Posts Categorized: printable

Crafts + DIY + Easter + Party + printable + Projects + spring + templates / Friday, 18 Apr 2014

Spring pastel tablesetting

Yesterday I showed how to make the paper tulip centerpiece and I thought I’d provide an idea on how to display it in a beautiful setting for your spring celebration, whether it be your outdoor Easter dinner or Mother’s Day brunch. Wouldn’t pastels be so lovely? I used to cringe at pastels but now I find them so beautiful, especially when combined with some deeper tones like the colors in the flowers and the ombre candle holders I decorated. I’ll show a few of the DIYs later in the day, but for now, here are some ways to celebrate the spring.
TIP: I picked up all of the tableware from Ikea. They have the loveliest colors right now. Mint plates and bowls, pink and white candle holders, a beautiful white pitcher. AND, they are so so cheap! I have a thing for plates so I kind of think you can never have too many!

TIP: For place settings, I bought these little wooden eggs and put each person’s monogram on it. I’ll be doing a DIY on it later today.

TIP: Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You created a beautiful “Happy Easter” sign that works perfectly in a basket. OR, you can make it mini and stick it in some Easter eggs (like she did here). OR print it off really huge and use it as a decoration. I love her work. Download the free template here.

TIP: I’ll be providing a DIY later today on these candle votives, which I LOVE! I think they’d also be perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays, doncha think?

Stay tuned for the DIYs on how to make this happen.

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DIY + Party + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014

Ombre birthday cake care package

Send a birthday cake care package in the mail with this fake cake and free printable birthday party kit
Learn to make this fake ombre birthday cake slive
photography by Trisha Zemp
I met the clever Alana Jones Mann at Alt in January and she gave me her adorable business cards which were mini cakes made from make-up sponges. I nearly died of cuteness overload. She referred me to the site where she got the idea, She Knows, which made these mailable birthday cake slices, which nearly took me to my grave. How ingenious are these?!
I’ve been wanting to do something with these cake/pie boxes that Steph Modo makes for her shop, A La Modo, for awhile now so I decided to put the two together and make a birthday cake care package. I have a cake box template and a little party envelope kit template that you can stick in the box and ship off. How awesome would this be to receive for your birthday???
cake/pie boxes from A La Modo
free printable birthday party kit
send a birthday party kit in a cake box

Click for the templates and full instructions below.

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DIY + Party + printable + Projects / Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014

Oscar Party rosettes

rosettes for 2014 Oscar nominees
Last year I asked Michele Brummer Everett to create some Oscar rosettes (see last year’s) and they turned out so adorably that I had to update them with this year’s nominees. They are perfect for your Oscar party or just to add a dash of festiveness. They can even be used for a little game idea, which I’ll give below.
Amy adams free rosette printable
2014 Academy award rosettes for party
Academy award nominee badges

To get the full tutorial and old colorways, click here. And download the new colorways and pictures here.

To remind you of this year’s 2014 Oscar nominees: Amy AdamsSandra BullockJudy DenchCate BlanchettMeryl Streep, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey

Game idea:
Have you ever played the “guess who” game? Pin this rosette to the back of each person. The guest has to figure out who they are by asking other people yes or no questions. First one to get it gets a prize. Bingo.

ALSO, did you know the official Oscar website has a Party Kit? Check it out here for more ideas.

Original tutorial from Michele Brummer Everett 
photography by Trisha Zemp

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alt summit + DIY + flowers + printable + Projects + templates / Friday, 10 Jan 2014

Print & make origami business card holder

photography by Trisha Zemp 
Gah! Alt Summit, the annual blogging conference I mentioned the other day, is in less than two weeks and I have so much to do like make business cards. I have a temporary one that does the job for now and needed a way to protect it when it’s swirling around my large bag so I decided to make a simple one doing origami. I thought others out there might benefit from one too so I made a printable version you can download for free. The steps are super easy. It fits the standard 3.5×2″ card. It also fits a standard gift card the same way.
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DIY + Life + printable + Projects / Thursday, 9 Jan 2014

Let’s do this 2014–thoughts & printables

photography by Trisha Zemp. To print off the posters, see below.
I was recently reminded that Janus was the Roman god of beginnings. He was often depicted with one face looking back to the past and the other to the future. Hence the name January. Last year I found myself survival mode versus enrichment mode, so now that there are no international moves and such, I’ve decided to embrace what is truly meant by January: a new beginning.
2013 was not a bad year. There were highs and lows like every year, but I was in desperate need of a clean slate. For example, I had taken such poor care of my body. I mean, I was eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the same day (thank you Haagen Dazs). Sadly, I’m not joking. (“It’s just easier than making something!”). I wasn’t exercising, but definitely rationalized my runs to the fridge as quality aerobics. I don’t even know how to organize my studio even if I wanted to.
Things needed to change!
I don’t anticipate nor necessarily need a total life renovation. Sometimes I don’t think drastic and substantial changes are sustainable long term–we are much better than we think we are–but I’ve already implemented a number of changes and have some goals that I’d love to work on this year. I know some of you hate resolutions, others love them. My feeling is, something is better than nothing, so I’m rarely disappointed in what little I achieve. Call it low expectations (and if you want to know more about that, find out why they call Danes the happiest people on earth.). I thought I’d verbalize them in public so that my forgetful mind is held accountable. I had verbalized my mid-year resolutions back in August (I’m doing really well on #9) but here’s my updated list:
  1. Schedule things immediately onto my calendar–my iphone and large calendar. I’m on my phone too much and sometimes it just seems like a chore to be on tons of apps all the time. I want to write them down tangibly. I haven’t been able to find a huge-o plain basic, utilitarian calendar that just gets the job done, so I made one. I printed it off at Kinko’s for $4.50.
  2. Well being. I committed myself to a program with some ladies for 8 weeks starting this past Monday. There are a certain amount of points we accrue each day for accomplishing certain things. I usually detest gimmicks, this is precisely what I needed to get my bum in gear. It includes things like exercising for a 1/2 hour 5x a week (so far, so good wipe the shoulder), eating 6 servings of vegetables, 1 serving of sugar (I decided to go sugar free), read 20 minutes of holy text or something personally inspiring, write 1 thing you’re grateful for, and a few others.
  3. Grow this blog 50%. I just read Emily Henderson’s 2014 resolutions and I love how unabashed she is about the things she wants like growing her blog traffic. Ha! I’ve never thought to be so public about things like that. But, oh yeah I want to grow this blog. The more Lars grows (he’s about a teenager now), the more I can do really cool projects for you (and turn him into a man–rawr). And, just like her, I’ll be specific in how I want to grow it:
    1. NEW WEBSITE! Long time readers will know that this is something I’ve been talking about FOR AGES, but I’ve had some hiccups along the way. Ultimately, I’m my worst client and need someone to conspire with. And money to pay them for the things I want to get done.
    2. Beautiful content. As you read above on the logo, Lars is about living an artful life. I want every single post to be beautiful and bring a daily dose of beauty to your life. Sometimes I end up putting a last minute project together to have some content for the day. Sometimes that works out. Most times it looks last minute. Get it together Brittany!
    3. Have at least one week of content ready. With #2 in mind, sometimes I won’t make something until the day I publish it and then quickly photograph it and put it up in a flash. NO CAN DO. I would love to have a number of projects/posts in the cue.
    4. Work with great companies. One of my favorite parts about blogging, especially recently (like this Trumpet and Horn collab or MSN), is the ability to partner with some great companies whose aesthetic and mission align with mine. I love the collaboration and creativity that ensues from it. I would love to collaborate with many more. And consequently, the more I collaborate in this way, the more I can create beautiful content for you. It’s a win-win.
    5. Collaborate with creatives regularly. I LOVE collaborating with other creatives. Especially when the projects turn out like this, this, or this.
  4. Grow my Instagram and Facebook by 50%. If you’re not into blogging/social media, I’m sure this goal sounds lame-o, but it’s important if you intend to work with businesses as a blogger. They’re into stats like that. To me, it’s most important that those numbers are true and that I’m really engaging with my audience, otherwise it’s meaningless.
  5. Find a business mentor or partner or both. I’ve grown Lars organically, but now it’s time to find someone who knows more than me. Someone I can sit down with periodically who would love to impart their wisdom. And/or someone who shares my vision and wants to go in on the business side. The more business I learn, the more there is to know and it’s a bit consuming.
  6. Work with sponsors on decorating my home. There, I said it. It’s out there. I’ve been wanting to decorate my home in a lovely way since moving to America but I haven’t focused on it at all. Now I do, and I want to make it good.
Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll probably do another mid-year resolutions at some point. If you’re in a similar situation and want to get in control for 2014, I created those two posters above that you can download and print off at your local Kinko’s for about $5 each with their engineering print. The “We hereby” poster is also available as “I hereby”. Paul and I did the same thing so we did a “we”.
Or here are the links directly:
Blank calendar download (all 12 months, you fill in the days)
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