Free Printable BBQ-Cookout Invitation

By Amanda Mackell
on August 06, 2017

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Labor day is right around the corner, and for most that means the last BBQ of the summer. Back by popular demand is our free printable BBQ/Cookout Party Invitation. This simple design is a print-and-fill-in format. Simpy download the file, print on 8.5x11 inch cardstock, trim to 5x7 inch invitations and fill out with your party details! Alternatively, you can open the file in a photo editing program and add your text on top of the file. 


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I paired the invite with typical red and blue party decor and burlap placemats for a fun 4th of July party as well, but this invitation freebie can be used throughout the summer, not just for holiday gatherings!

Download the free printable BBQ party invitation. 

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Free Summer Camp Note Card Printable & Packing Tips for Overnight Camps

By Amanda Mackell
on July 01, 2017


Last year our 10 year old son was chosen by lottery to attend the week-long Camp North Woods in Maine. Although he'd  done plenty of day camps over the past 5 years, the overnight part was a whole new ball game and it was the longest that we'd ever been away from each other. There were no phone calls to parents, no texting or electronics (every kid needs a break from these!), so writing via old fashioned snail mail was encouraged. Like most 10 year old boys, getting him to write a letter home was not too appealing so I worked with him to design some camp stationery that he would actually use.

free summer camp note card printable

 We sent him with extra envelopes, a book of stamps, and a sheet of paper with addresses. In hindsight, I highly recommend pre-addressing and stamping at least some of the envelopes ahead of time. We also learned some other valuable overnight camp tips that I'll share at the bottom of this post. 

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The camp note cards measure 4x5.5 inches when folded and fit perfectly in an A2 sized envelope, which are pretty easy to find at office supply or craft stores. The files are formatted to be printed on standard 8.5x11 inch sized cardstock and can then be cut in half and folded. I highly recommend printing at Staples or Office Depot in-store using their laser printers. They'll print a sheet of cardstock for around .69 each, making each note card roughly .35 each. What makes these note cards great is that they can be used for any age and for summer camp or family camping trips. 

While the note card files are free, no commercial use without permission please. Download the free summer camp note card. 


Overnight Summer Camp Tips

1. Let your child practice applying sunscreen BEFORE they get to camp. This particular camp did not allow spray sunscreen (we only use lotion sunscreen anyway), but teaching them to apply properly in advance will ensure that they are properly protected from sunburns while away.

2. Send them with a few pairs of GOOD socks. The moisture-wicking type that are made for hiking... you know, the ones that cost $10 a pair and can only be found at specialty stores? They're worth it to save your kids feet from blisters and sweat.

3. Include a quick-dry camp towel in addition to the regular towels. Depending on the weather, the typical beach towels can take a LONG time to dry and a camp towel is great for the shower. It's compact and dries quickly.  

4. Pack extra batteries for the flashlight. Just in case.

5. Place outfits for each day of summer camp in a gallon sized plastic baggie. There are also 2 gallon sized baggies if you need something bigger. Then your child can just grab their toiletries, towel, and the plastic baggie and head to the shower! The bags can later be used to store wet or dirty clothing if necessary.

6. Take flat-lay photos of what you're packing so when it comes time to pick up your child at camp you can go through their bags and see if anything is missing. In my experience it's inevitable that SOMETHING will be lost or left behind. I'd rather have it be a t-shirt or towel instead of an expensive flashlight or pair of shoes!

These are only a few tips that we found were the most useful. Our son had the best time at camp and learned so much. It was an experience of a lifetime and something that he'll never forget!



Free Download: 3.5" Holiday Gift Tag

By Amanda Mackell
on December 02, 2012


In past years I've found it difficult to locate larger sized tags to pin on homemade holiday goodies. The newest freebie, our 3.5" gift tags offer a solution to this problem. With a red and white color scheme, herringbone background and lots of fun fonts, these tags work great on large Mason jars, boxes, or bags. I've printed mine on cardstock and adhered to the jar, but print on sticker paper or tying the tags with twine would be nice as well. The white block on the tag leaves ample space for writing your name.   Download the tags in a PDF format here or by clicking on the image above.

Holiday Sign Freebie: "Keep Calm and Jingle On"

By Amanda Mackell
on November 24, 2012

Our "Keep Calm and Jingle On" download is the first of several free downloads to come this holiday season. This 8x10 sign can be downloaded in three different color schemes. Print and frame for a fun addition to your Christmas decor!


Download your "Jingle on" freebies here. (Note: these items are for personal use only. Please do not redistribute or sell. Feel free to share news of the freebie, but please provide a link back to our blog so people can download the file from us.)