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christmas 'chalkboard' packaging!

well, just like i predicted last year, we had so much black kraft paper left over that i’ve decided to once again have fun with a little christmas ‘chalkboard’ packaging! i usually like to switch things up each christmas, and though the packaging is generally the same as last year, i’ve been super excited to incorporate these instagram inspired gift tags into the designs.

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to make your own chalkboard packaging, the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and it works great, but just like i warned you last year- it’s a HUGE roll! (

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this one is easy to work with and shows up really well.

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer so it’s great for more detailed work.

i used the sakura pen-touch last year, but since i couldn’t find it this year (haha) i used the painters opaque paint marker. i enjoyed using it and i think the end result turned out to look really nice!

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this year, i also tried to come up with some more fun doodle ideas. if you like, you can click on the image above to download this as a printable pdf (without the black) to print and use as a reference. sometimes coming up with ideas to doodle can be the hardest part!

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i know many of you have done a version of this yourselves from last year. what advice do you have to share? pen types? doodle ideas? best tape to use on black? let’s chat about your projects in the comments area- i’ll meet you there!

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printable instagram gift tags

December 13, 2013

printable instagram gift tags + template

i love looking back through all of my instagram photos, so this year i wanted to give them a little special attention. as i was pondering how to do so, the idea for gift tags popped in my head. voila! now each of our gifts will have a little snippet of our lives documented on the front. it’s a great way to personalize each gift!

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to help you do the same, i’ve created a download for you! you can either download and print the one i’ve created using some of my favorite christmas-themed snapshots, or use the template to make your own!

to download: click on the image above to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF with 12 gift tags.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop and illustrator to edit.

whew! (i tried to make something for everyone!)

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a note on printing: i’ve printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. the day i was planning to print them, my printer decided to not cooperate, so i took the sticker paper to my local UPS store and had them print them there. they even cut them out for me! it’s a great, hassle-free option for you! if you don’t have sticker paper, you could also print them on heavy card stock and either tape them on, or punch a hole in the top to loop them on.

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printable botanical gift tags

December 11, 2013

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free botanical gift tags

hey loves! i wanted to let you know about a free set of botanical gift tags i made this week for world label. they look great with kraft, dark brown or simple  white wrapping paper. i’ve paired mine here with some jute, but would also be pretty tied with ribbon or wrapped with a little twig or foliage.

hop on over to world label to grab the free printable pdf!

free botanical gift tags

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printable christmas gift list

each year i like to make a christmas gift list so i can keep all the gifts i’m giving organized (you can see last year’s here!). for some reason, i find so much joy in listing everything out and checking those little boxes! and of course, it also really helps to keep all the gift-giving straight.

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i begin each year by jotting down the ideas i have for everyone (in pencil). then, as i purchase (or make) each item, i put a check mark in the box labeled ‘bought’. then, i check them off one more time as i wrap them just to make sure everything arrives and gets put under the tree. i also usually jot down the price next to each item, so i can keep track of what i spend each year!

to download: click on any of the images in this post to download the pdf. print and have fun, santa!

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and because there’s nothing worse than having a loved one find your gift list, i’ve added an optional ‘no peeking′ side to this printable. to use, just turn your piece of paper over and print these two ‘no peeking’ labels on the back. fold from top to bottom, then right to left and the labels will show on both sides when your list is folded.

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i hope this helps keeps your holidays organized! love, bonnie

p.s. if you find your name on this list, don’t worry. this isn’t actually what i’m getting you! wahaha.

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december desktop + iphone calendars (4)

it’s december! it’s december! this month’s calendar was inspired by cooler weather and our beautiful smoky mountain pine trees. i wanted to use some teals and a little lime green this month, instead of the traditional christmas green and red. i think they turned out looking very ski-lodge-winter-cabin-y! i hope they will make you feel cozy and snug. :) xo, bonnie

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to download december’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download december’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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free owl lover calendar

November 19, 2013

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free owl lover calendar

attention owl lovers! my owl barn has just released their annual printable owl calendar! the owl lover calendar is a collaborative project between 50 artists from all over the world and shivani from my owl barn. all you have to do is choose which artwork you’d like for each month, download the pdf and print. it’s free!

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november desktop + smartphone calendars (4)

hello, darlings! sorry this month’s desktop calendar is a few days late! november has already proved to be a beautiful month. with changing leaves, pumpkins everywhere and cool brisk days, it’s one of my favorite times of year! i hope you’ll enjoy this bit of brightness for your workspace. love, bonnie

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to download november’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download november’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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october desktop + iphone calendar (3)

can you believe october is already here?! my my, this year if flying by. but i welcome october with open arms. it means the beginning of sweater evenings, stove top soups, pumpkin patches and lots of fires. it’s one of my most favorite times of the year! this set of desktop + iphone calendars was inspired by all the fall foliage. i hope they will brighten your workspaces and make you smile! :) xo, bonnie

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to download october’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download october’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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