Archive | February, 2011

Valentine’s Day Bookmarks w/ Printables

14 Feb

Valentine’s Day is almost here and since lil man goes to school on Mondays, Valentine’s Day cards are a necessity this year.  I decided to skip the store bought variety and I didn’t want to go the food route b/c of allergy issues, so I created custom bookmarks (perfect for school!).  I downloaded the animal images from and created four designs in Adobe Illustrator, but you could also use PowerPoint, Publisher or any word processing software.

Once I had the design created and printed, I gathered my supplies:

  • Laminating sheets
  • Red & white yarn
  • Scissors (note, I originally used a paper cutter, but scissors were easier on the laminated paper)
  • Hole puncher
  • Corner punch

I started by laminating the printed sheets–each sheet had four bookmarks on it.  Then I cut out the individual bookmarks, rounded the corners and punched a hole to tie the yarn through.  A couple photos of the finished product:

The messages are:

Lion: Have a roaring Valentine’s Day!  Love, Evan

Elephant: Don’t forget to be my Valentine.  Love, Evan

Ladybug: Will you be my love bug? Happy V-Day!  Love, Evan

Giraffe: Gee, You’re Cute! Happy V-Day! Love, Evan

Font is Actionls (downloaded for free from

Here are the templates with my son’s name removed so you can print and sign your child(ren’s) name.

TMC 2011 VDay Printable Bookmarks 1

TMC 2011 VDay Printable Bookmarks 2


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Custom Cookbook

12 Feb

I’m back!! And, I’m going to try and stay back!  This past week, a few friends from my moms group and I got together to “shower” a friend having her second baby next week.  As I’ve been trying to cook more lately, but it’s a challenge with two little ones, I was inspired to create a zero fuss cookbook to give to the mom of two to be and for the other moms in our group to use.  The criteria was simple–easy recipes that should take 15-20 minutes or less to prepare.  Everyone turned in recipes and I’m excited to try some of the new ones.  In preparing the booklet, I also was inspired to finally learn how to create step-and-repeat rows in Adobe Illustrator and I went a little crazy with them though i think the result turned out pretty cute.  Here’s the cover, table of contents and a sample inside page:

I printed it double-sided and turned it into a booklet–here’s a low quality photo.  I punched holes and tied it with pink ribbon to bind it.  Also rounded the corners to make it a little more fun.

Tip: When printing booklets, it helps to map out on paper how the pages will flow before creating it all electronically as it won’t be in chronological order.  Also, you’ll need to create pages in multiples of 4–for example, this booklet was 20 pages–5 sheets printed 2-up double-sided.

Off to cook now!