Holiday Cards & Shopping

The holidays are here and that means it’s time to celebrate!

Family, friends, life, food, giving, love and Jesus are what it’s all about. Protect your time this holiday season and use it to be filled and fill others this year.

Custom Holiday Cards

Sending cards during the holiday season is such a special and simple way to bring joy to the lives (and refrigerator doors!) of those you love. Make it easier this year and free up some time to enjoy the season.

I’ve created a catalog of some sample designs to help make your custom card ordering as painless as possible. You can choose straight from the pages or we can work together to create a card that truly reflects you.

How to Order:
Check out the catalog, ordering basics and other helpful information first. Then, simply fill out this order form to start the process. Thats it–you did it!  Now go decorate some Christmas cookies : )

A Discount for You:
I’m offering a 10% discount of your card order! I’m looking for quality photos to be used for sample cards throughout the year. If you release your card photo or send me a few other photos that I can use for samples of invitations and announcements for various celebrations, the 10% discount will be applied to your holiday card order! {you may want to check with your photographer for permission}

Holiday Shopping

A friend at work and I are hosting an open house this year featuring jewelry, stationery, accessories and gifts–ALL HANDMADE, all unique. This is such a fun opportunity to have a girls night out, cross some gifts off your list and celebrate the season! {rtlpaperandgifts@gmail.com for directions.}

Place your holiday card order BY NOVEMBER 20 and pick up your cards at the open house. See, this is just getting easier and easier!

you thought I died, didn’t you?

I didn’t die but I did kind of forget I had a blog.  No, not really that either. Whenever something I do for fun starts to feel like an obligation, I run. Hard in the other direction. Blogging started to feel that way so I pushed it far away.

I haven’t been up to tons but have intentionally been cutting back on any of the unnecessaries. I find that I can lean too far one way and ruin a good thing. None of this probably makes sense but thats okay, because I’m moving on in 3, 2, 1.

Since the miserable post I posted last I’ve done some new things.  Nothing groundbreaking, just new.

I started watching Design Star. It ended last week but added a fun little extra to my Monday nights.

Meg’s designs we’re my favorite most of the time {her voice was not} so I was so happy when she won, even though I thought Karl was awkwardly funny.

I made a coffee filter wreath {see I told you nothing groundbreaking}.

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They are plastered all over the internet but I was looking for something to hang over the fireplace for fall. I already had a wreath form so I just needed coffee filters. Easy peasy. It did take me two nights to work on though which is something I DO NOT like to do.  I’m impatient and hasty and like to see the end result in an hour. {But, like I said, I’m turning over a new leaf and not pushing myself to make something that’s normally fun, not.} Mine looks almost identical to this one.

I finished a project that has been in the works for almost an entire year! It wasn’t a constant effort, at all.  But, I finally made it happen. It’s a logo for some friends’ dad and his band.

You can see them play here.

I have tried a couple new recipes. One for a pasta salad that is sooo good. It was love at first sight when I saw it in this month’s Southern Living. You can find the recipe here.

It’s a great way to use up those grapes that are about to go bad and an excellent excuse to eat bacon. It IS salad after all.  ; )

The other recipe was for fantastic peanut butter cookies. Oh my word, these are not like any cookie I have had. Super easy and you probably already have all the ingredients. {There are only 5!}

You can find the recipe here.

I also started reading a real live book.  {well kinda, it’s on my Kindle} But you know what I mean, it’s not a magazine, blog, my Bible or a twitter feed. And ya’ll, it’s soo good.

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I’ve been following The Nester, and found her sister’s blog, Chatting at the Sky which is how I came across the book.  She wrote it!! Wow! Grace for the Good Girl is written for and to soo many of us. If you’ve always considered yourself a “good girl” because you strive for perfection, to please others, to “do the right thing” you need to read this book. Emily wants us all to join her to become Recovering Good Girls. {I didn’t do it justice, you’ll just have to read about it and buy it here.}

There’s this other new thing I’ve been doing. Zija!

Every morning I shake up a packet of xm+ in to water and head out for an early morning walk. What?! Yeah, I’ve been walking and even running before work. I can’t believe it either but going to bed early actually DOES help you wake up in the mornings. Zija has also helped me so much in the way of my health: energy, allergies, headaches and weight loss. I really do feel better with Zija.

Yep, I think that’s about it.  What have YOU been up to??

The power of a list.

You all, I got organized this weekend!!  Have you ever felt like your tasks, dreams and ideas just spin out of control? I finally cracked because I couldn’t take stuffing my brain anymore.  It all started to finally spill out which began with my blog post on Friday and culminated in crazy crazy list making Friday night. Late into the night.  But, I woke up with time to work Saturday and felt so relieved that I knew exactly what I needed {and wanted} to do.

I first want to confess that I’m a pen and paper kind of girl. As much as I love technology and all the scheduling and organizing it can do, I feel more accomplished and on top of things I need to do when it’s on paper.  I have had a notebook for many months now that I use to keep track of all business legalities, project invoices and resources that help me learn more about growing. By adding my paper lists to it turned into a daily lifeline.

I started by deciding the four areas where I felt like I needed the most help containing my thoughts/tasks/ideas.

I began by creating a sheet that would help me to see my entire upcoming week at a glance. I called it “this week”, yeah I’m creative.  On my “this week” list, I can write down any appointments or commitments I have during the upcoming week. {None of what I am talking about applies to my 9-5, were talking strictly personal and RTL here.}


this week

I then just created a check list for things I wanted/needed to achieve. It doesn’t really apply to a certain time period which is why it’s so many lines. Getting everything down was key for me no matter when I wanted to get it done. Anything on my “to do” list can also be scheduled around my commitments on “this week”.


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The next list I created was for projects.  These can be things I am working on for a client or simply a personal project. Having all the information related to a project on a specific page is really helpful and keeps me from having to troll through texts and emails for project related details.

project deets

And finally was blog posts. I have lots of ideas and things I want to do with the blog. I want to be intentional here and also real.  That doesn’t happen in just an hour. That is why I created a sheet where I can log ideas, topics, deadlines and sources/resources.  When having a place to log blog brainstorming it makes for a more promising post and also causes less pressure or stress when you have your free time to blog.


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I’ve made each list I created printable {click the list you want to choose} so you all can join in on the taking-control-of-our-overactive-minds party. Yay! You’ll notice some space in the left margin.  That’s in case you hole punch the pages because who likes to hole punch into the printed area? : )

I may show my notebook later this week. Too. Tired. Right. Now.

inspiration workshop: sunshine

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This day last week, Justin and I were on the beach soaking up the sun.  It was the first trip we’ve taken together since our honeymoon and it was so wonderful and special getting to celebrate our first anniversary.

So today, in honor of the hot summery life-giving sunshine {that I got waay too much of last week at the beach} I’ve made a fun little printable for you all! You can print and cut these notecards to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day. Enjoy!

There are four different designs on a page that you can print to your heart’s content. Click the button below to get to the printable page.

I linked up with Gussy so check out her party!