A Colorful Picnic + Free Printables and a Recipe!

Throw a colorful picnic this summer with these free printables and popcorn recipe!With last weekend kicking off the unofficial start to summer, it means that it’s time to gear up for picnic season! Nothing but afternoons lounging in the park, catching up on gossip magazines and with friends. Perfection.

Of course, what would a summer picnic be without a little color? Below you can learn how to make fun pillows, a striped blanket, and a popcorn recipe that tastes almost like rice krispy treats. I’ve got all your essentials covered. Now let’s do this summer!

Throw a colorful picnic this summer with these free printables and popcorn recipe!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Postcards + Free Printables

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesNow that it’s officially February, it’s full steam ahead on Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day crafts at The Crafted Life HQ! This may just be my all time favorite diy season for a number of reasons. Everything is pink/red, covered in hearts, and you get to tell people you love them with a good pun. Oh that and the candy selection is always top-notch. Those candy hearts, am I right?

These DIY Postcards are the perfect way to surprise that special someone with a colorful mail greeting. AND it only takes a few clicks and cost less than a dollar per card to send! Here’s how you make them:

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesDownload the printable of your choice from this post, or create your own if you want, and head to Zazzle to upload the design. They’ll print and mail you the final version, cut and ready to mail. The paper is really nice (with a gloss finish) and is so affordable that you can send one to all of your friends, family, and current crushes.

Once you get your postcards, slap on a stamp, address and drop in the mail! No cheesy grocery store Valentine’s this year! Now, to the downloads:

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download You Are Loved Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download XOXO Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free Printables

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesClick to Download Galentine’s Day Postcard

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards + Free PrintablesSo fun, don’t you think?! I totally fell behind on sending Christmas cards last year, so I’ll be sending these to everyone instead. Which one will you send?

All printables illustrated by Ann Shen


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Free Hand Lettered Printables + Flash Sale

Free Handlettered Printables + Flash SaleAs if yesterday’s free calendar roundup didn’t get your ink flowing, I’m back today with two hand lettered printables from Jordan Brantley! You might remember Jordan from the #GIRLBOSS printables she did for us a while back.

She’s also the brilliant mind behind the design of my site. After working with her and The Business Bar 3 years ago, I was able to take my blog from a hobby to a full time job. If one of your goals for this year is to perfect your brand identity and get a site that looks like a million bucks, there’s nobody better out there to work with!

Free Handlettered Printables + Flash Sale(pssst you can grab my dress right here!)

What better motivation is there to start tackling a long list of resolutions than some new/free art for your home?! Each printable comes in a variety of colors and sizes. If you’re going to use the 18″ x 24″ size, I had mine printed at Staples for $15/each (though there are several online sites you can use).

If you happen to print any out, please tag us (@thecraftedlife + @jordanbrantley) on social media– we’d love to see how you use them in your space! Continue reading…

10 Free Printable Calendars for 2016

Printable Calendars for 2016New year, new calendar! If you’re looking for one that doesn’t break the bank, but that is still adorable and functional, then any of these ten free printables will do the trick. And the best part? You don’t even have to brave the winter cold to get them. Simply print from your computer at home and you are good for the next 12 months.

And if you’re already on your game and have a calendar for the year, go on and live big. Print that second calendar. They’re free after all!

Printable Calendars for 20161. Free Calendar Printable by This Little Street

Printable Calendars for 20162. Peel & Stick Wall Calendar by Sarah Hearts

Printable Calendars for 20163. Hand Lettered Calendar by Delineate Your Dwelling

Printable Calendars for 20164. Ridiculous Holiday Calendar by Damask Love

Printable Calendars for 20165. 2016 Calendar by Chantel Emma Continue reading…