Printable Back to School Name Labels!

Sticker Name Labels - katherinelenius.comIt's back to school time! Hooray! (insert waving Kermit the Frog arms). My kids went back to school yesterday, which is a little early for this area. I know some of you have been back in school for awhile now and some are still waiting but today's printable is for all of you! And psst . . . they're not just for kids. Grown-ups can use them too. Every year I make sticker name labels for my kids so they can label all the stuff they have for school. This type of labeling is more of the decorative variety as opposed to the absolutely necessary labeling, which is the black Sharpie on the water bottle or the mittens. HOW MANY WATER BOTTLES AND MITTENS CAN YOU LOSE? I don't understand it. This year there are two versions, one a little more "girlish," one a little more "boyish" (because I have both) but they are pretty interchangeable. They're designed to print on letter size (8.5x11 inch) paper or sticker paper. Simply cut them out after printing to use them as labels. If you open the pdf file in Adobe Reader you'll see a form field on each label so you can type in the name you want to print. Otherwise you can just write them on there old school (with that handy black Sharpie you already have out).


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I hope you enjoy the labels and have a great back to school! You can check out previous back to school sticker labels on the Freebies page!

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Happy Spring: Free printable place cards

Printable Spring Place Cards | katherinelenius.comSpring has finally arrived and it's actually starting to look and feel like spring up here in the tundra. Tulips poking out of the ground, the robins and red-wing blackbirds are back, and we had a spring storm last night. It's lovely. I've always been a fan of autumn, but I love spring more and more every year. In celebration of spring I have a free printable treat for you: spring place cards! Use them for Easter this weekend or use them for any kind of spring gathering. I'll be using them tomorrow for my Birthday Brunch (yes, I throw myself a birthday brunch, why not?!). placecard-closeupThis printable started with a new pattern collection I created called "Spring and Hop", which you can find in my Spoonflower shop - it's all available to purchase there. I decided to make a table runner and some napkins with the fabric I ordered and I love how it turned out. I used a yard each of linen-cotton canvas fabric in the Spring and Hop pattern for the top of the runner and Spring Leaves for the back. Then I used a yard of the Spring Garden fabric to make 6 square napkins.


A table runner is really easy to make yourself and so fun for seasonal occasions. It's basically just a long rectangle. I measured some that I already have and in the end my runner ended up being about 14 inches wide and 73 inches long but a table runner can really be any size you want. If you want your runner to be one continuous piece of fabric you'll need more than a yard of fabric but since this was just for me I purchased one yard (saving some money) and pieced together two strips of fabric. I have a seam down the middle of the runner but once it's on the table with a centerpiece you can hardly tell it's there. You could simply cut your fabric to size and finish the edges but I decided to add a layer of contrasting fabric on the back and then I wrapped the back fabric around to the front to create a border with mitered corners. I used the same technique I used to make my scrap baby quilt by following this tutorial from Gingercake.

Napkins are quite easy to make too. Just cut your fabric into squares, mine ended up being 18"x18" because I wanted to get 6 napkins out of my yard of fabric. I used the same process for the mitered corners that I use when making tea towels. You can follow this great tutorial from Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse.

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NOW, for your printable! There are 6 place cards on the page, sized to print on an 8.5"x11" letter size piece of paper. After printing, cut them out and then fold in half. I've left a white area to write the names of your guests. You'll notice the pattern mirrors itself on the card so when you fold it both sides of the card will be facing the right direction. I hope you enjoy the place cards! Let me know if you use them for a fun gathering.

** Printing Notes ** For the best quality when printing at home use good paper - I like Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte or you can use cardstock. Adjust your printer settings to print at the highest quality and print "actual size." For personal use only please.


Free Printable Valentines!

Heart Balloon Printable Valentines from katherinelenius.comValentine's Day is about a week away and today I have a new free printable for you! This time I've made a page of four valentines that you can print at home and cut apart. With the cost of printer ink being what it is I don't think I'll be printing off thirty of them for my daughter's class, but we WILL be using them for cousins and close friends. valentines

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I loved getting valentines at school when I was a kid and I'm not exactly sure why. There was the candy of course, but for me I think it had more to do with the exchange of mini pretend mail. But then again, I was the kid who played Post Office with the collection envelopes from church. I still love real mail. Stationery, special cards, and there's nothing better than getting a package in the mail.

Now with my own kids I send them on a treasure hunt every year on Valentine's Day. At the end they get a little present or treat. I did it once and it became an expected tradition every year after. Kids are good at that you know. I'll be doing treasure hunts until they all go to college.

I hope you enjoy the printable and the countdown to Valentine's Day. I figure it's a great excuse for eating chocolate and slathering pink frosting on anything within reach.

If you're looking for other Valentine printables from me, you can check out TEAcher Valentines and Valentine Bookmarks.

**Printing Notes** As always, you'll get the best quality print at home if you use nice paper (I use Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte), but you can also use card stock. Adjust the settings on your printer for highest quality (select the type of paper you're using). Print "Actual Size." Cut apart on the light gray lines. For personal use only, please.



Giggle & BOO! A free Halloween printable game


Mwah-ha-ha-ha! . . . that's my evil scary laugh in type-talk. I'm sure the true effect doesn't come across very well on the screen. We're a week out from Halloween which means I'm stressing out because our annual Halloween party is coming up and I need to clean our perpetually messy house. I'm knee deep in costume creation, which is a combined effort of thrift store purchases and from-scratch sewing on my part. This year the work load isn't too bad but my middle daughter wants to be a fox (?) and I unknowingly bought some truly evil fabric that sheds little orange fluffs EVERY.WHERE. All that aside, the shorties are getting pretty excited about Halloween.


Even though I had a lengthy to-do list this week I got the itch to make something fun and printable for Halloween. And I think a week ahead of time is rather extraordinary for me! I'm not exactly sure how the idea came about but my middle daughter (the "fox") loves those little paper fortune-teller games. So here's a Halloween version but instead of a fortune the kids get something silly to do at the end, like "Say Trick-or-Treat 5 times fast." I hope the little costumed creatures in your life enjoy playing. Happy Halloween!



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* Can be printed on regular paper or card stock. The card stock option is a little more durable but harder to fold and not as easy to pinch in and out if you're like my daughter and want to do it one-handed. Print "Actual Size." Personal use only please, or witches and vampires will be after you.