Holiday Tags + Wrapping Paper Designs Round-Up

Hello, hello! In an unprecedented display of organization, I’ve managed to get all of my holiday preparations done well in advance of the big Christmas day. This feat required some hustling on my part, and I paid the price by getting a teensy weensy bit sick. I’m almost 100% but I was pretty sniffly there for a few days. I have big book deadlines coming up so I worked extra hard to clear my calendar — I want to focus on work while my mom is visiting and having loads of fun with K during winter break, but now I’m lounging about sipping ginger tea and getting some much-needed snoozes so I can get all healthy. It’s always an excellent idea to listen to my body.

Since I’m no stranger to the last-minute wrapping frenzy and because you seemed to like the tags I offered up a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to round up some of the downloadable/printable holiday tags and wrapping paper I’ve designed over the years just in case they’re helpful for you. For even more options, head on over to my brand new Patreon page – there’s a post there with a mega list of downloadables.

I hope you’re having a wonderful season, my friends! 2018 has been a phenomenal year for me, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring. I do most of my detailed updating through my Patreon newsletter now, but I’ll be sure to post here regularly in the new year — at least once or twice a month! That’s the goal.

Wishing you the warmest, coziest, joyful-est holidays, and I’ll see you back here in ’19!

Below are the printable tags and wrapping papers (all can be printed on 8.5 x 11″ or A4 paper). Enjoy!

TAGS

Bleu Tags

Animal Tags

Dala Horses Tags

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Hedgehog/Unicorn/Cat Tags

WRAPPING PAPER

Cat Wrapping Paper

Hedgehog Wrapping Paper

 

Unicorn Wrapping Paper

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2018 Advent Calendar + Free Holiday Tags

Hello, my friends! I’m testing out different blog posting schedules to see what feels right and so far, once or twice a month seems the best fit. I’m all about not overdoing anything nowadays, and methinks it’s the ticket to not getting sick. Both K and M came down with the sniffles in the last few weeks and I’ve been impervious to the germs (knocking furiously on wood as I type this).

Let’s talk about this year’s advent calendar shall we? I’m quite proud of this one.

About five years ago, I spotted a DIY project for paper houses on Pinterest and desperately wanted to make a winter village as an advent calendar. However. To start with, the time commitment was obvious — that’s a lot of cutting and folding and gluing. I don’t have one of those handy dandy Silhouette or Cricut machines and had no interest in owning one. Since I tend to procrastinate, I would come up with a different idea at the last minute every year.

For whatever reason, this year I was on top of things. Not only did I plan out the project three weeks in advance, but I even designed the houses myself. I know. Crazy. I was going to download a bunch of free online templates but when I saw how basic the shapes were, I figured it would be easy for me to customize my own. I spent an afternoon designing and voila, I had 8 templates.

I spent maybe an hour or two a day working on the calendar for a couple of weeks. I printed the houses on my usual inkjet textured paper, of which I seem to have an endless supply. I printed three of each template for a total of 24 houses. Then I sliced out the windows and doors with an Exacto knife but used regular scissors to cut out the houses. For scoring the sections that would be folded, I used a Japanese hera, which is actually a marking tool for sewing. I don’t like to get messy, so I got these mini glue dots, which were perfect.

Now, I typically design the advent calendars in a count-down style. The visual reminder of the number of days left is fun for K, and it makes clean-up a breeze later. But I spent so long on these houses and I love the way they look so much that I wanted the whole village on display for the entire holiday season. After mulling over this situation, I landed on the idea of flameless tea lights that K could place in each house. I considered adding numbers to the houses, but I’m more of a visual minimalist. I’m lovin’ the plain white houses.

Conveniently, there are 24 tea lights in a pack. Since these tea lights only last 3 hours, we decided to light them all on Christmas Eve.

I was making excellent progress, but something was still missing. I wanted a sweet little package that K would be able to open each day and a single tea light left something to be desired, so I painted a bunch of animals. I went to town dressing them up in winter garb and labeling them with numbers, then printed these out on the same inkjet textured paper. Aren’t they cute?

I scrawled the daily activities on the back (every other day, she gets a book so I simply wrote “book” for those days).

I wrapped each tea light with an animal card and placed them in a basket, which served as the count down aspect. On a side note, I found that basket at Trader Joe’s and it’s made out of newspapers. So cool! Oh, and the books are wrapped in this super darling black-and-white paper I found at a local natural foods grocery store.

This advent calendar has been THE BEST. K absolutely adores it and I feel so happy whenever I look at the winter village displayed on top of our old upright piano. At first I put it on our credenza (photo below) but quickly realized that Katara, our cat, will think they’re her toys and scatter them willy nilly.

Can you tell that I had a blast making this calendar? I’m going to display it every year for the holidays, you betcha.

I chose a few of my favorite animals that I painted (I removed the numbers so they’re not advent specific) and made them into a free downloadable for you as a little gift from me. Just print them out on cardstock (or the inkjet textured paper that I use), cut around the shape and make sure to leave a little extra at the top to punch a hole. These make lovely gift tags!

Click on the image to download (you may need to right-click and save onto your desktop to enable printing). Please let me know if you have any issues with the download.

Well, it’s time to wrap this up and tend to other to-dos. I’m almost done with Christmas shopping and making and I have some book stuff to finish. If you’re interested, here are the other Advent Calendars from years past:

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

I hope to check in again in a couple of weeks or so! For now, I’m signing off with a “Happy Holidays!!!” from my two beloved Ks:

P.S. Katara hated the Santa hat.

Valentine’s Round-Up

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The other day, I was talking to a friend who needed a last minute Valentine’s card for her kids’ classes and I suggested my printables. I tried to search on this here blog and realized how terribly disorganized my categories are. Must do something to rectify that.

In the meantime, what with V-day coming up, I figured I could at least round-up the printables I’ve created. I’d completely forgotten about the word search one! Bookmarks seem to be my go-to; at least there’s a variety…If you too are looking for some down-to-the-wire options to spread some Valentine’s cheer, feel free to download away. I’ve included links to the original post, just because, but you can simply click on the images below to get the printables (it seems to work best to download the image onto your desktop by right-clicking and selecting the “Save images as…” option and print from there vs. trying to print directly from the browser).

Sweet Valentine Bookmarks:

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Dinosaur Bookmarks:

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Animal Bookmarks:

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Word Search:

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Happy Thanksgiving: Free Printable

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and despite my best efforts to ignore it, it seems that the holiday season is in full swing. I’m thankful for so many things, and you, my friends, are on the short list. As a small token of my appreciation, I have a holiday printable for you: Dala horses! I’ve always loved this Swedish holiday motif, and I doodled some up and thought they would make sweet tags/cards. Here’s what the whole sheet looks like, printable on 8.5 x 11″ paper:

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I still haven’t mastered the whole downloadable/printable thing, so if you run into any issues, please let me know, yes? I believe the file seems to work best when downloaded onto your computer rather than trying to print directly from the window…

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If you are celebrating turkey day, I hope it’s filled with loved ones and enduring, good memories. And if you’re not celebrating this All-American holiday, well, I still hope it’s filled with loved ones and enduring good memories.

I’m taking Friday off to party like rockstars with my little nuclear family, and I’ll see you back here on Monday, with a giveaway. xo!

Father’s Day Free Printable

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Just a quick printable for you today — can you believe it’s almost Father’s Day? K and I are plotting to make this an extra special one for M, though we tend to be better at planning than executing…

My own dad will be receiving one of these lovelies that I whipped up in the mail (maybe the hipster one — my dad’s pretty on-trend). I tend to make stuff for my own purposes and then share them here in the off chance others can get some use out of them.

I kept things simple and graphic for these little Dad’s day printables. Use them as tags, cards, paper airplanes, whatever. Click here to download, and enjoy!