Hello friends, it’s been a while! For those of you don’t know, I have not been posting because I had a major (catastrophic) failure of the hard drive where all my design work was. We’re still in limbo with whether or not the data can be saved, and until then, I am on hold.
Also, we had some life changes, and I am now homeschooling both of my children. It is very time consuming and leaves little time for new design. I have resigned myself to this current situation – my kids HAVE to come first.
Meanwhile, one of my freebie posts has totally exploded – it’s the Adventure Time Freebie. Lots of people are really happy to find it since, like me, they couldn’t find a commercial product on the market. People have been overwhelmingly gracious, and I feel like I have made this world a better place.
One question I get asked A LOT is what kind of software to use to do design. I have the Adobe programs, but not everyone can afford these. I just found this great article on 12 FREE alternatives to the Adobe suite, and I thought I would pass it along.
FreeVector.com is a really fantastic resource for backgrounds, graphics and patterns. This article is the bomb!
I am getting ready for my son’s 10th birthday, and this year we are NOT having it at home. For the first time in a LONG TIME, we are opting for a package birthday party at a local place called TeamWorks. It’s a pretty awesome place, and the kids get to jump around in a bouncy house, then play video games, eat pizza and play other team-games like dodge ball. Easier for me – no cleanup to worry about.
One of Luke’s favorite shows is Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, which goes awesome with a fun place like TeamWorks! I am passing along this package of printables that I whipped up as a freebie to you, since Cartoon Network has not come out with their own party themed stuff. But if you’re a fan, I hope you are thoroughly JAZZED by this freebie!
Example of 8 1/2 x 11 banner page (4 banner flags per page)
Full happy birthday banner
Banquet/Dessert table tags
Closeup of Jake table tag
Closeup of Princess Bubblegum table tag
2″ Cupcake toppers/party circles
Water bottle wrappers
One seriously awesome follower on Facebook, Sommer, shared these beautiful printables with me last week. HOW SWEET! So, I’m passing them along. She used them to put onto party hats that she made from construction paper. They are most definitely multi-purpose. Here’s a peek…
I also want to share with you some pretty awesome resources I found while compiling stuff for the party.
I am taking this week off to get my life ready for back to school, holidays and some upcoming special events. When I come back, I’ll share more stuff I’m working on, more geeky fun and adventures, and most importantly: more freebies.
Before I go, I want to do a freebie roundup of all the freebies from my blog. We will be combining my blog with my main website, and I will make sure I have a freebie page with links to the Clickable Party freebie universe!
Football season is upon us, and I thought I should revive these free football printables for your next football (or fantasy football) bash! Click hereor go to scribd.com for a preview/download! Pictured above are the party pics, and below are the banquet table labels – one of many free pages in our download that also includes cupcake toppers/wrappers, water bottle wrappers and more!
When I was working at the children’s museum I had a very wise early childhood mentor that talked about the invisible leash with toddlers. She explained that toddlers have an invisible leash to their mothers and if you just let them go they will suddenly stop when they’ve reached the end of the leash and turn around to look for you. As they grow they let out more and more line and make it further and further before they turn around. It was one of the best pieces of parenting advice anyone ever gave me. It allowed me to let my girls go, to have some freedom and to know that they would still be looking for me. I can’t tell you how many times I watched as they took off with abandon only to suddenly stop turn their heads and and scan for their mama’s face. Our eyes connected they would smile and turn to run some more.
I could think that with the closing of the bus and school door that the invisible leash from child to Mama is broken, but, I know that what’s invisible is also magical. The length of the leash may now be measured in miles instead of feet and she may have to wait until she gets off the bus for our eyes to connect but I know our bond is still as strong as it was when she was taking her first steps.
Also, I am working on reviving and expanding a freebie from last fall. We are expanding this design into a full printable party, including write-in invitation, Happy Halloween banner, banquet table tags, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers/party circles, favor tags, favor box, water bottle wrappers, bookmarks, Happy Halloween mini cards, full pattern page. Watch for it at the Catch My Party Blog.
I love True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris (yes, I am a book nerd), and I’m loving this new season! In honor of Season 4, I created a True Blood inspired printable, and just got these great pix from Jenn who hosted a Season 4 kickoff party!