DSD BLOG HOP + DIY Word Art + a Free Halloween Printable

October 29th, 2014
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Welcome to the P&Co. DSD2014 blog hop! You’ve arrived at Jen Allyson’s Blog – The Project Girl – and your letter is “I”
What is this letter for? Well if you visit all 20 blogs on this blog hop and collect all the letters, you’ll have the super secret coupon code to get this amazing digital scrapbooking kit free! (Coupon code only valid through Sunday Nov. 2)
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Here are all the links to the 20 blogs in the blog hop, and this is the official order that they go in (for your coupon code letters), collect a letter from each blog to create your coupon code then go here to get the kit:

P&Co
Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn Farias
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson  <—-YOU ARE HERE!! and my letter is “I”
Mommyish <—- Go Here Next!
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Don’t forget to shop the amazing DSD sales at P&Co too:

  • 35% off sitewide sale Wed Oct 29-Sun Nov 2.
  • $25 order gets 40% off, $40 gets 45%, and $50 get 50%.
And here’s Candice Palmer with some great info about creating frameable art with your digi kits AND a FREE DOWNLOAD!
Hi all, Candice Palmer here. Can I tell you how much I love autumn? It’s pretty much my favorite season. The nip in the air, breaking out my cozy sweaters, the kids going back to school and the anticipation of the holidays are just a few of the reasons this time of the year appeals so much to me.

Today, I’m going to show you how simple using your mad digital scrapbooking skills can cuten up your home for the holidays. I don’t actually think cuten is a word, but let’s go with it. By using simple digital scrapbooking tools, you can create a darling, frugal piece of holiday art for your home & save that extra money for Christmas.

  • All you need to do is find a simple digital paper or even just a solid background that you like.
  • Now pull it up in your favorite editing program (I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Photoshop).
  • Make your file the desired size with a 300 dpi resolution so it’s good & sharp.
  • Last, add the paper, solid colors, fonts, dingbats, and quote that you desire-just as you would create a digital scrapbook page, and voila – you’ve got a project that’s ready to be printed at home or sent off to be photo printed.
  • One more thing – keep it simple. Like Coco Chanel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” If your word art is too busy, it’ll be distracting and lose it’s charm. So carry on, but limit yourself to emphasize your quote and a few simple embellishments – maybe even just your favorite one.
And don’t stop there! I’ve gotten a little crazy with my out-of-the-box digital scrapbooking and added word art decor to several places in my home.

CLICK HERE for  a little Halloween printable to get you in a festive decorating mood. I created my file as an 8×10, but I added it to a white 8.5×11 page in Photoshop for home printing. Hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

 

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The Project Girl 2014 Planner is now available!

December 15th, 2013

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With all the house stuff happening, it’s been hard to get to any work that is kind of on the sidelines (including blogging!). But I knew that I needed to get this 2014 planner finished. Probably because I keep getting emails and comments asking if I’m going to have time to do it. And I totally love that, because I know that some people out there care about this little planner I make, and it completely motivates me to get it done! And since you’ve all been so patient, I’m giving 25% off to anyone who purchases my 2014 planner before the beginning of the year.

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So after much ado and many requests, here is the re-designed The Project Girl 2014 weekly planner. No new editing features in this one, just a sleek new design. Something that is new however, it’s available at my new Etsy shop!

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And with the new house in 2014 I’m going to need my planner more than ever. I filled out this first page to show you how you can customize your daily & weekly chores, daily notes, and (grocery) list. And for me, once it’s customized digitally, then I print it out and write down all the other stuff that’s going to be happening each week. I love having this week-at-a-glance to keep me organized.

These blue areas are the ones that you can change the text on. Daily chores are populated throughout the file, so if you don’t exercise, then you can change that to feed dog, and it will change on all the pages. There are also 3 blank daily chores that you can have say anything like flirt with hubs,  Cook dinner, Read book, scrapbook etc etc.

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 You will be able to add any additional weekly chores (space permited) in the highlighted weekly chore boxes. New/changed weekly chores do not populate through the whole document. If you don’t ever want to clean your purse (and who does, really?), you’ll have to change each of those individually, or ignore them, or even better, print it as is and get to immediately cross off something on your list!

I use the LIST for my weekly groceries making each field a different grocery category (dairy, meat, bakery, etc.). Sometimes I use the days at the top for my weekly menu. But really you can use these fields for anything. Even the word LIST can be changed to anything you want it to be – like “Husband’s Chores” or “TO DO”

This document also contains a bonus set of 2014 calendar pages. These pages are not editable. They are intended to be printed.

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So there you have it! I’m happy to have it done, and I love the new look.

Don’t forget that it’s 25% off through the end of the year. See coupon code below:

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A very Minted Christmas

December 12th, 2013

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As a graphic designer, I have this complex of wanting to design everything myself… because, well, I have the skills. But last year I finally came to terms with the fact that I just don’t have time to design everything. So the next best thing of course is Minted.com . I’ve been a fan of Minted for a long time, they have gorgeous award-winning designs and even design competitions for graphic designers like me (maybe one day I’ll take the time to enter too).

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Last Christmas, we had a new baby, and I really wanted to send our birth announcement/Christmas card, but again that no-time thing (x10 because of the new baby). I’m not sure where I heard about it, but I heard that minted does address printing on your envelopes FOR FREE. My ears perked up and that was the end of any need to have to design my own card. I love sending out cards, but man it’s a lot of work to print, stuff, (find your addresses), address, stamp, and mail them.

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But with pre-printed addresses, matching return address labels, and everything shipped to my door, I really didn’t have much of an excuse. I mean really, how much work is it to upload a photo, change some text, and order the cards? And a few days later, I got all these lovely cards at my door (have I mentioned I hate leaving the house?). theprojectgirl_minted_christmas

All I had to do was stuff them (while catching up on a new BONES episode), and stick on the return address stickers and stamps. I didn’t even make it through the whole episode.

Anyway, I just have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with the process. Even their online design customization works so incredibly well. I was able to drop in this photo, input my text, and update all my SAVED addresses from last year in less than 45 minutes. All from my cozy work chair. Thanks Minted.com for being so awesome!theprojectgirl_minted_christmas_card

A special thanks to Michelle of Clover + Mustard for the beautiful family photos that she took this summer. And also Annalisa Photography for our fall photos that I was able to show-off on the back of the card:
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It’s so wonderful to have one part of my holiday season simplified, and checked off my list. You still have time to do this. Right now! It won’t take very long, and you can have it checked off your list! You can even send Happy New Year cards AFTER Christmas (I totally did this one year). Lets keep the tradition of beautiful stationary alive even if it’s just one time a year.

Disclosure: post contains affiliate links. But seriously Minted.com is amazing.