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5 FREE valentine’s day printables!

It feels a little early to be decorating for Valentine’s Day already, but my husband reminded me that if I want to enjoy my cute V-Day decor I better get it up soon. So…here it is – some Goodwill frames and some FREE printables make for some quick and easy seasonal art.

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You can download the .jpg files below each image in either the 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 size.

loveprintableimageslove is in the air free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

bemineimagebe mine free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iloveyouimagei love you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iaminloveprintablei am in love with you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

youandmeprintableyou and me free printable from alecia dawn photography / download here

Hope you enjoy! If you’re interested, I’ve got more Valentine’s Day printables for sale in my Etsy shop!

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A Printable for the New Year!

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I know my blogging has been sporadic at best – more like non-existent over this last year. It’s amazing what having a third child does to turn your life upside down! I am setting some goals for the blog for 2014 and hoping to get into a better routine – I miss blogging!

So, to start off the year – I thought I’d give away a free New Year’s printable!

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and a white version

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If you like this one, check out some of my other New Year’s printables in my new Etsy shop – I’ll be posting printables for every season and month, so check back often for more!

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Father’s Day Printables

Father’s Day is almost 1 month away (June 17) and I’m already posting a printable!

(Usually, I’d be doing this on June 16…)

 

“From great oaks, little acorns grow.”

-Latin Proverb

There are 2 versions of this super cute quote:

one simple printable or you could use it for a Father's Day card
this one comes with a place for you to stick a picture of your kiddo(s) {yes, I have 2 boys, but we cannot manage to get a picture of the 2 of them together...they never stand still at the same time!!}

Download Here:

8.5 x 11 Father’s Day Quote Printable
8.5 x 11 Father’s Day Printable w/photo placeholder

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Also…I’ve also rounded up some more great

Father’s Day printables

I’ve found from around the web:

Real Men Card from the mombot
Subway Art in 4 colors! from A Proffittable Life
Father's Day Party Printables from Catch My Party
Tie Party Printables from Amanda's Parties to Go
{I link up at Today’s Creative Blog & many others – check out where I party here}
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Mother’s Day Printable & Wallpaper

So, I have a dilemma…I can’t ever put gift ideas on my blog because my Mom and my MIL both read it and usually, the gifts are for them.

I want to put what we made for Mother’s Day gifts from the boys, but then it will spoil the surprise.

To share or not to share?

I could always wait until after we give them, but then Mother’s Day will be over…

But I don’t want to give it away.

Ok, I just talked myself out of posting it.

However, I do have a free printable and desktop wallpaper for you:

Mother’s Day gift tag (6 per page)

 

desktop wallpaper

1280 x 1024

1600 x 1200

Print the tags – use them for your Mother’s Day gifts or attach them to a bouquet of flowers!

Download the wallpaper onto your Mom’s computer when she is not looking or send it to someone special who might be having a difficult Mother’s Day this year.

However you choose to use them…enjoy!

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“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

Yes, it’s a mouthful.

I know.

It’s not the shortest birthday party theme in history, but it’s cute, right?

I found this canvas art at Home Goods a few months ago and bought it to go in my boys’ playroom. As I was deciding what to do for my one year old’s party, I saw the art propped up against the wall (that’s how I throw hints to my husband that I want something hung) and thought it would be great decor for the party.

 

{decor}

I used the colors from the art: red, blue and yellow. I cut out simple monkeys using my Silhouetted SD and hung them on the wall with a simple pennant banner. I was focused on keeping it simple, because we have only been living in this house 3 weeks, so my birthday party crafting time was limited.

 

{food}

We have a huge family and it costs a bundle to do a full meal, so we went with just cake and ice cream.

I made my standby Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (from Our Family Favorites), but iced them with a banana cream cheese frosting. My tip for this kind of frosting – it won’t be pretty. The banana turns the frosting into a kind of goopy, ugliness, but it tastes delicious. Stick with real bananas, not some weird artificial banana flavoring…grody.  Add a little yellow gel coloring and it looks and tastes great.

We also had a banana split bar (get it…bananas?). I pre-dished vanilla ice cream into plastic cups before the party and kept them in the freezer. Then I just let everyone go wild making their banana splits – bananas, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, pineapple, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. It was a big hit and took very little work. To doll it up, I covered up the commercial labels with scrapbooking paper and labels I designed so that everything would match the theme.

For drinks, I just made up my own punch out of blue hawaiian punch, lemonade and club soda – it makes a pretty blue color and tastes yummy.

 

{fun}

Since it was just a one-year-old’s party, I didn’t plan any games. The only activity we really had was a board for voting if Pax looks more like me or his daddy (inspired by Pinterest).

I got a photo of each of us at the age of one and put them on a white board for everyone to mark their vote. My hubby won by a landslide…and seeing the pics next to each other I had to agree. He looks like his Daddy!

Happy Birthday to our lil’ monkey – Pax!

{printables}

Enjoy these Banana Split Bar printables you can use for your next party –

Banana Split food labels

Banana Split Bar sign

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New Printable – for all food lovers!

“Food is essential to life; therefore, make it good.” S. Truett Cathy

I love this quote and see it on the wall of Chic-Fil-A every time I eat there and thought it would make a cute printable for a kitchen or a great desktop wallpaper.

Download and enjoy:

8.5 x 11 printable

1600 x 1200 desktop wallpaper

1280 x 1024 desktop wallpaper

p.s. the cute background pattern is from August Empress – there are tons of other fabulous seamless patterns…

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Christmas Printable!

I love the movie Elf…love, love, love it. I watched it sooo many times in college with my roommate and it still makes me laugh every time I watch it. I don’t think I will ever get tired of it!

Here’s a fun printable/desktop wallpaper with a great quote from an awesome Christmas movie!

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Download it, print it, use it for desktop wallpaper…

8.5 x 11

1600 x 1200 wallpaper

1280 x 1024 wallpaper

 

 

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Guest Post from My Sister’s Suitcase – Lil’ Monster Art Gallery

Today’s guest post is from Holly at My Sister’s Suitcase…and are you in for a treat!

You must, must head over to this blog…seriously…it’s new but already filled with fabulous ideas. I love that it’s two sisters writing a blog together – that just makes it even more fun. I knew as soon as I saw this site for the first time that I wanted them to share here at The Creative Paige.

Hi! I’m Holly, visiting here from My Sister’s Suitcase. My sister, Nat, and I just started our blog last month and Paige has been really sweet and supportive! She is helping us learn the “blogging ropes” 🙂 So I was super excited when she asked us to do a guest post for her.

With Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been trying to fit in a few fun projects with the kids. They love this time of year, and I like to have them help create some of our Halloween decor. If you haven’t seen this post, last month I decided to create a HUGE magnetic chalkboard/wall art for my dining room {from an old canvas painting.} With the help of my “little monsters” we updated it for Halloween with some custom art and fun glitter frames.

Today I’m going to show you how we created the frames and our ‘Lil Monster Art Gallery 🙂

Here are the materials we gathered up for this project:

 

What you’ll need:

1. Glitter foam sheets with sticky back {8.5 x11} – (I got mine at Michael’s for $1.49 each)

2. Roll of adhesive magnets – ($1.00)

3. Scissors

4. Felt, craft foam, material, feathers… whatever you have leftover in your craft supplies 🙂

5. Frame templates – (I hand sketched some designs, you can download the pdf here, or draw your own!)

6. Free monster printables from Family Fun {the individual pdfs are linked later in this post}, and moustaches from The Paper Doll Shoppe

I had the idea of making an art gallery that my kids could customize and switch around whenever they want 🙂 That is the beauty of magnets… everything is moveable! I started with my frames. I wanted some blingy frames for our art, without the mess of glue and glitter all over my kitchen 🙂 Enter glitter foam…

I LOVE these adhesive-backed glitter foam sheets:

I have used them for several projects, one of my favorites is my glittericious birthday crown. But there are SO many ways you can use this stuff, it is great for kids too. We used 3 different colors of foam for our frames… turquoise, black, and citron green {my fav!}
Start by drawing your frame templates (or just print mine.)

 

Then, peel the backing paper off your foam sheet (I got some help with this part!)

 

Adhere your choice of template to the sticky side of the foam.
Now, you are all ready to cut out your frame! Easy peezy! Here’s what you have when you are done cutting out your frames:
Just add a few strips of your adhesive magnets to the back, and your frames are done! I love that this is a glueless project 🙂
Now, for our monsters…. whaa aaahaahaa! When I found these free printable monsters on Family Fun, I knew their little faces would be perfect! You can download all the printables I used here:
I wanted the kids to be able to “accessorize” their monsters and make them a bit more silly 🙂 I am kinda crushing on the moustache trend right now, and I found these adorable moustache and lip printables that I had to use!
Besides those, I let the kids pick what else they wanted to create. My 4-year-old wanted a crown on his “lion” {werewolf} and my 6-year-old did everything himself… some scary teeth, blood drops (really?) funky hat, and his favorite… green hair sticking out of his Dracula’s ears 🙂 It was really easy to make the accessories… we just cut out the pattern (moustache, etc) stuck it to the back of the foam (or pinned it on some felt, etc) and then cut it out. So simple.
We figured out where we wanted all of the “extras” on the monster faces, and then just attached magnet strips to the back of the face in the correct spots. Then, each “extra” was backed with a small magnet strip and now it stuck right on where we wanted it to be!
Finally, we were ready to put our monsters in the frames, and add the the silly accessories to their faces. My kids had so much fun seeing their creations. I think my favorite look is the mustache on the Frankenstein 🙂
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the monsters, the frames are SO easy to do, and make a great place to display artwork, special papers from school, etc. Here are a few of our frames on the fridge:
I hope you enjoyed this idea for an easy art project… I know my kids did!
Oh, and I almost forgot, one of my very favorite parts of the final “gallery” is the black sign I hung at the top… I got it last week at Michael’s, on clearance for $1.99! I think it is a seasonal item for Halloween, so it may be even cheaper now. The best part is, you can use a Chalk Marker to write on it, and it wipes completely clean! I’ve tested it a few times 🙂
You could use it as a countdown for various holidays, or just switch it out with your favorite quote or love note for your kids. Seriously, go get one today!
Thanks Paige for having me as your guest today 🙂 I hope everyone has a safe and SPOOKY Halloween!
Super cute, right? Goes right along with all of these “Monster-y” Halloween ideas we’ve had. Now you can build a monster face, keep away the monsters with monster spray and make a monster art gallery!

 

And I love the idea of having a big magnetic wall – think of the possibilities! Thanks, Holly for sharing and we are definitely going to keep up with all of the fun things happening at My Sister’s Suitcase!
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build-your-own monster face

Just in case you missed my guest post over at Blissful and Domestic

Ok, so I made this for Halloween, but silly monster faces are great any time of year!

I printed out lots of different silly eyes, noses, mouths, ears and hair on photo paper so that they would be a little sturdier.

Then I did my own ghetto version of laminating. I took this clear sticky plastic (you use it to cover school books) and sandwiched my pieces between two layers, then cut them out. It stuck really well and worked similar to laminating. (Not absolutely necessary, but I thought it would help them last longer in the hands of my destructive 2 year old.)

I glued magnets to the back of each piece and bought a round metal pan to stick them on. You could use a cookie sheet, pie pan or just the refrigerator if you want.

Let your kiddo use their imagination to create tons of faces! This could be hung on the wall, taken in the car or played with on their lap. It’s great and super portable – just throw the pieces in a ziplock and take them along.

You can print out the face pieces I used. It’s six 8.5 x 11 pages.

Download the printable PDF here and enjoy!

I love to link up to Today’s Creative Blog! Check out the other parties I link up to here.