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Worthwhile Quote… Free Printable

| Design & Technology

Free printable

Free printable

I’m a sucker for a great quote (check out my popular “Sayings & Words” Pinterest board).   My Kobo e-reader is filled with great saved quotes that I mark when reading. I usually don’t do much with the quotes other than just read and enjoy but today I decided to get a little creative with a very sweet quote. I would credit the saying with who quoted it but there seems to be conflicting information (Elizabeth Browning or Franklin P. Jones).

Feel free to download, print and admire but remember, this is for personal use only.

Print on regular letter size (8.5″ x 11″) card stock or paper and when printed at 100% it will fit into an 8×10 mat if you chose to frame it. Click HERE to download and/or print.

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Doodle Easter Eggs

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Kids Fun

Doodled Easter Eggs

Doodled Easter Eggs

What fond memories I have of Easter from my childhood.  My parents always made a big thing of it as they did most holidays.  Every single year up until I was a teenager, maybe even a young adult (sad to say), we dyed eggs.  My brother and I used to see who could make the best design and yes, I won every time (in my opinion anyway).  To this day my parents still talk about the mornings of the Easter egg hunt and how I would find all the eggs and there wouldn’t be any left for my little brother. When we (I) was done, my Mom and Dad would have to divide everything in half so my brother got his share. Poor Marc, he never stood a chance against me.

Luckily for my daughter, she’s an only child and doesn’t have to worry about sibling competition. For the past few years we’ve dyed eggs with Noelle but this year I thought we’d doodle instead.  I boiled up eight eggs, let them cool and then brought out the sharpies. I just did a really quick search in google images for some bunny ideas and then started doodling away. Yet again, my daughter completed all five of her eggs and was ready to move on to the next project while I was just starting egg number two – she hasn’t quite learned to savour the experience yet. Sometimes my husband ask me “is this project for you or Noelle”.  I genuinely had noble intentions with this one and it was all about Noelle but as soon as I started getting into it, well… dinner was late again.

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Project Life…download this FREE printable

| Design & Technology, For the Home

Journaling cards great for project life or scrapbooking.

Journaling cards – great for project life or scrapbooking.

Click here to download your free printable.

Click here to download your free printable.

I have to admit that I’m pretty bad at recording all the events of our life.  If it wasn’t for the fact that my camera automatically adds dates to my photo files I wouldn’t have a record of what was actually happening at the various stages of our lives. Scrapbooking… forget it – that’s way too much for me to take on. You’d think that scrapbooking would be a perfect outlet for my creative energy but no, I think that there’s just too many options and I find it overwhelming.

Recently one of my co-workers turned me onto Project Life – now this is way more my speed. Essentially, it’s a really quick and easy way to record the events and memories over your life.  For more info check out the creator’s website: http://www.beckyhiggins.com/products/what-is-project-life.php. I just love the concept but honestly, even remembering to do something that probably takes about 30 minutes once a week is just too much of a commitment for me – I suck at routine (just ask my husband).

One thing that I really love about Project Life is that it is still meant to look pretty and I’m all about pretty.  If you checkout the Becky Higgins website, you’ll see that she has some beautiful kits for creating your own Project Life: http://www.beckyhiggins.com/products/. Since I love design, I couldn’t help but try my hand at creating my own Project Life cards.  Turns out it was pretty fun.  Now maybe that I have some fun designs I have less reason to put off creating my own Project Life – I’ll let you know how (but more likely “if”) that turns out.  In the meantime, you can download my free template designs for your own Project Life here.  Have fun!

For the full 12 piece set of this design, you can purchase it from my Etsy site here.

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Well hello Zentangle…

| Design & Technology, For the Home, My Life

NoelleDesignZentangle… what the heck is that? Ya, I didn’t have a clue either until I discovered it on Pinterest.  After doing a bit of research, I realized that I’ve been “zentangl-ing” all my life.  Basically they’re just fancy doodles.  Check out my pinterest board to see all the amazing Zentangles I’ve pinned.

Here’s a better definition from the Zentangle.com website: Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

So, in light of my discovery I decided to create my first ever intent fully designed Zentangle.  What do you think?

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