Posts Categorized: printable

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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DIY + etsy + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013

Printable animal masks

The Etsy blog asked me to come up with a kid-friendly Halloween costume idea and I decided to do some more masks because who doesn’t love a kid in a mask? Well, let’s talk about how kids faces are scientifically proven to be cuter than anything else that covers their face. That’s why these little guys are perfect–they focus attention on the cute faces.

Choose from a panda, giraffe, elephant, all free to download. Check it out here.

And I must talk about these two cuties. Meta of One More Mushroom was kind enough to let me use her space AND her adorable little ones. Henrik LOVES being photographed and knows how to work the camera. Maja, on the other hand, would much prefer to play “rina” and remain in her ballet slippers and tutu showing off her dance moves. Can’t blame the girl. She’s got great taste.

Photography by Ciara Richardson with second image by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine.

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Moments for Me + Party + printable + Projects / Thursday, 6 Jun 2013

Moment for me: National doughnut day

A trip to the local bakery this week told me that National Doughnut day is TOMORROW! And because doughnuts are the new cupcake (right?!) now is the time to celebrate (look at Jordan’s fancy donut party. You can be sure that we are not that fancy round these parts). I always took doughnuts for granted until I married a foreigner who taught me that doughnuts are “so” American. Now, I see them as they should be: a delightful American treat. I’m all about that. Because Paul is also training for the upcoming Tour de Donut, basically a bike race combined with donuts (each donut eaten shaves off 3 minutes from your time), I decided to surprise him with some “donut training” this morning. Of course, I had to make some decorations too. 
If you’ve been following along, you’ll have noticed that I’m doing a collab with Haagen Dazs where they provide me with a box of goodies each month (including a box of GELATO) to treat me to certain “moments“. This past month they gifted me some items for summer entertaining like fun plates, napkins, and placemats so of course, I had to use them for our moment. 

A proper doughnut (donut?) celebration includes a donut garland, of course. I made you a free printable for the occasion.

Supplies: scissors, template, baker’s twine or string, needle, glue stick, hole punch (1/16″) this one by Martha Stewart will change your life

Step 1: Cut out the template (print off from here. I printed mine from a heavier laser paper). I made two of each, one is the reflection of the other for front and back purposes. 
Step 2: Cut out the middles.
Step 3: Glue stick around the middle. 
Step 4: Fold over.
Step 5: Cut around the donut.
Step 6: Punch two holes in the top of the donut.
Step 7: Thread a needle and pull the twine through the holes.
Step 8: Add on all the donuts
Supplies: Scissors, template, skewers, glue
Step 1: Cut out the flags (download the template here)
Step 2: Add glue onto the edge of the flag.
Step 3: Roll it around the top of the skewer. 

 Stick ’em in your tower. Donzo!

To make it a surprise, cut out some extra doughnuts and lead them from the bedroom into the dining room. Who doesn’t want a trail of donuts? The modern day Hansel and Gretel.
Ladies and gentlemen, How to eat a donut, by Brittany Watson Jepsen:

Because I’m classy like that.

This post was made from a true love of doughnuts, but sponsored by Haagen Dazs. Don’t let me have the only donut party, create your own moments! When you do, tag them with #hdmoment on your social networks. Haagen Dazs will share their favorites on their Moments for Me page. 

photography by Mandy Phillips from Thimble n Thistle

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Design + Father's Day + paper + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013

3 free Father’s Day cards

Guys! I blew it. I totally dropped the ball on getting a Father’s Day card in the shop. It’s just that, if I can’t do flowers then I put it to the bottom of the list until boom, it’s too late. SO, that means you get three cards FOR FREE! All you have to do is print it off, cut it out, then fold. Easy squeazy.

This card is called a “4 bar” meaning it’s a pretty standard size of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ and you can easily find envelopes to go with it.

Click here to download.

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DIY + Life + My Scandinavian Christmas + printable + Projects + Scandinavia / Friday, 7 Dec 2012

My Scandinavian Christmas Day 7

We’re already on the 7th day of Christmas! Welcome Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press! I first met Eva at the very first Alt Summit and we had a lot in common so we’ve stayed in contact ever since. It’s been fun watching her beautiful letterpress company and cute little family grow. Eva lives in Utah (where we’re heading!) but her family is Norwegian so her work is very Scandinavian-inspired so I thought she’d be a perfect fit.

Growing up, our home was always full of cheerful Scandinavian decor for Christmas. My great-grandmother stitched, sewed, and wove table runners, quilts, baskets and more while my Norwegian great-grandfather did all kinds of woodworking. Every year, they’d sell their handiwork at the Christmas bazaar put on by the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, and every year, my parents would pile my siblings and I into the car to attend the event. We’d put our names down for raffles, sample the cookies, and listen to the older folks speak in their melodic native tongues. We would purchase colorful ornaments, candlesticks, and pillow covers. Once in a while, we’d get lucky and win something in the raffle. Either way, my great-grandparents would always give some of their handmade goods to us, which we would proudly display in our home. 


For Brittany’s “My Scandinavian Christmas” countdown, I made a couple of illustrated ornaments that you can download. Simply print them, cut them out, punch a hole in the top, thread some ribbon or string through, and hang them up. Easy! My illustrations are inspired by the ornaments I remember hanging in my home growing up. One features a traditional Swedish Dala horse, and the other reads “God Jul”, which means “Merry Christmas” in Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian. 

Thank you SO much Eva! I LOVE these ornaments and will be making mine soon! Check out the wonderful collection of Sycamore products and their blog here.

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