Archive | April, 2013

stay organized + learn how to make felt roses {jdc monthly}

Because we all need a little motivation to keep organized, each month I create a stylish collection of printable papergoods for JDC | monthly members.

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The month of May is feminine and sweet with painterly flowers and boughs of spring leaves.

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Having a cohesive suite of calendars/lists/note cards helps keep life organized in a stylish way.

As always, here’s what’s included:

* monthly calendar
* weekly calendar
* menu calendars
* chore charts
* shopping list
* grocery lists
* note cards
* scripture memory cards
* art print
* a project tutorial with printable templates

You simply download the pdf, print on your favorite paper and fill in the details.

Here’s a sneak peek at how they are used in our house:

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I like to use our refrigerator display favorite photographs, kids’ drawings, special awards, my workout reminders. Some people are refrigerator purists … I am not.

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Because the calendars and lists are cute, I don’t mind having them front and center in our kitchen. I am {often} a bit scatter-brained, so it helps to have a grocery list available to write on when I use up the last of the peanut butter or a weekly calendar with a spot to jot down little notes like “call the dentist”.

We have a large monthly calendar {our crazy family could not fit our events on just one small calendar} but I always use the monthly calendars to plan out my blog posts.

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Writing in pencil is key because I hardly ever stick to the planned posts, but it helps to have ideas in one place and a good visual for when to do certain types of posts, when I need to have projects completed, when to have photos done, etc.

Each month, a simple project tutorial is included.

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These sweet little felt roses are great for embellishing a gift, adding to a hair clip or pin, or adorning a wreath. I’m thinking I’ll make a bunch and give them to teachers and staff at the end of the school year.

And, as with every month, I design a special art print to fit the theme.

I am smitten with the May print.

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It reads: fill you mind with beauty and truth.

I have decided that when it all comes down to it, this is what I most want for myself: to be filled with beauty and truth. It is what I want most for my daughter as well and this print now hangs happily as a reminder in her room.

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We are using this art print for our ladies bible study retreat this weekend and I’ll give it for Mother’s day gifts, too.

I would love for you to be part of JDC | Monthly and enjoy all of these goodies!  The cost is $9.99 per month and your first month is free. You are welcome to give it a try. If it’s not the right fit, you can cancel at any time.

Plus, all JDC | Monthly members receive 50% off all printables in the shop.

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Make your month organized and become a JDC | Monthly member!

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When you sign up you will be directed to the current month’s link immediately. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the project tutorial.

start your month of in style and sign up today!

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if you want to keep up with the joneses

Our last name is not actually Jones.

It is my maiden name and when I started my business I was, in fact, a Jones. Now it is just the name we go by {even Ryan has adopted the name for business-y things}. Our real last name starts with an L {hence the wall of l’s} and we’ve decided to keep it mostly private.

So when I say ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ that really doesn’t mean anything because we are not actually Joneses. But you get the point.

Since starting this blog in 2010, the whole social media network has grown like crazy. Instagram, twitter, pinterest, vine, google+ . . .  none of these existed {or at least they were not main stream} three years ago. To tell you the truth, I don’t even use/understand half of the networking tools out there.

I read a blog post the other day with bullet points about how many photos are best to post to instagram and how to hide affiliate links in pinterest pins and why pre-scheduling posts to facebook is awesome and optimal times for tweets to go out.

The whole thing stressed me out.

I’m sure there are very valuable reasons to follow all of the social media ‘rules’. I’m sure it helps grow traffic and builds community and makes you money but, good grief, I can barely keep my head above water with the things I’ve got going right now, I can’t even imagine adding 7 twitter updates to my daily must-dos and worrying if I’ve met my photo-posting limit on instagram.

I mean no harm if these are rules you follow or love or have built your business on.

Social media is certainly a powerful tool and there are ways that it has benefited our business that we are beyond grateful for. Maybe I’m behind the times, maybe I’m ignorant, but I’ve decided I’m not really a rule-follower when it comes to social media.

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 JDC has a facebook page. You can like it here.

But I’ll just let you know that it’s not something I post to regularly. I do reply to messages, so if you want to contact me or have a question, facebook is a fine way to do that. Unlike most of the world’s population, I am not a daily facebook user.

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JDC has a pinterest account. You can see my pins here.

But know that I’m a very inconsistent pinner {I go for a few days without pinning a thing and then go overboard in one sitting}. I pin things that are either pretty or inspiring. That’s it.

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JDC has a instagram feed. You can follow here.

But keep in mind that you’ll see lots of photos of my kids and little moments throughout the day that either make me laugh or make me thankful. Of all the social media tools, instagram is my fave. But I still don’t follow the rules. I just post a photo when I feel like it and rarely talk about bloggy things on there.

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JDC has a twitter account. It’s right here.

But I don’t know how to use it. My ig photos automatically post there, but that’s about all you’ll get. At least until I figure out how to sign on.

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JDC has an email list. You can sign up at the top of the blog on the sidebar or below this post.

Our email list is the best way we’ve found to stay connected. It’s where posts are emailed and special promotions are offered.

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So even though I may not abide by all of the complex social media rules, these are the ways you can keep up with us {non} Joneses.

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5 favorite cursive fonts with glyphs {and how to use them}

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Each of these are fonts I use regularly – they are all lovely on their own, but the added swashes and fancy letters {aka: glyphs} add so much uniqueness to each one. It is fun to play around with the different characters to get your lettering looking just as you like it. Click on the font names below for sources.

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Just in case you have never used these fonts with extra characters, I created a video showing how to use the glyph panel in Adobe Illustrator.

 Pretty simple, right?

If you do not have illustrator, you can access many symbols in Microsoft Word {I did a quick tutorial using a pc at the end of this post and one on a mac right here}.

Hopefully this is helpful. I’d love to know if these types of posts are something you are interested in – please leave a comment if so!

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