Sewn Rice Bags – Fast and Easy last minute Christmas/Holiday/Winter Gift – Free Download

December 23rd, 2013

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One of our neighbors is obsessed with rice bags and so I thought it was a great little gift (simple and afforable!) to make for all the neighborhood girls. I looked up a tutorial online and just followed it to make the rice bags. The one that I used is from Make and Takes and was super easy to follow. I created a longer tri-fold variation following their simple instructions. Each one takes just a few minutes to sew together.

Materials needed:

Cute flannel & coordinating thread

Sewing machine & pins (okay I didn’t really use pins)

White Rice

Ribbon & Tag

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Mine ended up being about 20″ x 7″. I made it really easy by just cutting 8.5″ strips of fabric from a 44″ bolt of fabric (creating an 8.5×44″ then cutting off the selvage). I used this adorable Merry Little Christmas winter flannel from Riley Blake.

Then I just designed a little tag with some basic instructions. I kept it winter related, because knowing me, these probably won’t get delivered until after Christmas!

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And then just printed them out, folded them, and wrote a note inside (missed a few letters as usual!).

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If you want to use these tags, you can download this printable PDF file by clicking on the image below:rice-bag-free-download

Click on the image above to download a PDF version of my printable Rice Bag Tags. The downloadable PDF in this article (and across my entire site) is free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this article. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. At this time, no customizations of this or any of my forms are available. Forms are a free download AS IS. Also since you’ve made it this far, please subscribe to my RSS feed,  facebook page, and instagram so you can find me again! And don’t forget to tell your friends!

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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.

Chalk Art Christmas Cover Photo Image – Free Download

December 10th, 2013

The holiday season is upon us. This year we are in transitional housing with all of our decorations packed away. We’ll be moving into our new home in a few weeks, and I just don’t have the motivation to decorate. So in an attempt to feel Christmas-y, I created a cute chalk art “Cover Photo” for my Facebook page. It’s a small thing, but I feel a little bit more Christmas spirit already!

You can download this image FREE for your own Facebook Cover Photo!

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Click on the image below to take you to the full-sized image. Once you see it, just right-click the image and download to your computer.

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 Or you can Click on this link - Merry Christmas Facebook Cover Photo and once you see the full-size image, right-click to download.

Please pin and share so that lots of people can find this free download too :) If you share on your blog, be sure to link back to this page for the actual download.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful holiday season!

The downloadable file in this article (and across my entire site) are free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to this article. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page. At this time, no customizations of this image or any of my forms are available. Forms are a free download AS IS.