free printable 2016 calendars + amazon giveaway with graphicstock

free graphics

You may recall a post I did in the Spring sharing my love for GraphicStock, and I just couldn’t let the holidays pass us by without sharing a couple more freebies using GraphicStock images. There’s also a giveaway at the end of this post! If you love Amazon, you won’t want to miss it!

But first, I’m sharing some free printable 2016 calendars with you all today. You can choose a design, personalize it with your own photo, print it out, and you’ll have a personal and functional gift for the holidays!

If you are at all creative yourself, be sure to visit GraphicStock, where I found all the images for the calendar templates. If you haven’t heard of GraphicStock, it’s an affordable, subscription-based site that has more than 250,000 royalty-free images. On average, subscribers pay less than a dollar per download over the course of a year!

Take a look at some of the holiday background images I got to choose from…

christmas backgrounds graphicstock

…and if you love the weathered wood look, take a peek at just a few of the images GraphicStock has to offer…

wood graphicstock

To create a calendar of your own (and don’t worry, if you don’t have a photo editing program and want to just download one of mine, I’ll share the links at the end of this post), open your photo editing program (I use Photoshop Elements), open a blank document (I chose 11×14), and open your images from GraphicStock.

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Choose the background image you want to use, and place it over your blank document. Find a calendar template (easy to find using Google) and place it on your document. I found a chalkboard frame that I thought would look cute under the photo; you can find lots of similar ones by searching “labels” in GraphicStock. Place that on your document as well, underneath the chalkboard frame.

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Add your photo, resizing it to fit, if necessary, and you’re done!

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If you’d just rather use one of my templates, just click the link below the calendar template you like best! The calendars print at 11×14, which I found to be the best size for seeing the dates clearly. You can print it out (a photo printer may be best), take a picture (5×7 fits well), and adhere it to the chalkboard portion of the calendar.


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And now onto the giveaway! GraphicStock is giving one burlap+blue reader a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s how to enter:

Visit GraphicStock & sign up for a free 7 day trial

-Browse GraphicStock’s selection of images & choose one (or more!) to create your own project or design

-Share your project on your favorite social media channel

-Comment below with the link to your share, and you’re entered!

Note: If you do not want to keep GraphicStock past your free trial, be sure to set a reminder to cancel it so you don’t get charged!


back to school with johnson & johnson and target {plus free printables}

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Johnson & Johnson and Target. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

target back to school

Seems hard to believe, but back to school is right around the corner (if it hasn’t already started for you, that is). I’ve spent the last week gathering essentials and getting organized to help us start our school year on the right foot. This included, as most things do, a trip to Target to not only fulfill our supply lists, but also to stock our bathrooms for those busy school mornings (and evenings)! I don’t know about you, but our home just runs more smoothly when I have all our necessary toiletries on-hand for getting ready for the day.

Now, we all have our Target favorites, and one of mine is, hands-down, the Target Cartwheel App. Not familiar with it? It’s a mobile savings app where you can scan items, search the app or browse for coupons that you then add to your Cartwheel barcode (which is then scanned at checkout).

If you’re anything like me, you love saving money, but hate the endless coupon-cutting and organizing of discount codes that usually comes with it. Target’s Cartwheel App makes saving money and finding great deals easy!

cartwheel app

Through the 15th, there are some great deals on back-to-school basics, including products by Neutrogena, Listerine, Aveeno, Desitin, and Johnsons Baby! We already buy and use many of these items, and I love getting these savings on things that we already buy, use and love!

Among other things, I purchased the NEUTROGENA® Body Oil, which is a sheer sesame formula that I like to add to our baths, as well as apply after showers to keep skin feeling soft. Also? It smells absolutely amazing and feels so good on my skin.

We also purchased (and love) AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which goes on feather-light to hydrate skin for 24 hours. This will be perfect to have on hand once colder weather hits!

Love Target like I do? You’re in luck! They’re giving you a chance to win a $100 e-gift card!

Back to School with J&J at Target

And, just for fun, I’m sharing these four free printables to help you get your bathroom ready for the year ahead! Just download, add a frame, and hang for easy, affordable art!

bathroom printables

Download the files by clicking on the following links:
Brush Your Teeth
 Flush the Toilet
Hang Your Towel
Wash Your Hands

I’d love to hear! What do you do to prepare for the new school year?


1000th post giveaway!

giveawayIt’s crazy to think that we’ve made it this far. When I started this journey, 1000 posts seemed so far off in the distance, a far-off goal that wasn’t even worth thinking about. But we did it and are so grateful to you all, my sweet readers, for helping me get this far. Because, honestly, if it wasn’t for you, we really wouldn’t be here today.

So to say “thank you”, how about a little giveaway?!

I have two prizes to give away to two lucky readers!

prize 1

One reader will win a beautiful monogrammed pillow cover from my talented mother-in-law’s shop, Do Wah Diddies, plus an 8×10 custom house print from my shop, paper+palette!

prize 2 copy

And, because everyone loves Target, another reader will win a $50 Target gift card!

There are lots of ways to enter–Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends in a week. Due to shipping costs, open to US only. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to get back to me before another winner is chosen.