Free Printable Fall Critters Planner Lists!

Hi Friends :)

Fall is my absolute favorite time of  year for several reasons.  Some of them being... my birthday is in fall, I started dating my husband in fall, and I got engaged in fall!... if those reasons aren't enough, then there's all the standard reasons too.  It's colorful, crisp, and opens up a season of holidays!  What's not to love!?

In addition to loving fall, I also happen to really adore cute critters...especially drawing them! :)

So that leads me to the free knew I would get there eventually :)  I've combined two of my favorite things: fall & woodland critters!  And I've turned them into some super cute list inserts.

I've recently jumped on board the planner craze and am finding that is suits me quite well!  I love creating fun little extras to add some charm to my planner.  And these lists do just that.   Not to mention, they're functional!  I just punch holes along the edge and insert them straight into my planner.  But you could use them independently as well, of course.

You can either download them as a PDF through Google Drive HERE ...

Or you can click on the .jpeg image below and save it to your computer.

(file and printed product is for personal use only and may not used for profit of any kind.  copyright Amy J. Delightful 2016)

I hope you enjoy these cuties!  If you're on Instagram, I'd love to see what you do with them!  Tag me (@amyjdelightful), ok? :)


Ta-Da! I'm back...

Hey friends :)

Well, It's been over a year since I've been here.  wow.

And to be honest, it was a relief to have one less thing on my to-do list.  It was hard to step away, but necessary. And looking back now I realize exactly how necessary it was.  I was in a transition phase of my life without even knowing it. And I needed time to make that hard transition...

When I began my blog seven plus years ago, I was a different person.  I had three little girls, one of which was a baby!  I was a creative stay-at-home mama who wanted an outlet for photography, spiritual growth, family, and beauty.   I was constantly taking pictures of my growing babies, relaying their energy draining antics and the spiritual refinement that was taking place as a result!

But over the years, my babies got big (gulp), my camera was set aside and replaced by my Wacom drawing tablet, and all of my energy went into homeschooling my growing kiddos, running two Etsy shops, and daily supporting my husband in his role as lead pastor at our church.

But I realized something the other day... while I a have changed, the need to express my heart to somebody remains.  I realized that my blog followers from years past were perhaps the ones who knew me best.  You see, I'm a homebody who's also an introvert.  My days are spent with my kiddos, and my evenings with my husband.  I daily share on Instagram, but not my heart.

So I'd like to reclaim this spot to share with you...whoever you are!  I may not have cute baby pictures or stories of rogue toddlers trying to break into the neighbors car... but there's plenty to share.  I'm still a wife and mama desperately clinging to the hope of Christ.  I'm still in need of fellowship, friendship, and encouragement...just like you.  And I've still got good stories to tell :) ...just not about babies.... (ahem...Lucy... the craziest kiddo of them all).

And of course, I won't be able to resist sharing my creative side as well! ...I'm sure there will be some free printables along the way :)

So on that note,  I will leave you with a few catch up photos of my life over the past months!

My hubs, Jeremy...a.k.a the bearded pastor... built me this desk over the summer.  Can you say, "spoiled much!?"

Lucy has humbled me as a mom in ways that V wasn't even capable of!  She is every all the good ways and all the hard ways.  She. Is. More.

V (Virgil) grew curls...just like the rest of them!

Lucy and V act like an old married couple :)

Sadie loves to dress up :)

Elsie loves to anyone that will listen!

Alice is so grown-up! She is nearly as tall as me and wears the same size shoe...yikes.

Alice is 12, Elsie, is 9.5, Sadie is almost 8, V is 5.5, and Lucy is a spunky 3.5!

That'll do for today :)  We'll catch up more later.

Blessings to you all,

Amy J.

Make a Planner/Binder bookmark... Tutorial and Instant Download

I have this big green drafting desk in my office. I found it one happy day on Craig's List :)  We refer to it simply as the "green desk", since I have 3 desks in my office and naturally we need a means to distinguish between them all :)

This desk... is my home base during the day.  I like it because it tall and I don't need to sit down to utilize it.  I'm always moving from one spot to another during the day, hopping from one child's need to the next.  This desk always has an open 3 ring binder laying on it. ... it's where my daily to-do list is, my calendar, my meal plan (you can see what I use to stay organized here)... my random creative ideas get scribbled down there too.  I'm always drawn back to this spot, where I flip from one page of my binder to another... going about the business of my day.    So... lately I've realized it would be super handy to have a bookmark that clips into the binder to mark my place.   And it couldn't just be a paper bookmark.  I would destroy that too quickly.  No, it needed to be durable!  And thus, this project was born :)

So! Let me explain what I did... so you can make one too if you'd like :)

*printed design pages (you can download these at the end of the post...)
*glue stick
*clear contact paper
*craft knife, cutting mat, and straight edge ruler (these are optional, but handy)
*single hole punch
*paper clips

(forgot to include the hole punch and the paper clips in the photo... I'm tired. )

1. Glue the two design pages together with the glue stick... backside to backside.  Use a generous amount of glue, covering the entire sheet. Then smooth out to make sure you have a good bond.

2. Cut a large rectangle of contact paper.  You are going to use one piece to cover the front and the back of your glued design sheets... so make sure it's plenty big. 

3. With your glued design sheet near by, peel back the paper backing on half of your rectangle of contact paper.

4. Carefully place the glued design on the sticky surface of the contact paper.  Smooth down with your hands to make sure all the bubbles are out.

5. Peel the remaining section of the paper backing off of the contact paper and fold it over your design page.  Smooth it out on both sides, making sure there are no air bubbles.

6. Now it's time to cut!  I like to use a craft knife, straightedge and cutting mat to cut the long straight edges.  It gives a straighter and cleaner cut than scissors.  But scissors would work as well.

7. After the straight edges are cut, trim off the remaining round edges with your scissor.  

8. To punch the holes in the bookmark, you need use a page from your binder as a template for where the holes are to go...  Line up your template page against your bookmark so that the "today" tab hangs over the top edge.

9. Once you know where the holes need to go, top to bottom, scoot the bookmark to the edge of the template page (so the edges are flush) and secure with paper clips.

10. Use your single hole punch to punch out the holes in the correct spots, and ta-da! ... you're done!! 

Yay! Wasn't that easy!?
Now you go make one too! I designed two sizes.. the full sheet size, like you saw in the pictures, and also a smaller half sheet size.  

Click on the links to download... the files are hosted in Google Drive, so you probably need to be signed into you Google account to access the files...  and remember... please... files are for personal use only.  Files may not be used for profit of any kind.  Files may not be distributed.  Enjoy!!

Oh, and leave a cheery Hello! if you download :)

FULL SIZE Planner/Binder Bookmark file 

HALF SIZE Planner/Binder Bookmark file

To see more of my designs, head on over to my Etsy Shop!  There are always new things to see :)


Free Printable Mini Envelope Cards... for Valentines Day!

I'm not sure why, but I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day.  Maybe it's all the pastels... or the hearts... all the girly, sweet-sie stuff.  Yeah, that's probably it :)  Well, for that reason, I just couldn't resist making another V-day printable for y'all this year.  ... I probably have more printable for this occasion than any other I would bet! (you should go check out the all the others too...  type in "valentines" into the search it!)

So... this year it's mini heart envelope cards AND matching sticker strips!
I'll simply let the pictures do the explaining...okay?!

ooh, and I always love to know if you plan to download and use these!  ...then I know to keep making more :)

DOWNLOAD ENVELOPE NOTE CARDS HERE ...print on card stock, cut out, and fold!

DOWNLOAD STICKER STRIPS HERE ...print on sticker paper, cut into stips, peel off backing, and enjoy!

**Files for personal use only.  Files my not be sold or distributed without permission.  May not be used for profit of any kind. Copyright Amyjdelightful 2015

Free Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper...

Hello Friends!

so... I was browsing through old pics on my computer the other day and came across some photos I took last December.  As I looked through them, it all came back to me... I had designed some cute Christmas patterns for you guys, but things were so busy that I never had time to post them!  So lucky for me, I can share them with you now and I didn't have to do all the prep work, ha!

So these can be used as gift wrap, stickers, cards, whatever you can imagine!  I used them to cover some sweet little boxes...  and I also printed the pattern out on circle labels to make some cheery stickers!

Take a peek...

Simply click on the image of the design you'd like to save... then right-click and save to your computer!  They are high-resolution .png images formatted for legal sized paper (8.5x14)  But you should be able to print them on other sizes of paper as well.

** as alway, these designs/files are for personal/small business use only.  They may not be sold or used for profit in any way. File may not be distributed for profit.



Sharing Pieces of Life... over a cup of coffee, with you :)

Over the past four plus years, I formed the pages and the images of this blog.  I poured out my heart as I talked about pains and struggles.  I labored over the story of the Twins, in hopes that it would encourage you.  I played show and tell letting your see my creative side. And I filled the cracks with free goodies hoping you'd continue to come back :)  But the stages of life press on, and these days I don't always have the time or energy to share with you.  This frustrates me especially on certain days when I'm bursting with something I'd love to share, but can't find the time.... But it is what it is.  Right?

But for this moment, I'm here!  And I'd love to share a bit of "the life of Amy J." with you, haha ;)
And because there is SO MUCH that I could share... really folks, I have a full and crazy life, with much that would probably amuse you or maybe inspire, I hope... (I'm rambling already!)... but I will catch you up on the three most significant portions of my life, in no particular order.

My Home and Family....
What can I tell you?  I'm a mama to five, you can fill in most of the blanks :)  Do you remember back when V was a toddler?  Do you remember how strung out I was because he was such a handful?  Well... double that.  He is STILL a big handful.  Oh, that Virgil (3 yrs now)... I love him, love him, love him... but he is always DOING something (boys, right??)... he's punching, he's kicking, he climbing in fridge, in the closet, digging around in the garage for tools, running around in the neighbors yard and inviting himself in for muffins. yeesh.  But then he'll come and find me, curl up on my lap and as I nuzzle his ear he whispers,  "I wuv you mommy."  Then everything else just doesn't matter.

AND... then there's Lucy (1.5 yrs).  I truly have come to believe that God gave me Lucy to humble me and make me desperate for him... haha... no joke.  She IS that girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead!  When she's sweet, oh my she's adorable, yes, curls and all!  But mercy when she's mad... and she's mad most of the time... just brace yourself.  For example, we drove to California this summer for a vacation...  25 hours in the car, one way.  Lucy intermittently cried, whined, screamed about 20 of those hours.  seriously.  All of my disciplining strategies are being tested and refined here with #5.  And my prayer life has jumped up several notches, just let me say!

The three big girls (10, 7.5, almost 6 yrs), as we call them... I have no complaints, in comparison :)  They each have more hair that a full grown adult should have... I'm talking crazy amounts of hair.  It's beautiful. They are beautiful... and they are growing up waaaaaay too fast.

My Creative Side...
You know since the explosion of Pinterest, blogs, Instagram and the like, I feel like I'm almost always on creative overload.  I love it, but I hate it.  I loooooove looking at pretty things and getting inspired.  But after awhile, I feel like I'm going to burst.  Like I just HAVE to let some of it out!  I make lists upon lists of all the ideas that come to my mind, triggered by who knows what all that I've seen out there.  But since life is busy and other things take priority, then I'm left over-stuffed with unexpressed creativity!  AHHHHH!  So eventually when I find a chunk of time to indulge...then I go on massive designing, drawing, or decorating sprees.  It's good :)  You can see the results of the drawing sprees here :)

My Faith...
If you haven't read my About page, then maybe you don't know about my faith... and perhaps this is my greatest mistake over the last months.  I wish I could share with you my heart more often in this area.  This is my everything.  I am nothing, lost, dead, defeated, empty, futile... if not for Jesus Christ my Savior.  Just had to say that first off...  :) :)

This stage of life for me is hard.  (I will direct you back to my comments about Lucy.. haha ) Yet it is so good.  I have struggled for a long time with a desperate need to be in control of things...and by things I mean MY things.  I won't boss you around, I won't argue with you... but I do want my home in order.  I do want my children to mind.  I want peace and tranquility in my home. I want to get myself together as well.  Be the mom, wife, believer that I should be... blah, blah, blah.  It has become an idol or sorts, I suppose.  So God is breaking me down... piece by piece, struggle by struggle, child by child :)  And I guess there must be a lot of pressure to finish up the work on me, since Lucy is our last!

I am learning to let life be a mess.... in so many ways.  It's not that I'm giving into messy floors and piles of laundry.  I'm just embracing this life for what it is.  It's not heaven.  It's a broken place filled with broken people, including me.  I'm letting go of longing for the perfection... realize it only can be found in Christ.

I love this quote from C.S. Lewis:
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day.”

And I've come to the realization, that if all these daily struggles... these interruptions, whatever they may be... keep me desiring him and his perfection, then it's okay.  In fact, it's necessary.  So I'm learning to start the day by saying, "Okay, God.  Have your way.  Whatever it is that you have for me today, help me to fall in step... to not fight or complain... Do a good work in me.  Teach me. Keep me desperate for you. And let your Holy Spirit consume me so that I am able..."

So that's that... phew!  It felt good to catch up!  If we were sitting over coffee,  this would be the point where you share how you're doing!  ... How's your family?  What are you creating lately?  What's God been teaching you?    So comment, if you'd like and let me know!  Or you can always email too... I'll respond I promise ;)


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