Posted on March 23, 2015 by Cari
Categories: in MOTHERHOOD
I’ve been struggling lately to get much done in the studio. I’m still trying to find the balance between my roles as stay-at-home mom + small business owner. But, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve & a few “weapons of choice” to help me tackle a few tasks during the day.
Today, I’m loving magnetic puzzles – my son discovered them during our first trip to our local library, and has loved them ever since! They are a wonderful tool for teaching hand-eye coordination & (most importantly, at the moment!) keeping my restless toddler occupied for an short bit of time. Well, at least long enough to get some shipping labels printed & Etsy orders packaged. (Now, if I could just make it out to the mailbox…)
Our favorites around here are the Fishing and Bug-Catching puzzles by Melissa & Doug.
Little Man loves him some pretzel sticks. At snacktime, we just push some grapes or blueberries onto the ends. We call them “grape suckers” and “blueberry suckers” around here. The kid gobbles them right up. Hey, whatever gets him to eat some fruit!
I’m sure a pack of gummies (with his Flinstone’s Vitamin gummie mixed in) will be given later, as a small bribe to leave his sister alone.
Jo Stafford’s “Dream of You.” It’s a perfect swaying tune for when Baby Girl wants to be walked (danced) to sleep. =)
Posted on December 14, 2014 by Cari
Looking for a great hostess gift idea....or, perhaps something to dress up your holiday mantle display? Don't you worry, we've got you covered! Being some of our most absolute favorite folks, we've created a set of FREE printables exclusively for you to enjoy this holiday season.
This year's creation is a simple PDF sign that fits perfectly into any 5x7 frame (or if you're feeling really inspired, they'd look gorgeous printed on a stretched 5x7 canvas). The complimentary PDF files are available in either an "ice blue" or "red" background - both of which pair well with just about any holiday decor.
So, what are you waiting for? Print away & feel free to share! Happy Holidays, friends! =)
DISCLAIMER: Please note that these files are for personal use only, and remain the property of InterPRINTations. All shared files on this blog are covered by copyright law and are NOT for resale.
P.S. I'd love to see your printed creations, once they're framed & on display (or gifted)! Feel free to share photos in the comments below...
Posted on December 11, 2014 by Cari
Categories: in WEDDINGS
Believe me, we know weddings aren’t cheap. We also notice that quality wedding paperie is always one of the first things to go, when couples are planning a wedding on a budget.
….but why?
When compared to the costs of florals, linens, rentals, and even attempts at “DIY” decor - custom-designed wedding paper is still one of the most cost-effective routes to go, when looking for a way to really personalize your ceremony & reception.
Need some suggestions on how to get more bang for your buck in the wedding stationery department? One of our top recommendations is a menu card at each place setting. While brides are often quick to mark these off their list when making budget cuts, consider this - make them work double-duty!
We recommend adding at least one of the following to each menu card...
  • A personal "thank you" note to your guests
  • An "In Lieu of Favors" note, if you are making a charitable donation instead
  • An "Order of Events" listing for the evening
  • Fun facts (or even a word search or crossword puzzle!) about the couple
  • A "Don't Drink & Drive" note, with transportation suggestions for guests
  • An invitation to join you for a "Grand Exit" (i.e. sparklers or confetti toss) at the end of the reception
These small additions will also provide topics of conversation to your guest tables, which is perfect for the tables where you've paired guests that may not know each other. These little extras added to your menus will also keep guests informed and really show you've put thought into each individual place setting.
We guarantee that the extra attention to detail will not go unnoticed or unappreciated by your guests!
Some of our other top tips for adding personalized touches with affordable wedding paperie are....
  • Custom Signage throughout reception, bar area, and other wedding spaces (i.e. guest book area, favor table, restrooms, late-night snack table, etc.)
  • Seating Chart - a great (and affordable) statement piece for your reception entryway!
  • Tented Table Numbers - we recommend listing your wedding #hashtag on the back, and inviting guests to share photos throughout the night!
Did you make good use of wedding paperie throughout your ceremony or reception? What are your top suggestions for brides & grooms out there who are struggling with a smaller wedding budget?
I’m a country girl, small business owner, wife, mother of three, and a proud alumna of Purdue University (Boiler Up!).
Wondering what life is like for a busy mom with a graphic design & laser cutting business? My days are filled with pretty paper, blissful brides, half-finished sketchbooks, half-eaten lunches, and lots of cuddling with my little ones. I look forward to sharing with you all of life's fun happenings (both in & out of the studio) here on the blog!
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