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get your free set of valentine note cards + envelopes

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few freebie love note designs.

What’s not to LOVE about watercolor hearts, arrows, rain clouds raining down hearts?

My illustrations were scanned and formatted into sweet little note cards with matching diy envelopes. Keep reading for the how-to and to download the files!

To make the envelopes, here’s what you’ll need:

free-valentine-and-envelopes templates printed on thick white paper / scissors / adhesive (like this) / washi tape (here’s my favorite source)

STEP ONE / cut template on dashed lines


cut-out-envelope-template STEP TWO / fold in sides, press firmly to crease

fold-in-sides STEP THREE / fold up bottom, press firmly to crease

fold-up-bottom-flap STEP FOUR / use glue dots (or other adhesive) to attach bottom flap to sides

glue-dots-on-envelope STEP FIVE / write a love note and slip it in

card-in-envelope STEP SIX / fold down top flap and seal with washi tape

plus-envelope-taped Add a name to the front and send to your valentine!



plus-envelope There are four designs with matching note cards + envelopes, but feel free to mix & match!

These cards and envelopes can be found in THE ARCHIVE along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts.  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in!



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Coffee Chat Episode 16 | How we celebrated our 13 year old’s birthday

Welcome to the newest edition of Coffee Chat.

I like to think of us as friends and even though we may never get to sit down with a cup of coffee together and talk about life, this is my attempt to bring that conversation to the blog.

Before we get into today’s episode, can I be honest for a second?

I love doing coffee chats, but I just haven’t been able to record these past few weeks. Sometimes life is just hard and putting on a peppy face and talking about the little things in life has not been where my heart is. Of course there is good mixed in with the hard, and I always want to be a person who can find beauty and joy in all circumstances. But I also need to honor the times in life when peppiness is not genuine. So that’s why it’s been a few weeks since our last chat …

But today I’m back.

We celebrated our oldest son’s 13th birthday last night and it was so meaningful and special that I just had to share.

So today’s episode is about why and how and a few of the wise words that were spoken as we celebrated our sweet teenager.


  • Studio progress is slow, but soon I’ll get it put together.
  • We picked a carpet! Now the hard work of removing all the furniture, taking off the trim and pulling out the old carpet …
  • For more on the Bat and Bar Mitzvah traditions.
  • Paige Knudsen is so wise and loving. Check out her blog for gorgeous images and sweet words about motherhood.
  • BeautyCounter is a skincare and makeup company with the amazing mission to get safe products for our skin into the marketplace. I have used many items and love them all. Right now I’m especially into the lipgloss in peony.

Thanks for watching, my friends!

As always, please leave any questions, thoughts or future coffee chat topics you would like to discuss in the comments.

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A Family Fourth At The Nation’s Capitol

Happy Fourth of July!


My parents flew in to meet us (and surprise the kids!) in Washington D.C. this weekend and we’ve been taking in all that we can of this great city.

washington monument and american flag

After literally traveling from Sea to Shining Sea, this Independence Day feels somehow more meaningful to our family. And spending it in our nation’s capitol? We’re pretty excited about that.

America is beautiful, indeed, and we stand in awe of her vastness, diversity, and the ingenuity and relentless pursuit of innovation that makes up her people.

God Bless America!

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The Best of JDC in 2015

With the start of a new year, it gives us a chance to look back at the previous 365 days.

I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year.  So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2015:


The year started off with an introduction of sorts. I forget that many of you are new readers, so it was fun to fill you in on who I am, in bullet points.

A house down the street identical to ours went up for sale, so I compared the two. Before + Afters are always great.

Kitchen Before + After / jones design company


We organized our phones:

How to Organize your Iphone Home Screen / jones design company

Mounted an ipad in our kitchen:

How to Mount an Ipad / jones design company

And then we chatted about doing our thing:


If we were to redo our master bathroom (which we’re not, but it’s fun to dream):

Master Bathroom Design Board / jones design company

We learned a new trick to keep hydrangeas from wilting (it really works!):

How To Keep Hydrangeas from Wilting / jones design company

I made a quick video showing how to do your hair in a messy side bun:

Video: How to do your hair in a messy side bun / jones design company


A good list of books. Always a favorite.

9 Books Worth Reading / jones design company

 If you need a chocolate chip cookie to snack on while you’re reading …

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies / jones design company

My never-ending collection keeps growing:


A very simple keychain diy:

Stamped Leather Keychain / jones design company

I made these numbers on a whim. They turned out so cute I had to share:

And summer begins! Our house looked so fresh and calm for the summer tour:


Things slow down in blog-world in the summer and I am so thankful for it.

I did a podcast with Jamie Ivey (so.much.fun):

Threw a party for my sister-in-law:

Then we talked summer fashion (northwest style):

Summer Outfits for the casual mom-type / jones design company


I waited for months before sharing the dinner solution that changed my life just to make sure it really did change my life (hint: it did – and still does):

I finally put up artwork in Audrey’s room:


My go-to paint color if you’re looking for a neutral warm gray:

Revere Pewter / jones design company


With summer over and the kids back in school, I was back at it. First up, sharing about the struggle to find good, simple metal frames (and how I solved the problem):

House Tour, Fall Edition (the #4 most viewed posts!):

My Favorite Fall Outfits:

Favorite Fall Outfits / jones design company


My friend let me help her brighten up the entry:

This little trick makes the cheapest grocery store flowers look elegant:


Our house was featured in a magazine:

We launched a new site called Maker + Ink (scripture + style):


A new free print!:

The stag got a diy pom wreath for the holidays:


Our house looked so pretty simply decorated for Christmas:

And that was it.

What a year.

Thanks for joining me! Cheers to a new year filled with inspiration and beauty.

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Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


I always find it hard to know just what to say on a christmas card. Do we share our highs? Our lows? Of course I want our photo to be our best with smiling faces and coordinating outfits. But I also want honesty and that doesn’t always look like smiling faces and coordinating outfits :).

As I was praying through what message to share, this verse popped out:


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine … to him be the glory for ever and ever! Amen!” Ephesians 3:20-21

We are thankful for the ways God continues to grow us, work in our hearts, bless us, give us the faith to trust in Him through each life circumstance. It is our family’s deepest desire that we give glory to God in all circumstances, that we remain faithful and grateful and full of kindness, generosity and joy.

We pray for you this Christmas season that you will find Hope in Jesus no matter where life has you … because he is able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine.

Blessings to you from all of us!

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sweet book themed baby shower

My sister-in-law, Jess, is due any day with her first baby – a sweet little girl. We’re beside ourselves in the Lex family because it will be the first new baby since Audrey and we’re just slightly baby-crazy around here.

Since Jess is a lover of literature and she has already been showered with more gear and clothing than she knows what to do with, we went with a book themed baby shower to help build up baby girl’s library.

book themed baby shower / jones design company

Between Ryan’s mom (crazy talented with a pretty house and garden full of flowers), Jess’ best friend (super organized and sweet and great hostess) and me, we put together a special party to celebrate mama and baby.

book themed baby shower invitation / jones design company

I was in charge of invitations and lucked out because Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. had already done the work for me :) She created these darling invitations (found here for free) and I modified them slightly to work for our party.

book themed baby shower invitation up close / jones design company

We decorated my mother-in-law’s home with lots of book page garlands, flowers from her garden and a few large paper flowers to bring some pinks into the decor.







And mini booklets hung from a string with mini clothespins over the food table.


We kept the food simple and delicious – banana bread with cream cheese spread, fresh fruit, curried chicken salad sandwiches, mini cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting and iced tea with raspberries or coffee to drink.








We played a few games (this one was pretty cute), visited with family and friends, opened gifts, snacked on yummy food and prayed over Jess and baby.


At the very end we snapped this group photo, but we’re missing about half of the ladies. Note to self: take group photo at the beginning of the party next time.

It’s always so fun to celebrate a new mom and soon-to-arrive baby.


Audrey is especially excited to meet her cousin. She can’t stop touching Auntie Jess’ tummy. We can’t wait to finally hold and snuggle the new baby girl!

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celebrating summertime

So, my friends, we’re almost six months into 2015. Didn’t that go fast?!!

Summer has officially begun for many around the country and even though our kids here in the Pacific Northwest don’t get out of school until mid-June, there is just an excitement in the air. The popsicle man keeps making his rounds in our neighborhood, we’re transitioning from shoes and socks to flip flops and the temperatures are rising (only slightly here, but just enough to feel like summer is on it’s way).

The new June Paper Works collection is a happy celebration of the season change.

paper works june collection

Paper Works is our super cute and helpful monthly membership where you receive everything you’ll need (and more!) to keep you and your family organized throughout the month. It takes the mundane stuff – like writing out a meal plan or assigning chores – and makes it a bit more enjoyable because each piece is fun to look at and simple to use.

paper works june collection dinner menu

You may not need or use every item included – I know I don’t – but I think that’s what makes it so great. You can pick and choose and decide what you need to keep yourself organized in a way that works for you. There’s no perfect one-size-fits-all organizational solution, but I do my best to offer a solution that works for our family and it just might work for yours as well.

paper works june collection menu and lists

If you find yourself jotting down lists on wrinkled napkins, if you can’t quite keep up with events and schedules, if you just need some prompts to help you manage daily duties, and if you like the feel of paper over digital apps – Paper Works is totally for you.

paper works june collection note cards

Here’s how Paper Works works: every month you receive a new collection of items with a new, original design. Same templates, different look. This change up keeps you motivated and is pretty to look at!

Included in each month’s designs are:

month calendar*
weekly calendar*
daily planner
dinner menu*
weekly menu*
grocery & shopping lists*
dailies chart*
chore charts*
original art print
note cards
wallpapers for desktop, iphone, ipad
surprise extras

* editable (which means you can open in adobe reader, type in details, then print. Especially useful for recurring events or if you don’t like your handwriting)

One extra included in the June Collection are these darling straw flags.

paper works june collection paper straws

Just cut out and stick together with a gluestick (put the kids on this one!) for cheerful decorated straws to pop into summertime drinks.

paper works jun collection straw flags

There are two options for Paper Works and you can choose what works best for you:

paper works digital // you have access to all pdf files and can print as many as you need. Reg. $9.99 ON SALE for $7.99

paper works printed // receive a professionally printed package of your monthly goods with access to all pdf files. This is so good if you want to have everything at your fingertips ready for instant use. Reg. $29.99 ON SALE for $25.99

paper works summer sale

Once you become a member, simply log in to your account and the next collection will be available to download on the 25th of the month. As long as you are an active member, you keep access to all previous months and can come back any time to reprint the art prints or note cards or whatever you love.

For all of the details and many more images, click here.

join paper works today

Hooray for summertime!

(Sale ends June 5th. Discount available for June only for all new members!)

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