10 Free Organizational Printables to Kick Off 2016!


Oh you guys, where did 2015 go? 
Honestly. 

It's time to start looking forward to 2016 and making Big Plans and setting Goals and Resolutions and making ourselves better! And maybe reflecting upon 2015 a bit too. 

This kinda fits in with my Favorite Organizational Tools Series, but also is a nice way for you to dip your toes into the free printables water if you haven't already. There's an embarrassment of riches out there if you just know where to look. And lucky for you, I do! I LOVE LISTS AND JUST WANT YOU TO LOVE THEM TOO, OKAY?!

Uppercase Box: A Review

Uppercase Box | Young Adult Monthly Book Subscription Box

I absolutely adore reading. Mostly, I adore reading Young Adult literature! Like most of us, I get my book recommendations from friends and researching them on Amazon or Goodreads. Sure, every once in awhile I'll impulse buy a book from a brick and mortar without ever hearing about it, but mostly I want to I want a recommendation I can trust first. 

Enter, Uppercase. 

Easy & Elegant Christmas Gift Tags



Great news, everyone! Theo (my 2 month old) is FINALLY starting to sleep a little bit longer at a time. Which means things are happening! Laundry is getting done! Dishes are getting washed! Blog posts are being written! Floors are still unswept and un-mopped because hello no thank you.

This also means that I'm finally able to shift my attention towards Christmas and the crafty goodness that goes along with it. I can bust out my washi tape, my glittery paper, and fire up the Cricut that surely was developing some sort of separation anxiety from me after being unused for so long.

I slowly dipped my toes back into the crafting waters with these insanely easy and elegant Christmas Gift tags. Let me show you!


Board Game Holiday Gift Guide 2015

YOU GUYS! HI! As you probably know, I had another kid so my life has been wackadoo and apparently infants aren't about having schedules, so the blog has fallen by the wayside. Something had to give, you know?

Thanks for sticking with me. I'll be coming back on a regular basis very soon! In the meantime, I've been busy getting ready for Christmas and that's got me thinking about gifts and games and how games are pretty much the best gift. Since the hubs and I play board games pretty regularly, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites of the year (not necessarily published this year, but played this year) in case you're looking for some ideas!



BOARD GAMES FOR BLIND DATE GAMERS
(for those who have never played board games, or are pretty new to the scene)

You don't want to get anything too drastic for these folks. Something nice and easy to ease them into the waters, but still a fun game that they can play with just about any group of people to make sure it gets to the table often! 

Jamaica
This is a low intensity racing game where you're a pirate trying to get treasure and make it around the board first. Fairly simple, but you definitely get up in each other's biz and there's a bit of luck with the dice rolling involved, so this is a great game for everyone! 

Sushi Go! - The Pick and Pass Card Game
First, the cards are ADORABLE. You should know that up front. You build your "hand" in front of you by keeping 1 card and passing the rest. The cards have different combinations that score points and that's written on the cards. It's simple and addictive! 

Grizzled The Board Game
This is a cooperative game, which means you're all working together to get things done. Things in this case mean surviving the trenches of WWI. Yeah, it's a heavy subject, and it's actually handled pretty well (aka not whimsical and silly), but it's also a really challenging game that you'll want to try and try again until you beat it. And then go back for more! 

Ra
RA is one of my all time favorite games of ever. It's an auction/bidding style game where you're collecting certain types of tiles and pushing your luck a bit for the best combination without it getting ruined with bad tiles. 

Splendor Board Game
Okay, so the idea of collecting gems seems a bit odd or even boring, but there's a fair amount of strategy involved to win this! The elements of the game (the physical pieces) are super nice too, which makes this a great gift. Get resources, convert them to points - the very basic game that keeps you coming back!

Roborally
You're a super computer who is putting other computers on a race in the abandoned factory. The problem is, you're racing the other super computers lackey's and the board is crowded, changing, and moving! This game is a BLAST and great for all ages. 


BOARD GAMES FOR GAMERS GOING STEADY
(for those who have a few games in their collection like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and the like. They're ready to expand but not quite sure where to turn)

7 Wonders
7 Wonders is always a crowd pleaser around these parts. There are a dozen ways to score points, you don't have to fiddle with pieces on the board to calculate resources, and you get to control your own destiny (to a point) with what you want to do to reach your goals. You get a hand of cards, take one, pass the rest. Repeat. Straightforward concept, but difficult to master. 

Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
What makes Discworld such a great game is that it combines a straightforward game play (draw cards, play cards) with a hidden agenda (there are several different ways to win the game and your goal is unique and secret) and silly cards (a la the world of Terry Pratchett). This makes seasoned game players happy because it's really hard to win, no matter who you're playing against or with, and newbies don't have a learning curve to overcome to play. 

Orléans
This game is my new favorite game of ever. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the board, pieces, and choices offered - but after 1-2 turns, you'll all get it figured out. I promise. The choices are basic, but there are loads of them, which means there's always something to do on your turn to make points or advance yourself in the game. You also have your own player board which is one of my favorite elements in a board game!

Shadows Over Camelot
What up, my Arthurian Legend loving nerds?! This is a coop + hidden traitor game. Some of you are loyal, some of you are not. You're either working to banish evil from Camelot or helping to sow seeds of discontent secretly. You go on quests. You have special knight abilities. IT IS SO RAD. 

Thunder Alley Board Game
Rubbin' is racin', y'all! This is a super fun racing game with a NASCAR theme. Yeah, I know - but even if you're not into NASCAR (I so am not into NASCAR), it's still fun because you have to navigate a very full track of cars using the cards in your hand, handling your damage to the car, and keeping in the pack for maximum movement. It's tricky, people get up in your biz and ruin your life, and the track conditions aren't always in your favor. It's super fun! 

BOARD GAMES FOR THOSE IN A COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP
Speaking from experience, do not buy these people a game without checking their wishlist first. Trust me, they have a wishlist. You don't want to make the mistake of getting them something they already have, an Ameritrash game they'll never play, a soulless Euro cube pusher they'll scoff at, or something that is pushed on you by the guys at Games by James. Nothing against those dudes - but when someone is in a committed relationship with board games, they know what they like and what they don't and you'll waste your time and theirs by going off the cuff. 

If you have other suggestions, or are looking for more ideas, just let me know! 

Happy Holidays!

Quick and Easy Mini Mason Jar Fall Decor



I wanted a little something extra on the dining room table this Fall without taking up too much room. Thankfully, I had two little 1/2 pint mason jars in the closet that were just begging to be put to good decor use! Click on through to see how I made these extremely easy little dudes.


Starburst Card Tutorial


Okay, so I've seen a load of cards on Pinterest that use this super fun Starburst pattern and try as I may, I could not figure out how to do it on my own. It seems like it should be obvious, but maybe it's baby brain or maybe I just can't think abstractly - actually it's probably both of those things - but I had to research how to make these cards!

So I did. And I made a million of them. Let me show you the way, the truth, and the light of Starburst cards!


Cricut Gold Edition Giveaway!



EXCITING NEWS, Y'ALL!

Cricut is coming out with a brand new, GORGEOUS, Cricut Explore Air - and it's gold! Just look at that beauty, would you?!

SWOON!

The best news? You can enter, thanks to yours truly, for a chance to WIN ONE.
That's right. This is not a drill. 

To enter:
Head over to the official Facebook Event and RSVP by clicking THIS LINK
Comment saying RSVP with Lisa Schensted RIGHT HERE
Um, that's it. Seriously!
I'm your VIP ticket to enter to win one of these gorgeous machines! 
(You are so welcome)

Can't get enough of this beautiful new machine? 
Watch this video to learn more about the release party!

You have until October 7th to enter - so get going!
And tell your friends Lisa Schensted sent you!


Faux Leather!


Some new and exciting materials to hit the crafting scene lately are faux leather! I love the texture and depth faux leather gives a project - and while I haven't made anything myself (yet!) - I collected 8 projects to share with you AND threw in a very exciting giveaway! Take a peek...



Quick and Easy Washi Paper + Vinyl Cards


Another night, another bite by the crafting bug and NO idea what to make! I decided to try a new format for card making and it ended up being a pretty solid success! Well, I mean if I can make 6 cards in about an hour, I consider that a pretty solid success, anyway. 

Here's how I made these quick and easy Washi Paper + Vinyl Cards using my Cricut Explore!


Cricut Design Space Patterns: Part IV Applying Pattern to Text


We've arrived at the final part of the 4 part series for the update to Cricut Design Space with using Patterns! 

Previously, I've shared how to Find & Upload Patterns, Editing Patterns, and Slicing Patterns. Now we're ready to figure out how to Apply Patterns to Text! 

Cricut Design Space Patterns: Part II Editing Patterns


Hey guys! Yesterday I shared with you the news that Cricut Design Space 2.0 has an awesome new feature - PATTERNS! 

In the 2nd part of my 4 part series, I'll be showing you how to edit a pattern in Design Space. Allonsy!


Cricut Design Space: Patterns!


Today I'm excited to show you a brand new release to Cricut Design Space that involves something super new and super exciting: PATTERNS!

I'll be doing a 4 part series to show you how to make the most of this new feature. Let's get started with learning how to find and upload patterns!

Onward!


Around the House: My Erin Condren Life Planner!

For more Around the House posts, click on the image!

It's no secret that I'm kind of into organization. Exhibit A and Exhibit B. I mean, I'm not always successful at it but it makes me really happy to find things that I can make into lists or organize into compartments! 

A vast majority of my calendaring and organization takes place online and with Google Calendar and Remember the Milk - but I just yearn for some paper list making and calendar to have with me, you know? I like being able to see a week or month at a glance to give me an idea of what's going on beyond the day-to-day. 

I did a good amount of research before finally deciding on buying my very first Erin Condren Life Planner and I am SO HAPPY with my decision! More on how I came to decide and what features I love best after the break!


Wear it Wednesday: Jane Austen Edition


It's no secret that I am a super mega huge Jane Austen fan. So when these different literary t-shirt and apparel stores have sales, you can feel my wallet shaking from within my purse! 

FROM OUT OF PRINT
This site has stuff from all sorts of classic authors - adult and children's! - and totes, shirts, and more.
Pride and Prejudice fleece



FROM LOOK HUMAN
Be warned, this site is a total time suck and has just about everything you could ever want in terms of humor and snark - it's definitely a favorite!


GONE READING
These aren't all wearable, but there are some solid, silly, bookish gifts to be found here!

Jane Austen Coffee Mug

Jane Austen Action Figure

Of course there are LOADS of Etsy shops, Society6 Shops, and more that feature Jane Austen!
If you have a favorite place, please share! 

In the meantime...

Quick & Easy Vinyl Project - Flameless Candle Decor!


Lately, Cricut has been coming out with all sorts of new materials and I'm loving each and every one of them! They've got Washi Sheets (which I LOVE and will be sharing soon), vibrant new iron on transfers, and loads of vinyls! 

Now to share with you a vinyl project that's also crazy easy and can spice up your space OR make an excellent gift!

Click on through to find out how to make your very own flameless candle decor!



Labor of love - COMPLETE

You guys, I went through my entire backlog of posts (all 869 of them) and updated the labels for easier searching.

Initially I was thinking I'd update the formatting on all of the old posts to match the current look, but that would have taken me 4 years and I'd have changed the formatting again halfway through that, so I opted not to.

SO if you're looking through old posts and notice it doesn't look quite the same as the ones these days, don't be alarmed. It's still me. Just me 5+ years ago (holy cannoli I've been blogging a long time) and there's a certain nostalgia in that I'm embracing, I guess!

If you're interested in peeping around the different labels, you can do that on my sidebar or on the Features page.

Happy browsing!

Pinspiration: Washi Tape Birthday Card


I had a little bit of time the other night and realized I was desperately low on birthday cards, so I decided to look at my Pinterest board to find some inspiration! I realized a long time ago that the things I make will never, ever turn out like the pins they come from, but I've only recently accepted that is not necessarily a bad thing! 

So come, see the pin that inspired me and the final result for a ridiculously easy birthday card! 

Card Sketch Challenge 546


You know what I love about Card Sketch Challenges? Well, obviously everything, but mostly that they provide me a template to use so I don't have to come up with an idea from scratch and can just operate within guidelines and parameters because my brain is absolutely structured for structure. 

This week's Sketch Challenge on Split Coast Stampers featured this design: 



Read on to see my interpretation of the sketch!