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I’ve decided after three years of blogging that it is high time to get my newsletter running! Newsletters are great ways to connect with readers and to offer fresh, new content. I have so many different types of topics on my website that I thought it was also a pretty spiffy way to connect readers to what they want to read.

My newsletter promise:

  • I will not overload your inbox! Look for one or two newsletters a month from me.
  • I will send a brand new free printable with every full newsletter.
  • You won’t just see a bunch of content you’ve read before! I’ll bring you something new that hasn’t launched on the blog yet.

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Everyone who signs up for the A Well Crafted Newsletter will receive an email with a link to my FREE blog planner printables!

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Free Printable Blog Planners 2014 Edition

Last year I designed a free blog planner with the input of the amazing Portland Bloggers team. I was excited last January to release a free printable blog planner for bloggers everywhere to utilize in organizing their blogs. Since then I’ve connected with bloggers from all over that use the planner! It has been such an amazing tool for myself in my own blog, but also in connecting bloggers with each other!

In my connections with bloggers that use the planner and with my own use of the planner I found several little edits I wanted to make. I’ve been working on these edits off and on over the year and am super stoked to finally release them! There is now not one, not two, but THREE different styles of printable blog planners with the updated planning pages.

Pages included in all three styles are:

  • Cover (2 NEW Styles!)
  • Weekly Blog Planner
  • Monthly Blog Planner
  • Blog Stats Tracking Sheet
  • Blog Post Brainstorming Sheets
  • Blogger Collaboration Sheets
  • Affiliate Networking Tracking Sheet
  • Blog Project Budgeting sheet (NEW!)
  • Expenses and Income Tracking Sheet
  • Blog Goal Sheet
  • Blog Focus Worksheet (NEW!)
  • Blog Sponsor Tracking Sheet
  • Blog Stylesheet (NEW!)

I just ask that you sign up for my (brand new!) newsletter to receive your free printable with 13 different blog planning pages. You’ll be the among first to know when there are updates for the blog planner!

Check out the three printable sets:

Traditional Style Blog Planner

Black & White Style Blog Planner

Handwritten Font Style Blog Planner

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Searching for Balance, Trying to Focus + a Free Printable

Focus

CC image via ihtatho on Flikr

The past few years for me have been back and forth and all over the place when it comes to work and family. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to take time to develop my blog and freelance work to really benefit myself and my family. It wasn’t easy on my husband, son, or finances living the freelance life. I’ve appreciated that I’ve had so much support these few years though– I mean, how many people get the opportunity to really work on their dreams?

Losing Focus…

In September I was offered a full-time position as a Social Media and Marketing Specialist at an amazing company that is really doing good in the community. My freelance work and my blog had finally gotten to a place where it was being profitable and I was getting closer to my goals right before this opportunity presented itself. I knew that in accepting the full time position I would have to really step back in many areas of my life. Basically, I was at a fork in the road and I decided to just battle my way through the obstacles in my path rather than deciding to take one road over the other. A whole jungle of opportunity and challenges in front of me and there I was staring it down with my machete no where in sight.

I am disappointed in the way that I handled the transition from freelance to full-time. I let some people down and I certainly let my blog go in the process. Since September I’ve felt like I am in a constant state of juggling priorities. My health has suffered. My state of mind has suffered. My friendships have suffered.

Finding Balance…

I’m just now at a point where I feel like I am getting a handle on life again. I’m learning to say no (even when I don’t want to) to opportunities that come my way that I don’t have time to do properly. I’m working on focusing and prioritizing. Heck, I’m working on learning how to have a day off!

More than that… I’m teaching myself to blog again! I’m trying to get back to the roots of why I began blogging and what I want to get out of blogging. I’m working on regular postings and clear goals for the year.

In my desire to re-focus and prioritize my blog I thought that perhaps others out there may need to work on their focus a bit. So, I created the below printable for bloggers looking to get back on track for their blogs.

Free Printable Focus Worksheet

Click here to download your free Blog Focus Worksheet Printable

This worksheet coordinates with my Free Blog Planner Printables– check back later this week  soon for new and updated blog planner printable pages!

What I’m Loving: Amazing Free Year-in-Review Workbook

Free 2014 Workbook from Susannah Conway

 

Yesterday a friend of mine shared “Unravelling The Year Ahead 2014″ workbook and Susannah Conway’s blog with me. I fell in love! The site is so refreshing with inspiration and resources galore. More than that… this free workbook and coordinating calendar are perfection. The gorgeous and simple design completely complement the fabulous ideas behind this workbook. (Am I gushing?)

The workbook begins with unraveling the year behind— reviewing the year with questions such as, “When did fear hold you back in 2013?” and “What did you discover about yourself in 2013?” I like that these specific questions really hone in on the year and the past year’s goals better than just trying to remember what happened over the year. I think it is much more conducive to realizing where you are in your life and moving closer to your future goals.

The second part of the workbook focuses on unraveling the year ahead— focusing in on possibilities! It isn’t just about setting goals, but establishing ways to enjoy your life as is, and to improve your life as a whole.

I’ll be printing off my copy of the workbook today and begin on filling it out. I’ll share a few of my pages via Instagram with the hastag that Susannah made for the workbook: #unravel2014. I’ll also be going through the hashtag on occasion to see what other people are doing with their workbooks. I’d love to see your pages in the feed as well!

Check out Susannah’s post about her workbook that includes a free 2014 calendar download and a download for the workbook!

Featured: Date Night Printables at Live the Fancy Life

Date Night Printables

 

Fall Date Night Printables

Want to amp up your date night with a few free printables? I created a set of “Fallen for You” printables for a post featured on Live the Fancy Life that is live today. Jump on over to check out the printable set and keep tuned in this week for a coordinating invitation and a recipe for the figs pictured in the post.

UPDATE: Check out the recipe for Fancy Fall Figs over on Live the Fancy Life!

Came here from Live the Fancy Life? Yay! Welcome. Follow along via Twitter 
, Facebook, or BlogLovin to get lots more free printables, fashion, food, and parties!

A few of the giveaways from giveaway week are still live. Hop on over to see what you can win! UPDATE: Giveaway Week is now over. Look forward to future giveaways!

Free Potluck Printables

Pork Siracha Tapas

photo via The Spicy Bee

Printable forks used as confetti — photo by Instagrammer KellyJones (Check out her etsy store Meme & Saysay)

Printable forks used as confetti — photo by Instagrammer KellyJones28 (Check out her etsy store Meme & Saysay)

At the recent Tapas Competition that I helped to host I created a set of printables to coordinate with the Tiny Prints Potluck invitation set that was provided for the event. I wanted to share these printables along with a few others I created. The below sets include: recipe cards that can be used for sharing recipes at a potluck or just in the home; potluck cards to display in front of donated dishes at a potluck; and printable forks. We cut out the forks and used them as a fun confetti throughout the party. They’d also be great for use in floral arrangements or as decorative items. I created a fall set and a holiday set so that you can be prepared for any upcoming potluck parties! If you use the sets I’d LOVE to see photos of the events!

Free Potluck Printables from A Well Crafted Party

Free Potluck Printables:

Potlucks are such fun ways of sharing hosting responsibilities and getting to taste dishes from many of your friends and family. One way to make potlucks look more like a coordinated party is to use sets of printables to connect everything together. In this day and age when people are being careful about what they are putting into their bodies or are aware of their allergies, it is also important to label items at potlucks.

Instructions: Print items on cardstock in full color and cut out.

All of my free printables are for personal use only. Please email me if you’d like to use them for your business. Need a particular color scheme? I’ll change the color scheme and send you all three printables for $5! Email me at jenni[at]awellcraftedparty[dot]com.

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giveaway week on A Well Crafted Party

This post is part of A Well Crafted Party’s Giveaway Week… we are cleaning out the editorial calendar and sharing the love with free printables, party good giveaways, and more! Don’t miss out on any of the giveaway posts by following along via BlogLovin, Twitter, or Facebook!

Welcome to Twosville Town Themed Birthday Party Free Printables

Entering Twosville

Twosville Tattoo Parlor

I’m excited to share some of the printables I made for my son’s “Welcome to Twosville” town themed birthday party. You can check out the many images and ideas from the party by checking out all of my Twosville posts.

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Printables included in this collection:

  • 1 large “Welcome to Twosville” road sign— Intructions: Print on regular paper, trim margins, assemble on a large poster board with glue or tape.
  • Twosville Bakery Sign— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville Ice Cream Sign— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville Tattoo Parlor Sign— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville DMV Sign—Instructions: Print on regular copy paper (11X17) or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building or prop on table
  • Identification Coloring Sheets— Print on copy weight paper, cut out, and let kid’s color
  • Twosville Cafe Sign—Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville Fastfood Sign—Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville Hatshop Sign— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color and adhere onto cardboard building
  • Twosville Bakery Party Circles— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color, cut out, adhere to tooth pick using tape, stickers, or glue
  • Twosville Icecream Party Circles— Instructions: Print on regular copy paper or card-stock in color, cut out, adhere to cups or bowls with double sided tape
  • Twosville Thank  You Tags— Instructions: Print on card stock in color, cut out, use hole punch and ribbon to attach or use double sided tape

Want something for a town themed party you don’t see above? Email me at jenni[at]awellcraftedparty[dot]com! I will create a custom package for you for $25.

While these printables are completely free of charge for use they are intended for personal use only. Please do not sell these products or send files as they are your own. Please link to this post if you want to share on your blogs.

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giveaway week on A Well Crafted Party

This post is part of A Well Crafted Party’s Giveaway Week… we are cleaning out the editorial calendar and sharing the love with free printables, party good giveaways, and more! Don’t miss out on any of the giveaway posts by following along via BlogLovin, Twitter, or Facebook!

Picnic Week: A French Inspired Picnic Menu

Picnic Week on A Well Crafted Party

It’s Picnic Week here on A Well Crafted Party. I’m chatting about Picnics all week long… and, honestly, the picnic posts might swim out into the next month because I have so many fun ideas swarming around in my head as I get ready for the Portland Bloggers Family Picnic this weekend. Check out all my posts from this week, including an Italian Inspired Picnic Menu, for more picnic goodness.


french-inspired-menu

Click here for a free printable version of this menu!

A French Inspired Picnic Menu

I LOVE French food. It is rich and flavorful and uses fresh ingredients. So, when shopping for this menu, check out your local Farmer’s Market or stick to the most ripe and delicious looking vegetables. I’m actually making a spin-off recipe from one of the below links for the picnic I’m attending this weekend. But, that is a post for another day!

Beverages:

French Vanilla Soda— Okay, okay, this may be a stretch. I was trying to come up with a non-alcoholic French-inspired beverage and my mind was coming up blank. But, a good French Vanilla Soda will make you forget all about the fact that it may not truly be French. You can pick up a six-pack of the Barq’s French Vanilla Creme Soda and call it a day (YUM, btw) or you can whip up a batch of syrup, bring some soda water to the picnic, and make fresh sodas on site!

Wine— The French love their wine as much as the Italian do! A great bottle of french wine… maybe some Champagne (!) and you are set!

Snacks:

Plateau de Fromage— You gotta have a cheese platter if you are doing a French meal. Pair some popular French cheeses (or, really your favorite cheeses in general), some fruit, and a fresh baguette and you are golden. I love getting little Baby Belle cheeses for a picnic because they don’t really need much prep!

and/or

Fresh Tomato and Cheese Puff Pastry Tart— The French do pastries right… savory or sweet! This fresh tomato and cheese puff pastry tart will be making it into my picnic basket soon!

Meal:

French Green Bean Salad— There is something so refreshing about a vinegery, delish green bean salad. Use thin green beens or haricots verts and a garlic & shallot infused dressing to make a wonderful green bean salad for your Parisian-style picnic.

Roast Provencal Chicken— Just imagine what it would be like to sit down at your picnic spread eating cheeses and drinking French wine and then pulling out a steaming basket of this roast provencal chicken. Seriously, you’ll be the envy of the park. Keep the dish warm, but still beautiful, by placing in a pretty ceramic bowl and covering with kitchen towels. Of course, you can never go wrong with foil either!

Desserts:

Macarons— Like many others out there, I just discovered the amazingness of macarons a couple of years ago when they started getting as popular as cupcakes. The brightly colored, light, and rich desserts would be a beautiful (and delicious) way to end a Parisian themed meal. Make some chocolate macarons or pick some up from your local French-inspired bakery. If you live in Portland, may I suggest Nuvrei?

Does this sound like a tasty picnic menu to you?

Featured: C.R.A.F.T. blog & free social media printables

I’m excited to say that I’ve got a guest post over at C.R.A.F.T. blog today (Creating Really Awesome Free Things– great name, right!?) of the social media printables I made after being inspired by the printables that Jamie made for her site. Hop on over there to get your free printable download for “TweetTarts” and “Insta Grahams.” I think they’d be cute at any event that you want people to tweet/instagram about. Having a birthday party and want to have a hashtag for the event? Print these off, attach to treats, and label the package with your hashtag.

If you are visiting from C.R.A.F.T.

First off, HELLO! I’m so glad that you stopped by my little blog. I like to talk about all the little things that make life the crazy party that it is and the ways we can celebrate it. I hope you find something you like to read and stick around for a while!

Before getting back to regular programming over here on the blog I thought I’d share some of my favorite/ most popular posts and ways to connect with me. While this may seem like a shameless blog plug (yes, it is) it may be a good reminder for anyone stopping by the blog that were previously following me on Google Friend Connect… I moved to WordPress and lost you all. I miss you! 

Some of my favorite/ most popular posts:

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Lucky in Love Free Mini Cupcake Topper Printables / DIY Cherry Blossom Branches / Travel Themed Inspired Real Wedding / Free Blog Planning Printables / You Are My Sunshine Real Party / 7 Days of Toddler Boy Style

Feel free to search around and check out the free printables, crafts, and recipes. I just made the move to wordpress so I still have a lot of work to do on all my pages. But, my archives and search bar work GREAT! ;-)

Ways to connect:

I absolutely LOVE connecting with readers. I want to get to know you and I want to provide material that you will enjoy reading, find useful, or just find lovely to look at. If you enjoy connecting over social media then find me below and let me know that you found me through the blog. I’d love to connect with you.

 

Do you read in a reader? Follow my blog via BlogLovin or RSS feed.

Do you read in your email? Follow along by getting RSS emails sent to you! (I’ll have a monthly newsletter coming soon!)

Thanks to everyone visiting the site. It means SO much to me. I’ve got lots of good posts coming up over the next few weeks. Stick around!

How did you hear about A Well Crafted Party? Do you follow along or did you just discover the site today?

{Printables} Celebrating Love

UPDATE: 9/14/14 I used to have these prints in my Etsy shop, but have since closed the shop. I now have them linked below as free printables. If you like the printables I’d appreciate you sharing via social media or subscribing to my newsletter! Every edition of my newsletter comes with a set of brand new free printables!

I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some hand lettered illustrations that are all about LOVE! I’ve picked some of my favorite quotes and drawn them out. I really enjoy the look of hand lettered quotes framed up on the walls. So, I hope you enjoy these little printables. I’ve got several of them in the Scribd shop for an affordable price as a digital download or you can purchase them customized in your color choices and in 3 sizes from my Etsy store. They’d make a sweet gift for a friend or loved one this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

PS. Because I love you and it is almost Valentine’s Day… I have a 20% OFF coupon code for my Etsy shop! Which means you can get the printables for even cheaper! CODE: LOVE20

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Free Printable Blog Planner

We hear over and over again that planning is the key to successful blogging. For some people, it is! Planning and organizing out blog posts, collaborations, affiliations, sponsors, and the like can get overwhelming easily. It is a good idea to keep your plans all in one central location whether it be on your computer, online, or on paper. For people out there that LOVE the feel of paper in hand, or want a place that is non-tech based to hash through post ideas, or even have a way of posting up your schedule so that you can see it everyday… I made these printables!

I created a set of free printable blog planning sheets for the Portland Bloggers’ January Meet-Up from this past weekend. I’ve been utilizing them in my own planning now and am finding them super helpful. Check them out and hopefully you’ll find one or two that can help make your blog planning go a little more smoothly.

Photo taken by The Boho Mama and used with permission from Portland Bloggers

Photo taken by The Boho Mama and used with permission from Portland Bloggers

The free printables in the blog planning package include:

  • Monthly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Each sheet has an open month calendar so that you can put the month and dates in. Each day on the calendar has popular social networking symbols with check boxes so that you can check off when you’ve promoted a post.
  • Weekly Blog Post Planning Calendar— Some people prefer to plan out their blog posts in more detail and on a weekly basis. The weekly calendar also has social networking symbols. It also has an area for weekly blog maintenance and SEO planning prompts.
  • Events and Holidays— A list of events and holidays. This is not a comprehensive list by any means… it also has all of the dates for the upcoming Portland Bloggers’ Meet-Ups.
  • Blog Post Brainstorming Worksheet A blog post planning sheet
  • Blog Collaboration Worksheet A place to track collaborative projects and responsibilities.
  • Blog Resolutions Tracker— A place to write and track blog goals and resolutions
  • Finance Tracker— A place to record income and expenses
  • Affiliate Programs— A place to track affiliate programs
  • Sponsors— A place to track sponsors, payment, and responsibilities.
  • Stats & Analytics— A place to record your stats and analytics monthly
 
The above links go to a downloadable FREE PDF of each sheet of the printable planner. Download the ones you need!
(PS. I’d love to know what you think of the free blog planner, what items you’d like to see on an update, and how you are using them for your blog!) There will be a new set of printables out near the end of the year, so get your suggestions in soon!
 
This project has been linked up to the following linky parties:


http://salttree.net/KraftyCardset.
* I created these free printables for personal use only. The printables were first featured on the Portland Bloggers’ website (also owned by me).

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{Free Printables} New Years’ Eve Party Printables

I’m excited to share the printable collection I created for the Chic & Modern New Years’ Eve party I did in collaboration with several Portland Bloggers. I wanted to bring in some fairly traditional New Years’ Eve colors (black, white bright magenta, and gold) and add in a touch of wood to make the party pop a bit. I’m pretty much in love with how these printables turned out and am so excited to share them with you!
 
Head on over to the New Year’s Eve Printables 2013 collection I’ve posted on Scribd and download your New  Years Eve printables now! 
 
  • Printable Instructions
  • NYE Party invite
  • NYE Subway Art
  • NYE Party Circles/Squares (can be used as decoration or cupcake toppers)
  • Food Labels for “Savory Snacks” and “Sinful Sweets”
  • Fortunes for the New Year Drink tags in black, pink, and wood. Also, a print for the back of the tags.

***As with all of my free printables… this collection is to be for Personal Use only. Please do not post a link directly to the downloads on your site/social network, but rather a link to this page. If you use the printables I’d LOVE to see photos of your event (not required, but really appreciated!) Thanks so much! ****

Follow along this week and next for more of this party, first featured on Pizzazzerie.com! I’ll be featuring a tasty cocktail, an appetizer recipe, a few DIY projects, and some DIY party tips for your NYE party!

A BIG thank you to my NYE party collaborators— 
Check out their blogs!
Photography: Macey of Motormouth Studios
Event Styling: ME! of A Well Crafted Party
Menu: Bee of The Spicy Bee and Kate of Fork and Vine
Venue Styling: Adi of Garden of Edlen
Model Styling: Sarah of The Confessions of a Product Junkie
Models: Sarah, Carter, Kate, Will, Adi, Matt, Kayla of Fit Life Forward and Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking

 

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Friday Finds: 24 days of Free Christmas Downloads

OMMMMMGGGG…. this is awesome.
check out this amazing series featuring FREE Christmas downloads from designers.
Some of my favorites (so far) include the bold christmas gift tag printables from Lemon Squeezy and the calligraphy tags from Sweet Muffin Suite.
Oh, and there was a feature last year too!

Free Printables make the Holidays Happier

I usually don’t like the holidays until my December birthday has passed. But, I guess the addition of the kiddo has made me REALLY look forward to this year’s festivities. I even brought my lil man to see Santa today—something that I swore I’d never do. He loved it. He is a friendly kid.

Anyways… as I was avoiding my real work, I found a couple awesome holiday free printable round-ups by Hey Look. I wanted to share with you!

Colorful Gift Tags— Free Printables from Around the Web
More Free Printables from Around the Web
I’m seriously in love with the feather gift tags from Love VS Design.
Photo via Love Vs Design
I promise to hold off on the rest of my Christmas holiday posts until Thanksgiving has passed…
We’ll start getting all Fall-like and Thankful beginning tomorrow!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
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