Category: printables

Free recipe card printables that blend classic design with modern technology

On one hand, actual paper recipe cards seems like they could be going the way of the Betamax and the Rolodex. On the other hand, here comes a wonderful stationer creating lovely free (free!) printable recipe cards that actually make use of technology in the perfect way. Just download the free recipe card printable template from Love Vs Design and you can do much more than print them and then hand write your Grandma’s famous peach pie recipe. You can fill them out on your PC in Adobe Acrobat, meaning they become interactive templates; type in the instructions or...

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ABCs from a time when B was for Balloon, not Boy Band

My mother-in-law is amazing at keeping childhood treasures — we have everything from my husband’s toy car collection to original copies of his favorite children’s books — and we treasure this vintage ephemera so. I love that these old toys and books are just as beautiful and appropriate now as they were back then, because childhood is truly timeless. Sometimes I wonder if these books will still be around when my kids have children of their own. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Which is why, while we definitely hang onto these old toys and books, I simply cannot imagine tearing...

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DIY Free Printable Tooth Fairy Notes – oh the cuteness!

When we found this DIY project at one of our favorite design blogs, Handmade Charlotte, we nearly died. The best part is that the instructions do not include mentions of glue guns, professional equipment, or paper stock only found in the foothills of Sweden.   With as little as some basic card stock, a printer, a ruler and an old-fashioned X-Acto knife, you just print out her adorable designs and you’ve got both a mini card and envelope for scribbling a quick note to the taker of teeth; along with a thank you note from the sprite (complete with...

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8 free Olympics printables that deserve a medal

We’ve found a set of free Olympics printables that bring the excitement of the far-away Olympics a little closer, no passport required. Which is great because the closest we’re going to get to London for the Summer Olympics is through our television and laptop screens. New-to-the-U.S., personalized-gift shop, Tinyme, has an entire roster of cute and totally free Olympics Printables that will help keep the excitement going even when I need to shut off the television. Some can even be personalized. My family will love the Opening Ceremony Bingo Cards which we can play while we all stay up...

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Free printable French alphabet flashcards, from abeille to zèbre

Whether you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to sneak a little bilingual education into your day, I’m totally smitten by these adorable flashcards from our recent favorite freebie find, Mr. Printables.  With the same cute, colorful illustrations that we recently saw on their French Alphabet Poster, this set of French Alphabet flash cards can be in your hands today: Just print on card stock and cut out the set.  I love that each card includes the feminine and masculine articles “le/la” or “un/une” since this can be such a tricky thing for us English speakers. I only...

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A DIY puzzle that helps you keep the United States, united

Before the hamburgers are done, before the sparklers come out, and before it’s dark enough for fireworks, you can take a few minutes to put the United States back together with this easy printable from my favorite new DIY craft site. At Mr. Printables (cute name, right?) the Map of the USA Jigsaw Puzzle sneaks a bit of geography learning into your holiday with this totally customizable printable. Just print out the colorful map, mount onto a piece of cardboard and then cut out your pieces with a craft knife. Or do a shortcut version and just paste it...

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Free Father’s Day printables for last minute Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is Sunday, and while we’ve been giving you loads (and loads and loads of Father’s Day gift ideas, we understand that you may still be looking for that little special “something” that will pull it all together. Instead of scouring the stores, take a look at these awesome printables for Father’s Day, from custom gift cards to unique treat holders. Along with being unique and fun, they are all also totally free. –Christina Not surprisingly, the designers at Hello Lucky offer a few gorgeous Father’s Day Printables including the bottle labels and matching card (above) that you...

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Gorgeous Mothers Day printables – just hit print and end the angst

Thank goodness for Mother’s Day printables! With the big day right around the corner, if you haven’t ordered a thing yet, stop and take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered. First calculate expedited shipping rates on your favorite picks from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Next, check out these awesome free (or close to it) printables that can be ready in a flash. So perfect for that frequent-flyer mama, these printable Mothers Day gift tags from Hello Clementine look like cool luggage tags. They just need to be printed on white or kraft cardstock, cut out, and...

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Free bunny ears you’ll love to see in your Easter photos

On this Easter Sunday, may your own bunnies stay clean of melted chocolate and grass stains. . .at least until you can get a few great shots of them in their Easter finest. And while we’re sure your children will look adorable as is, we’ve found a couple of printables that will just up the “awwww” factor today. The free printable bunny and lamb ears from Ellinee Design House are the perfect topper for Easter; and they’ll probably stay on a toddler’s head a lot longer than a bonnet. With just a pair of scissors, a dot of glue...

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Arrrrrrr that’s a cute Valentine’s Day carrrrrd!

On Valentine’s Day, not every kid wants to hand out cards with Barbies and Care Bears. For the rest of them, we love these too-cute pirate themed Valentines cards that you can make yourself (for almost free!) Mer Mag’s free printable Pirate Valentines are a little more involved than the list of super easy Valentines printables I just rounded up, but not so involved as to eat up your entire weekend. In fact, after you print either the boy or girl pirate cards from the free PDF, the only thing left to do is affix a wee felt heart...

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Print your own Super Bowl championship shirts, right from home

No matter what the outcome of today’s game (go New England!), I hope my kids see a game that reflects the best in sportsmanship (beat the Giants!) and a commitment to trying really hard (whoo! Tom Brady!). Oh, and I may care a little bit about who wins. Which is why I’ve got my eye on a super-cute printable, iron-on image that my kids could wear with pride if (when?) their team wins the big game. And, yeah, there’s one for that other team too. Love Party Printables has a whole roster of cartoon kids holding a little banner for...

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Adorable printable chore charts. Whining not included.

I’ve used, and subsequently retired, countless chore chart systems for my family, mostly because they end up being just a bit too involved for my busy life. But these simple, printable charts might just be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I figure if mom of four Gennifer Bursett designed these printable chore charts, then they’re worth giving a try with my own foursome. What I love about these in particular, aside from the direct DO YOUR CHORES reminder (which I find myself saying all too often), is that they’re a blank slate, allowing you to add or remove different chores whenever you...

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Student by day; Jedi by night

Labels are a necessary part of school life, but don’t go to the dark side and use marker on masking tape. With these free Star Wars printable tags, you don’t have to. Whether your kid goes to the Jedi Academy or PS 81, these labels will look sharp hanging from a backpack or lunchbox or taped to the tag of a coat. All you have to do is download the PDF from Living Locurto, add your kid’s name in the white box, and print. Tada! Your padawan is ready to go. There are hanging tags, which would be great laminated,...

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A printable 2012 calendar that does more than track the days

When we discovered French site Tiny-Us last year, we were taken with their mission to sell paper dolls and other printables as a fundraiser for a local school for children with disabilities. And now I’m just as taken with their new 2012 printable calendar. You pay whatever you want, and get a PDF of the calendar to print. What’s really sweet is that after each month is through, your children will have two new paper doll outfits to look forward to. Give generously–every bit of your donation goes right to the Présence charity. Nice way to start the year. –Liz...

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Printable calendars for 2012 that the kiddos will love too.

One of the cool things about ordering printable calendars from Etsy artists, is (besides the whole money saving thing and the whole support an indie artist thing) that you can discover cool things from all over the world. In this case, these adorable printable calendars are straight outta Hong Kong. The printable 2012 animal calendar from Etsy seller Loopz is ridiculously adorable. I could imagine hanging it right in a nursery, because uh, we new moms tend to forget what day it is. And I think the kiddos will adore looking forward to a cute new critter each month....

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The most beautiful free printable gift tags to top off your holiday wrapping

You could cover my house with all the leftover wrapping paper I have accumulated throughout the years. But, for some reason, my gift tags have a way of disappearing right when I need them most. Fortunately, I’ve uncovered a ton of cool printable gift tags that you can print right from home. –Christina How About Orange has rounded up a whole bunch of free printable tags that range from whimsical to sophisticated. My favorites are Sass & Peril’s clean, modern tags (shown above) which also include a Happy Hanukkah tag. Fifth and Hazel’s printable Chevron tags are super easy...

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Handmade Holidays: Ten DIY gifts that don’t look like you cheaped out

If you’re the type who likes to fill your holiday gifts with handmade love, we’ve got a whole bunch of beautiful ideas for you. My grandmother was a crocheter who made such hilariously bad gifts (sorry, Grandma!), they were the highlight of our holidays. Thankfully, Grandma was a great sport who laughed the loudest. But after looking at these 10 beautiful and interesting handmade gifts, I think maybe I could follow in her footsteps (in a good way) and create something of my own to give. Crafty moms? This one’s for you. –Christina 1. RETRO MAGNETIC PAPER DOLLSMy girls...

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Because kids really do say the darndest things

Between a personal blog, a paper journal, Facebook and my memory, I have plenty of places to jot down those hilarious things my kids say. The problem is, I have too many places. But mama Alexandra of the creative Kinderpendent blog has designed a sweet little template that makes it so much easier to keep those quotes in one place. And other than your sweat equity and a few supplies, it’s totally free. Kinderpendent’s Quote Books Tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making your own little booklet in which to record those statements you never want to forget, from earnest...

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The coolest Halloween printables – go forth and be crafty!

With the money I’m spending on Halloween costumes and bags of candy, I’m not about to drop a fortune on decor too. So, I’m so pleased to have found so many affordable (and free!) printables that don’t require me to do much of anything or spend much of anything. This is way easier than finding a costume that my precocious ten-year-old and I will agree on together. Throwing a bash? Anders Ruff’s Haunted Halloween Printable Party (above) includes such pretty hues and special touches, it’ll look like you spent a fortune. You don’t have to tell a soul that it...

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Web coolness – lemonade stands, fun birthday plans and fulfilling Harry Potter demands

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Make your kids’ lemonade stand the best on the block with these free printables. (via Living Locurto) Do you care about the new Google+? Kristen has five reasons parents should. Love this roundup of great birthday party ideas from Modern Parents Messy Kids.  A really unexpected way to find new summer reading. One of our favorite bloggers, SueBob Davis, has just completed an amazingly inspirational series of 50 charity posts in honor of her 50th birthday. So worth a click (or 50). Fun new website...

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A printable Father’s Day card fit for a hero

I bought the photo mug for Grandpa, and the Kindle for my husband (lucky dog!), but I’ve yet to find the perfect card. Leave it to new discovery TinyUs to do the work for me, and even better, for free. All you need is a printer to give the dad in your life this adorable “Dad, You are my hero!” card, available as a downloadble, printable PDF on the TinyUs blog. Whether or not he has the ironic moustache, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate that special dad in your life for free. Besides telling him...

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Paper dolls so pretty you might play with them yourself

I’m a sucker for beautiful vintage-y paper dolls; they’re the perfect antidote to the plugged-in life my kids are living. And beautiful vintage-style paper dolls that help kids with disabilities? Sold. TinyUs is a creative charity set up to raise funds for Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. The entire price of each card or paper doll purchased at their web site goes directly to Présence. Even better: the pieces have no set prices — you choose your donation. The site offers paper doll cards, traditional paper doll sets, and party invitations,...

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Web coolness – Father’s Day ideas, flowery crafts and fudgy treats

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Father’s Day is coming on the 19th! Don’t miss our ongoing series of great Father’s Day gifts. Kristen has some great tips for enjoying Universal Orlando with kids (as well as a chance to win free tickets for your family on Cool Mom Tech. Hurry, it ends today.) We’re loving the new look of Design Sponge and Oh Happy Day. Click over and tell them as much! Planning a baby shower? We adore the pretty ideas in this Spring Baby Shower Soiree....

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Patriotic printables for your summer picnic

After I run a 5k with my girls (their first!) and hit our local Memorial Day parade, I plan to do a whole lot of nothing but eat, drink and spend a few moments thanking those brave men and women who gave everything so I could live in this wackily lovable country. But before I enjoy some food and drink with the family, I plan to spend a few moments with my printer grabbing a few decorations for our picnic table. Look at the sweet designs I found! With thanks to Amy at Living Locurto who pulled together a...

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Printable Mother’s Day wall art that is totally frame-worthy

If you notice your beloved sneaking out of the house to run an “errand” today, or if you are still fretting over a gift for a special mama in your life, avoid a trip to the crowded card store or florist and check out two sweet prints that are frame-worthy (and free!) for Mother’s Day. Created by two of my favorite design bloggers, Inessa of Diaper Style Memoirs and executive editor of Babiekins, and Maddie of li’l magoolie, this pair of Mother’s Day Printable Wall Art would make a heartfelt gift that feels anything but last minute, especially if it makes...

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The Royal Wedding – Wills and Kate Plus Eight Million Fascinated Viewers

Just because America broke up with England a few hundred years ago doesn’t mean we’re not still desperately interested in their royal family. Especially since it’s about to be infiltrated by a commoner like us. If you’re as excited as we are about the Royal Wedding a week from today, we’ve got some great ideas for a Royal Wedding Watching Party that will knock your Union Jack socks off. First of all, you might have fun playing around with the Keep Calm O-Matic, which lets you substitute anything you want for the famous KEEP CALM and CARRY ON poster....

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Lovely printables for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a mom, you could pretty much rename Valentine’s Day, Lots and Lots of Random Paper That My Kids Won’t Let Me Recycle Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a PDF and just print the paper you actually wanted? And wouldn’t it be even greater if that PDF was so cute that you wanted to print everything? If you’re finding yourself in a panic about the yet unmade Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to hand out, enter the Lovely Print-It-Yourself Booklet by Joie from IndieFixx. This adorable–and extremely useful–collaboration brings together 18 different...

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A Super Bowl requires super cupcakes

It’s Super Bowl Sunday(tm), that day of pigs-in-a-blanket, three-million dollar commercials featuring talking animals, and of course, Puppy Bowl. Also there’s a football game. Or so we hear. Without any Green Bay or Pittsburgh mamas among us, we’re going to remain impartial today, and instead turn our attention to the snacks. Like, say, cupcakes?If you’re scrambling to pull together some themey treats for guests, or to haul over to a wide-screen owning friend’s house today, we love these printable football-themed cupcake wrappers. A recent fun Etsy find for us, Spaceships and Laser Beams, makes it easy to get these...

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3 kids calendars that start the year off a little wild

It’s up to me to keep my kids’ schedules straight, but they still love to count down the days until the next big event, whether that day is a Saturday, their birthday, or the next candy holiday (Valentine’s Day, for the record). Instead of giving them that freebie calendar I got from the bank, I’ve got my eye these three kid-friendly versions, each full of animal critters that would look great in their rooms every day of 2011. I love the bright colors and wild-animal silhouettes on Printable Project’s Animal Calendar (at top)—I’d frame the illustrations to hang long after the...

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A chore chart that doesn’t look like a chore.

The chore chart that has worked the best for my family so far been a (not-so-pretty) laminated list with my kids’ pictures that I made myself. But even then, I can’t really add or change jobs unless I make a whole new chart, which made them obsolete a few months ago. But now my kids are back to working hard for their money, since discovering personalized printable chore charts from one of our favorite designers Olliegraphic. . Artist Meg Bartholomy will create a cute, totally personalized chore chart based on your kiddo’s likeness; just pick the features that best...

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