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. 

summer camp note printable lilsproutgreetings

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!



Patriotic Birthday Invitations

By Amanda Mackell
on June 16, 2017

With summer in full-swing and the 4th of July just a few weeks away, we've had several client requests for Patriotic birthday invitations and of course we're happy to oblige! The Fourth of July joint birthday invitation below is a client favorite from last year.

fourth of july joint birthday invitation

The last two invitations- Patriotic Summer and Patriotic Cupcake can be used for any summer birthday, not just Independence Day themed celebrations. The colors and graphics on these two invites are not geared toward just the 4th. 

Patriotic Cupcake Sibling Birthday Invitation

Patriotic Summer Sibling Birthday Invitation

Shop this years selection of Patriotic Birthday Invitations.

Free Class of 2017 Graduation Printables & Thank You Note

By Amanda Mackell
on March 11, 2017

free class of 2017 graduation printables lil sprout greetings
One of our most popular requests every year is for our free graduation printables. For our third year in offering the printables we've added a set of 8x10 inch signs that read "CONGRADULATIONS" AND "The tassel was worth the hassle". 
"Class of 2017" banner panels are formatted as two 5x7's on an 8.5x11 inch sheet. Cut out the panels, string together (I used twine), and you have quick and easy decor!
free graduation printable banner class of 2017
Water bottle labels are formatted as 2x8 inches and have ample space for trimming so that they can fit any brand of water bottle. These also work great as napkin wraps!
And perhaps my favorite product of all because of it's versatility: the 2" circles. This printable decor item can be left as a 2.5 inch square or cut out using a 2 inch circular scrapbook punch as shown below.
Use the circles as cupcake toppers, favor tags/labels, envelope seals, or even straw labels!
And of course our coordinating thank you note. These notes are to be printed on 8.5x11 inch stock, cut in half, and folded to create two notes that measure 4.25x5.5 inches each. These thank you notes fit the standard A5 envelopes that are easily found at craft stores or office supply stores. 
free class of 2017 graduation thank you note printable
All of the printable items above are offered as free downloads. We highly recommend printing on cardstock using a laser printer for the best quality. Staples and Office Depot are great options for printing, with pricing per-sheet being around .69. You can upload the files to their Copy and Print Center online or save the files to a thumb drive or memory card to take in-store to print. Keep in mind that we also offer a large variety of graduation announcements/invitations in either a digital format to print on your own, or already printed on cardstock or photo paper. 

Happy Holidays from Lil' Sprout Greetings

By Amanda Mackell
on December 26, 2016

As 2016 winds down to a close I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of our wonderful clients. Thank you for choosing us for your invitations & announcements, thank you for your kind words and feedback, thank you for being wonderful you! There are many families that I have been working with for years and I truly enjoy "seeing" their kids grow through their photos from year to year.

I have to say that 2016 was a bit of a bittersweet, rollercoaster year for us. We added a sweet baby boy to our family in February, and in June lost one of the most cherished people in our lives after a year-long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Managing a business as a sole proprietor hasn't been easy while raising a little one (and all on 4 hours of sleep!), but it's something that I wouldn't trade. This business has been such a fulfilling creative outlet for me for the past 9+ years and I can't imagine doing anything else. 


(family photos on back of card by Amanda McMahon Photography)

In March 2017 Lil' Sprout Greetings will celebrate 10 years in business and I'm excited for what this new year has in store. New beginnings, new product, and hopefully more growth. I look forward to working with clients, old and new. I hope your holidays were filled with joy and the new year holds great things for you as well!

The 2016 Holiday/Christmas Card Collection

By Amanda Mackell
on November 12, 2016

If you haven't already taken a peek, head on over to check out the new designs added to our holiday card section! 

christmas card collection lilsproutgreetings

This year metallics such as gold, rose gold and silver with black and white continue to be popular choices as well hand drawn lettering and accents. I've added many new designs with these elements and really focused on offering options for each of the new holiday card designs such as color options and number of photos. 

Our Blessed Family holiday card above is the perfect example of multiple offerings. The black/white/gold option above offers a clean, modern option while the red/black plaid and multi-color options below offer a holiday and more child-oriented option. 

In many cases we can also change colors to suit whatever you would like, just drop us a note first! 

More Christmas card designs will be added throughout the month of November, as time allows for creating!

Fall - Pumpkin Patch Themed Birthday Invitations

By Amanda Mackell
on October 05, 2016

It's finally here! I don't know about you, but fall is my favorite time of the year! Perfect weather, beautiful trees, and all things PUMPKIN! It's also the perfect time of year for outdoor birthday parties, mainly pumpkin patch parties. Our fall birthday invitations have been such a hit that we've added a couple of new designs for this year. For double birthdays, triple birthdays, friends, siblings, etc. Colors can be customized to suit your needs.

pumpkin patch fall themed birthday invitation

Our fall - pumpkin patch themed birthday invitations can be found under the joint birthday party invitation section of our site.

A new addition to the Lil' Sprout family...

By Amanda Mackell
on July 15, 2016

The blog and website have taken a bit of a back seat the past few months, as we've added a new "Lil' Sprout" to our family...

lil sprout greetings grady 1

Meet Grady. Loved by his parents, but most of all by his big brother. He's got us all wrapped around his little finger. And fast forward 4 months...

lil sprout greetings grady 2

This little man is growing waaaay too fast! He will stop crying in an instant when his big brother walks into the room and loves to babble and screech. We couldn't be more in love with this sweet boy. 

I've recently added a simplified version of his birth announcement to the website. I designed the front to be simple and we added an 8-photo collage to the back as a way of sharing as many photos as possible with our families (who all live 600 miles away!). For the site I've decided to keep the back more of a simple design as you'll see below. I've also included a girls version in a soft pink shade. These print beautifully on a white, matte cardstock and the simplicity allows baby's photo to be the focus. 

grady boy birth announcement

brynn girl birth announcement

As with any of our designs, colors can be changed and photos can be added to the back side of cardstock cards for an additional fee. 

New Joint Birthday Invitations

By Amanda Mackell
on February 07, 2016
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New to the site: a colorful, photo free joint birthday invitation. Offered in the shown color choices or ANY colors requested, what makes the "You're Invited" invitation design so great is its ability to be used for young children or teens. The demand for no-photo invitations has grown and we're working hard to accommodate your requests with all new joint birthday invitation designs for 2016.


Also new to the website are two new themed joint birthday invitations- a train themed joint birthday party invitation and a race car themed joint birthday party invitation


Seafood Boil and Luau Party Invitations

By Amanda Mackell
on June 07, 2015

With summer upon us, backyard gatherings abound. Having grown up in Maine and now living in Maryland, seafood boils, lobster bakes, and crab boils are the go-to plan for a Saturday afternoon with friends. New on our site: general party invitations. The seafood boil invitations and luau party invitations can be found now, with many others to be added in the next couple of weeks. 


Our crawfish boil invitation is created in bold shades of yellow, blue and red. This invitation is also offered for lobster and crab boils as well. For those two options we've changed up the graphics a bit for a more appropriate feel (and because there are NO palm trees in Maine or Maryland!). The wording and colors can be changed to suit any other type of event you may be having. 


Below you'll find our Luau invitation. This versatile design has been used for not only Luau's, but for rehearsal dinners, corporate dinner cruises, backyard BBQ's and retirement parties! The colors on this invitation really send a summer feel. 


Both the Luau and Seafood Boil invitations can be found on the Lil' Sprout Greetings website here


Free Printable Graduation Thank You Note

By Amanda Mackell
on March 07, 2015

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2015! With graduations in full swing, thank you notes are at the top of many to-do lists. Our free printable graduation thank you card will save you time searching for proper thank you cards. 

free printable graduation thank you note |

Formatted as 2 thank you notes per 8.5x11 inch sheet, the file simply needs to be printed on cardstock, cut in half and folded to create two thank you notes that measure 4.25x5.5 inches each. Wondering where to print? We formatted these cards with a white/gray-stripe background so that you can print easily at home without using vast amounts of ink, or we highly recommend printing in-store at your local Staples or Office Depot. You can either upload the files to their print center online or save the file to a flash drive and take in store for printing on their laser printers. At roughly .67 per sheet of cardstock, that's less than .34 per card!

free class of 2015 printable thank you note |


So, what about envelopes? These notes will require A2 (4 3/8"x5 3/4") envelopes. A2 envelopes are normally available in-store and can also be found at craft stores such as Michael's and A.C. Moore for around $5/pack 50. Ready? Download the graduation printable thank you note.