Printable Placemats

It’s been a while since we’ve celebrated Merry Monday around here. It’s time to get it going again.

I made these 12×18 Placemats years ago to help teach my children how to set the table. I printed them at Costco, laminated them, and wah-lah… waterproof placemats.

12×18 Placemats

Once you unzip the downloaded folder, you will be able to access the 12×18 .jpg images.

Terms of Use: Personal Use Only. Prints are NOT to be resold for any type of profit.

Shabby Princess Digital Scrapbook Kit (the one with the bow)
Janel Kretschman Digital Scrapbook Kits (all other placemats)

Christmas BINGO Game

The Monday before Christmas definitely deserves a freebie.
How about a Christmas BINGO game to give as neighbor gifts… or to play as a family on Christmas evening?
Free Christmas BINGO Download.  #simplyfreshdesigns
5×7 Christmas BINGO

(includes 6 .jpg playing boards, 1 .jpg game piece sheet,
plus all 5×7 images formatted in a 8.5×11 pdf document for easy home-printing)

Terms of Use: Personal Use Only. Prints are not to be resold for any type of profit.

Shabby Princess Sugar Plum Dreams Kit
Kate Hadfield Doodles
Shabby Princess Clementine Alpha

BELIEVE: James E. Faust on Santa Claus

Today’s Merry Monday freebie is a fabulous Christmas quote by James E. Faust about how the way of Santa Claus is the way of Jesus. I’ve been thinking about this topic because my 8-year-old has realized the truth about Santa. We had “the talk” and I shared this idea with her … that what is real is the Spirit of Christmas … of Christ, that is embodied in the figure of Santa. All that is good, cheerful, kind, and selfless is definitely something I BELIEVE in.

To download the 5×7 print, click on the image above to enlarge. Save it to your computer and print away. This would make a great little print to slip in a neighbor gift. Enjoy!


Background paper by Shabby Princess (Sugar Plum Dreams)
Santa image by Laurie Furnell at

Terms of Use: Personal Use Only

winner of “A Merry Little Christmas” book GiVEaway

The winner of
“A Merry Little Christmas” book GiVEaway is…

I hope the Heiselbetz family enjoys this cheerful little read.

Thanks to for providing the random number selection.

Thanks to Mary Engelbreit for creating such a delightful book.

Thanks to y’all for entering. It was fun.

And Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for sharing your favorite Christmas stories. Be sure to read all the comments to get some ideas of some wonderful books to read with your family by the tree.

“A Merry Little Christmas” Book GIVEaway

Because we just pulled out our Christmas books… and because I had an extra of this darling one by Mary Engelbreit… I thought it would be fun to GIVE it away. “A Merry Little Christmas” has darling illustrations that celebrate simple joys of the Christmas season.  It’s a cheery, short read, perfect for little ones.

To enter for the giveaway, all you have to do is make a comment on this post and tell me one (or more) of your favorite Christmas books to read to your children. I’m excited to get some ideas from you for some new fun books to read around the Christmas tree. I’ll pick a random winner on Sunday Evening (say … around 8ish when my tots are in bed).

To go along with this Christmas book GIVEaway, I also wanted to share this Advent Countdown with Books idea by Rebecca Cooper.  She shares a list of some fun holiday books.

Image by Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca writes: “A favorite tradition in our family is our Advent countdown with books. At the end of each November, I go to my bookshelf and pull out 24 holiday books that will be included in the year’s countdown to Christmas. … After collecting the books, I then wrap them all up with wrapping paper. The final book, The Night Before Christmas is reserved for December 24th and is wrapped uniquely from the others to distinguish it so that it isn’t accidentally opened before Christmas Eve. … Once all the books are wrapped, they are placed in a special basket that is placed in our living room. The children take turns selecting a book each night and unwrapping it. Then we read it together as a family.”

Happy Christmas and Happy Holiday Reading ’round the Christmas Tree. See ya back here on Sunday.

2011 Primary Theme Bookmarks

But wait – it’s not Monday, you’re saying! Right! But like my dad always says, “A man’s gotta do, what a man’s gotta do.”… only in this case, it’s a mother’s gotta do … My life is filled with 4 little ones under age 8 and so we just roll with the punches… and with 3 little boys, there are lots of punches. Just kidding! Anyhoo… here we are on Wednesday with a freebie.

I put together these 2×6 inch bookmarks for the children in our LDS Primary group and thought I’d share the files with y’all. Here’s the sample image.
2011 Primary Theme Bookmark: 2×6

The actual image size is 2.127 x 6.127 which are the full-bleed measurements to print at a printshop. I had 200 gloss coated double-sided thick-cardstock bookmarks printed at for $28. They have smaller quantities available. If you order from them, just be sure to find a coupon code. I used bc100 which gave me $10 off my order.

I’ve also had a lot of people asking about printing the monthly themes at 8×10 or 8.5×11 size. If you try and print the 5×7 image larger, it might be fuzzy. I’ll try and get a larger size posted soon so you can print them for your primary class.

Thanks to Crystal Wilkerson for her darling Argyle paper.
And of course credit for wording goes to the 2011 Outline for Sharing Time available at

Christmas Freebies: Links to Subway Art, Treat Bag Toppers, and Shabby Princess

Instead of posting a freebie of my own, I wanted to share links to other darling freebies for you to enjoy.

Jennifer, Jamie, and Jodie over at are sharing this Christmas Subway Art + Banner. It is a darling holiday print as a 16×20 download. Very cheerful!

Monika at i love it all has oodles of cute downloads inlcuding these treat bag toppers and little moments prints. Click on the images to see the blog post and download links from Monika.

I’ve loved Shabby Princess designs for years.  She has several holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) downloads available at the Shabby Princess download page. Click on the image below to get to the dowload of her free Christmas Recipe Cards. Even if you don’t know how to digitally alter them, you can print them out and write the recipes. Handwritten items are a treasure these days!

More info is coming this week on Family Tree Prints. Sorry that it’s taking me so long to get all the details settled. Mothering 4 little ones takes a lot of my time and energy… but never fear… we’ll get it going!

Also – be sure to check out SFD on Facebook. You can get the latest Simply Fresh Designs news there… or by subscribing to the SFD blog feed.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy all your wonderful blessings.

CTR Shield Prints

Today’s freebie for Merry Monday is a set of 8×10 CTR Shield Prints. The CTR Shield symbol is used in LDS culture by members of all ages as a reminder of the motto, “Choose the Right”.

Sample image:

Download for:
8×10 CTR Shield Prints

Terms of use: You may print at any professional print shop for personal use.

Source for Images and text:
Shield logo designed by Helen Alldredge
Papers by Janel Krestchman & Shabby Princess
Sand Overlays by Shabby Princess and Nancy Rowe Janitz

Compiled by Heather
If you have any questions, please contact me at

LDS Prints: Articles of Faith

I’m pleased to announce today’s Merry Monday Freebie: Articles of Faith Prints.

Click on any image in this post to find download links to all Free Simply Fresh Designs Items.

8×10 Sample Images:
Rotate prints in an 8×10 frame. Once the kids have learned one, swap it out for the next.

4×6 Sample Images:
Put in a 4×6 photo album or spiral bind like the Quiet Books.

3×4 Sample Images: (2 on a 4×6 card)

Laminate and put on a ring as a scripture bag tag.

Free Download:

8×10 , 4×6, & 3×4 Prints

Sources: Scriptures: Articles of Faith
Crystal Wilkerson Bracket Frame
Gina Cabrera Newsprint Paper

Terms of use: Prints are for personal use only. They are not to be resold for any type of profit. I am not making any $$ on these prints… and neither should you. 🙂

Compiled by Heather. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Family Tree Prints: A Sampling

You may have noticed the Family Tree tab in the menu. This is where you’ll find custom Family Tree Prints. I’m still working out the details, finishing touches, pricing, etc., with the Family Tree Prints. But I’m just so excited about them and wanted to share this sampling. They are definitely one-of-a-kind. We’ll have custom sizing, colors, and fonts, but this gives you an idea of what we’ll be offering.

What kinds of things would you like to see included? Please share your ideas.

Now!!! – GATHER those fabulous family history photos so you can get going on these priceless Christmas Presents for children, parents, grandparents, and extended family.

I’ll let you know here on the bloggie when we have them up in the shop.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact me or email