Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Ways Mini Note Cards Come In Handy and #giveaway

 In last week post, I shared an idea on using mini note cards to brighten someone's day and let them know you're thinking about them by slipping a note into their lunch. It had me thinking of all the other ways you can use a mini note card.

Here are five I came up with:

1. Lunch Note









2. Locker Note

 These are really fun for tween and teens. Rather than passing notes in class, or trying to text one another without getting in trouble, these sweet little cards slip up into the vents of a locker to brighten a fellow student's day.

3. Mini Thank You Card



Sometime the larger blank thank you cards feel intimidating because you think you need to write to fill in the blank. While you can't mail these little mini thank you note cards, you most certainly can write a small note and hand it to the person or slip it in a purse, on a desk, or at a table setting instead.

4. Gift Card or Tag

I always think of the holidays, but parties and gifts are a great use for these mini note cards, too. You can attach them to a package (with or without an envelope), or slide them down into a gift bag. They can have a hole punched in the top corner so they can be tied to packages for favors at a party. They even slip nicely into a bouquet of flowers on mother's day or just because.

5. SWAG

If you're a business owner, like I am. SWAG is something you give your customers as a way to say thank you and spread the word of your business.  As many of you know who have ordered from the shop, I always slip in something extra along with your order. Mini note cards are wonderful for adding to packaging to thank a customer or allowing them to have something extra to use as any of the ideas above.

Well, those are my five uses, can you think of any other ways you'd use mini note cards?

Leave your ideas in the comments below or over on my facebook page under this post.  Next week, I'll pick one lucky person to receive a set of mini note cards from the shop.  Share and tag me on twitter @mrschadt to have your name put in twice.

You all are awesome!


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Lunch Notes Are A Kid's Best Friend

I just finished reading the book In-Between by Jennie B. Jones. In the book, the main character is a teenage girl who is a foster child. She goes to live with her new foster family and on the first day of school she sits in a bathroom stall to eat the packed lunch her foster mother has prepared for her.

Inside that lunch, is a little note that tells her to have a great day.

Life as a mom can get really hetic, especially in the morning. Especially if you have more than one kiddo to get ready for the day in addition to packing lunches, finding backpacks, and sometimes searching for a misplaced shoe.

I'm so guilty of this. Sometimes, as I'm dropping kids off to school I forget to say "Have a great day, or even I love you."

It's hard and it's so simple.
But it means so much.

Years ago, our pastor's wife told me how she would write notes on napkins in her child's lunch. I did the same. My kids complained, but then if I forgot they'd come home from school and let me know they didn't get their note. Even though they didn't want to admit it, they look forward to it. It's still staying connected and giving your child some extra encouragement that they may need to carry on the rest of the day.

I think we all could use some of that. Not just in school, but in the work day as well.

We've all been there haven't we? There are just those days that drag or something happens that you can't wait for the day to end or wonder if anything worse could happen before the clock hits the appointed time to go home.

A few little words of encouragement can go a long ways to make it through the afternoon.

What better way to slip some hope into someone's day than a little note card with a handwritten "Have a great rest of the day." or "Looking forward to seeing you when you get home." to boost their moral.





These bright and cheery little note cards are available in my etsy shop now.  You can check out all the designs here, and more will continued to come.

They're 3 x 3 folded, and are the perfect size for slipping into a lunch. They're uplifting designs make them a keeper to hold onto throughout the day on a desk or in a locker.

What notes of encouragement do you tend to write to your loved ones to let them know your thinking of them throughout the day?







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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Operation Spring Cleaning



It's been a long winter. I've waited to pull down the plastic that adds an extra barrior between the cold outside and the walls within our home.  And even though it snowed on the first day of Spring, I'm ready to welcome it anyway.

My grandfather used to say that those few inches of snow in the spring were the "oinion snow" and that was good for blessing gardens. I hope he's right.

With spring also comes a long awaited goal for our family.

We've outgrown our home.

Over the years, our children have grown, my business has grown, and now Chad works from home. We've used up all the nooks and cranes of this house for desks, craft tables, and a growing family.
We knew we wouldn't stay in this house forever. It had been the best of the worst houses we'd seen those many years ago. We called it our "seven year" house.

It's been seven years.

While this home has served us well, holds memories for our family, it's time for us to move on to another stage in our life - including the upcoming teenage years of our children.

Thus begins Operation Spring Clean.

As I'm cleaning and decluttering a real estate agent is getting the sign ready and the paperwork prepared to list our home, while another agent searches for a home that will suit our families new needs.

I'm hoping for a new studio area, even one that opens my business up to more walk in communication with my customers. I've even graciously offered to share with Chad if need be so we can work together during the day.  I know, I'm such a giving wife.

I don't know where our next home will be, but I pray it is closer to our family - shortening the mileage and travel time we endure each year to stay connected with them - and I pray that a new family falls in love with our current home and is blessed by it as much as it has for us.

Today's mission to kick off Operation Spring Cleaning is three things:

1. Call a contractor to fix basement windows (the winter was not kind to them and we'd fix them anyway.)
2. Tackle Chad's office by decluttering the crates of text books and papers that have gotten strown all around over the winter.
3. Find the kid's easter baskets and prepare for the upcoming holiday.

I think three goals for today are enough.

Are you looking forward to this new season of spring?

If you would be so kind as to keep our family in your prayers through this transition, it is much appreciated,and if there is anyway I can be praying for you - please don't hesitate to let me know in the comment section below or email me.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thank You for an Awesome Year!







Thank you for a wonderful 2014. 
This year is going to be even better!  

Don't forget to share. 
Your awesome!
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Musical Cast Guest Book Album



You can use a guest book for so many special occasions in your life. I always feel like I'm apart of those when I get to work with you and create special books for just the occasion.

One of the things I love most about where we live is our local community theater. A few Christmas's ago, my husband got two tickets and we went to a holiday orchestra concert.  I loved it. Not only did I get to dress up for the night, but I got to sit up in a balcony with my program in hand and enjoy the music.

I love music and I enjoy musicals.

Which brings me to the special book I wanted to share with you today, this one for a high school musical being put on this month.

Hot off my crafting table....
"A Day in Hollywood, A night in the Ukraine"

Doesn't that sound like an awesome musical? 



The inside pages are lined with "From the Cast" on the top for the members to sign and give to the director/teacher afterwards as a gift.

I used left over scraps from the book to make this blank music note card to go along with it.

The red on black looks amazing.

Go break a leg! or so they say in the Theater I'm told.
Wishing them a full house and wonderful night for their show.

And, in the meantime, I'm off to bake cookies and sing a few carols with the kiddos.

It's getting close to Christmas, what's left on your list?


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Special Coupon Book For A Special Little Girl






I love custom orders and making things especially for you.

Last week's request really got my creative brain working as I created this custom coupon book for a special little girl.

The criteria:

pink and purple
custom printed coupons
It's for Christmas.

This is what I came up with.

 I used two stamp sets on the cover. First one was the stockings that I used purple mulberry ink and the second came from the sledding "Let it snow" set I have and I stamped the snowflakes.

Since this was for a girl, I thought, what girl doesn't like a little sparkle? So, I used silver, gold, and purple gel pens to outline the stockings and added irridescent glittler to the top of the stockings and snowflakes.

While it sat and dried, I worked on the coupons.


Using some pink paper in my stash, I pulled up my coupon file and personalized each coupon upon the request of the customer.

Hairstyles, breakfast, mani & pedi, shopping, and even movie night, this little girl is one special little lady!

I just adore how this came out!
I can't wait to make more, and I'll be happy to make a personalized coupon book for you, too!
Just contact me and I'll set it up through the shop.

How are those Christmas preparations coming?
Did you remember those stocking stuffers?

I've got a book coming out soon just for Christmas, if you have a moment, hope over to my author page and check it out! 
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