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Hello, hello! Thanks for all the love about the Project Life printables (Set ONE, set TWO)! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! I have some exciting news for all you creative types! Aeolidia is hiring! Working with Aeolidia is a dream job! Won’t you join us as our web project coordinator?

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Hello! Here are the Project LIfe Printable Valentines I posted about earlier this morning. I do hope you enjoy them! If you haven’t done so already, you can download my first set of Project Life printables right HERE, and you can download the Muppet Valentines I created last year for my sons class right HERE! Lots of printable goodness, and all for free! The best way to make sure you get my next set of printables, ‘like’ m y FB page right HERE & be sure to hover over the ‘like’ button and click “show in newsfeed’ so you don’t miss my posts! While you’re there, I would love to hear what you’d like to see me create for my next free printable, more Project Life stuff? Also, let me know if you use these in your PL albums & send me pictures! Have a great week & enjoy! Warmly, Mariah

(Be sure you click the links DIRECTLY BELOW this, not the images!)

Project LIfe Valentines Simple (7918)

Project LIfe Valentines Fun (7255)

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Later today I will post 2 sets of Project Life Freebie Printables featuring a Valentines Day Theme. Stay tuned & let your friends know. For sneak peeks like the one below and up to date information about what I’ve been up to, ‘like’ my FB page and be sure to click, “Show in Newsfeed” to see my posts. Don’t worry, I keep them minimal! Can’t wait to show you all of these sweet little cards! Warmly, Mariah

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I have been anxiously awaiting the new ‘core kits’ from Project Life so I can get started saving some everyday memories in a simple, totally not overwhelming, but also really great to look at, way, alas, they are so popular that everywhere has been sold out!

I first learned about Project Life from you guys! You encouraged me to design some printables that would work with the Project Life system, which I’ve now done and consequently, want to share with you!

This set is for little ones, the next set (which I’m already started on!) will be based more on grown ups. Please let me know how you like them and please, please share your Project Life pics with me over at my FaceBook Page! I would love to see what you do!

(Link to download below Pics!)

Click right HERE to download yours!

*They may look light on your computer screen, but will print out perfectly!

End of the year teacher gifts are ALWAYS my favorite thing to put together and this year was no exception! We’ve had a wonderful but busy year this year, so I didn’t get to do as much as I had hoped I would for my son’s phenomenal teacher.  I did however, design & have made these little cards for her to use in class next year!

At the beginning of the year, I’d designed & framed a print for her with a classroom crest and the class motto below it. She liked it so much that it ended up on the back of the kids school shirts! I decided to use that same design on these sweet little encouragement cards. On the back of the cards, it says, “You impressed me today!” then, there are some lines to write out what exactly the student did that impressed her! I thought it would be a fun thing to do for kids when they go above and beyond or show exemplary character. It’s hard to see with these pictures, but there’s a beautiful spot UV on the crest as well as the little banner on the back, you can see it best in the last photo.

I wish I’d have done all the other things I had dreamed up, but she was gracious and sweet when my son gave them to her and really seemed to like them. Next year we will be much less busy so I’m hoping that I put together a well thought out gift that will let him/her know how sincerely we appreciate teachers! I’m so grateful for all that they do.

In other news, I have some Project Life printables on the way for you to download on my blog soon! Thanks Robin & Melissa for the push to create those! I won’t be writing much here as we prepare to move late this summer, but I’ve got a few fun things in the works, so the best way to be sure you don’t miss out is to like me over on Facebook! Here’s to a wonder filled summer!!! xo, Mariah

I know that my blog is about illustration and design and not about Weepuls, but I’m such a proud mama, I just had to share the news that after the success of the Weepuls my son sent with his Muppet valentines, he came to me asking what I thought about him selling custom Weepuls.. I loved the idea and we quickly went to work starting a company for him named, “Weepul Invasion Co.” and setting up shop over at Etsy!

He has long done artwork on my cintiq using Adobe Illustrator, so he was able to draw a little logo (I added a little bit of shading and helped with the kerning) but he did SUCH a good job! He’s also started a series of Weepul art prints that he’s going to sell as well.. things like drawings of Katniss, Peeta & Prim from The Hunger Games as Weepuls. It was important to him that 25% of all orders be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital too! This, after a particularly touching story he saw about some kids there a while back.

I think it’s all so great and super adorable & I love seeing him excited about using his talents in a way that will not only benefit St. Jude’s but also allow him to know with certainty that everyone can make a difference, no matter how old (or young) you are! What a good boy…and what a proud mama I am. If you want to support a great cause and give my sweet boy a big smile, head on over and place an order! He excitedly checks each order to see where his creation will be heading and thinks it’s super cool that they’re heading all over the country! Each Weepul comes numbered and with a teeny tiny birth certificate (so cute!) The packaging is minimal & gorgeous.

My favorite part are the descriptions he gives… like this one:  ”Sunshi loves to lay in her hammock in the sun while eating fresh fruit and listening to Metallica and Nirvana. She can’t wait for her next adventure!”  Kids are so rad.

To go with my sons Muppet Valentines he wanted to make some Muppet Weepuls (remember those!?!) After some initial tries and due to time constraints, we decided to scratch making Muppet themed Weepuls and made regular old Weepluls instead.

As we made them, a google eye made it’s way to rest perfectly on top of Lew’s eye and by complete chance, we saw a fun way to add to the Muppet Valentines! We decided to add google eyes to all of the Lew Valentines as well as the Beaker ones. We even had the perfect sized pom poms to put on Lew as a nose! If you have some of these things laying around, you may want to take a little bit of time to ‘add the love’ as we like to say! It was a really great project, no need for perfection, just simple & fun!

I can’t respond to every question or comment, but since there are so many about these two things I wanted to just post a public reply to them.

Question #1: Will I be selling Justice League invitations/posters etc. with the characters I designed any time in the future?

The quick answer is, no. I would love to, but to be honest, I’m pretty sure I’d have to purchase a license to sell products that are clearly depicting licensed characters from the Justice League. I would really love to offer them to you for purchase and I *am researching how much it might cost to buy a license, however, I have a sneaking suspicion, that it’s a pretty high number and will not be worth the relatively small volume I’d be doing. As I mentioned I *am looking into it though and would love any input from you if you are a license genius!

Question #2: Do you have pictures of the finished ferris wheel you talked about in this post?

Yes.. I’m sure somewhere in the archives I have them, but they weren’t good and I don’t think I ever got a picture of the ferris wheel filled up with cupcakes. It was just such a rushed mess that day. I really didn’t get any good shots of it. I also wanted to re-mount it in my new studio, so it’s not even up at the moment as my walls are still bare. So, it may be a while but, I’m workin’ on it!

Thank you so much for your emails, and again, I apologize that I can’t personally reply to each one, but I *do read and appreciate them! Thank you so much!

If you get updates from me over on Facebook, you know that I’ve listed the new EH Party Ribbon Cards in our Etsy shop! There are 6 new designs and each one is amazing! I know, I know, I should be more modest, but they are seriously beautiful you guys *squee* I love them! Every time I look over at the candy colors, I fall in love all over again! It makes me so happy to be making things from my heart and finally having the confidence (and support) to put them out there! I have worried in the past wether people will like the things I design and all the emotional turmoil that comes along with trying to make something that other people will love.. instead of making what I love and believing that others will understand my perspective and love it too! I can say with my whole heart that I am 100% making things I love and, I’ve gotta tell you, it feels really good.


These cards/ribbons are really special. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love getting a card in the mail and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to get awards.. so putting the two together with all the gold and silver and the beautiful texture of the ribbon… well, it’s impossible NOT to love them! I will be taking better pictures with a borrowed camera this Wed. (I have yet to replace my broken camera so these were taken with my phone, doh!) and I’ll be sure I take a picture of the blank card attached to the back of the ribbon; it’s so great, it’s a small blank card where normally a coach would write what your race time was or other business like that but for our ribbons, it’s just a blank card for you to write a special note to your special person, it’s just one more thing that makes these so cool! Wherever the ribbon goes, it goes with a handwritten note from the giver… so sweet! I wish I could reach through the screen and bring you into my studio right now so you could see them in person and run your fingers over the gold and silver printing! Every detail is perfect!

I would love to hear your thoughts so, tweet me, FB me or comment here and let me know what you think! And, don’t forget to spread the word and order your very own ribbon right HERE! xoxoxo

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Hello, hello! I had a very nice vacation with my family and am now fully back at work and in the swing of things.  We didn’t take a trip or anything, just got everything at home in order, had lots of nice dinners with friends and family, we played a lot of Farkle and Monopoly and even staying up one night until 1 am (all three of us!) finishing the first book in the book series, The Hunger Games. It was phenomenal.. kind of harsh at times, but so good! All and all, it was a very nourishing time.

I wanted to pop in and share some valentines with you! My son is a creative boy and he loves all things Muppet, so naturally, when I asked him what sort of thing he’d like to do for his class valentines he wanted Muppets! It’s really no wonder since (if you remember) my husband and I have long loved them too!

I did a quick search at a few local shops and then a little online search to no avail. This always seems to be the case with his valentines. One year he wanted Ben10 valentines (this was before they had ever come out with them), another year, he wanted Happy Pets (I’ll have to dig up those files to show you!) and now, The Muppets. I find it hard to believe that they are not putting any valentines out there this year especially with the movie and everything, but the only thing I’ve seen are some vintage cards.

I was disappointed at first, but I am pretty glad it turned out this way now, because I’ve had a lot of fun designing these cards!

I decided to keep the cliche valentine sayings out of the actual cards and instead added the valentine-y part to the header. That way, the cards could really be used at any time of year!

We’re going to place the valentines into a simple little clear bags that I already had from Michael’s, then we’re going to add some kind of treat (perhaps Swedish Fish for Lew Zealand!) and top the bag with a cute header that I created to match (featuring Kermit!). I like these bags because they are big enough to fit a variety of treats wether you decide to do candy, small cracker jack toys or something useable like a notepad and small pencil or something.

Here’s a photo of Lew in the bag and with the header card but with no treats in the bag yet (still have to decide what we’re doing and buy those).

I made the headers coordinate with the cards, here’s a preview of them, there’s a place to write who the valentine is to and who it’s from.

So, here are the downloads for you to enjoy! I put them separately in case you only wanted the cards or, you could really only use the headers as well and just put candy in the bag sans the card. Whatever you fancy!

Muppet Valentine Cards (3636)

Muppet Valentine Headers (3217)

Enjoy folks and drop in and let me know you used them, I’d love to connect with you!  xo, Mariah

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