Race Car Birthday Invitations for the Birthday Boy

Race Car Birthday Invitations

Race Car Birthday Invitation to Print at Home

Our grandson is obsessed with anything race cars. He has them clutched in at least one hand from the moment he wakes until he falls asleep. For his second birthday, we created this bright and colorful race car themed birthday invitation to preserve this adorable memory. It went over so well; we wanted to share it with everyone.

In our Etsy store, we have created a listing for this race car themed birthday invitation. If you’re interested in purchasing this playful design, you can head over to our storefront. Be sure to leave all the necessary details about your birthday boy.

Not sure how to get the most out of your printables? The list before is the best way to get started. We try to make sure our designs will print true to what you see in the listing pictures. However, since computer monitors vary the color printed may vary slightly from what you see on your computer screen.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR PRINTABLES

  • A PDF reader (like Adobe Reader) to open, view, and print your PDF. If you don’t have Adobe Reader already, you can get it for free here: get.adobe.com/reader/
  • Printer with ink or a document printing service like Staples, Office Max, Kinkos, etc
  • Paper – for most items we recommend using 110# white card stock paper, 8.5 x 11 inches. We love Cougar Opaque Digital for all our invitations.
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer

Are you looking matching items? Our Etsy store has planners to help you plan and organize any event.

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Free Printable Storage Labels

Printable Storage Labels

Download Our Printable Storage Labels

I love colorful storage labels. It’s a beautiful and exciting way to spruce up those boring white labels. We recently bought a Silhouette Cameo 3 starter kit for personal and business use and one of the first things I did. At the same time we bought the cutter, we bought some Avery Sticker Sheets with the idea of getting our crafting space better organized. FYI moving doesn’t help you better organize.

For our first free printable of April, we would like to offer these printable storage labels. They are an all digital product on an 8.5″ x 11″ standard sheet of paper.

Materials Needed:

  • We recommend Avery Sticker Sheets, 8.5″ x 11″
  • Printer or printing service
  • Silhouette Cameo, paper cutter or scissors

To download your free printable, click the button below.

5 Steps to Event Planning Success

5 Steps to Event Planning Success

Long before we opened our Etsy shop, we owned a catering shop and bakery. We had lots of success and many bumps and bruises along the way, but we learned lots, and one of those things was the better we organized, the smoother things would go. It’s nearly impossible to plan for everything, but with the right tools, the perfect party/event is within grasp. Event planning can be a rewarding and fun experience if you take a few easy steps in the beginning.

Here are our five tips to get you started.

1. Determine your event objective
Every client that walked through our door had a purpose. They were getting married, celebrating something or wanted to share a good time with friends and family. That purpose was the reason they started, why they wanted to hold the event in the first place. Most of the time, we already know the objective, but it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind the goal.

2. Estimate the budget
This one seems obvious I know, but it’s a bit more than setting an overall dollar figure. With the event objective in mind, it’s a good idea to break down the spending into it’s smaller parts before getting too much further. Nothing is more of a buzzkill than over spending an on killer event space and realize it’s cheese, crackers, and bottled water.

3. Get organized
If you have the money and a large event, an event coordinator is worth it. In most cases, a printable event & party planner is just what you need. Depending on your function, you will need the basics; an overview, food, decor and who to invite. From there, the more detail you can add makes for a smooth ride.

We created the Event & Party Planner for the person who likes to plan everything. Anyone can use it for a small birthday to a 500+ person wedding.

4. Gather details and assign jobs
The ball is rolling, and you’re beginning to jot down some details. While it could be easy to handle everything yourself, having someone pick up flowers or the cake will free you to get the last of the decorations up. Delegation has its benefits. Large events will need a team of volunteers or staff, while small ones may need only a couple including yourself.

5. Follow through
The budgets set, the details are written out and assigned. Now it’s time to carry everything out. If you’re overseeing many people or even a few, check in with everyone. You won’t know if there is a problem is you don’t talk to your team. Follow through can be the difference between success and failure.

Event planning success always comes down to organization. Things will happen (or not happen) that will test even the best laid plans but a good action plan will help ease you through. After all my events, we did a “what went well and no so well” session to learn from out mistakes. If you’re planning just the single baby shower, that step isn’t necessarily for you. In the end, don’t panic and stick to your planner.

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning of the Digital Kind

Time for some spring cleaning
of my digital files

Every digital artist or graphic designer I know has at least one folder on their desktop called “Stuff.” I have two such folders on mine, but I was creative when I named them. One is called “To Do” and the other is “Working.” I like to think it’s an organization feature, but it’s more of a mental crutch for content I’m not 100% sure I’ll use.

Spring Cleaning

As I was thinking about how to put this blog post together, my eye kept creeping to those folders. I hate clutter and like to keep my desktop a clean space. Stray working files, random PDF’s, the occasional JPG reference all finds a home.

In my line of work, I need to have a few options to store client work, my personal work and a reliable backup for both. The ebb and flow of customers manage my Dropbox folders so no worries there. My 2TB Western Digital Passport HD and the two folders are prime spring cleaning targets.

Purging creative files isn’t simple. We have a boneyard of ideas just waiting to be browsed while sipping coffee for a reason. The stuff folder is not a hotbed for notions. It’s populated with files with the original names of “scan” with an iterative numbering system, reminding me I’m not very original with names. They have dates that stretch back several years which is embarrassing.

A quick look through them and it’s obvious it’s time to move them to the trash. 2013? Really? What project was I working on needing an ornate border? No clue. Time to move on.

Spring cleaning took nearly an hour. Time spent picking through images, snippets of code and Word files with the intention of getting rid instead of finding a reason to keep. A few things survived, finding a home in the idea boneyard or archived with its project. The rest pushed off to the rubbish bin, emptied and forgotten.

I feel better for having devoted my full attention to the task. Last fall I took a half-hearted pass, not really getting to trash much. I should’ve put more effort into it.

Does anybody want to help me spring clean my filing cabinet?

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Free Blog Planning Page

Free Blog Planning Page

A Blog Planning Must Have!

Running a blog is a rewarding experience, but it takes lots of organization to make it successful. We use this blog planning page to assist us and would like to pass it along as a free item just for stopping by. Just click the download button, and your ready-to-use blog planning PDF will download.

It’s just a single page from our larger blog planner available in our Etsy store. It includes:

  • 2 Cover Pages
  • Blogging To Do List
  • Blog Post Planner
  • Blog Series Planner
  • Blog Action Plan
  • My Year of Posts
  • Site & Social Analytics
  • Blogging Topics
  • Week of
  • Blogging Contacts
  • Blogging Expenses
  • Advertising Costs
  • Profit & Loss Overview
  • Advertising & Sponsors
  • Giveaways
  • Blogging Passwords
  • Notes