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"Splendor in the Grass" Easter Placecards

"Early is just as bad as late," he spat.

Having committed the grave offense of arriving at a job interview 5 minutes early, I was quickly chastened by the funny little man's apparently boundless disgust for my pre-punctuality. And from there, the opportunity of a lifetime with one of my favorite writers quickly devolved into a comedy of errors I'll never forget. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.

So you'll understand if that experience solidified my commitment to procrastination. Look, I realize that Easter is, oh, 48 hours away, but you'd never know it at our house. No eggs, no chocolate bunnies, no Peeps, no baskets. It's not that I don't care. It's just...I'd rather get a B+ on a great paper (with a letter grade off for lateness) than a B on a decent paper turned in on time.

So here's my Easter project, offered here at the very last minute: placecards (or gift tags, if that suits you better) featuring a pair of sweet springtime friends. As usual, you can download this PDF for personal, non-commercial use. There are 8 cards per page, and they rely on the same template as the patterned calling cards I offered earlier in the week (though these are not fill-in-able; you'll have to write the names or messages by hand).

Happy Easter


You Rang?

Don't you think old fashioned calling cards should make a comeback?
Back in the day, when stopping by a friend's house was "coming to call," ladies and gentlemen carried calling cards to announce to their would-be hosts just who had arrived--or who they had missed if indisposed. (If well-to-do folk could have bothered themselves to answer their own doors, maybe this little nicety might never have come to be.)

Now most of us have business cards and vcards and bluetooth profiles and all the other  social networking blahdeeblah known to man. But sometimes you don't want to share your every means of being contacted with every person you meet.

That's where calling cards come in:

Going to the park with your kid? When you meet a new playmate, give his mom or dad a way to get in touch with you that says "Cameron / M's Mommy / cblazer@gmail.com."

Going out on the town?* How about a card with just your name and number? A little vixen-y, but still classy.

Heading to a tweetup? A card with nothing but your web address is memorable, no?

I have dreams of going to a party where everyone's cooler than me (which is just about every party I've ever been to) armed with a stack of cards saying only "I'm rockin' the suburbs, just like Quiet Riot did."**

This downloadable pdf is designed to print 8 patterned cards. It's really just a form--when you type your information on any of the cards, it updates all the cards accordingly; you can enter as many words as you like, but the more you type the smaller your text will be. (It all makes more sense when you see it in action.) I designed these to be compatible with Avery pre-cut business cards (look for products 5881, 8373, 8869), but I printed mine on plain-ole cardstock and just cut-em out. I've included cut lines to make it a little easier.

As always, you can use this template as much as you like for personal, non-commercial use. 

* My use of the phrase "out on the town" probably gives away the fact that the last time I actually went out on said town was sometime in the last century, but you get my drift, no?

** Well, really, I'd use a different quote from the same Ben Folds song, but this is a family-ish blog, so you get my drift.


Free 2009 Printable Calendar

2009 is over! But I have a new monthy-by-month, free printable calendar available here--check it out!

So, if you are like me, a couple of things are true for you today. 1) You are committed to giving handmade this year; and 2) you are in a panic because 3) you just realized you forgot about your sister-in-law or your third cousin; and 4) the person you forgot will be at your house within the next few hours.


What to do?! What to do!?

How about a lovely calendar? 2009 is almost here, after all. And though your local Big Box Bookseller™ will probably have loads of very nice ones to choose from, there's still time to make your own.

So here's my gift to you, Internet: A downloadable, totally free PDF calendar for 2009!

Each page features a wee illustration by moi and is 95% likely to have the correct dates on every page--what a bargain, no?

And, hey, even if you are morally and practically superior to me, and you have been finished preparing for the holidays since October, perhaps you've been neglecting yourself. Maybe YOU need a snazzy new calendar for your wall.

Putting this little guy together is a snap:

  1. Print the calendar on nice heavy-weight cardstock.
  2. Cut down the center of the calendar (at 4.25" to be exact).
  3. Fasten the pages together with a tiny binder clip or punch two wee holes at the top and "sew" the pages together with festive yarn or floss.

That's it!


If you print the calendar as a gift or keep it for yourself, I'd love to know--just drop by the comments to this post, and tell me what's what. While you're at it, you could make me feel better by telling me your worst last-minute crafter-disaster!

Update: If you like the calendar, you might like some of my other printables, too!

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