teacher gift tag-1Both my kids started school this week. There were equal parts relief and sadness as they are both in elementary school now–sad to admit they are no longer babies! But on the first day of school, we showed up with our smiles on and a little present for our new teachers. This teacher gift idea is easy to make, and I’ve even got a free printable for you to help you pull it off in a snap! No hot glue required.

It’s as easy as a trip to the grocery store. I bought a box of the Starbucks VIA instant coffee packs, a box of pre-wrapped biscotti, and a cute coffee mug for each of the teachers. Stuff the coffee and biscotti in the mug (teachers love consumable gifts!) add the free printable teacher gift tag, and you are good to give. Don’t you just love easy gift giving?

teacher gift tag-2If you didn’t catch it already, you can download this free printable gift tag here! Just print to white card stock, cut out and punch a hole to accommodate the ribbon. Hope you all have a happy first day of school! Stop by my other first day of school posts for some more free printables to make the day more fun:

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Moving into our new house has been a decorating challenge. The new space is so wildly different from the last few we've been in, nothing seems to fit here quite right. After no small amount of frustration I've put a stop to trying to shove a square peg into a round hole and went shopping for a few new pieces to put around the house. For the walls? Shutterfly to the rescue! I think I've professed { Read More! }

It's a Boy! It's a Girl! #freeprintable Free Printable baby shower tags

First off, I want to give a little apology for a flaky site and radio silence the last few weeks. Sadly, I was the target of a hacker that caused more than a wee bit of trouble here on site. With every single one of my fingers crossed, I can say that I think might be all fixed up now and able to start resuming posting. Thank you to all of you for being patient! I appreciated all the emails of { Read More! }

Finding things for the kids to do to keep them engaged (and out of trouble!) all summer can be an adventure all on its own. It's always good to have a few things up your sleeve to keep their little hands occupied so you can keep the peace! For Design Dazzle's Summer Camp this year, I came up with a Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt. You give your kids a list and a camera, and let them wander { Read More! }

teacher appreciation free printable tags

This year, I was a little slow on the draw for teacher appreciation week. Mostly because I had bought these darling Lilly Pulitzer travel mugs (my son's teachers are Lilly fanatics) and I wanted a clever tag to go with them. But the more I thought about it, it wasn't clever I wanted, I just really wanted them to know that I was thankful for everything they did for my children. After all, they { Read More! }

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It's Easter week, Moms. I don't know about you, but I just this morning thought about if I am going to send in an Easter treat for the kids' classes. That's "if." IF that happens, my kids will be taking with them something simple...easy to bake, easy to assemble, and hopefully not too terrible for their tummies. As fate would have it, one of my long-time clients buzzed me up and asked for a { Read More! }

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When you're decorating for a big bash like gradutation, you want pieces that stand out and look great...but you don't necessarily want them to hang around for a real long time after the party is over. At the beginning of creating this graduation party, I had intended to find some vases to cover and use. By happy chance, I 1. couldn't find anything that was exactly what I wanted and 2. everything i { Read More! }

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A few years ago, when I did my last graduation party shoot, I used some number-shaped lollipops to top off my grocery-store purchased cake. Now, if you have a good-sized budget, you can order custom lollipops and such for cake toppers. Most people I know won't do that, so here is a much less expensive, yet equally pretty option to make a great cake topper for your graduate's celebration cake from { Read More! }

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This post is a part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare. All opinions are entirely my own.  Parties always start with a little bit of inspiration from somewhere, whether it's a theme, a favorite shirt, or in this case, a celebratory graduation stationery piece from Shutterfly. I just loved the glitter and bold colors in the invite; it just screamed party!  I took the colors of the { Read More! }

Puppy Love Valentine Mailbox

Valentine's Day always means giving or receiving valentines of some sort. Our young puppies made some super cute dog house shape letter boxes for their valentines at our puppy love party. As a valentine to you the templates to make doggie valentine boxes of your own are available here as free printables! Materials: Free printable valentines letter box templates Gable box (9 x 6 x { Read More! }

Valentine's Day puppy love doggie bags

Valentines day is a day for giving gifts from the heart. In my family, the presents we give are usually very small but heartfelt. Since I have always been a firm believer that the way the gift looks when given is a very important part of the gift itself. Everyone loves a beautifully or thoughtfully wrapped gift, even kids! To go along with our puppy love theme, I created these free printable { Read More! }

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It's that time of year! We have to start thinking towards the holidays and all that it means--decorating, baking, parties and lots of gift giving. My list of people I want to remember seems to get longer every year, and my budget for gifting seems to remain the same. So to stretch those dollars, I do something with some DIY flair that looks impressive, but is affordable enough to give many of to { Read More! }

breast cancer awareness free printables

A few years ago, I designed a dessert display and free breast cancer printables with the sole purpose of doing a little something to raise awareness of breast cancer--and to encourage women to take care of this part of their health. Since then, I have been amazed, humbled, and delighted in the ways people all over the world have been inspired by and used this display. Truly. Goes to show { Read More! }

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The twilight inspired party had some help from some great printables in creating a bit of ambiance. And I'm happy to say I'm going to offer up all these printables - as is - for free so you can throw your own vampire vs. werewolf bash. You can find the links at the bottom of this post. Soda bottle wrappers around cherry sodas look slightly creepy with labels like "Type O" and "Type A" along { Read More! }

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“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid, Jif, and Smucker’s, but all my opinions are my own. #aBetterLunch #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Some days it's a challenge to pack a lunch that you know is going to come home uneaten. I used to cringe every time I dumped a whole lovingly prepared lunch into the trash. It used to happen { Read More! }

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Everything seems to happens in threes. We have had three friends undergo surgery in the past week, and our family felt like we wanted to do something BIG to let them know we were thinking of them -- and hopefully send a few healing smiles their way. It was a life-changing moment for me to discover that Office Depot made wide format prints in-house. For about $2.50 apiece, I printed out these { Read More! }

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St. Patrick's Day is rapidly approaching, and our house is preparing for the onslaught of leprechauns (traps are made), pincher fingers (green shirts located) and a bit of revelry with our friends (green...ahem...beverages. check!) For a little tongue and cheek fun, I made up a "survival kit" for the day complete with all the little things you might need to celebrate.* Download { Read More! }

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Nothing's better than a nice hug from the ones you love on Valentines day! Get this free printable Valentine over at Project Nursery. { Read More! }

fall typography

Thanks to the lovely Ashley Dickson, we have another beautifully curated collection of fonts to share with our readers just in time for fall projects. The modern and vintage mix of typefaces are just wonderful! You can click on the links below to find the original posters of these fonts and download them. If the links appear to be broken, a quick google search is sure to turn up a place to { Read More! }

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To celebrate fall, I have posted up some cute favor bag tops for play dough favors on Project Nursery today. My kids' schools don't allow Halloween, and I prefer not to give candy, so for the smaller set something like play dough and a cookie cutter is an excellent gift. Click on over to download the cellophane bag tops and the home made play dough recipe! { Read More! }

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Looking for a fast and easy way to make a big splash this Halloween? Check out these cute ideas for paper Halloween decor and treat containers Paula shared at Celebrations.com. They all come complete with free printable templates for cutting out those spooky shapes! Spooky lettering and paper fans Halloween pumpkin treat bags and treat cones Batty Halloween trees After you make a { Read More! }

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Some will boo-boo, some will yahoo (like me) that the first day of school has rolled around again. We document every single first day of school, and this year have added some cute chevron signs to our photos! We liked the signs so much, we've decided to offer them to everyone as a free printable.  You can download the free printable first day of school signs here---preschool through 12th grade are { Read More! }

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The Fourth of July is mere weeks away, and Frog Prince Paperie and Catch My Party are helping to celebrate America this year by offering a few free printables for your celebration. Hop on over to Catch My Party to download:  2″ party circles 4″ party circles Tented labels Straw flags An 8×10″ welcome sign Favor tags and my personal favorite… paper chains!   { Read More! }

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Summer is here and there is nothing quite like a few new free fonts to freshen up your design wardrobe...kind of like buying yourself a new bathing suit or pretty new sandals except in fonts. And they're free, so no buyer's remorse. These breezy fonts collected by Frog Prince Designer Ashley Dickson conjour up images of a carefree summer day. I especially love the calligraphy of the Svergie Script { Read More! }