Monday, September 19, 2011

Printables on Pinterest

If you haven't noticed..."printables" are all the rage in blogland these days. Whether you are printing fun subway art for your home or an entire birthday party's'll soon fall in love with this easy and inexpensive way to customize.

I recently hosted my husband's 30th birthday party using a lot of homemade printables and other's that I found online. ALL free*! Minus the ink/paper expense, of course! ; ) It was an 80's party---which explains the DeLorean on the cake!

*Side note---I would totally pay money for some of these amazing party printables! I just happened to luck out and score some neat freebies. A few of my fav designers are The TomKat StudioAnders RuffAnna and Blue Paperie and Living Locurto! I suggest you check them out for your next event!

I wanted to share my collection of free printables with you, to help you get started! You can follow my Pinterest board to view some of my favs! I've got a little of everything- gift tags/wrapping paper/envelopes/party decor/Valentine's/Easter/Halloween//Thanksgiving/Christmas/meal planning/financial tools/subway art/nursery decor....lots of fun and most of all...FREE goodies!

I download the files as I find them. I recently got a new computer, SO...I have the space...for now! ; )  But, if you are short on space for the files, simply bookmark them or add them to a Pinterest board for future use. I decided to download as I find JUST in case the blog deactivates the free download. What a travesty that would be!! LOL!

I have created a "printables" folder on my desktop and have organized them by category...see below. I know, I know...I'm a dork!

Another tip- since I'm now following so many craft/DIY blogs...I decided to "like" the one's that are on Facebook (which is most of them) and now I use FB as my daily blog reader. That way it's super easy to follow my fav bloggers!

At first, I was printing like crazy...and then filing them in here by category:
But then, I realized my ink cartridge wouldn't last more than a, I only print what I think I'll use in the near future. Since the rest of the files are on my desktop in my "printables" folder...I don't have to worry about losing the files. 

I'm a SAHM on a verrrry tight budget so I'm loving the savings that printables can offer. For example-I printed a really fun Father's Day card that would have cost me at least $2 at Target. Over time...those savings add up! It also makes sending cards in the mail more fun when you have added your own special touches to the designs like adding ribbons and buttons. Honey bee-let your creative juices flow! Happy printing!