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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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simply embellished copper tags

embellished copper tags / jones design company
We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend. She is many wonderful things, but perhaps one of her best qualities is her completely authentic excitement over opening gifts. Every one is the best gift ever! which makes you feel pretty great as the gift-giver.


Receiving gifts is not my love language, so I have to work a little extra to come up with something unique and meaningful to give to my mom who most definitely does experience love through gifts.  I may not be the greatest at gift purchasing, but I really do enjoy wrapping.

My go-to gift wrapping style consists of subtly patterned paper, a pretty ribbon, an embellishment – like a flower or ornament – and a tag.  My mom gave me a gift years ago (like for high school graduation maybe?!) with a copper tag and I’ve kept it all these years. When I came across these copper gardening tags, I knew I needed to grab a pack to use in wrapping up her birthday gift.

Because it’s such a simple and inexpensive embellishment for wrapping, I thought I’d show you how to make your own embellished copper tags.



4″ copper tags / stylus (or ball point pen)



Using a sharp-tipped stylus (or ball point pen), press into the copper as you write your message. Adding some extra padding underneath helps with the embossing (I just stacked up a few sheets of scrap paper).


It’s so pretty how the light reflects on the copper and makes the lettering stand out.


Once your message has been written, simply tie on to the gift using the attached copper wire.

embellished copper tag for gifts / jones design company

Such an fun way to make a gift extra special.

Do you have a favorite or unexpected way to embellish gifts?

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free easter printables

free easter art prints + place cards / jones design company

Ryan makes fun of me because every time a new holiday comes I adamantly declare that it is my favorite.

But Easter really is my favorite.

Growing up, our Easters consisted of easter basket scavenger hunts, Sandi Patti playing on the record player, marshmallow peeps and fancy dresses made by my mom. We ate breakfast (blueberry french toast) in the dining room with real cloth napkins and fresh flowers on the table.  We wore our new dresses to church then on to a big family gathering where the cousins overdosed on candy and dirtied our pastel outfits.  Sometimes we did an Easter egg hunt, sometimes not.

But ALWAYS at some point in the day we heard:

“He is Risen!”

to which we answered back:

“He is risen, indeed!”

Did you grow up saying this too? Doesn’t it just make you smile? There is something so happy about that phrase. Spiritually, of course. But also the idea of a fresh start, new life, a sense of hopefulness and excitement that surrounds this time of year.

It was this phrase that was the inspiration behind these free Easter prints designed by my super-talented friend Lindsay.

What she created is so beautiful – both in design and spiritual truth.  I am so excited to share her creations with you again this year.

Because sitting down for breakfast at a special table is a favorite memory of mine, I set a few Easter tables (using Lindsay’s artwork as inspiration).  There are lots of do-it-yourself ideas here as well as simple ways to set a pretty table. Perhaps it can inspire your Easter decorations if you’re still in need of some tablescape ideas.

(P.S. Before setting these tables, I had to google ‘how to set a table’. That’s how fancy I am.)

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

linen + white + industrial basket + vintage glassware

free easter printable / jones design company

and the perfect little place cards

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

printed paper + ribbon-tied napkin + coordinating chocolates in a pretty dish

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

with a lovely print to send home with each guest

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

fresh flowers + pretty china + playful polka dots

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

paper plates + candy appetizer + crepe paper flower

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

a name tag tied to a flower makes a special party favor


So does that give you any ideas for your Easter table?

If you would like to use Lindsay’s artwork as part of your decoration, we have put together a great collection for you.

he is risen free easter art print / jones design company

This printable collection comes with small, medium and large art prints and place cards in navy, teal and green.

You can print as many as you need, give them as gifts or use in your own home.

Download the whole collection for free >> CLICK HERE

Happy Easter!

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audrey’s 5th birthday invitations


My baby is turning 5. What?!

She’s just the best. She brings a girly flair to our family with her constant songs and dancing, she makes us all laugh and maaaybe has her daddy wrapped around her finger. Possibly her mommy and brothers, too.

The kids and I talk about our favorites all the time – favorite colors, favorite food, favorite memory. They all know that my favorite animal is a dolphin (I have been known to cry when I see sea life. I don’t know what it is, they are just so magical and majestic. Sea World is a teary place for me).


So when Audrey told me she wanted to have a dolphin party for her 5th birthday, there may have been a few secret happy tears. She knows her mama loves them and so she likes them too. See? She’s just the best. (Well, except when she’s not.)

Since I’m kinda into designing things, I had fun creating this invitation for her upcoming party. There probably won’t be a lot of decorations or fancy party food since we’re having it at an indoor pool, but I love making invitations and couldn’t help myself with the dolphin theme.

One little trick I wanted to share with you is how I add the glitter details. The secret? Glitter glue. This one, to be exact.


I used a free dolphin graphic and glitter digital paper to add to the invitation. The cards are printed on thick matte photo paper from home on this printer.


Then I filled in the outlines with the glitter glue.


And filled in the 5 as well.



The glue dries in about 30 minutes and does not flake off like regular glitter, so it works well for these types of projects.


I also added a few gold dots to a diy envelope liner (plain paper cut to fit).



Didn’t they turn out cute?!


We can’t wait to celebrate our dolphin-loving girl.


Want to learn how to create invitations like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.


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10 ways to celebrate the BIG game this weekend

My Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl this weekend. Two years in a row! It’s so unbelievable and well-deserved and this city has never been so electric and excited for our team.


I’ve been a Seahawk fan for all of my life and can’t wait for Sunday’s game. Call me crazy, but I can’t stop listening to sports radio listening to the commentary and interviews and lead-up to the game of the season. Just. So. Excited.

If you’re still putting together your weekend celebration (or need a few ideas for what to bring to a party), here are 10 great ways to enjoy the big game.

1. Show your team spirit with a diy applique shirt (see full tutorial here)


2. Make these delicious chocolate covered s’mores and add sprinkles in team colors (find the recipe here)


Seriously. Make these.


3. entertain your guests with a Seahawks word search



4. Decorate with a simple football paper chain


5. These buffalo blue cheese lil’ smokies won’t last long, but you will be happy you made them.


6. Print these coasters to protect your coffee table.


Free football coasters from design sponge – download here


7. Serve snacks in these printable snack cones (instructions and printable found here)


8. Bring out these easy football ice cream sandwiches for a crowd (and kid) pleaser


9. Grab a few rolls of washi tape in team colors to make these flag food picks


10. Send your guests off with these cute penalty flag party favors


Fun, right?!

Hopefully these will give you some great ideas for making your game-day extra special.


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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).




(love never fails)


(love one another)


(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.


We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

greatest-is-love (greatest is love in white)

(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print


To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.



(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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highlights and favorite posts from 2014

With the end of a year comes a few moments to reflect, to look back and remember the highs and lows and the in-betweens of the past 365 days.  Ryan and I laughed that we each had ‘words’ for the year, and neither were accurate at all for how things went. Sometimes you can direct the way things go, other times you just have to run with it. It was a run-with-it kind of year for us.

Was 2014 our best year ever? Maybe not. But it was good. Stretching. Hard and frustrating at times. Full of laughter and joy and beauty at others. I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year. So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2014:


The year started off with me getting personal (no surprise there. I have a thing for sharing my deepest emotions on the internet).

And also talking about nail polish that lasts more than 2 days.

And picking bedding for Audrey’s room redo (which is still in progress … a whole year later)


A new free printable was created.

And we celebrated our little darling turning four with a tea party


We had a full week of talking about all things graphic design – favorite fonts, printers, my pre-blogging life as a stationery designer, free clipart, my best tips & tricks for Illustrator and the launch of my beginning graphic design class (!)



Our kitchen was in a magazine!

And once again I went and poured my heart right out on the blog …


I tore up the carpet and added a new semi-diy chair to my office

Reflected for a moment on raising kids and enjoying the stage we’re in

Then I got sick for a week and spent my days watercoloring pretty things like fruit and lamps.


Our house was freshened up for the summer

Atlas and I showed you what I wore

and posted a summer reading list (I read all but one and they were great!)


A highlight for sure of my year (and life?!) was visiting Rwanda with noonday & IJM. I came to terms with being a working mom, did a little twirling and came back with a few perspective changes.


Q & A day (one of my favorite posts each year!)

A bit of little girl clothes inspiration

And then my house started feeling way too loud, so I shushed it.


With summertime over and kids back in school, it was time to get crafty with old magazines

And decorate our house for fall (my favorite)


Fall fashion was on my mind

and also freshening up my pinterest boards (which now, I hear, they have made much easier!)


This month consisted of construction dust, the sound of an air compressor, painter’s drop cloths and major excitement over a mini-remodel (walls painted white and new floors installed)


The house refresh is finished (for now, at least).

with construction-zone over, some girlfriends and I got a little crafty with book pages

We toured a friend’s coastal house for christmas

And set you up with a bunch of freebie gift tags

This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, and productivity and new opportunities, as well as frustrating and dry and uninspiring. Isn’t that the way life goes?! I’m thankful, as always, for the chance to grow and learn and be challenged and to do a lot of that along side of you here on the blog.

Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me in return.


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freebie gift tags

Are you busy wrapping gifts? I’m still shopping (still!) but soon I’ll move on to the wrapping phase and the pretty gifts will sit under the tree for all of two days before they are torn open. Someday I’ll learn to move things along a little faster so I can enjoy those festively wrapped gifts.

When wrapping, I tend towards simple paper, nice ribbon and a cute gift tag. There are so many fun (and free) options around the internet and here are a bunch of tags I’ve created for you as well.




You can find these tags 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!


For more Christmas goodies, check out this art print and these favorite tags.

Enjoy and happy wrapping!


Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the ones above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.


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thanksgiving table


Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I know I say that about every major celebration, but truly, Thanksgiving ranks high (like right at the top with christmas and easter). We have the best memories of Thanksgiving from when we were kids – big family gatherings, weekends at my great Aunt & Uncle’s house in their small town, cutting down our christmas tree – and it’s continued to be a time of year that feels festive and filled with tradition even now.


I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the kids, then the dog show after (weird, I know. But I tend to be a bit like my mom and she always kept the dog show on so naturally, I do the same), then football for days. Our house fits the most people in it, so we often host here which we love. We do some of the cooking, and the rest of the family each bring a favorite dish (sweet potato puree, sauteed green beans with shallots and bacon, sweet potato cranberry crescent rolls – yum). Continue Reading →

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