Monday, December 3, 2018

Part 2 of Holiday Destressing Making Homemade gifts and Craft Shows

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I love to make things.  It is the reason why I craft, and it is the reason why anyone with a creative bone in their body likes to do.  With prices going up on already items like blankets, clothing, and stationery, a person who is gifted will often make their stuff.  In fact, everyone should at least try to make anything except technology, and even with that, there are people who build their own computers.  All you need are the right tools and parts to basically come up with your own take of products.  Of course, if you ending up selling to the masses, there are certain rule and regs you have to follow, especially for technology and food products you make.  I will get into that later on hopefully in this post.  If not, I will save it for another time.
Today, in Part 2 of destressing your holidays, with Part 1 on my blog My Ambiance Life, I am going to explore the world of the crafter and all things gifts and craft shows.  Before I do that, I want to talk a little bit about my business P. Lynne Designs so you can get to know it a little bit better.
P. Lynne Designs got its start around 2009 as MDN Creates.  In 2012, I changed the name to P. Lynne Designs to refection more on the company and less about why it was named MDN Creates in the first place.  You can read more on the story on my post, Reintroduction to P. Lynne Designs. P. Lynne Designs is a stationery design company, but I design more than just stationery, I freelance writing and freelance graphic design as well.  This list includes greeting and business cards, invitations, documents, and blog posts, logos, “Save the Date” postcards, mailing labels, spreadsheets.  Many come as a package set, custom package set, or Ala Carte.  If you have any questions, email me at or you can contact me through social media.  My information will be at the bottom of this post.  Anyway, back to today’s topic.
People, in general, are hard to shop for, but there is no reason to not get someone one anything, even if it is a gift card. Making something as simple as a scarf shows that you at least attempted to give from the heart.  What you cannot make, you can buy.  I will cover buying gifts in part 3, which will be on my other blog, At Home with Tricia's Baskets.  For right now, this post will cover gifts that a crafter, a graphic designer, or those who attempt to make something as gifts.

For the paper crafter
If you are a paper crafter, you have a unique position, at least I think I do.  You can make mini books, scrapbook albums, greeting cards, invitations (more on that in a minute), even things like coasters, and office supplies.   My process for making an item is I first plan out what I want to make.  Next, I go based on who the person is, and what they might like.  Do not go by what you might like because everyone’s tastes are different.  This includes colors and themes.  What are themes?  Themes cover a variety of areas from brands (think Disney, Barbie, or Harley Davidson), gender (Boy, girl, male, or female), seasons (which I do not recommend, this can limit the time the recipient uses it), or subject (frogs, unicorns, or their love for Star Wars). Once I have those things in mind, I do a rough sketch of the item.  If I am stuck, I turn to Pinterest, Etsy, and my Facebook groups for inspiration only.  Never copy, especially if you are selling online.  Now it is time to go shopping.
A word on getting supplies:
Sale, sale, sale.  A Michaels coupon here, a Hobby Lobby discount there. Signup to get discounts especially if you are in business.  Every penny counts.  If you are in business, this is a tax write-off, but check to see what you can write-off because every state and country is different.  Even if this is a one-time thing that you are doing, signup to get their mailings. Use the weekly ads and look for specials on craft supplies.  When you shop, search the aisles for clearance items.  I was in Walgreens two days ago getting some allergy medicine, when I spotted a pack of 12 Post-a-Notes.  It was $12.00 down to $2.00.  Score!!! I snatched those pads up in a hurry before someone else spotted them.  I am making notepad holders for the craft fair.  I could have gotten two, but I only saw one.  Also, hit up Dollar Tree and Dollar General (or a dollar store like them) because I am starting to see more and more craft items like them.  Do check for quality in the crafts stores. If there is a material that is highly flammable or toxic to people or the environment, I will not buy, especially if there is a craft fair hosted by a school.  I do not want to get anyone sick.
Graphic Designers
You are in also in a unique position where you do not have to rely on other people’s products (except maybe paper) to make your gift.   I was fortunate enough to learn how to create on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Microsoft Publisher, as well as PicMonkey and know my way around Canva, but it can be any program, either paid or free-based. Some programs like Adobe Photoshop allow you to try them for free for a limited period of time.  I have made my business cards and other items, and what a gift you can give a soon to be graduate with a set of their own business cards and stationery.  Once I made my design, I sent it to Vistaprint and paid $17.00 USD.  The breakdown goes like the this: normally, it would cost me $24 USD, but it was on sale, then I went through Swagbucks to get a discount of $10.01 USD, which brought it to $9.99 or so.  Next, I was given a discount of $.60 because I was a merchant (I did not realize that I was.  This was on 500 cards.  Again, I saved a ton of money.  Shipping is $6.00, which would have normally raised the price to $30 USD or so.  The last part was my tax, which the only way you can lower the tax is lower the price, but the United States usually will tax on the original price and not the sales price (go figure). So, for the State of Ohio where I live, the tax is around 8.0% or so, depending on where you live.  So, those living outside the US, the tax bracket can get pretty pricey.  I just checked, and my cards should be here tomorrow at the end of the day and I ordered them on Tuesday.  If you are designing for a company to print them for you, I would get started now before the rush starts.  Shipping may get worse, especially after December 15th. The closer to Christmas you get, the longer it will take to get to your house.
I only talked about the areas that I create.  For things such as woodworking, textiles (sewing and needlework), pottery, and Jewelry making, it is the same process; plan what you want to make for the people on your list, plan out your materials and start in plenty of time so the gifts can go under the tree.
Now for a Word on Craft Shows ….
Many of the things I talked about in gift creation goes for craft shows as well. The one thing I want to stress out is your income.  I guess I should have addressed this in the gift-giving as well but have a budget.  Nothing says going into debit-like not having a budget.  Lay it out in either paper or digital form.  I did both.  The reason is I can lose the paper, or the power can go out.  I have a backup plan for the digital:  I also can get to the digital through my Ipad. I have a three backup system:  I make and enter information through my desktop, and I can access it through my Ipad and my smartphone. Also, now is a good time to figure out how much you want to charge for your goods.  When I did crafts shows with Longaberger products, I had to choice but to sell them at the price that Longaberger charges for their products in the catalog.  The only time I was allowed to change prices as if I owned a retired product.  I still got my commission, but no one was really interested in the prices in the catalog.
Price items that will at least make you feel like you have got back the cost of the supplies you bought, but at the same time, make the items so people will want to pay the price.  For instance, bookmarkers will be $.75 or 2 for $1.  (meaning the second one will actually cost $.25).  If you have a business, be sure to bring your business cards.  You can also ask for clients while you are there, but make sure you focus on what you have on hand and have plenty.  The fair I will be at next week will be from 10 AM to 2 PM, so I need to make sure I do not run out at noon.
One final tip before I go, make sure if you sell anything you give the state what is due if you have it listed.  I have P. Lynne Designs listed with the state of Ohio, so in January, I have to report it. (bummer).  This means to keep track of my money.  Have plenty of change because most people will not be coming with a credit or debit card.
Be sure to check out parts 1 on My Ambiance Life and 3 on At Home with Tricia's Baskets.  Part 3 will be on decorating, organizing, traveling, and taking care of the family during this time of year.

Until then, Peace on Earth.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cosmetic Changes to my Blog

Photo and Photo Editing by
P.Lynne Designs (c) 2018
“I did a thing”, as little children say often when presenting something new and different to their parents.  I did a thing is fresh, new, and with a touch of whimsy, and parents eat it up like crazy. Parents say “Awww”, while sometimes they roll their eyes in that “Oh Boy” moment.  The parent will peek around the corner to see if this thing is “a mess” or “the cutest little thing ever in life”.
Sometimes, we as bloggers are like that.  We want to please “our parents”, AKA readers, and you look around the corner, rolling your eyes, and we, as bloggers are waiting for “Awww” or “help me, Lawd Jesus, what did she do now?” The “aww”, comes from “Look what my little princess as done”, and the “Help me” part comes from, “How much is it going to cost me, now?”
So, once again, as little children would say, “see, mommy and daddy (I hope there are some men reading), I did a thing”.  A cute, but simple, little banner in Photoshop 2019 (yes, my subscription upgraded me).  So far, I like the new version.  Not too over the top, but there are some things that I am glad that are new and back from the great Adobe beyond. 
The banner is a gradient background with teal, 2 browns, and a pink (you know I have to have my pink).   Will be changing all of my blogs to this simple look.  Here is the reason why I changed the banner.
  1. Again, it is simple.  No explanation there.
  2. With Photos, you have to change the banner too many times.  I am sorry, but I do have other things in my life that need “tending to”.
  3. I have found that people get tired of seeing a photo of stuff you made 6 months ago, and these items I made over a year ago.  Two of the photos were swap projects, and I hope that my receivers are enjoying them.  I enjoyed making them. 
  4. How do I fit everything I do in the company on a photo, without making it crowded?  TY (Thank you).
The other changes.
Banners and other cute graphic things are not the only things that I am changing about this blog.  Scheduling is a top priory to me.  I have a semi-schedule on my other blog, My Ambiance Life, and I love it.  I cannot guarantee that I am going to stick to this schedule, but to me, it keeps me grounded.
-          Uploading posts.  Whenever I write, I can guarantee that it will be scheduled, uploaded, and posted by 6 AM the next day.  This is the uploading and posting schedule I have stuck with for a couple years for any blog post, and it has worked.  Why?  You have three types of readers Morning, Noon, and Night.  If readers are loyal, the morning readers want it by the time they get their morning coffee.  They have a few moments to kill before work.  It is like reading the newspaper.  Noon readers read during their coffee/lunch break. This may be the only time they have to wind down for a few minutes before continuing their work.  Nighttime reading is just that, nighttime reading.  It is like the lunchtime reader, this may be the only time they have to read, especially after the kids have settled in for the night, or they may read while junior is practicing sports, dance, or any other event.
-          Continuity:  I feel like when I read a blog, I like to see sections to go too.  It helps if I am searching for something special from that blog, it does not become a hunting for a rare gem or truffles.  That subject is right there, and I am able to do the research and move on from there.  In this blog’s case, the wish is your command, and I will have sections.
-          Better tutorials.  I realize that I have been lacking in that area.  As I am learning and getting more confident in making videos, they will improve with time.  Like I said, I want to make them, and being an introvert is no excuse to have the lack of quality, which is better than quantity. 
-          Adding a subject.   I am adding graphic design to my three subjects, making it 4.  Scrapbooking, card making, reviews, and now graphic design. I have been learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for the past 5 years, and it is time I share the love.  My scrapbooking has sort of migrated to include digital, but I will do like the traditional, but not so much.  I make mini books for people to place their photos and other stuff inside.
So that is it for this subject.  I will have another post coming up.  It is reviewing two new accessories for the Cricut Maker.  They are the knife attachment, including calibrating it to the machine. The other review is the score wheel and some truths about it.  All good, but You will have to read the article to see what I think.
Until then, I will talk about changes coming your way, as I develop them.

God Bless.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reintroduction to P. Lynne Designs

Reintroduction to P. Lynne Designs
New Company Logo
Copyright 2017
Created by P.Lynne Designs
Welcome to P. Lynne Designs, a stationery company (in a nutshell).  For this first official post, I want to introduce you to the company, the blog, and the website to come.  Any questions, please email me, PM on my personal or business pages on Facebook, tweet me, or call me (614-236-4970).
The company P. Lynne Designs
First, this is a small company, born in 2009 officially as MDN Creates.  After I left my last job in January 2010, I started creating scrapbooks and cards and did that for 2 years before the company changed names from MDN Creates to P. Lynne Designs.  In addition to this company, I was also an Independent Home Consultant for The Longaberger Company. (You can read the first post about it here. (that is still pending until June 30, 2018, when I officially quit as a consultant.)
Anyway, the post at the time is a bit rough around the edges.
So, P. Lynne Designs is my “baby” of sorts.  At the moment, P. Lynne Designs sells handmade cards, scrapbook albums and pages, graphic design projects, Mini books, invitations and other stationery items, and freelance writer. 
So, why am I doing a reintroduction?
The reason for the reintroduction is to mainly introduce the public to a new P. Lynne Designs, and I never really left.  This is what happens when life gets in the way.  This is what happens when you are stuck and do not have any direction.  This is what happens when losing confidence in yourself.  You can read about it here.  It has been about a year since I posted, and I want to see how this turns out.  Besides that, I want to intergrade it with the website that I am in the process of creating and with my Etsy shop
What is in store for P. Lynne Designs the blog?
I want to teach you how to craft.  This was already part of the blog.  Also, I want to teach you how to set up your craft room, such as basic items or what are the best products to use on any budget.  You will learn what projects I am working on and maybe down the road, you will be able to work with me too.  Baby steps, baby steps.
As I figure out new things and products while teaching and informing you about my own projects, I do not want to make it too difficult for both of us, but it will be funny, exciting, and interactive for you.
You have a Website?
Finally, I have a website, that had to take a backseat for a while.  It will mimic some of the designs from my Etsy shop, with some other items.  I designed it using a course from Renae Christine called Ultimate Architect.  It has had its coming soon up for a while.  It is high time that I finish it.
So, that is it for now.  I am not sure of my posting schedule at this point.  I do have two other blogs, a YouTube Channel, and family and friends that occupy my life, especially during the summertime, but I will say this, it will be at least once a week for now.

Until then, you have a wonderful week, and God bless you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I am Back…. Well, sort of.

Some of my current and past projects
Copyright 2018 by P.Lynne Design
Happy New Year.  Why am I saying this now?  Simple, I have been away from this blog.  Since I have been away, let me introduce myself, or rather re-introduce myself and my company.
My name is Patricia Logan, owner of P. Lynne Designs. I have been in this business in one form or another for over 10 years.  10 sounds like a good round number. I started out as a crafter, wanting to make a scrapbook for my nephew, who is now 22, and expecting his first child.  His mom was not able, and my mom asked me to do this, after seeing my high school scrapbook album.  I had nowhere to turn to since, at that time, I did not know much about scrapbooking.  Well, I kind of did.  I knew how I did scrapbooking and my album, which was through those old magnetic scrapbooks.  I had no paper for the background, and I used only journaling spots to describe the event and the people.  That was my high school scrapbook, but for my nephew’s, it had to be more. 
After I finished the book, which he was at the time, age 3, I had graduated to making cards and tags.  Next, I did a Disney vacation scrapbook, and by that time, I was working at Archivers, a Memory Store.  I was working there until 2010, and by that time, I wanted to open my own business, making scrapbooks, cards, and other projects for customers.  I was not allowed to do it while I was an employee, so I left the company. 
This company started with the name, MDN Creates, and along with it came this blog.  In 2013, I changed the name officially (meaning acquiring a business license through the State of Ohio) P. Lynne Designs.  I will explain the rest later.
Where have I been?
I wrote my last blog post in March 2017.  It was titled Tool Organization.  In this blog post, I talked about some of the tools that I used and how I organized them, which was mostly with Longaberger baskets.  I felt pretty good with the post, then I had to take care of family life and blogging on this blog and another blog, Tricia’s Baskets took a backseat, and I concentrated on my main blog, My Ambiance Life.  About September 2017, it too took a backseat to life, and I stopped blogging altogether.  It was around this time, that I was preparing to go on a much-needed cruise, that took a backseat to Hurricane Irma, so it was postponed to December 31, 2017, New Year’s Eve.  I must say, for my first cruise, I had fun.  I am ready to book another one, but hopefully not before a desired Disney trip with the siblings. (Mom and dad may not be able to go due to her health)
Anyway, I want to fast forward to today because since I have been going steady on My Ambiance Life, I might want to update this blog and re-niche (if there is such a word) Tricia’s Baskets.  If you are a follower on all three blogs, I will explain further on Tricia’s baskets. So that is where I have been.
What have I been doing besides vacationing….
The vacation cruise, which took me to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (which I did not know I was a stone’s throw from Cuba), and Cozumel, Mexico, ended with a day’s stay in New Orleans, LA, ended January 9, 2018, and I created a video of my adventures.   I did a lot of swaps in 2017 and at the beginning of 2018.  I am in the process of revamping the Etsy shop and finishing the website with some products. 
I started back Vlogging and I have a YouTube Channel, featuring what I have made for swaps, shopping hauls, and I am in the process of editing my first “Come with me” shopping video. 

So, what is next for this blog?

First, better blogging.  I can not think of what I need to do as far as a set schedule.  I just know that it will be a once a week upload.  How many will show up will depend on what I upload.
As far as what I will post, I want to give you a written copy of the materials of a project I made for a swap, demo, or client’s project unless it is too private, then I need to get a client’s written permission first.  I also want to do craft tool reviews and a list of products I love using in my projects and where to find them.
Now for the hard part, as much as I think it is wonderful for Google to have Blogger, I will be moving all of my blogs off of this platform.  I think I can do so much more than what Blogger has to offer.  I have grown in the time I started my first blog post.  I need something that allows self-hosting capabilities, something that Blogger allows in limited supply.  The store website of this business is on WordPress through Hostgator.  As I get closer to the setup and move time, I will mention this, so you know where to look for it.  I will be keeping this one for a good year after that point, so you know where to find old posts as such.

So, that is about it for now.  It is good to be back.  Oh, one other thing.  I do have a Facebook page called P. Lynne Designs, and it is the only thing that I had been keeping up with before today. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tool Organization

Photo Collage by P.Lynne Designs
Hello, it has been a minute since I posted something on this blog.   I am slowly getting back into my routine.
Today, I want to talk about tool organization.  As crafters, we have many tools to deal with that are part of the trade.  This is a brief guide into how to organize them in one spot. I am actually going through an organization process myself.  First, a brief background on my personal organization:
About 10 years ago, my father bought a house and it was meant for me to live in.  When he and my mom asked me about the house (actually a 2-bedroom condo), I liked the condo, but I was not totally sold on the place.  Well, for him that was good enough and ended up moving in.  Well, it has been over 15 years later, and I am ready to move into a new place, but since moving in, I have accumulated some stuff and started a business.  I am bursting out at the seams, and I am tired of being the longest person to live in the 4-unit quadruplex.  (side note:  if you are not a smoker, smoke travels through walls, and it is not very pleasant smelling either)
So, this first process is to purge and put (as I call it) all my stuff so I will not have a ton of unwanted stuff moving into the new place when I buy it with me. 
Since this on my craft blog, and I am only going to cover what is needed to organize the crafting items, but this system (if you call it that) works for any area of the room, and if you are moving or not.
1.      Plan.  This is my first action of getting it done.  This includes the day, time, and month of the planned decluttering.  One warning:  do not plan this just before you are ready to close on your new house and the new buyers are ready to close on your current house.  You need time to process the task and deal with unexpected issues.  (good or bad). 
2.      Location.  If you are not moving, but moving the location of craft room, know where you are moving the stuff to, even if it is just across the room.  You need room to put the stuff, especially, if the room is doing double duty (i.e. Craft room/guest room).  In my current home, I have two rooms that are pulling double duty.  My second bedroom (which is upstairs) is a craft room and a guest room.  My dining room is actually pulling triple duty (Home office/craft room/eating space).  I am hoping that my next home will at least have 3 bedrooms.
3.      Am I going to use it?   Let’s get real for a moment.  How many of you watch the HSN’s (Home shopping Network’s) 24-hour craft day?  Now, how many of you when you watch this channel see an item, like how the demonstrator shows the product, falls in love with it, and next thing you know, it is on your doorstep days later?  Guilty as charged.  In fact, today is that special day, and I have 2 products coming as I write this. Almost 3, but I had to remind myself that I have a cruise that I am leaving for in September.  Anyway, next thing you know, it is collecting dust.  I have two We R Memory Keepers products that I must use or get rid of.  If you use your stuff, congratulations, now skip this step.
4.      Finally, get rid of it for good.  Do not hesitate on this step.  Do not say, “I will use it next week.”  That was step 3, and it is finished.  If it a fairly new item that is still on the market, do not buy it back when you see it in the store.  In fact, have a “no buy” month for crafts, unless you run out of something WHILE you are working on a project.  I have seen women have a no buy month and talk about it on Facebook.
5.      Place in its permanent home.  Or in my case, carry with you.   Use it when you are finished purging, and give yourself a 2-month rule (or if you follow Peter Walsh, his rule is 6-months).  If you are not at least thinking about using that tool in a project, toss it out, or donate it a school or Senior center.
So, that is the basis for this project.  It can be a big project or small, your choice.  I am going to use steps 3 and 4 on the tools, using my stuff:
Step 3 and 4: Am I going to use it?  Gather all your tools and look at them. Pick up each tool, and try to remember why you bought it in the first place.  Ask yourself these questions:
·         Was it a good deal?
·         Do I even know how to do the craft that it was meant for?
·         Have I made anything with it since I bought it?
·         Do I have any planned projects that uses it?
·         Finally, Can I do without it?
An example of this question and answer had to do with today.  On one of the segments of this 24-hour craft day on HSN, I ran upon a Cinch.  In case you do not know what, a cinch is, it is a book binding tool.  You can punch holes with it, and using wire binding or spiral binding to build a book, you can “cinch” it closed.  I already have one, but I have had trouble with it since day 1.  I bought it when I was working at Archiver’s, but I did not have the heart to bring it back with me to work the next day to get a new one, because the binding machine was heavy.   Anyway, there was a special today for the newest one, and I have been going back and forth to buy that one to replace the one I have.  “Sold”, said the online ordering area, as I looked up from my Ipad. So now when it arrives, I need to get rid of the cute pink one I currently have.  It is still good except I was having problems with two of the pegs.  I could donate it to a school, rec center, or senior center, warning them of that default, but it must leave my house.  I did have planned projects with it, but I could not bear using it one more time, without crying in frustration.  I make books and it is time for me to start back.  I have a cruise to go on and bills to pay. So, to answer the last question, no, I cannot do without it.  I also have an extra Cricut Electronic Die Cutting Machine I am no longer using.  It is an Expressions 2 5th Anniversary edition, and I am happily using an original Cricut Explore (with a Bluetooth adaptor).  I need a Cricut Explore Air 2 to help with the current one.   These are real examples of the decisions you have to make when decluttering your tools.
Step 5:  Placement.  Before you start step 5, you should have a place to put the tool.  If not, repeat step 4.    Assuming that you know where your tool is going, you simply find a table, if it is big enough or a container to put it in.  nothing should be stacking up in a mess. It should be neat and tidy, like you do not have it.  My craft room space 1 can be seen by all when I open the front door, Upstairs, not so much, but the same rule applies.  For my Cricut and Cinch, I need a table to use them on, and for other tools, I need plugs, tables, and just a space to store them in.  Your space may be different from mine, but it is supposed to serve the same purpose.
No matter what tools you use for your craft, it is important to find the room to use them in, as well as the space.  Declutter well, and declutter often.  This goes for your other stuff as well, such as paper, fabric, adhesives (glues), the tiny objects of the trade (embellishments).  Soon you will have a space that you will be proud to work in.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Being Creative this Christmas

(c) 2016 P.Lynne Designs
Note Cards cut out with the Cricut Explore Die Cutting Machine
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It has been a long time since I have writing in this blog.  By now, I expected to be in my brand new, shiny, yet rough around the edge WordPress to the gills website.  Something things have gotten in the way.  I will not bore you with the details on this blog, but you may read about it here on the My Ambiance Life blog.  There you will find all my writings about everything else (except home styles and home life, which is coming in January or February).
I cannot let this blog go, before adding in a few things about this holiday, and having the website sitting in limbo is not one of them, so for right now, all of my products are still listed on the Etsy shop, and will remain open long after the website starts. I do not have any plans to take it down.  I plan to add other items to my shop from time to time that I have not created, but the website will have mostly my products.
So, my first post before the new year happens to talk about being frugal, which you can do.  This includes making your Christmas gifts.  It does not have to be expensive, and if you own a die cutting machine like the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, cutting will be a breeze.  The Cricut cuts almost any type of material, not just paper. 
For instance, I use my older Cricut Explore (with the Bluetooth adapter-Air 2 is on its way) for my card projects.  With a subscription to Design Space, I can pick out any design from a 1,000’s of images, rearrange them on the virtual mat, before cutting them out.  If I do not like the way it looks on the mat, I can toss it out, and start back over on a clean virtual mat no more wasted paper. 
I use it to cut out stickers for my planners too.  With Design Space’s Print then Cut feature, you can cut out SVG images as well.  The best thing I use this feature for is when I design my labels for my businesses.  Often times in the past, I do not buy the right Avery’s label to print directly onto the paper.  Sometimes it was me, sometimes it was the computer/printer/software, and sometimes I did not know what side to put the sticker paper on.   Now, I use only one size (Avery #8165 TrueBlock® Sticker sheet or equivalate) print it on the correct side and then have my Cricut machine cut it out.  The best news is I can cut some labels ahead of time, and when I am ready, I need only one label per flyer or catalog.   I am already planning on gifting my mom a set of labels for her Christmas cards.  Call it an early Christmas present. 
Well, that is all I have to talk about today. 
Oh, one other thing.  There is a sale currently going on about the 12 days of Christmas.  I will post the link, but be sure the check it out, and you may find a product to your liking.  In fact, I know you will.

There is also something for those of you who already have a Cricut machine.  The December Mystery box is out.  I cannot tell you what’s in it because it a…Mystery.  All I can tell you is the cartridges are very festive, and everyone’s box will be different.  But don’t just take my word for it…. check it out for yourself.  Only $39.99. (Sorry, I sounded like Melody Lane for a moment in the last paragraph, but I like her.)  She also inspired me to start a Patreon site, so look for it in January 2017.  I will tell you more about it as I get closer to the date.