Printable Quiet Book

After designing a printable quiet book for my son, I decided as an afterthought to post it on Pinterest. My thought was that if I had taken the time to put it together, I might as well let others enjoy it too! I never expected it to go viral. I have had almost 30,000 views on the Quiet Book page alone!  I am delighted that so many will use it.

The quiet book, as I mentioned, was for my son and was quite boyish. Not wanting to leave out all those girlie girls, I've now designed a girlie quiet book for them as well! 

The download is 100% FREE. Click here to download it.

These pages are wonderful for hand-eye coordination, visual recognition, number recognition, color
 recognition, and a whole slew of other benefits. Not to mention a wonderful way to keep your little 
one(s) busy during church or any other time or place when you need peace and quiet. 

"Like" our facebook page and you'll also receive 8 free printable cards.

Thank you to everyone who has made our Quiet Book a success!


Free Christmas card design

Alice Griffith {the awesome photographer who did Cambridge's newborn photos and our family photos} is doing a giveaway of a Christmas card design from yours truly :) Head on over to enter now!

P.S. If you already have your Christmas cards this year, it is good for a custom design of anything- birthday party invite, birth announcement, etc.


Christmas giveaway

We had the most wonderful Thanksgiving! Remember the thankful cards we gave away for Thanksgiving? Well, I printed them out and had my family fill them out. Everyone didn't seem too excited about it - especially my older brothers, but when we sat down to go around and tell what we had written, the most magical thing happened! The mood turned incredibly tender and we shared some wonderfully thankful moments together. 

If you didn't print out the thankful cards this year, make sure to do it next year! You wont regret it.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it seems Christmas is just around the corner. This giveaway is perfect for Christmas card tags! Add them to neighbor gifts, work gifts, friend gifts...

Also, remember this Christmas card giveaway from last year? Also, if you haven't done your Christmas cards, you're in luck! Check out my custom Christmas card design deal here.

Good luck getting ready for Christmas :)

Christmas cards!

For those of you wanting Christmas cards designed, this post is for you! $50 gets you a custom design, front and back. You will then own the design and can get them ordered wherever you like, or you can order them from my printer for my cost. 100 double-sided 5.5x8.5 cards with envelopes is around $30 + shipping.

This size is larger than regular cards and is just stunning! The best part is, it still only takes one stamp to mail them. You will be amazed at the difference the larger size makes. 

I can have your proof the next business day. You will love how easy the process is, and we will keep going until the design is just perfect. Just email me and we'll get started! whimsyplace@gmail.com. 


Turkey killing and a freebie

I may or may not have accidentally killed a turkey and two cats when I was a little girl. I grew up on a farm in Orem, Utah. It was just a really small family farm and all we really did was raise a few animals and an abundance of dogs, but as you can imagine it was a very eventful childhood and there was always some kind of crisis going on, one of which I will tell you about now :)

We'll save the killing-of-the-cats story for another time. But as for the turkey, let's just say I thought he really really needed a bath. Looking back, it's really quite amazing that the bath itself didn't kill the turkey. I mean, I was quite talented to be able to give a turkey a bath period, but then to not drown it is another thing entirely. It was after the bath that was the problem. I don't really remember what time of year it was, but it was cold and my around-7-year-old-brain couldn't think through the fact that Mr. Turkey should be dried off really well before he was sent back to his barnyard home (where were my parents?! really :). It suffice to say that his death was probably a slow and unpleasant one. May Mr. Turkey rest in peace.

In honor of Mr. Turkey, I have a Thanksgiving giveaway! Remember this post from last year? Here are some new "thankful" tags for this year. What a wonderful way to record what your family is thankful for from year to year.

You can download the PDF here.

Check out this freebie from last year as well!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Family Picture Wardrobe Ideas

We are getting our family pictures taken next week. Most of you have probably already gotten yours taken for the year, but I thought I'd share a few wardrobe ideas for those of you who haven't!

Sometimes, choosing a wardrobe for the family seems overwhelming. There are a million options and it can be hard to coordinate without looking too matchy-matchy. Here are a few of tips to help your family look like a million bucks!

  • Start with one favorite piece of clothing and work from there (look for something that's unique)
  • Choose one, two or three basic colors, then vary with shades and patterns
  • Choose clothing that looks tailored and thoughtful (pleats, buttons, ruffles, etc.)
  • Dont put anyone in the same shirt or outfit- different outfits add visual interest to the photo
  • Layer, layer, layer! This is the #1 secret to having magazine-worthy family photos 
  • Accessorize with hats, leg warmers, scarves and belts

Notice her beautiful orange jacket with pleats

For a larger family, doing one color really simplifies the photo and makes it feel classy

 I love the dressed-up-with-jeans look

Notice all the layers in these two photos! The vests are so adorable on the boys.

Her boots are great, along with the brown tights

Love the addition of the brown velvet blazer and dress for texture.

When trying to choose colors, think of the color wheel. Any colors across 
from each other will generally look good together. 

If all else fails, find a family photo that you love and copy it to the T!

Now for where to get your clothing... Most of us don't (or choose not to) shop at the pricey name-brand stores. If you would like a tailored look without the expense, try shopping at H&M, Forever 21, or my new favorite online store, Nextdirect.com. They are a UK-based company (I think) and are the perfect balance between great style and affordable prices. I am in no way being compensated for promoting their store- I just love the clothing :)

Good luck! Here's to beautiful family photos.


Freebie Friday: Being happy in the journey

My husband and I have been spending a large portion of our free time putting together house plans and looking for building lots. It's been oh-so-much work already and we haven't purchased a thing! Despite that, though, it has been such a pleasure to daydream about our someday home. The designer side of me is so very excited for tall ceilings and layout and finishes of my choosing; the mother and wife in me is sentimental about the memories that will be made within the walls of this home and the inches my children will grow, and the practical side of me feels incredibly guilty for the whole thing.

This process has caused me to give a great deal of thought to the conveniences we enjoy as a culture. What a blessing to have all that we could need and want. How is it fair to enjoy so much excess when there are millions of people in the world that get by with a fraction of what we have? Suddenly, building a home with all the best finishes seems like indulgence to the max! But more than that, I've realized in a very sure way that having a nicer home is not going to make me happier than I already am. Sure, it will be nice to pull into a garage instead of parking outside- but I have a car! It will be amazing to welcome guests into a perfectly put-together living room and have the mess beyond the entry be invisible - but we have a warm home and an abundance of toys for my children to make messes with! 

It is so easy to think of the next step in life and believe, "When this happens I will be happy." But I have come to know in a very real way that finding joy and happiness in the journey is the mark of a grateful, humble person. And that living with this perspective, we can each find that we are more abundantly blessed than we had ever realized. 

Of course it's ok to enjoy the luxuries in life, we just need to be sure our hearts
are in the right place and that we aren't waiting for the next big thing to bring
us happiness. 

We will still be planning our dream home, but in the meantime I will look for
ways to make our current home more beautiful - not just in finishes and decor,
but in the time and love shared with my family here.

To download the "joy in the journey" PDF, click here.


I found a wonderful article on this very subject as it pertains to your home. 
You can read it here.  She gives some wonderful tips on loving your home now, 
even if it's not perfectly the way you want it to be.

You can also find a wonderfully inspiring speech on the topic here.

Happy Friday!


Freebie Friday

In an effort to get ready for baby girl, we moved the furniture in the nursery 
around. It left this wall right when you walk in completely empty so I set out to
create a print to hang on the wall. 

I inherited the frame when my grandpa passed away. With just a simple coat
of gold spray paint, and a custom cut matte from Hobby Lobby (about $4),
I am so pleased with how it turned out and how it looks in the room!

I want my children to always know that they are children of a loving
Heavenly Father - and what better way to remind them of this than to have
it hanging on their wall?

Click here to download the free PDF!


Freebie Friday

Anyone who has had children knows how difficult it can be to see how your body changes during pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy and childbirth are miracles: miracles that leave your body less than perfect when you're all finished.

With my first pregnancy I lost 15 pounds in the beginning from being so sick which helped the weight come off really fast after I had #1. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight just 10 days after having him! But the composition of my body was very different than it had been before.

Now, after pregnancy and childbirth #2 the story is the same plus an extra 5 pounds. 5 pounds may not seem like much, but even 5 pounds can mean a lot when it's the difference between fitting in all of your jeans or not! We can all relate to that, right?

So! This is where I am-- with a body that seems foreign to me. I'm ready for a change, and I'm ready to fit into all of my designer jeans again :) Here's my plan:

Click here to download the PDF.

The goal section is empty on the PDF so that you can set your own goal.
Who's with me?!


It has been almost a year since I said goodbye to the Whimsy Place blog. In that time we added another member to our growing family!

Cambridge Colette is now 8 weeks old and my little angel. We are so delighted to have her here and her sweet little spirit brings so much happiness to our home! I love being a mother to my two beautiful children.

As many of you know, my pregnancies have been so incredibly difficult that it's nearly impossible to focus on anything other than getting by - which is the real reason I had to take a break from Whimsy Place. But now that my babe is here and we are over the hump of sleepless nights, I am so very excited to be back!

Over the last 5 years I have dabbled in a number of creative pursuits: frame making, photography, interior design, stationery design and sales, etc. I get in full-swing with a website, clients, sourcing, etc. only to come to realize that I cannot sustain the amount of clients I've received without jeopardizing my roll as mother. It's been hard to find a balance between being a wife and mother, and having a fulfilling creative outlet. I'm sure so many of you have been in the same place!

Every time I have decided to "quit" something, or shift my focus back to my family I have felt guilty and silly for letting all my clients down, but knew it was the right decision at the time. After a lot of thought and consideration, I believe I have finally found the right place for me! I will use this blog to share my creative pursuits - whatever they may be at the time. For example,

  • I'm working to lose my post-baby weight and created a chart to track my progress. I will be posting that as a freebie tomorrow. 
  • My son needed some activities to keep him entertained during church so I designed a magnetic quiet book which I posted on Pinterest and have now had over 20,000 page views from.
  • I designed some art for our new nursery which I will post as a freebie next week.

So, my plan is to continue doing and designing the things I would normally do! The only difference is that I will post them here for anyone and everyone to use. I can't promise regular posts, and my posts may seem random, but I hope you'll still stick around and enjoy some of my creativity. 

Thank you for your love and support!


The End: for now

When I started the Whimsy Place blog, the idea was that running a successful blog is a monumental task; one that is difficult to accomplish alone. I believed that gathering contributors, who could all post once a week would be the perfect answer! Then, if any one of our lives got too crazy, it was ok because the other 4 or 5 women could keep everything together until things got better. And for a few months we did a great job, but one by one each of the contributors said they couldn't do it anymore and now I've found my life is just too crazy to continue this blog. I'm saddened, but feel there is a time and a season to everything and I look forward to the day when having a fun, creative blog will be in the works.

For now, I will focus on my number one which is my family and hope you will join us at some point in the future when Whimsy Place can make it's debut again.

Avoire! For now.


Clarisonic Vs. Olay Pro-X Cleansing System

I've been on the lookout for the last few months to find something
to clear up my dang skin. I heard about Clarisonic & it's amazing, but it starts at $119.
The reason it's said to be so great, is it makes your skin SO soft, and nothing can get your skin cleaner 
than this can. It's said to clear breakouts, and reduce fine lines on your face.

I really wanted Clarisonic, but then I heard about the Olay Pro-X Cleansing System. In the reviews, it claimed to be just as good as the competitor & at only $26, how could I not try it? 

Now let me tell you! I've had Olay Pro-X for a little over a month, & it's great. My skin has never been softer, I still have small breakouts, but my skin is definitely happier than it was before.
My cute husband got me some new facial cleanser from Sephora for Christmas, it's called Bliss. 

This stuff is awesome! It has a small exfoliant, so it's not super harsh on your skin.
All the girls I talked to at my Sephora store use it as their #1 cleanser as well. 
It's $22 for a 6.7 oz bottle. 

Hope this has helped any of you that are having "face" issues like me. :)

See ya next Thursday!

How Sweet

This lovely little print is framed right next to my bed and I still love seeing it every day. 

I promised it would soon be a freebie and here it is in either blue or pink! Simply open it, then 
right click to save to anywhere on your computer.

I printed mine on a white linen card stock because I love the texture. As you can see, mine is in a square frame but because of the size of the print, you can also choose to have it in a regular frame as well.

Happy Wednesday!

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