a huge hit with the kids!

Here are some pics of us working on the western town!

Here are some pics of the finished product!

I thought it would be hilarious to make cowboy mustaches on sticks and it was pretty funny to see a bunch of little kids running around with mustaches. I found instructions on how to make mustaches on sticks online at: http://www.marthastewart.com/265827/mustache-on-a-stick. These were great because they used fake fur and weren’t just felt or cardstock.  They were a bit time-consuming to make. I used pomade, hairspray and a toothbrush to shape the fur. I put them in mason jars on each of the tables and I made labels for the jars using Elements. Here is the label I made for the mason jars.

Here are some pics featuring the mustaches on sticks and my FabFriends:-)

Along with the western town and the pony rides, I decided to have a craft for the kids to do. I found this western vest craft on Crayola’s website. Here is the link: http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/western-vest-craft/  I pre-cut all the vests with arm holes, neck holes and fringe and had a bunch of stuff for the kids to decorate them. It was all very cute!  Here is a picture of the craft table. You can’t see them, but I had hay bale seats covered in brown fabric.

My Mom, FabMomDK, helped me plan the menu and did the majority of the cooking. She is amazing!!!! I wanted to have food that went along with the cowgirl theme. We had pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, sausage and beans, salad, corn pudding, buffalo chicken dip, texas taco dip, jalapeno dip, cheese rolls, pepperoni rolls, corndogs and veggies and dip. For dessert we had cupcakes, rice krispie treats, cactus sticks (green chocolate covered pretzel rods), chocolate chip cookies, cranberry white chocolate & pecan cookies, frosted sugar cookies, peanut chews, apple pie, chocolate covered oreos, and oatmeal raisin cookies. EVERYTHING but the chicken tenders and corn dogs were homemade! For the favors, I filled candy bags with trail mix and made a label that said “Happy Trails Mix. Thank You For Celebrating With FabDaughter Today! Till We Meet Again.” Here are some pics of the details.

Here are pics of some of the other things I made using Elements: a bathroom sign, a food sign, a drink sign, hand sanitizer label and a horse banner.

Here is a pic of me with my parents. I sewed the apron I’m wearing using fabric covered in cowgirls for the occasion!

Here is a pic of the Fabulous Family. I just love how FabHubby got into the theme with his outfit!