Free Printable Trip Planner

Summer is in full swing and I’ve been dreaming of my next getaway. When it comes to trip planning, I have a habit of doing everything at the last minute. It’s totally normal for me to stay up late packing the night before (or sometimes the morning of) and to do most my trip research during the car or plane ride to my destination. This often results in overpacked bags or forgotten items and a series of scrambled notes in my phone. Not an ideal way to start off!

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In order to make the most of my time in vacationland, I created this free printable trip planner to help me become more proactive when it comes to preparing for future trips. The first half includes an itinerary planner that allows you to map out activities by day and also includes room to jot down attractions and dining options you’re interested in checking out. The second part is a packing list which allows you to plan out outfits and list all the accessories and personal care items you’d like to take with.

Free Printable Trip Planner
Free Printable Trip Planner

I can’t wait to give these lists a try soon and hope you enjoy them too! Also, if you’re interested in more downloads like this, please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive full access to The Freebie Library.

Introducing The Freebie Library

I’m about as paper-obsessed as they come and am constantly looking for new ways to incorporate it into my daily life. I love designing worksheets and calendars to stay organized, dreaming up fun party invites, and even creating my own gift wrap. Rather than keep these goodies all to myself, I wanted to create a space where I could share my ideas with others and thus, The Freebie Library was born.

The Freebie Library

As a newsletter subscriber, you will receive full access to an assortment of awesome downloads to help you stay organized, host like a pro, and add an extra dose of pretty to your life. This includes all the downloads and printables seen on the blog, plus a bevy of exclusive downloads just for you. I’m excited to share my ideas with you and spend more time creating for the fun of it and plan to update the library 2-3 times each month.

Here are some things you can expect to find:

  • Calendar downloads

  • Phone + desktop wallpapers

  • Organizational worksheets

  • Party stationery + decor

  • Printable greeting cards

  • Recipe cards

  • Gift wrap + tags

  • And much more!

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Free Printable Cleaning Checklist

Free printable cleaning checklist from Evermore Paper Co.

Happy first day of Spring! It’s currently raining outside and while I’m looking forward to the days when I can open the windows and let the cool breeze in, I also realize that it’s time to give my apartment a serious deep cleaning. Things have gotten quite disorganized around here after hunkering down through the winter months and let’s just say that I have more than one junk drawer that needs tending to.

Free printable cleaning checklist from Evermore Paper Co.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s space could use a little TLC, so I created this simple cleaning checklist to help you stay on top of everything without getting overwhelmed. The goal is to tackle one item from each section every week starting now and in five weeks time your place will feel all shiny and new again. And since I’m all about positive reinforcement, I also included a place to list any new items you’d like to add to each space as a way to reward yourself for all that hard work and to keep things feeling fresh. That’s 24 little updates each year if you repeat this plan every season! 

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Also, here are a few items that I currently have my eye on, as well as a few posts from around the web to help get you in the cleaning spirit (if there is such a thing).

1. The prettiest cleaning tools I’ve ever seen.
2. Chic organizers for sunglasses, jewelry and more!
3. A tutorial on how to create an asymmetrical spring floral arrangement.
4. The perfect hanger for tight closets.
5. A great roundup of eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
6. A laundry room redo that will make your jaw drop.
7. The best houseplants for your bathroom.
8. Helpful tips for making the most of small rooms.
9. Easy recipes for all-natural homemade cleaning supplies.
10. A simple label trick to give your kitchen and bathroom containers a major upgrade.

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

Over the years, I have acquired an arsenal of planners, notepads and notebooks. They’re the stationery products I covet the most and I always justify my purchases by designating a specific use for each one. For example, “Oh, I’ll use this one to track work-related tasks and this one for home projects.”

As a result, all of my most important ideas, tasks and projects are spread across no fewer than 3 journals. My current system can easily be described as organized chaos. And to no surprise, it’s no longer working for me and my growing need to simplify and have everything in one place. Sound familiar to anyone?

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

In comes bullet journaling. I’ve known about this system for some time, but have always felt a little intimidated by the methodical nature of this practice and fearful that I’ll abandon it after a week or two. However, I’ve decided to give it a go at last and have been taking baby steps. First, I started using this habit tracker last year. And now, I’m testing out a few different weekly log designs with the hopes that the process will stick.

And since I figured I’m not alone, I thought I’d share three templates that I developed using this grid notepad. There’s one for tracking your weekly tasks/notes/goals, another for your daily schedule and lastly, one for logging your daily habits, water intake and sleep patterns. Like I said, I’m starting small, but hopefully with time I’ll work my way up to filling this notebook. So tell me, are you a BuJo expert and do you have any tips for a newbie like me?

Free Printable Habit Tracker

Free Printable Habit Tracker

Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling refreshed after the long weekend and ready to tackle all of your dreams in 2017. If you're anything like me, that probably means you have a mile-long to do list of everything you would like to achieve this year. In order to keep my goals in sight, I am working to cultivate daily habits that will help me stay on track while still making time for the things that bring me joy. Since I am a visual person, I created this habit tracker to help me log my progress and stay motivated. I hope it will lead to a healthier, more productive daily routine.

It is available for download for free here. Also, if you are looking for additional tools to help you stay focused this year, be sure to check out my desktop goods

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Free Printable Habit Tracker
Free Printable Habit Tracker

Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download

I'm slowly making progress on my gift shopping, which is a huge improvement and a bit of a relief compared to where I was a few days ago. To be honest, I am doing the majority of it online this year, since I only lasted about an hour during an unsuccessful outing over the weekend. I'm fairly patient when it comes to traffic and mobs of people, but combine that with a cold and let's just say I would have been better off if I had stayed in bed.

I did however manage to snag some festive gift wrap. I typically go for more subdued tones at the holidays, but thought a bold pattern would be a fun alternative this year. I went ahead and created this pretty hand-lettered gift wrap to compliment it and turned it into a free printable for you to use as well. There are two sizes available for download depending on your printer's capabilities. Hopefully it makes you just as excited as I am to wrap your gifts. 

DOWNLOAD: 8.5 x 11" paper

DOWNLOAD: 13 x 19" paper

minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download
minimal hand-lettered holiday gift wrap | free download

Also, as a reminder, I am hosting a Holiday DIY Workshop tonight at the Market by Foxtrot from 6-8pm. We'll be making poms, tassels and paper ornaments to give your gifts and decor an extra special handmade touch this season. There are still a few spots available if you would like to join us. You can find the complete details here

Let's Feast Dinner Party Printables

Fall Feast Free Printables | Dinner invite, menu & place cards by Evermore Paper Co.

As the days get cooler and the hats and gloves come out, I am envisioning many hearty meals and fireside cocktails in the near future. Often times, my favorite nights are the ones spent huddled inside with loved ones and barrels of laughter. So with the feast of all feasts (Hey Thanksgiving!) quickly approaching and the fact that I will still be in London during the festivities, I can't help but feel a little tinge of fomo. On the other hand, however, it does present a new opportunity for Travis and I to come up with what I'm sure will be a fun and offbeat way to celebrate the holiday, which of course is something to look forward to.

In the meantime, I decided to channel my love of a good meal into some pretty downloads for your next dinner party. Complete with invite, menu and place cards, I hope these printables will help set the right tone for a cozy night ahead with friends and family. Click here to download.

PRINTING INSTRUCTIONS

I recommend printing on 8.5" x 11" white card stock. Trim marks have been added to assist with cutting the printed pieces down to the correct size. Here are the final measurements for each piece:

Invite: 5" x 7"
Menu: 4" x 8.5"
Place Card: 3.5" x 2" (when folded)

3 Easy Margarita Recipes + A Free Download

Margarita Recipe card download for Cinco de Mayo from Evermore Paper Co.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I never met a margarita I didn't like. It's often my go-to drink and one that I like to experiment with at home. Today I am sharing my three favorites: classic, grapefruit and coconut. I also created a free recipe card download for each so that you can give them a try yourself. The best part is that each uses 5 ingredients or less and are super easy to make. All you need to get this fiesta started is a glass juicer, shaker, some ice and a strainer. You can find the full recipes below along with the free recipe card download and some tips for making the best margarita ever. Enjoy!

Classic margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.
Grapefruit margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.
Coconut margarita recipe card download from Evermore Paper Co.

MARGARITA RECIPE CARD DOWNLOAD

Click here to download the margarita recipe cards. I recommend using thick 8.5 x 11" card stock. Each final card will measure 4 x 6" and I included guide lines to assist with the trimming.
 

TIPS & TRICKS

  • After juicing the fruit, I often strain it once through a mesh sieve or tea strainer to remove any pulp. 
  • Use a lime to wet the rim of your glass before adding salt to it and serve in an old-fashioned glass, like this.
  • For a spicier option, replace the agave nectar or simple syrup with a jalapeno-infused simple syrup or add cayenne pepper to your salted rim
  • Use larger ice cubes to prevent your drink from becoming watered down. I recommend these.
     

RECIPE SOURCES

These recipes have been adapted from the ones found here and here

Free Download: XO Valentine's Day Cards and Gift Wrap

Free Valentine's Day Printables | Evermore Paper Co.

Yesterday I spent most of the day creating hand-painted textures and lettering for some new designs. After hours of scanning and digitizing my work, I grew a little restless and decided to turn some of my lettering into these cute greeting card and gift wrap printables for Valentine's Day. I love the simplicity of this pattern and hope it'll help you add a sweet little touch to your notes and gifts this Valentine's Day. 

Free Valentine's Day Printables | Evermore Paper Co.
Free Valentine's Day Downloads | Evermore Paper Co.

Each download is available as an 8.5" x 11" PDF. I recommend printing the greeting cards on thicker card stock. You can use the trim marks as a guide when cutting to the final size of 8.5" x 5.5". Once cutting is complete, fold the card in half. For the gift wrap, I recommend using copy paper to make wrapping easier.  

DOWNLOAD | Black & White Greeting Card

DOWNLOAD | Blush & White Greeting Card

DOWNLOAD | Black & White Gift Wrap

DOWNLOAD | Blush & White Gift Wrap

Give Yourself A Break

How to beat creative ruts via Evermore Paper Co.

Let's face it . . . creative ruts happen. Whether you're up against a deadline or working on new products, posts, you name it, suffering from a lack of ideas or feeling generally uninspired can be really frustrating (or at least for me it is). Or perhaps, you're working too hard and nearing burnout. Whatever the case is, I've often found that the best medicine is to take a step back from the work itself and give yourself and your mind a little break. Here are some of my go-to methods for helping to get those creative juices flowing again: 
 

1. Go on a walk. Fresh air. Enough said.

2. Create for the fun of it. Take time to do something that feels less like work and more like fun. Lately, I've been dabbling in some macrame because tying tons of little knots is wildly therapeutic to me. 

3. Read a book or listen to a podcast. I tend to focus a lot on biz-related books and casts (like The Lively Show) with hopes that I'll discover a lesson that I can apply to my own work. Also, I just really enjoy hearing other people's success stories. 

4. Go to a museum or exhibit. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing quite like admiring the work of the great classics. 

5. Explore somewhere new. I like to play tourist in my own city all the time. Letting your eyes see new things can do wonders for the mind. 

6. Take a class. I think its so important that you always keep learning. I've recently become hooked on Skillshare

7. Experiment with a new medium. There's no pressure because you're just a beginner and perhaps you'll even stumble into an idea that you can incorporate into your work.

8. Get a good night's rest. Chances are your brain is just zapped and needs time to digest everything you've been feeding it lately. 

9. Document your surroundings or create a mood board. Looking more closely at the things around me often helps me discover new themes to work with. 

10. Drink some wine. Let's be honest . . . sometimes you just need a nice tall glass of red to ease the process. 
 

Please share if you have any tips or tricks that you use to help avoid a creative rut. I'd love to hear them!

October Calendar Download

Printable Calendar via Evermore Paper Co.

Who's up for some adventuring this month? I'm hoping to do a little tour of the Midwest with trips to visit my sisters in Milwaukee, my bestie in St. Louis and maybe some wineries in Michigan. And with five weekends this month, I think there may even be enough time to squeeze in a trip out West. I am so excited to reclaim my weekends this month and wanted to share this free calendar download to help you plan out yours. Happy October!

DOWNLOAD HERE

Calendar Download via Evermore Paper Co.
Calendar Download via Evermore Paper Co.

Resources for Working Smarter

Resources for working smarter | Evermore Paper Co.

In my last post I mentioned how I'm nearing the point where I can no longer manage all of the day-to-day tasks that come with running a creative business on my own. Over the last few weeks, I've taken a deep look at my operations trying to gain as much insight as possible into how I can make things run more efficiently. I consider myself to be a fairly organized person and, for the most part, I enjoy having a hand in every aspect of my business. However, most of my time lately has been dedicated to fulfilling orders which has left me with little time to focus on the bigger picture....Or the "top level sh*t" as Jen Gotch of Ban.do put it during her recent presentation at TSBC's Business Camp.

I am realizing more than ever that in order to really let this puppy grow, I need to start delegating some tasks. As a result, I've started weighing the pros and cons of working with a manufacturing partner vs. hiring an employee. I'm certainly not taking the decision lightly as I know that both will require a lot of investment and will take quite a few months for everything to fall into place. This is why I'm using every piece of time I can find now to study up on how other small business owners have approached the same types of issues and to make sure that my current processes are in tip-top shape. I know I'm not alone when it comes to wanting to work smarter, which is why I've shared a few resources below that have been especially helpful lately:

10 Steps to Working Smarter (Not Harder) at Your Small Creative Business by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press is chock-full of advice from a seasoned seller.

The "Shape Up Our Businesses" series from Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia could not have come at a better time. 

"The Lively Show" podcast by Jess Lively covers plenty of topics and often puts me in the right mindset when planning for the future.

Also, here are some books that I recently added to my reading list that I hope will assist in this journey:

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Also, I'd love to hear of any other resources or tools that you're using to help you work more efficiently.