Still Need a Christmas Gift?

December 14th, 2011

Believe it or not, I think I have all my Christmas gifts purchased!

No, that doesn’t mean they are all wrapped nice and pretty…..or even completed yet!

I need to {start and} finish a tshirt I’m painting for my nephew.

But, if you are in need of a gift for someone in your life, and just aren’t sure what to do,
I have an idea for you.

Check out all of Jen’s free downloads/printables, and design your own gift!

Some ideas……

A new Mom/Dad:
To Do List
Baby Log
Two Week Planner

Meal Planner

The Health Nut!:
Workout Worksheet
Goal Chart

Food Journal
Meal Planner

The Planner:
Meal Planner
Chore Chart
Project Planner
Perpetual Birthday Calendar

The Organizer:
Canister Labels
Organization Labels

Packing Labels {or for storage tubs}
Storage Container Index

The Traveler:

Ultimate Travel Checklist  {This one is one of my favorites!!}

Other Ideas {without links}:

For the Blogger
The Holiday Planner
Or…print one of everything!

Once you print out all the pages you need/want, organize them somehow for that person.
Whether it is in a folder, a 3-ring binder with tabs, spiral bound, or a tear-off notepad…
that will help make the gift complete.

Tip:  Many copy center/printing places are able to spiral bound items or even make them in to notepad form for a small fee.

There are so many freebies/printables out there online.   Go get them!
{If you aren’t sure of where to look, check out Pinterest!
And if you’d like an invite, just let me know.}

So have fun putting together the perfect gift for someone, that won’t break the bank.

The best part with printables, if you save the file to someplace where you will find it again on your computer, you can print out new sheets for the recipient as needed.

Motivated Monday – Neighbor Gift List *Free Download

December 12th, 2011

Okay so I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Motivated Monday… I have just been so swamped with work stuff. But I finally finished the majillion projects I was working on and can get other stuff done – like updating my blog and creating free organizational printables!

This week I have “neighbor gifts” on the brain. I’m not sure if this is a regional thing or everywhere, but we like to give home-made gifts to our close friends and neighbors. Last year I made 16 round pans of cinnamon rolls, this year we are making Jamaican Christmas cake.

Anyway this printable helps you organize any gifts you are making/buying. You can also list all people you are delivering gifts to, as well as whom you have received gifts from — not so that you can revel in all your loot – but so you can reciprocate with a gift or a thank you card etc.

This printable works for office gifts, teacher gifts, extended family gifts and more! If you are looking for a more custom gift list, check out my gift organizer.

(Click on the image to begin PDF download)

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Hybrid – iPad2 styled Recipe Stand and Cards

December 2nd, 2011

Hello dear readers it’s Angie Hinksman here and a very Happy Holiday Season to you!  Today I’m going to share with you a little hybrid project, inspired by what is probably the most is talked about product this Christmas; the iPad2.  I love the simplicity of the design of the iPad and I think that the included stand is pure GENIUS!  Now, while my little Recipe Stand won’t help you surf the net, it’s certain to brighten up any kitchen table!  You’ll need very few supplies (no need for specialist binding materials  here, just paper, card and some basic crafting supplies.

To create the Recipe Stand and 6 recipe cards, you will need the following supplies:

  • Recipe journaling templates – you can download the pdf file here
  • Some plain co-ordinating paper or cardstock for printing the journaling cards.  I’ve used some simple ’letterhead’ stationery for mine.
  • Selection of 12 x 12 inch patterned scrapbook papers – I’ve used papers from Jen’s beautiful Stella & Rosecollection.  You’ll need 2 for the stand and 1 sheet will 6 recipe cards.  Cut your paper to the following measurements:
    • 1 piece:  8.5 x 12 inches (just keep the off-cut handy, we’ll use this later)
    • 1 piece: 6 x 12 inches (again we’ll use the off-cut later)
    • 1 piece:  cut out 6 at 4 x  6 inches
    • Chipboard or very thick card.  If you can’t get hold of plain chipboard, the back of an old note book will work perfectly! I’ve used the back of one of my scrap-pads.  Cut your card to the following measurements;
      • 2 pieces: 4.5 x 6.5 inches
      • 1 piece: 2.5 x  6.5 inches
      • 2 pieces: ¾  x  6.5 inches
      • A ruler
      • Cutting tools (such as a Stanley knife or rotary cutter and scissors)
      • Adhesive (I’m using a glue stick and some double-sided tape)
      • Cutting matt
      • Rolling pin (this helps the glue stick well)

Instructions for the recipe cards:

Print your recipe journal pieces onto your paper and cut out.  Glue these to the front and back of your 4 x 6 inch pieces of scrap paper.  I’ve rounded the edges of mine, to keep with the iPad feel of the project!    

Instructions for the Recipe Stand:

Place your 4.5 x 6.5 and 2.5 x 6.5 inch pieces of chipboard on your 8.5 x 12 inch scrap paper as illustrated.  Align the top and bottom pieces with the edges of the paper.  Place the middle pieces approx. ½ inch below the top piece.  You want to have a bigger gap at the bottom (this will help your recipe stand close well).  Use a pencil to mark where your placed this pieces, then glue them down.  Use your rolling pin over the top then turn the whole thing over and use your rolling pin again. This will make sure your glue has good contact.  Leave to dry for a few minutes then glue the sides down as shown.

Once dry, glue the 6 x 12 inch piece of scrap paper on top, as shown and leave to dry.

Glue the 2 ¾ x 6.5 inch pieces of card together as illustrated.  Once dry, glue and cover with a piece of your left over scrap paper.  Leave to dry.  Once this is dry, glue to the bottom of the main piece(the bottom has the small piece of cardboard).  Leave this whole piece to dry thoroughly (I left mine for about an hour).


On the inside of the stand, cut a piece of your left-over scrap papers in a strip: 2.5 inches x 12.  Place this at the bottom of the stand so that it meets the edge of the ¾ inch piece.  You’ll need to trim this down so it fits your stand.  Using either a thin layer of glue or double-sided tape, glue this down.  This will create pockets to keep your recipe cards in.

Once your stand is completely dry you will be able to fold it as shown.   As you can see, the ¾ inch piece helps  the Stand stay in place!  Cut another little scrap of paper in a triangle shape to act as a photo corner to display your cards(mine is about an inch and half wide). Glue into place. 

Finally place your finished cards in your pockets and enjoy!   I think this would make a great gift andit  is light and small enough to post to far-away family and friends.  Why not invite some ‘recipe-loving’ friends over, give them each a recipe stand, filled with cards and have a recipe swap party.  Now wouldn’t that be fun? 

Have a great day :)