April 19, 2012 § 3 Comments
I’ve got some wonderful new followers that have inspired the following post!
There are two issues I wanted to discuss regarding the subject of running a business while be environmentally conscience — especially when my products and designs are all about PAPER.
I would ask that we all be aware of what and how many copies of printables we make and what kind of paper we print on. If at all possible, try to choose a recycled paper so that precious resources are not being wasted. I would also ask that when you are done with the printouts, please place them in a recycle bin. (unless you love my designs so much you decide to frame them, ha!) That way we our doing our best while also staying organized.
The other issue that has come up is the amount of ink my House Cleaning Worksheet uses on a home printer. If you print these at a print shop you will have no problem, but at home I know we would all like to stop buying those ridiculously overpriced little print cartridges so often. Hence, the easy solution: A less-ink version of my most popular design! Download the hi-resolution version here.
Enjoy! And thank you so much for your thoughtful input and encouraging notes. I love reading all of them!
March 27, 2012 § 4 Comments
It’s almost the end of the school year and I sit here staring at a giant pile of artwork from my daughter’s last year in preschool. What do I do with this mess?!? Er, I mean the beautiful masterpieces she creates on a daily basis…
I’ve actually developed a system that I think works like a charm!
For each child you have, go to the store and buy a bin that holds a large number of hanging file folders. Preferably, get the legal sized ones because artwork never seems to be 8.5×11. Then label the folders as follows:
- Pregnancy (Or adoption papers)
- School/Daycare Forms
- Receipts (for items you might want to return or have a warranty on)
- Doctor Visits
- A folder for each activity your child does (soccer, dance, etc.)
- And then a folder for every year until your child graduates from High School. This folder will mostly be for artwork, or as they get older, for really well done homework.
My mom also did an amazing thing that I would suggest to any parent. She kept a running Word document and every time a big event happened in my life or a significant illness or injury, she would add it to the document along with the date. That way I could look back on my life and see when everything happened— vacations, awards, broken arms and fun memories all documented for me to have for the rest of my life! If you can do this, make a file folder for that too.
Then, find a place in your house off the beaten path to store that box, and every time your child(ren) come home from school just chunk that big collection of artwork from the day (after carefully admiring each detail, mind you) into a growing pile. After a month (or year… whatever you can stand), go through the art and pick the few pieces that go in your bin to remember and maybe one or two to frame or display in your house. I have found if I wait for a big collection of artwork to go through, it is easier for me to pick out the few best pieces to keep.
While browsing the internet, I found a few fun ideas and blogs about how to display the exceptional art pieces:
A Clock of Art by Dutch by Design
April 13, 2011 § 4 Comments
When I was pregnant with my daughter I decided to get a bit crafty. As a graphic designer, I tend to steer clear of crafts and stick to computer generated art, but there seems to be something about haveing children and getting into the crafting world— they just go hand in hand. I decided I wanted to make her name to go on her wall. I didn’t want to paint wooden letters like I had seen before, so I decided I was going to cover cardboard letters in scrapbook paper. I thought this was going to be a big process and entirely above my skill set, but when I sat down to make her name, I was done in an hour or two! After making her letters, I got requests from friends and family… below are pictures of some of my creations. It’s quite fun, and here’s how you do it:
1. Go to a craft store and buy cardboard letters. Buy 1 piece of scrapbook paper for each letter. Also buy anything you might want to glue on top (beads, buttons, ribbon, stickers, flowers, etc.) The sky is the limit so create til your heart’s content. You will also need Modge Podge and a paintbrush. Make sure you get the Matte Modge Podge. I did a set of letters in the Gloss version thinking it might look cool (see Gavyn below) but it ended up looking less refined than the others.
2. Organize your papers by deciding which order they go in and which contrasting paper you will put on the sides of the letters.
3. Turn your letters backwards (Important!) and trace on the back of your scrapbook paper— in the corner so you don’t waste any.
4. Cut out your letter with an Xacto or scissors. Make sure it lines up on your cardboard.
5. Then measure the sides of your letters. They are usually 1 inch think. Cut strips of paper in the thickness of your letters… for example, 1 inch strips of paper.
6. Then get out the Modge Podge, cover your paper, and mold the paper around the letters until it all sticks in place. After that, paint the entire letter with one more coat of Modge Podge. Your letters might look bad at this point, especially if you bought a fancy paper with velvet or shine to it. Don’t worry, it should dry pretty.
7. Glue on any accessories you choose and Viola!— Your done!
April 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
I am always looking for pretty storage containers. When I came across these at my local West Elm I quickly put them on my wish list. I love how they are cleaned lined and masculine with a feminine flair on top. I also like anything with the word “apothecary” in it In fact, maybe I want both sizes… I wonder if I can think of six different things for each space… I bet I can!
Check them out here…
March 30, 2011 § 6 Comments
One of my favorite places in the world to be is at a spa. Not just any kind of spa, but the relaxing, I’m-on-vacation type place with the beautiful outdoor pool area. Then I would flip through catalogs and I see the breathtaking outdoor living spaces, and I so desperately wanted to have a place like that of my very own.
At my old house, our backyard became a place to keep all of our junk— the broken toys sinking into pools of mud and grass and the wooden furniture rotting away in the hot Texas sun. It would be easy if we lived in California… or somewhere north where at least we had half the year to enjoy perfect weather. But in Texas, you see, it’s very hard to create a space like this. The weather is so extreme that you only have a few weeks in the spring and a few weeks in the fall to put out all of your nice stuff before the heat, tornadic winds or random ice storms destroy everything. I was determined when building our new house to make a Texas-proof backyard that still had a vacation-like feel.
It’s been 2 years since we moved in and I never quite got around to it. Here are the “before” shots (eek, the weeds were the worst part!):
A few weeks ago, my husband went on vacation, so I decided to surprise him with a finished backyard retreat. In my head, the one thing that makes the outdoors go from same-old-same-old to dreamy is outdoor curtains. I mean, you could install outdoor curtains on just about anything, and bam!— you’ve got yourself somewhere peaceful and relaxing. So, that was a major priority. Another priority was to have a box to put all the outdoor “junk” in… pool floaties, toys, cleaning stuff…. random things lying around the yard really mess up the whole “retreat” feel. And, I wanted a comfortable place to sit with friends. I had a metal table with feet that EVERYONE would stub their toes on as they walked by— not very comfortable. Finally, I wanted to top everything off with some greenery. I do not have a green thumb. (see most recent failure below) I can’t keep anything alive in 110 degree heat. Because of this I decided to choose cactus-like plants that didn’t look too cactus-y.
With some help from friends, we pulled it all together and Presto!— Here are some after shots:
1. some way to create fire
Notice the cute wall clock a friend gave us at the top of this picture
Yay! The Weeds are gone! And here I chose a Yucca plant because it can survive freezing and 100 degrees and you don’t have to water it. Of course, if you have a green thumb, a prettier plant would always be a nicer touch…
I took a rug from indoors that I don’t care about and put it outside… it makes it much more homey. I also added a place to put ice and cold drinks in for the next party.
In the back of this picture you can see I planted fruit trees. Hopefully in 4 years I will have my first crop
Who wants to go for a swim??
March 26, 2011 § Leave a Comment
The Spring Line for Life on Paper Co is here!
Organizing just got personal.
Check out our 9 new products with 10 different designs… that’s over 90 new combinations available! There are address labels, nameplates, bookplates, expiration labels and spice labels. The best part about this new line of stickers is that everything is personalized. You can choose the name and coordinating text to go along with it. These make great gifts, too! Click here to enter the shop.